Break the national record or even the Asian record, but missed the final because of physical fitness test?
Such ridiculous things are happening all over the country
On the first day of the competition, Fu Yuanhui, Yu Jingyao, and Fang Zhe all won the first place in the preliminaries, and Yu Hexin even broke the national record, but they all missed the final because of their physical performance.
According to the regulations of this competition, among the top 16 contestants in the preliminaries, the top eight in physical performance will enter the final. The physical performance is the same, and then enter the final according to the swimming ranking.
Zhou Jihong, chairman of the Chinese Swimming Association.
In the face of controversy and netizens' puzzlement, Zhou Jihong, chairman of the China Swimming Association, accepted an interview with China Sports Daily to support the physical fitness test.
"In order for Chinese swimming to reach a higher level in an all-round way, it must be based and specialized. Therefore, the purpose of adding basic physical fitness tests in this national competition is to make up for the shortcomings of Chinese athletes and improve the competitiveness of Chinese swimmers in the world. ."
"In other words, the purpose of strengthening physical fitness and making up for shortcomings is to encourage athletes to be able to benchmark against the world's top levels in basic physical abilities and professional sports performance."
"This time the National Championship and Olympic Qualification Tournament held in Qingdao is the first time that we have included a physical fitness test in a formal national competition. We will continue to stick to this direction of competition reform."
"From the results of physical fitness tests, most athletes have achieved good results, and even scored full marks in individual physical fitness, reflecting the results of physical fitness training."
"We will also conscientiously summarize the physical training through this competition, and establish a more complete basic physical training and physical competition system that is compatible with swimming and closely integrates the special events."
When talking about the results of the preliminary contest on the first day, Zhou Jihong said: "The competition must be conducted according to the rules, and everyone is equal before the rules. We must conduct an objective analysis of the special results of several athletes: First, Yu Hexin This result is equivalent to last year's world ranking 11th, giving him the absolute strength to enter the semi-finals of the World Series, but it does not guarantee that he will enter the finals."
"Secondly, although both Yu Jingyao and Fu Yuanhui's results have reached the Olympic A standard, they are far from the world level. Although there are more athletes in my country that can reach the Olympic A standard in the championship and the Olympic Games, it is difficult. It’s the result that appears in the competition to win a medal at the Olympics or at least enter the final."
The 2020 National Swimming Championships and Tokyo Olympics Qualification Tournament will be held from September 22nd to October 2nd. This competition set up a two-day physical fitness competition, including vertical jump, pull-ups, trunk core strength, 30-meter run, and 3000-meter run. The physical fitness competition is directly used as a component of the competition.
The "Notice of the General Office of the General Administration of Sports on Further Strengthening Basic Physical Training to Replenish Physical Shortcomings" pointed out: "Physical fitness is an important foundation for athletes' competitive ability. Strengthening physical fitness training can not only improve the physical fitness of athletes, but also lay a solid foundation for the ability to compete well. The foundation is more able to temper the will and quality of the athletes, and forge the fine style of tenacious struggle and never give up."
Zhou Jihong, Chairman of Swimming Association, supports physical fitness test