LUO YOUYANG, a student from Shenzhen University (SZU), alongside teammates Zhang Yufei, Li Bingjie and Liu Yaxin, claimed gold in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay Tuesday at the ongoing Chengdu Universiade, breaking a new record, Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reported.
(From R) Chinese swimmers Luo Youyang, a SZU student, Zhang Yufei, Liu Yaxin and Li Bingjie at the award ceremony. Xinhua
Li surged ahead, establishing a half-position lead over the other competing teams in the first leg. Building on Li’s momentum, Liu took the baton in the second leg, further extending China’s lead with her powerful strokes in the pool.
Luo widened the gap with the Italian team catching up closely and Zhang finally led the Chinese team to victory by an absolute advantage, securing the gold and breaking the record by clocking in at 3 minutes and 37.51 seconds.
Three of the players had just come back from the world championship, and everyone felt excited to compete in Chengdu, according to Zhang.
“We knew there would be a tough battle with the Italian team before the final in the afternoon. We kept encouraging each other. As the host, we must take the championship,” Li said.
Luo, born in 2004, is currently studying at SZU. In 2021, she clinched the bronze in the 4x100m medley relay for Guangdong Province at the 14th National Games.
On March 23 this year, Luo ranked fifth in the women’s 50m freestyle swimming final of the Chinese national spring swimming championships, according to the Daily report.
(Shenzhen Daily Liang Dazhi)