Zhang Lin Lifts 5th China Crown
Apr 13, 2009 - Craig Lord
At China nationals in Shaoxing, East China, Olympic silver medalist Zhang Lin (400m free in Beijing) claimed a fifth title with a swift 14:47.51 1,500m free that fell a couple of seconds shy of his Beijing best. The time is the fastest in the world so far this year and the only sub-14:50 effort.
Zhang, who won the 200m and 400m freestyle and shared victory in two relays for Beijing, told Xinhua: "I planned to break the Asian record today, but since I've competed 100, 200, 400m free and two relays, I lost of my sense of pace in the beginning of the event. "
Jiao Liuyang, winner of the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly (two of those wins in Asian record time) added a silver to her haul with a 24.96 effort in the 50m freestyle behind Li Zhesi, of Liaoning, on 24.94.
Liu Weijia, of Liaoning, produced the only national record on the last day of action, hi 4:15.16 win in the 400m medley shaving 0.22sec off the national mark that had stood to world silver medallist 'fly ace Wu Peng.
The 50m backstroke crown went to Sun Xiaolei, of Shanghai, in 25.28 and Li Xuanxu claimed the 400m medley in 4:40.01.
Xinhua reported that 412 swimmers from 25 teams raced at the eight-day nationals, at which four Asian and 11 Chinese records were broken and one world record - by Zhao Jing in the 50m backstroke for women - was equalled. That tally is modest by some standards around the world.