China names squad for FINA Swimming World Championships   2011-07-01 20:11:08 FeedbackPrintRSS

BEIJING, July 1 (Xinhua) -- China has named a 165-member squad for the Fina Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, announced by the Chinese Swimming Administrative Center Friday.

"We will send 117 athletes and 48 officials to take part in the Shanghai Worlds," said Li Hua, director of the Chinese Swimming Administrative Center. "Our swimmers will take part in all the events at the World Championships."

The FINA Swimming World Championships 2011, which will be held in Shanghai from July 16 to 31, has four sports and 65 events.

Among the 117 athletes, 52 will take part in swimming, 12 in the open water swimming, 17 in diving, 26 in water polo and 12 in the synchronized swimming.

The Chinese women's team is led by 200m butterfly Olympic champion Liu Zige and 50m backstroke world champion Zhao Jing, while 800m freestyle world champion Zhang Lin and 1,500m Asian Games winner Sun Yang head the men's contingent.

"The Shanghai Worlds is the biggest competition before the 2012 London Games, so it is a good chance to get the swimmers ready," said Yao Zhengjie, coach of the swimming team.

"I hope we can find some young talent in the women's relay at the Shanghai Worlds," he added. "Although we won the women's 4X200m freestyle relay and 4X100m medley relay in last world championships in Rome 2009, we cannot guarantee a gold in Shanghai, as Australia and Canada both have claimed better results this year."

The 19-year-old Sun is one of the gold hopeful as he has three world first results in 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle. He also will take part in the men's 4X200m freestyle relay apart from the three individual events.

Rome World Championships 800m freestyle winner Zhang will not defend his title in Shanghai because he is out of shape. He will only compete in the 200m freestyle and the men's 4X200m freestyle relay.

Beijing Olympic women's 200m butterfly runner-up Jiao Liuyang, women's 4X200m freestyle relay world champions Pang Jiaying, Zhu Qianwei and Liu Jing, and women's 4X100m medley relay world champions Chen Huijia and Li Zhesi are all in the squad.

In diving, Olympic champions He Chong and Qin Kai will lead the men's team, while veteran diver Wu Minxia and Olympic 10m platform winner Chen Ruolin lead the women's team.

The Chinese diving team will leave for Shanghai a week before the World Championships begin, while the swimming team leaves on July 17, and the water polo team leaves on July 13.

Editor: Wang Guanqun
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