SHAOXING, China, April 9. CHINA's Zhao Jing, after clocking a 28.02 during semis, wound up matching the world record in the women's 50 back finale at the Chinese National Championships.
Zhao ripped off a time of 27.67 to match the 27.67 set by Australia's Sophie Edington last March. Notably, the effort wiped out the Asian record of 27.95 set by Japan's Shiho Sakai last July.
"I am very, very happy," Zhao told Chinese Swimming in a rough translation. "I was very nervous before hitting the water and had not thought about being at the world-record level."
Meanwhile, Gao Chang placed second in 27.76, just off the world record as well.
Jiao Liuyang won the women's 200 fly in a time of 2:05.22 with Liu Zige winding up second in 2:07.03.
In the men's 100 free, Chen Zuo stopped the clock in 48.73 to eclipse the Asian record of 48.91 set by Hisayoshi Sato of Japan in 2007. Notably, the time also beat Chen's Chinese record of 48.89 set during semis.
"This record did not come from any deliberate tactical arrangements," Chen told Chinese Swimming in a rough translation.