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UPDATED: 07:57, December 14, 2004
Olympic champion Luo fails to qualify for 100m breaststroke final
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Olympic and world champion Luo Xuejuan produced the biggest surprise at the Chinese autumn national swimming meet Monday as she failed to qualify for the 100m breaststroke final.

Luo finished 12th in the morning qualifying round in a stunningslow time of one minute 12.67 seconds, 6.03 seconds outside her winning mark at the Athens Olympic Games in August.

"Luo strained her leg, and she could only managed to finish therace," Luo's coach Zhang Yadong explained.

Qi Hui grabbed the title in 1:09.71 and Zhao Jin from Shanxi finished second in 1:10.95. Zhang Xin of Shangdong, 200m breaststroke winner Friday, came third in 1:10.99.

Zhou Jiawei from Guangdong raced to win the men's 100m butterfly title but still regretted missing a new record.

He clocked 53.36, 0.16 slower than the national record set by Jiang Chengji eight years ago.

"I would have broken the record if I had one less stroke to finish," he said. "I spent last night almost sleepless thinking about how to set a new record but it was a technical mistake that cost me a lot."

Wu Peng, reigning 200m and 400m individual medley champion here,settled for the runner-up position in 54.11 while 50m backstroke gold medalist Ouyang Kunpeng finished third in 54.30.

World championships bronze medalist in 200m IM Zhou Yafei, coming back from a month of rest due to neck injury, chalked up her second title here in the 50m butterfly in 27.00.

Zhou, also a member of the 4x100m medley relay winning team at the worlds, has been suffering from a sore neck since November.

"She resumed training only a week ago and she has not fully recovered from her injury, caused by long-time fatigue," said Yao Ying, Zhou's coach.

Xu Yanwei followed at heel to take silver in 27.37 while Tao Liwas third, 0.55 off the pace.

Long-distance specialist Chen Hua swam in 16:29.61 to win the women's 1,500m freestyle laurel and Wang Yige from Zhejiang came second in 16:31.36. Shandong's Tan Miao finished third in 16:31.39.

Spearheaded by world 200m free bronze medalist Yang Yu, Zhejiang sailed to the women's 4x200m free relay victory in 8:09.62, edging Shanghai to the second place in 8:13.55. The Australians from Queensland Academy of Sports, invited to take part in the Chinese tournament, was third in 8:15.28.

The gold in men's 100m breaststroke went to Cheng Hao of Shanghai with a time of 1:03.15 and Zeng Qiliang from Guangdong settled for silver in 1:03.56. Shanxi's Xue Ruipeng was third in 1:03.85.

Source: Xinhua

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