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China’s Fu Yuanhui with her bronze medal after the women’s 100m backstroke at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Photo: AFP

Tokyo Olympics: star Chinese swimmers Fu Yuanhui, Ye Shiwen and Liu Xiang miss out

  • Chinese Swimming Association announces final 30-strong squad for Olympic Games
  • Stars of Rio 2016 and London 2012 join Sun Yang in missing out on Tokyo 2020
A number of big names will miss the Tokyo 2020 Olympics later this month after the Chinese Swimming Association confirmed its team for the delayed Games.
Aside from triple Olympic champion Sun Yang, who was banned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport last month until the Paris Olympics in 2024, others to miss the cut were Rio 2016 breakout star Fu Yuanhui, London 2012 double gold medallist Ye Shiwen and another world-record breaker, Liu Xiang.
Fu’s Tokyo chances had long been a topic of discussion after she was disqualified from an Olympic qualifier in May.

The 25-year-old was disqualified for a false start in the semi-finals of the 100m backstroke in Qingdao and missed her chance to secure Olympic A qualification. She then did not turn up to a second chance event in June.

Fu Yuanhui makes a face to camera during a competition. Photo: Handout

Fu went viral after her surprise reaction to winning the 100-metre backstroke bronze medal in Rio was shared online. Fans were won over by her honesty.

Viral star Fu ‘not going to Tokyo’ after missing China qualifiers

Ye, 25, shattered the 400m IM world record and the 200m IM Olympic record in London nine years ago. She struggled in Rio, finishing eighth in the 400m final and missing out on the 200m medal event.

Liu, 24, made her Olympic debut at the Rio Games but impressed more at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, where she won gold in the 50m backstroke, setting a world record.

A total of 30 swimmers were named by the CSA and they will compete in 34 different events in Tokyo.

Who is barrier-breaking Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui?

The 19 women are Ai Yanhan, Chen Jie, Cheng Yujie, Dong Jie, Li Bingjie, Liu Yaxin, Peng Xuwei, Tang Muhan, Tang Qianting, Wang Jian Jiahe, Wu Qingfeng, Xin Xin, Yang Junxuan, Yu Jingyao, Yu Yiting, Yu Liyan, Zhang Yifan, Zhang Yufei and Zhu Menghui.

The 11 men are Cheng Long, He Junyi, Hong Jinquan, Ji Xinjie, Sun Jiajun, Tan Haiyang, Wang Shun, Xu Jiayu, Yan Zibei, Yu Hexin and Zhang Ziyang.