Xu Jiayu Blasts Second-Ranked 200 Back on Day Six of Chinese Nationals

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Xu Jiayu posted his second blazing backstroke time of the week as he set a new Chinese record and the No. 2 time in the world to win the men’s 200 back at China’s national championships in Quindao.

After nearly breaking the world record in the 100 back, he posted a 1:54.03 to win the 200 back. That moves him to second in the world rankings behind Evgeny Rylov (1:53.81). Li Guangyuan took second in 1:55.53, the fourth-best time in the world, and Shi Yi was third at 1:58.65.

Tan Haiyang set a World Junior Record to win the men’s 200 breast, posting a time of 2:08.71 to move to third in the world. Mao Feilian took second in 2:10.21, just ahead of 100 breast winner Yan Zibei (2:10.42).

Zhu Menghui posted a quick time of 53.42 to move to seventh in the world this year. She was followed by Zhang Yufei (54.09) and Ai Yanhan (54.41).

There was a top-ten time in the world posted in each of the day’s four finals, including Shi Jinglin’s impressive effort of 2:24.52 in the women’s 200 breast, good for No. 8 this year. Zheng Muyan came in second at 2:26.37, and He Yun touched third in 2:28.48.

In semifinal action, Li Zhuhao will go for his third butterfly title of the meet after qualifying first in the men’s 100 fly in 51.90, off his second-ranked 51.34 from last month. He was followed by Hao Yun (53.06) and Hu Yiyong (53.08). Yu Hexin (22.53) led Lin Yongqing (22.59) and Zhao Xianjian (22.66) in the men’s 50 free final.

Ye Shiwen, already on the World Champs team in the women’s 200 IM, qualified first out of the semis of the women’s 200 back in 2:10.91, followed by Yuan Mingjie (2:11.52) and Xu Huiyi (2:11.55). Zhang Yufei topped the women’s 50 fly semis in 26.18, while Lin Xintong edged Lu Ying for second, 26.39 to 26.40.

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