As swimmers say, “last one, fast one” and we have finally made it to the eighth and final day of the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. With the individual and relay medley events on the line up today, we will see some of the toughest competitors in the water.
Usually the 400IM falls on the first day of competition in the Olympic Games, but here it is on the last and final day. Kosuke Hagino will be swimming his sixth individual event this morning, where he is the top seed. He is missing a gold thus far at this meet, and could find himself atop in the 400IM.
Ye Shiwen from China had quite the year in London, winning both gold’s in the IM’s. She had a disappointing 200 IM earlier this week failing to medal at 4th place. She will be the top seed today, but will have to swim her best to beat this deep field. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) is the 2009 World Champion in this event, had an 200IM was impressive, and look to her to be equally as impressive here if she has some gas in the tank. This will be her sixth event, along with Mireia Belmonte Farcia (ESP).
Our meet ends with the medley relay. Team USA finds themselves seeded first in the men’s and women’s race, and it’ll always interesting to see the combination they decide upon. A lot of races have been tight this week (Plummer vs. Grevers, Feigen vs. Adrian, etc.) and in past USA has fully switched out their relays from prelims to finals.
The biggest competitors for the men will be the Japanese who need a solid anchor if they want to have a chance. And for the women it will be from Australia, who are known for their sprints especially in the strokes.
Here is the event line-up for today in order –
Men’s 400m IM
Women’s 400m IM
Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay
Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay
Looking ahead tonight’s final timeline –
Men’s 50m Backstroke FINAL
Women’s 50m Breaststroke FINAL
Men’s 400m IM FINALS
Women’s 50m Freestyle FINALS
Women’s 400m IM FINALS
Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay FINALS
Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay FINALS
Men’s 400m IM PRELIMS
Rookie Chase Kaliz is seed first tonight in the men’s 400IM at 4:11.87, which is right on his best from Indianapolis. His American teammate Tyler Clary is back in 3rd at 4:13.55.
They are split by Daiya Seto from Japan who was 4:12.96 this morning to sit 2nd. His teammate who is ranked first in the world this year, Kosuke Hagino is 4th at 4:13.80. This is Hagino’s sixth event of the meet, but he still remains the favorite.
David Verraszto of Hungary is 5th (4:13.95), Daniel Wallace is 6th (4:14.15).
Thomas Fraser-Holmes from Australia has been the second best this year will have an outside lane tonight, finishing 7th this morning at 4:14.52.
Silver medalist from London, Thiago Pereira frm Brazil was our last qualifier by .09 to finish 8th at 4:15.81.
Top 8: Kalisz, USA; Seto, JPN; Clary, USA; Hagino, JPN; Verraszto, HUN; Wallace, GBR; Fraser-Holmes, AUS; Pereira, BRA
Women’s 400m IM PRELIMS
The iron women of the meet, in the sixth event are our top two seeds in the 400IM. Gold medalists in the 200IM earlier this week, Katinka Hosszu is 1st by about two seconds (4:32.72) over Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia (4:34.64).
Gold medalist from London last summer, Ye Shiwen is tied for 3rd close behind Belmonte Garcia at 4:34.93. Ye is looking to rebound from a disappointing 200IM earlier this week where we failed to medal.
Zsuzsanna Jakabos from Hungary shared 3rd with Shiwen, also finishing at 4:34.93.
Best in the world this year was Great Britain’s Hannah Miley, who is 5th after her morning swim at 4:34.94. Behind Hosszu, it is a pretty tight spread from 2nd to 5th, with only a .3 differentiation.
American’s Elizabeth Beisel and Madeline Dirado both made it into the final with a 6th (4:35.17) and 7th (4:37.39) finish this morning. Both women were 4:34’s in Indianapolis.
Otsuka Miyu rounds off our top 8, at 4:37.77.
Top 8: Hosszu, HUN; Belmonte Garcia, ESP; Shiwen, CHN; Jakabos, HUN; Miley, GBR; Beisel, USA; Dirado, USA; Miyu, JPN
Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay PRELIMS
We were interested who we’d find on the 4x100m relay this morning for the American men, and the team of David Plummer, Nicolas Fink, Eugene Godsoe and Jimmy Feigen are our top seed by a second at 3:32.72.
Australia tied for 2nd with Russia at 3:33.64 with Ashley Delaney, Christian Sprenger, Kenneth To and Cameron McEvoy. Russia was lead by Vladimir Morozov, Kirill Strelnikov, Nikolar Skvortsov and Nikita Lobintsev.
It will be a tight battle potentially between the men of Australia and USA. USA isn’t nearly as dominant as they were last summer, when they had three out of four members finish with Gold medals at the Olympics. Here in Barcelona only one of their members finished with gold, their backstroker Matt Grevers.
France (3:34.04), Japan (3:34.25), Italy (3:34.29) Hungary (3:34.64) and Germany (3:34.91) are all close behind for 4th though 8th, only a .87 second separates the pack.
Top 8: USA, Australia, Russia, France, Japan, Italy, Hungary, Germany
Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay PRELIMS
Just like the men in the event before them, Team USA sits 1st with a team of Liz Pelton, Breeja Larson, Claire Donahue and Shannon Vreeland with a time of 3:58.66.
Most likely we will see Missy Franklin (1st, 100 backstroke), Jessica Hardy (3rd, 100 breaststroke), Dana Vollmer (3rd, 100 butterfly) and Megan Romano (best relay swimmer in the field) tonight. They may not be as strong as they were last summer with three out of four gold medalists, but this team of four tonight is quite strong themselves.
Australia with Emily Seebohm, Samantha Marshall, Alicia Coutts and Emma McKeon are in second at 3:58.73. They don’t have the luxury that team USA has by switching out the whole relay for tonight, but they will get a boost in their butterfly and freestyle legs.
China rounds off the top 3 with Fu Yuanhui, Sun Ye, Lu Ying and Tany Yi are 3:59.39. The last time to swim under the 4:00 mark this morning.
Top 8: USA, Australia, China, Great Britain, Japan, Canada, Russia, Germany