Swimming Australia - 20 January 2016
Dual London Olympic gold medallists Sun Yang and Ye Shiwen will headline a 24-strong Chinese National team announced today for next month’s 2016 Perth Aquatic Super Series against the Australian Dolphins and Japan.
The 2012 Olympic champions will be major international drawcards for the first international hit-out of the year, en-route to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The pair will join Australia’s reigning world champions Emily Seebohm, Bronte Campbell and Mitch Larkin along with Japanese stars – two-time Olympic medallist Takuro Fujii and women’s World championship breaststroke medallist Rio Kaneto.
Seebohm, Campbell and Larkin will be joined by 2013 World Champion Cate Campbell and fellow 2015 Kazan medallists Cameron McEvoy, Madi Wilson, Jess Ashwood and Mack Horton in an exciting Australian line up.
“I love racing internationally and it is even better when it’s on home soil,” said Cate Campbell.
“I’d never really understood home ground advantage before we went to Perth for the first time a couple of years ago.
“To hear the crowd roaring for you and not the person next to you does give you a lift and standing there with everyone cheering for you is definitely very very special.
“It’s a great way to start the year, we are going to have some tough competition and everyone is racing not just for themselves but for the team.
“I think that is really important if you are personally stinging a little bit and you want to find that little bit extra because you are going to be helping out your team.
“You are swimming for the Australian Dolphins it’s a great team bonding experience.
“It’s quite a small Australian team with a few new faces on it which will be really exciting; blooding some new athletes will be great especially in the lead up to an Olympic Games.”
Australia has named a team of experienced Olympians and world champions along with a select band of rising stars, including breaststrokers Matthew Wilson and Georgia Bohl and medley man Justin James.
The three-way international meet will be swum over two days, on February 5 and 6 at Perth’s HBF Stadium with tickets available through Ticketmaster.
Sun became China’s first male Olympic gold medallist when he won the 400 and 1500m freestyle in London four years ago while Ye, just 16, won double gold in the 200 and 400m individual medley.
Just last year Sun, the world record holder for 1500m freestyle, took his overall FINA World Championship gold medal tally to seven, when he won the 400 and 800m freestyle double in Kazan.
Sun will race Australia’s young gun, Mack Horton (who won bronze behind the Chinese super-swimmer over the 800m in Kazan) over both the 400 and 1500m freestyle.
Horton will have his first major competitive hit-out at this week’s Victorian State Championships at the Melbourne Sports And Aquatic Centre, starting Friday as will Larkin and fellow Perth-bound Dolphins Emma McKeon, Georgia Bohl and Madi Wilson
Ye competed at last year’s Kazan World Championships and finished eighth in the 200m individual medley and will face Australian pair Keryn McMaster and Tessa Wallace.
Japan has also named a 24-member team of 13 men and 11 women, to be led by two-time Olympic relay medallist from 2008 and 2012, Fujii.
The star sprint butterfly-freestyler, was a member of the Japanese silver medal-winning 4 x 100 medley relay in London 2012 and bronze in the same medley relay in Beijing in 2008.
Kaneto is one of the world’s best female 200m breaststrokers, winning silver in the 2014 FINA World Short Course Championships and silver in the Pan Pacs on the Gold Coast in the same year.
She was a close up sixth in last year’s Fina World Championship final with just two seconds separating the first six places – an event which saw a triple dead-heat for third.
Kaneto will line up against Australian pair, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Taylor McKeown and London Olympian Tessa Wallace.
Other standouts include Chinese trio:
The emerging Japanese team will feature:
Teams for the 2016 Perth Aquatic Super Series, HBF Stadium, February 5 and 6.
Hao Yun (Events: 200, 400m freestyle):
Li Guangyuan (Events: 100, 200m backstroke):
Li Zhuhao (Events: 100m butterfly)
Qian Zhiyong: (Events: 200m freestyle, 200 IM):
Sun Weixiang (Events: 200m IM, 200 breaststroke, 400 IM):
Sun Yang (Events: 400, 800,1500m freestyle)
Wu Yuhang (Events: 100, 400, 1500 freestyle)
Xu Jiayu (Events: 100, 200 backstroke):
Yan Zibei (Events: 100 backstroke):
Yu Hexin Events (50 butterfly, 100 freestyle):
Zhang Qibin: Events: (100m butterfly):
Zhang Jie (Events: 200m freestyle):
Ai Yanhan (Events: 200 freestyle):
Chen Jie (Events: 100 backstroke):
Chen Xinyi (Event: 50 Freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly):
He Yun (Events: 100m breaststroke):
Li Bingjie (Events: 800 Freestyle):
Liu Yaxin (Events: 100, 200 backstroke
Liu Xiang (Events: 50, 100, 200 backstroke):
Shen Duo (Events: 100, 200 freestyle):
Xu Danlu: (Events: 800 freestyle):
Ye Shiwen: (Events: 200 IM, 400 IM):
Zhang Yufei (Events: 200 Fly, 200 freestyle):
Zhu Menghui: (Events: 50, 100m freestyle):
Yuma Edo: Events (100, 200m backstroke)
Takuro Fujii (Events: 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle):
Hiromasa Fujimori: (Events 200m IM):
Takeharu Fujimori (Events 200m IM, 400m IM ):
Masaki Kaneko (Events: 100, 200m backstroke):
Takeshi Kawamoto: (Events: 100m butterfly, backstroke, freestyle):
Yasuhira Koseki (Events: 100, 200 breaststroke):
Yohsuke Miyamoto (Events: 400, 1500m freestyle):
Shinri Shioura (Events: 100m, 200m freestyle):
Keita Sunama (Events: 100, 200m backstroke):
Masayuki Umemoto (Events: 200m butterfly):
Hayato Watanabe (Events: 100, 200m breaststroke):
Fuyu Yoshida (Events: 50, 100, 200m freestyle):
Suzuka Hasegawa (Events: 200 butterfly):
Chihiro Igarashi (Events: 100, 200, 400m freestyle):
Rie Kaneto: . (Events: 100, 200m breaststroke):
Nao Kobayashi: (Events: 200m butterfly):
Yayoi Matsumoto: (Events: 50, 100, 200 freestyle ):
Yukino Miyasaka: (Events: 50, 100, 200m breaststroke ):
Emi Moronuki (Events: 100, 200m backstroke):
Yuriko Saito (Events: 200m backstroke, 200m freestyle)
Misaki Sekiguchi: (Events: 50, 100m Freestyle, 50, 100m breaststroke)
Sakiko Shimizu: (Events: 200, 400m IM):
Miho Takahashi (Events: 200, 400m IM):
Thomas Fraser-Holmes (Events: 200 freestyle, 200, 400IM)
Jayden Hadler (Events: 100m butterfly)
Mack Horton (Events: 400, 1500m freestyle)
Justin James (Events: 200IM):
Mitch Larkin (Events: 100, 200m backstroke):
Cameron McEvoy (Events: 50, 100, 200m freestyle):
David McKeon (Events: 200, 400m freestyle):
David Morgan (100, 200m butterfly):
Jake Packard (Events: 100, 200m breaststroke):
Matthew Wilson (Events: 100, 200m breaststroke)
Jessica Ashwood (Events: 400, 800m freestyle):
Georgia Bohl (Events: 100, 200m breaststroke):
Bronte Campbell (Events: 50, 100m freestyle)
Cate Campbell (Events: 50, 100m freestyle):
Emma McKeon (Events: 100, 200m freestyle, 100m butterfly):
Taylor McKeown (Events: 100, 200m breaststroke):
Keryn McMaster (Events: 200, 400 IM)
Emily Seebohm (Events: 100, 200m backstroke):
Brianna Throssell (Events: 200m butterfly, 200, 400IM):
Tessa Wallace (Events: 100, 200m breaststroke, 200, 400m IM):
Madison Wilson (Events: 100, 200m backstroke)
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