Liu Xiang (swimmer)

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Liu Xiang sets a new world record of 26.98 seconds in the women's 50m backstroke final at the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug. 21, 2018.

Liu Xiang (刘湘) is a Chinese swimmer and the Asian record holder in 50m freestyle. She set a new world record of 26.98 seconds in the women's 50m backstroke final at the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug. 21, 2018.

The previous world mark 27.06 was held by former world champion Zhao Jing who set in July 30, 2009 while the previous Asian record was set by Gao Chang 27.48.

Liu won a bronze medal from 50m backstroke in 2015 World Championships in Kazan.