Chinese National Games: Flash! Liu Zige Shocks World With Astounding 200 Fly World Record

JINAN, China, October 21. AT the Chinese Nationals Games held in Jinan, Liu Zige crushed the world record in the women's 200-meter fly over long course competition.

Liu posted a shocking time of 2:01.81, smashing Jessicah Schipper's world record of 2:03.41 set at the World Championships in Rome this year. Previously, Liu clocked a then world-record time of 2:04.18 to win the 200 fly gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games. Jiao Liuyang took second today in 2:05.87, while Gong Jie placed third in 2:06.18.

Liu definitely front-halfed the race in comparison to Schipper's previous global mark. Liu was under world-record pace by two seconds at the 100-meter mark, before falling off the back-half pace Schipper posted.

Here are the comparative splits:
Liu: 27.19, 58.08 (30.89), 1:30.20 (32.12), 2:01.81 (31.61)
Schipper: 28.21, 1:00.25 (32.04), 1:32.23 (31.98), 2:03.41 (31.18)

The performance returned the world record to Liu. Here are the recent progressions of the world record:

200 fly
2:04.18 Liu Zige, CHN – Beijing 08-14-08
2:04.14p Mary DeScenza, USA – Rome 07-29-09
2:03.41 Jessicah Schipper, AUS – Rome 07-30-09
2:01.81 Liu Zige, CHN – Jinan 10-21-09

Notably, the 2:01.81 also significantly clears the world record over short course meters. Yuko Nakanishi holds that mark with a 2:03.12.

In other action, Ma Xiang set a national record in the men's 200-meter breast with a time of 2:12.37. The performance broke the Chinese record of 2:12.75 set by Xie Zhi earlier this year. Huang Chaosheng finished second in 2:12.67 with Xue Ruipeng placing third in 2:13.51.

Additionally, Huang Shaohua won the men's 100 free in 48.86, while Pang Jiaying topped the women's 100 free semis with a 53.98. Qi Hui also led the way in the women's 200 breast semis with a 2:24.78.

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