Li Bingjie Takes Down Shiny Suits Asian 400m Free Mark With 4:01 Victory At China Games

Li Bingjie, courtesy of Swimming Australia, BHP Super Series, 2016

Li Bingjie, the 15-year-old who challenged Katie Ledecky and ended closest to the American ace – and five times Olympic gold winner – in distance freestyle events at world titles this year, cracked the Asian 400m freestyle record with a 4:01.75 victory at the 13th China Games in Tianjin today. Li went through in 58.51, 1:59.73 and 3:01.11 on the way to taking down the 4:02.35 at which the Asian standard had stood to China’s Chen Qian since the last season of shiny suits in 2009.

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Li Bingjie, the 15-year-old who challenged Katie Ledecky and ended closest to the American ace – and five times Olympic gold winner – in distance freestyle events at world titles this year, cracked the Asian 400m freestyle record with a 4:01.75 victory at the 13th China Games in Tianjin today. Li went through in 58.51, 1:59.73 and 3:01.11 on the way to taking down the 4:02.35 at which the Asian standard had stood to China’s Chen Qian since the last season of shiny suits in 2009.

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