Wang Jianjiahe Blasts 400 Free SCM World Record at FINA World Cup in Budapest

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Photo Courtesy: David Rieder

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China’s Wang Jianjiahe got the FINA World Cup stop #4 off to a blistering start with a new world record in the 400 free SCM on Thursday night in Budapest.

Wang swam a 3:53.97 to lower the old record of 3:54.52 by Spain’s Mireia Belmonte from the 2013 FINA World Cup in Berlin.

Wang just missed the World Record earlier this year when she was a 3:54.63 at the World Cup in Eindhoven last week.

Wang is the first Chinese swimmer to hold a world record in the 400 free short course or long course ever. She was a 4:03.18 at the Asian Games earlier this year to win the gold medal in Jakarta. She would have been third in the 2018 Virtual World Championships behind Katie Ledecky (3:58.50) and Australian Ariarne Titmus (3:59.66).

Wang won the race handily over American Leah Smith (3:58.94) and the Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk (4:00.03).

Anna Egorova (4:01.26), Catalina Corro (4:05.88), Mireia Belmonte (4:07.43), Jimena Perez (4:08.60) and Aoi Nakamura (4:14.18) also swam in the final.

World Record Progression:

  • Wang Jianjiahe, CHN, 3:53.97 (2018)
  • Mireia Belmonte, ESP, 3:54.52 (2013)
  • Camille Muffat, FRA, 3:54.85 (2012)
  • Joanne Jackson, GBR, 3:54.92 (2009)
  • Laure Manaudou, FRA, 3:56.09 (2006)
  • Laure Manaudou, FRA, 3:56.79 (2005)
  • Lindsay Benko, USA, 3:59.53 (2003)

All-Time Rankings:

  1. Wang Jianjiahe, CHN, 3:53.97 (2018)
  2. Mireia Belmonte, ESP, 3:54.52 (2013)
  3. Camille Muffat, FRA, 3:54.85 (2012)
  4. Joanne Jackson, GBR, 3:54.92 (2009)
  5. Lauren Boyle, NZL, 3:55.16 (2013)
  6. Laure Manaudou, FRA, 3:56.09 (2006)
  7. Coralie Balmy, FRA, 3:56.24 (2008)
  8. Melania Costa Schmid, ESP, 3:56.84 (2013)

2 comments

  1. avatar
    Hmm....

    ‘Virtual World Championships’? Nice try….

    • avatar
      Andy Ross

      Thank you!