Zhu Menghui Lowers 50 Free World Junior Record at Beijing World Cup

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Zhu Menghui, 17, of China successfully lowered the World Junior record in the women’s 50-SCM free at the Beijing stop of the 2016 FINA/airweave World Cup Series when she tied for first with Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen.

The pair stopped the clock at the 24.00 mark to flirt with a sub-24 second swim in finals.

The previous women’s 50 freestyle World Junior Record was a time of 24.09, however FINA has no name associated with the time. This is because when FINA began recognizing short course meter records in January of 2015 they simply set “benchmarks” for times. As those benchmark times are bypassed the record book begins to fill with names.

Zhu has been a consistent member of China’s sprint contingent for some time now, tying teammate Wu Yue for third in the 50-LCM free last spring at the 2016 Chinese Nationals. Additionally, Zhu was a member of China’s 4×100 free relay at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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Author: Taylor Brien

Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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