2013 FINA World Championships, Day 4 FINALS REAL-TIME RECAPS

The 2013 FINA World Swimming Championships roll into the halfway mark on Wednesday, July 31st at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona Spain, and there will be four finals on the day. That’s only after the meet gets rolling with two semi-finals, including of the men’s 100 free: the race that has been more talked about for this World Championships than any.

We’ll be updating this page with recaps as the events happen. As a reminder, here’s what you need to know for day 4:

Men’s 100 free (SEMIFINALS)
Women’s 50 backstroke (SEMIFINALS)
Men’s 200 fly (FINALS)
Women’s 200 free (FINALS)
Men’s 50 breast (FINALS)
Women’s 200 fly (SEMIFINALS)
Men’s 800 free (FINALS)

Full day 4 finals preview.
All of the links you need to follow Wednesday’s finals session is available here.

Men’s 100 Free – SEMIFINALS

Whatever funk, illness, or whatever has plagued American Nathan Adrian through his first two swims in the Palau seems to have been shaken; he came out for this semi-final looking very focused and comfortable as he won heat 1 in 47.95. That puts him as the top overall seed. But his wasn’t even the best bounce-back story of these semi-finals.

Immediately afterward, Longhorn Aquatics’ Jimmy Feigen stepped onto the blocks and won heat 2 in 48.07 – the best swim he’s had of this meet after getting a lot of criticism for his performance on the men’s 400 free relay. The ability to channel his struggles into that sort of swim speaks well for his future as a professional athlete, where that sort of amnesia is a huge hallmark of success.

They weren’t the only two that recovered from poor prelims swims; Brazil’s Marcelo Chierighini barely snuck into the 100 free semi-final as the 15th seed, but will be 3rd in the finals with a 48.11 behind Feigen.

Vlad Morozov and James Magnussen were matching 48.20’s, with Magnussen playing with fire a little bit after having easily taken the top swim in the morning. That means the four big favorites coming into the meet, plus Feigen, will hold center stage.

France’s Fabien Gilot, who was great in France’s 400 free relay victory, is the 6th seed in 48.21, followed by Australian Cameron McEvoy in 48.43 and Italy’s Luca Dotto in just 48.46. With the way this race came in seeded, nobody would have guessed that a 48.46 would have final’ed, but alas it did.

That means Cuba’s Hanser Garcia, whose potential has so many swim fans in the western hemisphere excited, failed to advance to the finals with a 48.54 for 11th, as did the Netherlands’ Sebastiaan Verschuren, who scratched the 200 free final earlier in the meet to focus on this event. Verschuren was tied for 13th in 48.73.

Full men’s 100 freestyle semifinals results here.

Women’s 50 Backstroke – SEMIFINALS

China’s Fu Yuanhui was the second-fastest swimmer to the turn in the women’s 100 backstroke final (behind only Missy Franklin, who scratched out of this 50 back), and she backed that up here with a 27.40 to take the top seed in the women’s 50 backstroke.

That put her three-tenths of a second ahead of Japan’s Aya Terakawa: a huge margin in a 50-meter race. Spain continued to be very strong, as Mercedes Peris Minguet took the 3rd seed in 27.71 to cut two-tenths off of her own Spanish National Record. By our count, that’s at least 11 National Records for Spain already at this meet.

The other Chinese swimmer Jing Zhao also made the final, placing 4th in 27.87, followed by Etiene Medeiros (27.89) and lone American representative Rachel Bootsma (27.93). Great Britain’s Lauren Quigley made her first big international final with a 28.02 for the 7th seed, and her countrymate Georgia Davies will join her as the bookends for this race in 28.05.

Australian Emily Seebohm, who took silver in the 50 backstroke but didn’t have as much speed early there as we normally see from her, was 12th in 28.29.

Women’s 50 backstroke semifinals full results.

Men’s 200 Fly  – FINALS

Another Olympic Champion at this meet who has rolled into a World Championship: South Africa’s Chad le Clos began a South African medal run on Wednesday by winning the men’s 200 fly in 1:54.32. That time shows just how different this 200 fly is last year than this year: le Clos is the only swimmer from last year’s Olympic top 4 to make the final this year, and his winning time from Barcelona would not have medaled in London.

As it is, though, he did all he needed to do to complete his medal case in this event: he was the winner of the Short Course World Championship in 2010 and 2012, the Commonwealth Games in 2010, the Olympic Games in 2012, the All-Africa Games in 2011, and now has a World Championship from 2013 as well. The only little chip is one he can’t get back: in 2010, at the Youth Olympics, he earned only silver, behind Hungary’s Bence Biczo.

Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski, the 2005 World Champion in this event, led about half of this race, but wound up 2nd in 1:55.01 when le Clos had a great finish. China’s Wu Peng was 3rd in 1:55.09, followed by his countrymate Yin Chen in 1:55.47.

The top-finishing American was Tom Luchsinger in 1:55.70 for 5th place, which comes up just short of the time that won him the National Title in the U.S. this year. Russia’s Nikolay Skvortsvo was 6th in 1:56.02, followed by Tyler Clary (1:56.34) and Leonardo de Deus (1;56.44).

Full men’s 200 fly finals results available here.

Women’s 200 Free – FINALS

Missy Franklin has been nothing but golden at this meet. Though she scratched the 50 backstroke semifinal, her most vulnerable event, she is now three-for-three in finals with gold medals, swimming a 1:54.81 for victory in the women’s 200 free. This one was the best of the group, however, as it was her first lifetime best of the meet so far. That means she broke a full second off of her 17-18 National Age Group Record set at the Olympics last year.

Italy’s Federica Pellegrini once again had a big closing kick, about what we saw from her in the semi-finals, and found herself back on the podium in 1:55.14. She was unable to repeat her gold medal from 2011, but after the year she had in 2012, that silver medal will feel really good around her neck.

France’s Camille Muffat, the Olympic Champion, took bronze in 1:55.72, and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom was 4th in 1:56.63.

Spain’s Melanie Costa-Schmid was 5th in 1;57.04, missing her Spanish Record from the semi’s, and the top 8 were rounded out by Australia’s Kylie Palmer (1:57.14), American Shannon Vreeland (1:57.41), and the second Frenchwoman Charlotte Bonnet (1:57.56).

Full women’s 200 free finals results available here.

Men’s 50 Breaststroke – FINALS

The South African day four medal haul jumped to three when teammates and training partners Cameron van der Burgh and Giulio Zorzi took gold and bronze in the men’s 50 breaststroke, with times of 26.77 and 27.04, respectively.

That gold from van der Burgh could have just as easily been a silver, though, with Christian Sprenger breaking an Australian National Record by going 26.78 – missing his second title by just .01 seconds.

That small margin shows the importance of every tiny detail in these 50’s, and reared its head again as Slovenia’s Damir Dugonjic was 4th in 27.05 – missing bronze by just .01 seconds himself.

Brazil’s Joao Gomes Junior was 5th in 27.20, just ,01 seconds ahead of New Zealand’s Glenn Snyders, and then things were relatively spread out as Swedish teenager Johannes Skagius took 7th (27.48) and Italy’s Mattia Pesce was 8th (27.53).

Full men’s 50 breaststroke final results available here.

Women’s 200 Fly – SEMIFINALS

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu looked really good in the 200 fly semi-finals, with times of 2:06.53 and 2:06.85, respectively, for the 1st and 3rd seeds headed into the finals.

Cammile Adams, however, looked just as good, going 2:06.75 to split-the-difference and take lane 5 for the final. These three, its no coincidence, are the three best finishers in the field. NCAA visions of both Hosszu and Adams running away from fields haunt nightmares of American 200 butterfliers, and in this race, Belmonte was every bit as good in the last 50 meters.

Adams’ big advantage is the lack of competition at the U.S. World Championship Trials; without Kathleen Hersey, the runner-up was Maya DiRado, who isn’t even a butterflier (she was 12th in these semis in 2:08.28). That meant that Adams could largely train through that meet, and with dual coaching from David Marsh and Steve Bultman, two of the best in the country, her taper looks to have been played just right.

Still lurking, though, are China’s two swimmers Liu Zige (4th seed – 2:07.18) and Jiao Liuyang (7th seed – 2:07.70). Liuyang is the defending Olympic Champion, but neither of them has looked nearly as good through these first two rounds as they did in 2012.

Natsumi Hoshi from Japan tied Zige for 4th, and also in the final will be Hungary’s Zsu Jakabos (6th – 2:07.31) and Spain’s Judit Ignacio Sorribes (8th – 2:07.86). That gives Spain two swimmers in this final.

Full women’s 200 fly semifinal results available here.

Men’s 200 IM – SEMIFINAL

Ryan Lochte again looked very easy in his 200 IM, taking the top seed headed into finals in 1:57.07. As we saw in the 200 free, though, that’s not to say that he’s by any means a guarantee to win ahead of Kosuke Hagino (1:57.38), Laszlo Cseh (1:57.41), and Thiago Pereira (1:57.52), the next three seeds.

Lochte has taken over the mantle of the best IM breaststroker, which will be his big advantage over Hagino. Lochte actually played this race very smart – going hard on his breaststroke, and coasting everywhere else. It’s rather demoralizing in an IM when you see yourself getting crushed on a breaststroke and panic because there’s nothing you can do about it. The bulk of the work comes from the kick, where Lochte has gotten so good, and with that being largely a different style of muscular expenditure than the fly, back, and freestyle kicks, he could push his breaststroke without burning himself out for finals.

Hagino, meanwhile, struggles on the breaststroke – he was one of the slowest breaststroke splits of the entire top 16.

In 5th behind those star was China’s Wang Shun in 1:57.80; he’s had a very good year in 2013, which makes him one of the few Chinese elites who can say that. Japan’s Daiya Seto (1:58.03), Australia’s Daniel Tranter (1:58.10), and Sweden’s Simon Sjodin (1:58.17) also are in the final. For Sjodin, that’s somewhat of redemption after he was left off of the Olympic Team (among much outcry from Sweden’s elites).

Full men’s 200 IM semifinal results available here.

Men’s 800 Free – FINALS

This was not the two-man race between Sun Yang and Ryan Cochrane that we expected. In fact, it was a four man race between those two and the two Americans, Michael McBroom and Connor Jaeger.

Ultimately, though, Sun was leading the pack the entire way, and nobody could make a lasting-move on any prolonged basis against Sun’s ultra-efficient stroke.

The only swimmer who at any point got close to passing Sun was McBroom (somewhat surprisingly him and not Jaeger). as he pulled within half-a-second around the 500 meter mark.

McBroom was in trouble early, as he was 8th after 150 meters and was in danger of losing contact. He really climbed back into the race though, and won silver as a part of his first ever International Team. He also broke the American Record of 7:45.63 that Larsen Jensen had held since 2005.

Cochrane outswam Jaeger on the last 50 to get bronze in 7:43.70, and Jaeger wound up 4th in 7:44.26, also under the old American Record. For Cochrane, that was the first Canadian swimming medal of these Championships.

After that tight grouping at the top, the results began to spread out quite a big. Australia’s Jordan Harrison had a much better swim than in the 400 to finish 5th in 7:47.38.

Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri was 6th in 7:50.29, followed by Pal Joensen of the Faroe Islands (7:52.57), and Tunisia’s Ous Mellouli (7:52.79).

Full men’s 1500 freestyle finals results available here.

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bobo gigi
9 years ago

Little comments on day 4.
I’m not worried about Magnussen in the 100 free. He didn’t want to be the favorite in final. Adrian swims well and will start fast. I don’t believe in Morozov and Feigen for the final. Gilot can finish third.
Very special technique for Chad le Clos but it’s efficient.
Congrats to Missy in the 200 free! She’s a champion. I knew Missy and Camille would start fast. They had to do it. Federica is a strong finisher and has shown it again.
I want to see Mireia with the gold medal in the 200 fly. She deserves it after so many efforts this week.
Amazing to see that Cameron Van… Read more »

bobo gigi
9 years ago
Rafael Teixeira
9 years ago

Any 200 IM footage?

Scuba Steve
9 years ago

My overall impressions of the meet so far is that the men have been underwhelming, and the women have been amazing. I’d say the top 5 swims are all women so far (5 have gone either under old WR or under textile record. I’m going to try to put them in order.
1) Ledecky 400 – just gets the nod for being first under 4:00 in textile
2) Campbell 100 – 52.33 is insane. This ranks highly because 100m free is such a cmpetitive event, and the previous textile best (52.75) was the only time Kromowidjojo has broken 53 seconds, so was outstanding in its own right.
3) Ledecky 1500 – outstanding, but ranked down because it’s… Read more »

Lane Four
Reply to  Scuba Steve
9 years ago

#3 was something that I never considered but definitely worthy of thought. If this is or was the case, Katie’s 15:36 puts the event right where it should be.

Reply to  Lane Four
9 years ago

Yes.i won’t bore people with thehistoricals but 15.37 is exactly where it should be based on 400 m levels of all distance greats Debbie Shane Tracey & Janet.

Friis is similar to Jo Harshberger or Jenny Turrell in that their 400s were not world records but amazing endurance after that. ( these also were 15 ) . Lite is exceptional because she is a grandma co pared to these girls. But as Laurenalso showed – it can be done.

Note the 1972 m400 just on the 4.00 . The next year in Split Steve Holland went 15.30 at 16.

Lane Four
Reply to  Jg
9 years ago

The history doesn’t bore me at all. I love it.

Reply to  Scuba Steve
9 years ago

In fact, Campbell’s cut down the previous textile WR (52.75) to 52.33 by .42 seconds

While Ledecky cut down previous textile WR (4:01.13) to 3:59.82 by 1:31 seconds

So percentage wise, Campbell’s swim is actually stronger.

Both swims are tremendous, and yes, it is a crime that Campbell and Ledecky do not get their names attached to the WRs.

And this is FINA’s crime.

Reply to  aswimfan
9 years ago

It is insane to think that Kornelia Ender broke ten 100 free WRs, and Britta Steffen broke five 100 free WRs, while Campbell will have no WR to her name if she can’t break 52.07 by the end of her career.

9 years ago

Who knows what’s going on in Maggie? Sprenger Mr Reliable
Missy super outstanding!

Lane Four
9 years ago

Does anyone know where the men’s 800 meter free video is?

Reply to  Lane Four
9 years ago

Bobo posted the link above

9 years ago

I am more courius to see how fast ledecky can go in the 200….granted she’ll be on the relay tomorrow but are the coaches going to lead her off????? to go under 4min in the 400 is CRAZY!!!!!! makes me wonder what she is campable of!!!!!! but it does sure set the americans up for RIO!!!!!!

9 years ago

Ok I’m changing my prediction for the 100 free final from 1) Magnussen, 2) Morozov, 3) Adrian to 1) Magnussen, 2) Adrian, 3) Morozov. 47.59 will win it. Adrian is really swinging his head during breathing, surely he is not over-rotating his shoulders?

Still many empty seats in the stadium.

Lane Four
Reply to  PAC12BACKER
9 years ago

My butt needs to be in one of those empty seats.

Reply to  PAC12BACKER
9 years ago

Morozov will not medal.

Rafael Teixeira
Reply to  Psyc
9 years ago

Chiereguinni might grab 3rd place.. he seems confident.. but Feigen can surprise too..

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