"Motherland, happy birthday!" At the 2020 National Swimming Championships and Tokyo Olympics Qualification Tournament, Xu Jiayu led Yan Zibei, Zhang Yufei, and Yang Junxuan to present the National Day with a brilliant report card. In the 4x100m medley relay preliminaries last night, the four-member Jiangsu, Hubei, Zhejiang and Lu team broke the previous world record of 3:38.56 held by the US team with a time of 3:38.41, day after day. The hard training finally ushered in gains, they are launching an impact on the Tokyo Olympic podium.
Caption: Xu Jiayu, Yan Zibei, Zhang Yufei, and Yang Junxuan (from left to right) took a group photo to celebrate after the game, Xinhua News Agency.
The relay event of this competition broke the team membership restriction. The so-called Jiangsu, Hubei, Zhejiang and Lu United Team refers to the sports teams to which the four participating players Xu Jiayu, Yan Zibei, Zhang Yufei and Yang Junxuan belong. In fact, they are also the national team. Among the active athletes, the strongest in each stroke.
The medley relay will be a new event for the Tokyo Olympics. This event has been highly competitive in the last three swimming world championships and is loved by the audience for its high degree of viewing.
The scores of the four players are: Xu Jiayu 52.45, Yan Zibei 57.96, Zhang Yufei 55.32, Yang Junxuan 52.68. Everyone played their best level, which also proved the rationality of this combination of male and female players' gender and swimming style.
Caption: The fourth baseball player Yang Junxuan celebrates after the match Xinhua News Agency
Select four strongest swimmers in each stroke to form a team to compete. The purpose of the Chinese swimming team is to try the best in the competition to see if it is competitive in the Tokyo Olympics. Unexpectedly, a new world record was born. To a huge surprise, the Chinese swimming team got another strong gold medal in Tokyo.
"The strength of the team is infinite. I didn't have such a big emotion to break the record. This is the result of everyone's hard work. This project is the highlight of the Tokyo Olympics next year. Although the individual competition is also very important, the team can better reflect the power of China. Motherland Happy birthday!" Xu Jiayu said with excitement in his eyes immediately after the game.
Caption: Xu Jiayu celebrates after the game Xinhua News Agency
In this competition, Xu Jiayu swam 52.37 seconds in the 100-meter backstroke preliminaries, which is 0.06 seconds faster than his victory at the Gwangju World Swimming Championships last year. Before that, he had already beaten 200 meters. The backstroke champion was in the bag. Nevertheless, after breaking the world record last night, he put forward higher requirements for himself. He said that his results in the relay were not ideal. Breaking the world record is a "thigh hug" and he can swim faster.
Yan Zibei is known as the new "frog king" of the Chinese swimming team. He is growing rapidly and is trying his best to catch up with the world's tallest.
Caption: The first player Xu Jiayu (part 2) and the second player Yan Zibei handover during the match Xinhua News Agency
The 18-year-old youngster Yang Junxuan emerged in the championship. She is the youngest of the four. She has won two gold medals before. In the women's 200m freestyle final, he won the championship by nearly 2 seconds ahead of second place. In the 100-meter freestyle final, Zhang Yufei, a teammate in the reverse medley relay, won the championship.
The 22-year-old Zhang Yufei frequently broke records in the championship and is the brightest player on the women's team. The 100-meter freestyle is just her side event. Even so, she broke the national record set by Pang Jiaying in 2009 in the preliminaries. In the main event of the 100-meter butterfly preliminaries, she broke the Asian record held by Liu Zige for 11 years, and the time of 55.62 seconds was only 0.14 seconds away from the world record set by the Swedish star Scherstrom. Looking at the world stage, this Asian record is extremely competitive and is the third best result in the history of the project. It is worth mentioning that, in order to prepare for the men's and women's 4x100m medley relay, Zhang Yufei even gave up the main event of the 200m butterfly.
Caption: The third player Zhang Yufei in the game Xinhua News Agency
"The Olympic Games is the fruit of the midsummer that takes place every four years. What we can do is to sow the seed of hope in every spring and every training session. There is only one gold medal, and both body and soul must be on the road." said Xu Jiayu, "Leader Brother" , Inspiring teammates to move forward towards the Tokyo Olympics.