Qin Haiyang Headlines Sturdy China Squad At Asian Video games
Qin Haiyang And Zhang Yufei Headline Sturdy China Squad At Asian Video games
The swimming programme will get beneath approach on the nineteenth Asian Video games on Sunday with Qin Haiyang in the highlight out and in of the pool in Hangzhou, China.
The Chinese language athlete turned the primary swimmer to win the breaststroke triple in World Championship historical past in Fukuoka, Japan, this previous July, with an additional gold within the blended medley relay and silver within the males’s occasion.
The 24-year-old’s victory within the 200m breaststroke witnessed a 2:05.48 WR as he took a 0.47sec slice from Zak Stubblety-Prepare dinner‘s earlier commonplace of two:05.95.
There have been additionally Asian data of 26.20 and 57.69 within the 50 and 100 respectively the place Qin turned second-fastest all-time in each occasions, eclipsed solely by Adam Peaty and his world data of 25.95 and 56.88.
Qin already has three Asian Video games medals amongst his armoury from the 2018 version in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Bronzes within the 200 breaststroke (2:08.07) and 200IM (1:57.09) had been accompanied by gold within the males’s medley relay after he swam within the heats, splitting 1:00.44 – 3.01secs slower than his break up within the males’s medley relay in Fukuoka.
His first motion on the 2023 version will likely be as China’s male flagbearer on the Opening Ceremony on Saturday night earlier than he makes his first look on the Hangzhou Olympic Sports activities Centre Aquatic Sports activities Area at 1024 the next morning within the remaining 200IM prelim.
The meet options heats straight to finals throughout the six-day programme with Qin one among numerous swimmers set for a busy schedule.
He’ll look to finish the breaststroke treble for the third time in as many months after he replicated his worlds exploits on the World College Video games in Chengdu, China.
In Fukuoka, he made no bones about his want to say Peaty’s requirements and forward of the opening ceremony, Qin stated:
“Being flag bearer isn’t solely my private honor but additionally an honor for the Chinese language swimming crew.
“I hope to rewrite the world file in different occasions and stand on the highest podium of the Olympics.”
His teammate Zhang Yufei has additionally been on scorching type this yr with two titles amongst 5 medals at worlds which she adopted up with an eye-watering 9 golds on the World College Video games.
Zhang additionally cemented her standing as a dominant pressure throughout a variety of free and fly occasions, going quantity two all-time behind Sarah Sjostrom within the 50 fly in 25.05 in Fukuoka.
The 25-year-old already has 4 medals throughout two Asian Video games and begins her Hangzhou marketing campaign within the first occasion, the 200 fly by which she’s Olympic champion.
Zhang then goes on to compete within the 50 free and 50 and 100 fly plus relays.
Li Bingjie is entered into the 200-400-800-1500 free, evoking recollections of Katie Ledecky who accomplished such a quadruple on the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
Li gained the 4-8-15 in Chengdu however will face the likes of Tokyo 200 silver medallist Siobhan Haughey within the 200, the Hong Kong swimmer in search of her first particular person Asian Video games medal after three relay bronzes in 2014.
Pan Zhanle seeks his first particular person senior medal in worldwide waters, two months after ending fourth by 0.01 within the 100 free at worlds.
He’ll face opposition within the 100 and 200 from Hwang Sunwoo, who turned the primary Korean swimmer to make the rostrum at consecutive World Championships, following 2022’s 200 silver with bronze in Japan.
Rikako Ikee is in motion 5 years after being awarded MVP after successful six gold and two silver medals together with fellow Japanese Yui Ohashi – who gained the medley double on the Tokyo Olympics.
Kayla Sanchez will make her first look for the Philippines after switching from Canada with whom she gained two Olympic and 6 world relay medals.