Ning Zetao Breaks Asian Record in 100 Free Prelims at Worlds

Ning Zetao

DOHA – Brazil’s Cesar Cielo led the way in the men’s 100 free prelims, while China’s Ning Zetao downed the Asian record in prelims at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Cielo led the way with a 46.50. He’s the second-fastest swimmer in the world this year with a 46.08 from the Jose Finkel Trophy.

Russia’s Vlad Morozov has the meet record with a 45.51 as the relay leadoff for the 400 free relay, but won’t be swimming the event individually.

Ning, meanwhile, scorched his way to a 46.76 for the second seed.  That swim not long crushed the Chinese record of 47.29 set by Lu Zhiwu at the 2012 World Championships, it also undercut the Asian mark of 46.85 set by Japan’s Takuro Fujii in 2009.

Brazil’s Joao de Lucca (46.84), Australia’s Tommaso D’Orsogna (46.88), Russia’s Danila Izotov (47.00), Belgium’s Pieter Timmers (47.05) and France’s Mehdy Metella (47.26) also made up the top eight.

Japan’s Katsumi Nakamura (47.32), France’s Florent Manaudou (47.38), USA’s Jimmy Feigen (47.40), Japan’s Shinri Shioura (47.45), Italy’s Luca Dotto (47.68), South Africa’s Leith Shankland (47.72), Cuba’s Hanser Garcia (47.73) and Cayman Island’s Brett Fraser (47.81) will also compete in the semifinals.

Name 50 100
Cielo 22.03 46.50
Ning 22.81 46.76
De Lucca 22.39 46.84




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