Chen Juner Breaks Longstanding Chinese Record in 200 Butterfly; Pan Zhanle Continues to Shine at Nationals

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Chen Juner Breaks Longstanding Chinese Record in 200 Butterfly; Pan Zhanle Continues to Shine at Nationals

An impressive week of performances at the Chinese National Championships wrapped up on Saturday with additional top-tier times, including an Asian record in the men’s 50-meter breaststroke and a national mark in the men’s 200 butterfly. More, Li Bingjie added another freestyle title to her growing collection of victories.

In the men’s 50 breaststroke, Sun Jiajun surged through his lap of the pool in 26.61. That time was good for an Asian record and handed Sun a narrow win over Qin Haiyang, who touched the wall in 26.72. Qin was searching for a sweep of the breaststroke events after previously winning the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke, the shorter distance in Asian-record time.

A Chinese record was supplied by Chen Juner in the 200 butterfly, as he took down the longstanding mark of Wu Peng. Chen delivered a time of 1:54.16, which clipped the 2008 record of Wu (1:54.35), which was set at the Beijing Olympics. The effort by Chen handed him a comfortable victory over Niu Guangsheng, who clocked a swim of 1:55.52.

Li Bingjie and Pan Zhanle continued their strong showings with respective crowns in the women’s 800 freestyle and men’s 400 freestyle. Li topped the field in the 800 freestyle with a time of 8:20.34, which was three seconds clear of the 8:23.86 of Yang Peiqi. As for Pan, who already corralled titles in the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle, he registered a time of 3:46.40 to win the 400 freestyle.

In other action, Xu Jiayu finished off a sweep of the backstroke events by winning the 200 distance in 1:56.33. In the women’s 50 butterfly, Zhang Yufei was quickest in 25.47, followed by Yu Yiting in 25.86. Yu had already earned wins in the 200 individual medley and 400 medley, and was the runnerup in the 100 fly to Zhang.

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