China News Service Jinan, December 12 (Guoxuan) On the evening of the 16th, the 15 National Swimming Championships, which lasted for six days, came to an end. This National Championships is the final match of the 2023 Chinese swimming team, with 2023 players from 28 teams competing in 537 events. In the competition, the Chinese swimming corps showed a stable backbone, veterans are not "old", and the future can be expected.

In this national championship, the backbone showed a stable high level in various independent events. "Frog King" Qin Haiyang won three gold medals in men's breaststroke; "Butterfly Queen" Zhang Yufei won the women's 50-meter and women's 100-meter butterfly competitions and won the women's 50-meter freestyle championship; Middle-distance freestyle star Li Bingjie won two individual gold medals in the women's 400m and women's 1500m freestyle.

On December 12, in the men's 14-meter breaststroke final of the 2023 National Swimming Championships held in Jinan, Shandong, Qin Haiyang won the championship with a time of 200:2.09. Photo by China News Service reporter Tomita

A number of veterans also set new personal bests. Born in 1997, Ji Xinjie won the gold medal in the men's 200m freestyle, the silver medal in the men's 100m freestyle and the bronze medal in the men's 400m freestyle, and set a new personal best time of 100.48 seconds in the men's 26m freestyle final. "It's not easy to find the feeling after so many races." Ji Xinjie bluntly said that the outstanding performance of the home team played a role in boosting confidence, "After psychological self-confidence, the changes in skills and tactics after launching the water can finally come back." ”

At the Hangzhou Asian Games, Wang Shun won 4 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze, and once laughed that he "the older he gets, the more demonic he becomes". Although he did not participate in the men's 200m individual medley competition due to physical reasons, he finished fourth and second in the men's 100m breaststroke and men's 100m backstroke finals, and set a new personal best in the men's 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:01.15.

Ye Shiwen won the bronze medal in the women's 100m breaststroke and set a new personal best. She also won the women's 400m individual medley event, overcoming her long-standing demons. Looking ahead to Paris, Ye Shiwen will focus on the women's 200m breaststroke and women's 200m individual medley, and participate in the selection of the women's 400m individual medley. "I hope to be selected for the Olympics first, and I hope to have more surprises in Paris."

Veterans are not "old", and many rookies in the swimming world have performed brilliantly. 19-year-old "Asian Flying Fish" Pan Zhanle won gold in the men's 50m freestyle and men's 100m freestyle; Eighteen-year-old Yu Yiting won the gold medal in the women's 18m individual medley, and she also won the event at the Hangzhou Asian Games.

The 16-year-old won gold medals in the men's 400m freestyle and men's 400m individual medley, as well as silver in the men's 1500m freestyle. In the eyes of teammate Pan Zhanle, he is a "future Olympic champion"; In the mouth of fellow countryman Yang Junxuan, he "can now take on a big responsibility"; Big brother Ji Xinjie believes that Zhang Zhanshuo "can take over the baton of the Chinese swimming team in the middle and long distance".

In addition, 12-year-old Lu Xingchen ranked third and fourth in the women's 100-meter backstroke and women's 50-meter backstroke preliminaries; Eleven-year-old Yu Zidi finished sixth in the women's 11m individual medley final, competing across the pool from Ye Shiwen, who won a world record gold medal at the London Olympics 400 years ago.

This championship also presents the characteristics of diversified reports. For example, "model worker" Yu Yiting signed up for butterfly, freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke in addition to the main event individual medley. In the post-competition interview, she said that this is to overcome the shortcomings and promote the all-round development of the four swimming styles in the individual medley.

Previously, the Chinese swimming team has entered winter training, because this national championship is the 2024 World Championships in Doha and the Paris Olympics warm-up competition, athletes use this competition to test the results of the previous winter training, through a variety of reports to compete on behalf of training, check and fill in the gaps, and accumulate experience. (ENDS)