HUANGSHAN, China, October 29. WITH Ye Shiwen swimming off events, and Sun Yang not showing up at all, the times at the Chinese nationals ended with a slight whimper instead of a bang.
With Ye not swimming the 400 IM, her world record event, Wang Xinya took the victory in 4:48.26, which does not crack the top 100 global rankings. Wel back in second was Shi Yu with a 4:51.83, and Chen Ziyi was right behind with a 4:52.48.
After two second-place finishes earlier in the meet, Suo Ran was able to notch her first victory with a 25.69 representing the Chinese Navy. Second place went to Shanghai’s Yin Fan with a 25.73, and Wu Yue of Zhejiang was third with a 25.76.
Xie Zhi, the national record holder in the 100 breast, swept the breaststroke events with a 2:15.07 to win the 200 distance. Xie’s best time of the year still stands at a 2:13.63 from April’s nationals. Yan Zibei was second with a 2:15.52, and Zhang Zhihao took third with a 2:17.94.
Also taking wins on the final day were: Liaoning’s Ban Bao in the men’s 50 free with a 22.84; Bi Yirong of Zhejiang with an 8:36.01 in the women’s 800 freestyle; and He Tianqi of Zhejiang in the men’s 400 free with a 3:50.77.
Zhejiang took the women’s and men’s 400 medley relays to round out the meet. The women’s team posted a 4:06.67, while the men were victorious with a 3:38.79. The men’s time is notable because it is not far from the top time posted by a Chinese foursome last January at the Super Series meet in Australia. The previous top relay time was 3:35.95 from the world championships, which was good enough for 10th place.