China’s next generation of women swimmers made their mark in the opening leg of the World Cup Series in Hong Kong.
The Chinese women destroyed the competition. Only 1996 Olympic gold medalist Claudia Poll of Costa Rica stopped the Chinese women’s monopoly by winning two golds.
Wang Wei, 15, won the 100m breaststroke; Lu Donghua, 14, won the 50m backstroke; Chen Yan, 17, triumphed in the 200m backstroke and Nian Yun, 15, won the 50m freestyle.
The Chinese men failed to win an event.
The Chinese, who had a disastrous 1996 Olympics following drug controversies which saw 7 swimmers banned after the 1994 Asian Games, are rebuilding for the 1998 World Championships and the 2000 Olympic Games.