Xinhua News Agency, Qingdao, October 1st (Reporter Zhou Xin and Zhang Xudong) Boys cry and girls laugh! When Xu Jiayu, Yan Zibei, Zhang Yufei and Yang Junxuan teamed up to break the men's and women's 4X100m medley relay world record, the "strong fours" experienced different mood swings, thanking each other and calling themselves "hugging thighs."
On the 1st, in the 2020 National Swimming Championships and Tokyo Olympics qualifying 4X100m medley relay preliminaries, they broke the world record for this event in 3:38.41, which was 0.15 seconds faster than the previous world record set by American players.
This is the first world record under the name of Xu Jiayu. He originally held the Asian record for the 100-meter backstroke, which was only 0.01 second away from the world record. Xu Jiayu, who couldn't control his tears, said: "I'm excited. The strength of the team is infinite. I didn't have such a great emotion when I broke the record. This is the result of everyone's hard work. (After several days of competition), my physical fitness We haven’t reached the limit. Everyone’s performance is so good. It’s the result of our teammates' efforts."
As the number one player, Xu Jiayu is under the greatest pressure. He also won the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke championships before, and his 100-meter individual performance surpassed his World Championship victory last year. Xu Jiayu expressed satisfaction with her performance in the relay, "In the past, my relay results were a little bit slower than the individual events. This time, despite all the previous shooting competitions, I managed to swim out of today’s relay results of 52 seconds. 45 (faster than single item), I am very satisfied."
"Our expectation is to break the world record, but we can't say it in advance. Only after the results come out, everyone sees it. We did it! Next year's Tokyo Olympics is the highlight. My individual events are very important, but the team games are more important. Can reflect the power of China."
"It is a great honor to break the world record on the National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival! Happy birthday to the motherland!" Xu Jiayu said.
Yan Zibei, who played the second breaststroke, was very excited: "I never thought about the world record. I was very nervous today, and I was very tight. The 200-meter breaststroke final in the morning is to prepare for the evening. Come on before the game. We know each other very well, just one look is good. Thank you teammates, they are all'thighs'."
Jiangsu girl Zhang Yufei, who has been laughing, won three records in one fell swoop, from the 100-meter freestyle national record, the 100-meter butterfly Asian record, to the mixed relay world record, which is perfect.
"I can retire now, haha, just kidding." Zhang Yufei said, "This is the most satisfying competition in my career. I gave up the 200m butterfly individual preliminaries before tonight. It was planned and I did it for relay A contribution. The coach said before the game that I could swim as little as 55 seconds. As a result, my score was 55.32. I actually felt that I was swimming slowly."
"There is no great pressure before the game. Breaking the record is something that cannot be met. It requires the right time and place. We have the heart to break the record, but we should not take it too much as a burden. Before the game, the four of us said that we should try our best to swim well. It’s God’s will whether it can break every stick of his. But after breaking the record, my brain went blank." Zhang Yufei said openly.
Host contestant Yang Junxuan from Shandong smiled cleverly. She swam out of her 100-meter freestyle best time of 52.68 seconds, and said modestly: "It's mainly because three older brothers and sisters helped me buy enough time. They took me Fei, my own strength is still not that strong. We are very united."