Qingdao, 3 Mar (ZXS) -- On 24 March, the National Spring Swimming Championships held in Qingdao held a competition on the last day of competition. Qin Haiyang set a new Asian record in the men's 24m breaststroke heats and eventually won gold in the event. Olympic champion Zhang Yufei won the women's 50m butterfly final, winning the third gold medal of the championship.
At this championship, Qin Haiyang has won gold in the men's 100m and 200m breaststroke events. In the 50m breaststroke heats, he competed in the same group as Yan Zibei, the Asian record holder in the event. The two had comparable reaction times at the start, but Qin Haiyang gradually opened the gap with Yan Zibei with his excellent explosiveness, and advanced to the top place with a time of 26.63 seconds, surpassing Yan Zibei's previous Asian record of 26.86 seconds.
In the final, Qin Haiyang still maintained the full lead, and finally won the championship with a time of 26.77 seconds, failing to achieve the goal of surpassing the record again. He said after the match that his rhythm in the final was not as good as the heats, so his performance was worse. Through this multi-event competition, he concluded that the 200-meter breaststroke is the hardest because it is more physically challenging. In the 100-meter breaststroke event, Qin Haiyang is more confident in his physical condition.
Zhang Yufei advanced to the top spot in the women's 50m butterfly heats, where she won in 25.32 seconds, equalling her own national record. Zhang Yufei was not satisfied with this result, and bluntly said that he wanted to hit the Asian record in the final.
For the entire tournament, Zhang Yufei summarized three technical gains: through this competition, he clarified the importance of systematic training, and realized that he was "deeper than expected" in terms of speed and strength reserves.
In terms of mentality adjustment, Zhang Yufei believes that he has accumulated some experience through this tournament. The lack of systematic training before the game made her feel unconfident, but the coach encouraged her to use her experience to learn how to adjust. "Although the national competition is not as much pressure to compete, I think I still learned a lot."
In addition to Qin Haiyang breaking the Asian record in the men's 50m breaststroke, young athlete Wang Changhao also achieved two national records in one day in the men's 50m butterfly. (End)