Qin Haiyang Sets Asian Record in Men’s 100 Breast with 57.93

Nic Fink of United States of America, silver, Daiya Seto of Japan, gold, Haiyang Qin of China, bronze, show the medals after compete in the 200m Breaststroke Men Final during the FINA Swimming Short Course World Championships at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in Melbourne, Australia, December 16th, 2022. Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto
Qin Haiyang, right; Photo Courtesy: Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Qin Haiyang Sets Asian Record in Men’s 100 Breast with 57.93

Qin Haiyang set the second Asian record in as many days at the Chinese National Championships, winning the men’s 100 breaststroke in a time of 57.93 seconds.

The time downs the mark of 58.63 set by Yan Zibei at the 2019 World Championships. Qin is just the third man ever to break 58 seconds, joining Adam Peaty’s world record and the 57.80 by Arno Kamminga at the Tokyo Olympics. It’s the second Chinese record of the spring for Qin, who went 26.63 in the 50 breast at the Chinese Spring Championships in March.

Yan was second in the event in 58.79, which is also an Olympic A cut, on Tuesday. Qin joins Pan Zhanle’s effort in the 100 free on Monday as Asian marks set at the Fusu Technology Cup 2023 at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Swimming Hall.

Pan was back in the water Tuesday, the meet’s second day. He finished second in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.08, just .07 behind Wang Changhao. Wang’s time of 22.01 is an Olympic B cut, Pan’s is just .01 off that.

Xu Jiayu added a second gold medal of the meet by going 24.54 to win the men’s 50 backstroke. Wan Leitan won the women’s 50 back in 27.51, a scintillating race in which the top six finishers were separated by .61 seconds. Wang Xueer was second in 27.62, while Olympic medalist Fu Yuanhui was fourth.

Likewise, Li Bingjie added a second victory in the 200 free. The 21-year-old pulled away from the field to clock in at 1:55.62. It’s a best time for her by more than a second (she had been 1:56.64 at the national championships in 2019 and expands the reach of the Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist in the 400 free. She won the 1,500 in decisive fashion on Monday.

Second was Li Jiaping in 1:56.92. The reigning Olympic champion in the 800 free relay had four swimmers go 1:57.0 or faster. Li Bingjie is the only swimmer of that world-record quartet in Tokyo (with Tang Muhan, Zhang Yufei and Yang Junxuan) to swim the 200 free on Tuesday.

Yu Yiting finished the session by winning the 200 IM. The former world junior record holder – a mark lost to Summer McIntosh this spring – went 2:08.34, a best time by more than a second. She beat Ye Shiwen by nearly 2.5 seconds, the veteran clocking in at 2:10.70 for second.

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