2022 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- June 18-25, 2022 (pool swimming)
- Budapest, Hungary
- Duna Arena
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WOMEN’S 200 IM FINAL
- World Record: 2:06.12, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2015 World Championships
- Championship Record: 2:06.12, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2015 World Championships
- 2021 Olympic Champion: Yui Ohashi (JPN), 2:08.52
- 2019 World Champion: Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2:07.53
- Alex Walsh (USA) – 2:07.13
- Kaylee McKeown (AUS) – 2:08.57
- Leah Hayes (USA)- 2:08.91
- Rika Omoto (JPN) – 2:10.01
- Anastasia Gorbenko (ISR) – 2:11.02
- Seoyeong Kim (KOR) – 2:11.30
- Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2:11.37
- Mary-Sophie Harvey (CAN) – 2:12.77
16-year-old Leah Hayes set a new World Junior Record in the 200 IM swimming a time of 2:08.91 in the finals of the 200 IM at the 2022 World Championships. She also earned a bronze medal in the process.
Hayes broke the World Junior Record previously held by Yiting Yu who swam a time of 2:09.57 at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Hayes came into the meet with a best time of 2:09.99 which she swam at the 2022 US World Championship Trials back in April 2022. She then went a best time in prelims of the 200 IM at Worlds swimming a 2:09.81 breaking her own 15-16 National Age Group (NAG) Record. In semifinals, Hayes swam a time of 2:09.82 to be seeded second heading into finals.
|Hayes Finals||Hayes Prelims||Hayes April 2022||Old WJR- Yu|
Notably, Hayes was consistently faster on all four of her 50-stroke splits than she had been previously. The biggest difference was her 50 backstroke which was 0.49 seconds faster than she had been in both prelims at Worlds and in finals in April.
Hayes’s swim also re-breaks her own 15-16 NAG record. Hayes now becomes the fastest American 18 and under as well. Previously, tonight’s gold medalist Alex Walsh held the fastest American 18 and under time as she swam a 2:09.01 at age 18. Tonight’s swim also makes Hayes the youngest American under the 2:09 mark.
Overall, Hayes now moves up from 13th in the US all-time to number eight.