2014 World Short Course Championships: Day Two Finals Real-Time Recap

Day 2 of the 2014 World Short Course Championships are underway in Doha, Qatar, where the biggest medal haul of the meet will be awarded with 10 sets up for grabs.



  • World Record: 1:33.65 – Italy – 2013 1:30.91 – Brazil – 2014

The first ever Short Course World Champions in the men’s 200 medley are the Brazilians, who took the title and the record on Wednesday in 1:30.91. That cleared the 1:32.78 that Russia swam in prelims.

This is a relay tailor-made for the Brazilians, who have incredible speed over the 50 meter stroke races. Guilherme Guido put them in a slight hole early on the backstroke, but Felipe FrancaNicholas Santos, and Cesar Cielo, all former World Champions in their events and contenders here in Doha, made quick work to catch back up, and the Brazilians led at every other exchange.

A little teaser of a later final: France took 2nd in 1:31.25, including a 20.04 anchor from Florent ManaudouCesar Cielo split 20.08 to anchor the Brazilians, but was a tenth better on his reaction time. That’s an enticing matchup. Russia’s Vlad Morozov was only 20.43 for his 4th-place relay.

The Americans earned a second relay bronze medal of the meet with the team of Eugene GodsoeCody MillerTom Shields, and Josh Schneider. Godsoe had the fastest splits of anyone in the field on the backstroke leg and Shields was 2nd-best on the fly to Santos, giving the Americans some high hopes after an unexciting day one for Team USA.

Great Britain took 5th in 1:32.30, with Adam Peaty splitting a solid 25.71 as a warmup for the 100 breast final later in the session. Italy was 6th in 1:32.68, followed by Lithuania (1:34.35) and a Le-Clos-less South Africa (1:35.05).

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  • 2012 World Champ: 52.31 – Britta Steffen – Germany
  • 2010 World Champ: 51.45 – Ranomi Kromowidjojo – Netherlands
  • Meet Record: 51.45 – Ranomi Kromowidjojo – Netherlands – 2010
  • World Record: 51.01 – Libby Trickett – Australia – 2009

The northern European women were on-point in the women’s 100 free semi-finals, where they took four out of the five top qualifying spots into the finals.

That included the heat winners and top two qualifiers Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden (51.46) and Femke Heemskerk (51.51).

In 3rd was Heemskerk’s teammate and the Meet Record holder Ranomi Kromowidjojo in 51.57. Those three seem to have separated themselves somewhat from the field on Thursday evening.

Trying to pridge that gap is Australian Bronte Campbell (52.02) and Sweden’s Michelle Coleman (52.26), the 4th and 5th qualifiers. That just missed Coleman’s lifetime best.

Japan’s Miki Uchida was 6th in 52.49, and Veronika Popova and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace tied for the final qualifying spot in 52.56.

American Shannon Vreeland (52.69) and Brazilian Larissa Oliveira (52.75) were the first two out; the other American Abbey Weitzeil took 15th in 53.14.

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  • 2012 World Champ: 3:59.15 – Daiya Seto – Japan
  • 2010 World Champ: 3:55.55 – Ryan Lochte – United States
  • Meet Record: 3:55.55 – Ryan Lochte – United States – 2010
  • World Record: 3:55.55 – Ryan Lochte – United States – 2010

Japan’s Daiya Seto won the men’s 400 IM in 3:56.33 with the most dominating gold medal performance of the meet so far. His teammate Kosuke Hagino took 2nd in 4:01.17 and Hungary’s David Verraszto was 3rd in 4:01.82.

Seto is a phenomenal IM’er, especially in short course meters, and the defending champion, so him getting the win (and breaking Hagino’s Asian Record by a tenth) wasn’t a huge shock. The manner and margin by which he won, however, was. With no fear, Seto charged out to an early lead and led this race wire-to-wire. He crushed the field on the breaststroke leg by about two seconds, but that was expected. What wasn’t as obvious is how big of a margin (another two seconds) he would build on the field on the front-half of this race.

Hagino was never really in the battle, and though he had a good last 50 (27.28), it wasn’t nearly enough to catch Seto.

South African Sebastien Rousseau took 4th in 4:02.00 and American Tyler Clary was far from his best for 5th in 4:03.44 – more than a second away from his prelims time.

Michael Weiss took 6th in 4:05.37, followed by Semen Makovich of Russia (4:07.54) and Gal Nevo of Israel (4:07.99).

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  • 2012 World Champ:  29.44 – Ruta Meilutyte – Lithuania
  • 2010 World Champ: 29.83 – Rebecca Soni – United States
  • Meet Record: 28.81 – Ruta Meilutyte – Lithuania – 2014
  • World Record: 28.80 – Jessica Hardy – United States – 2009

Yesterday morning in the prelims of the 50 breaststroke Ruta Meilutyte just missed the world record, posting a time of 28.81 one one-hundredth of a second away from Jessica Hardy‘s 28.80. That was the goal this evening, but she went just a touch slower recording a time of 28.84.

Meilutyte didn’t just have the record on her mind. Alia Atkinson of Jamaica gave the Lithuanian teenager all she could handle finishing seven one-hundredths of a second behind Meilutyte. Atkinson’s time beats her own Jamaican record of 28.94 which she set last year.

Moniek Nijhuis of the Netherlands continued to her great year just missing her lifetime and season’s best of 29.62 recording a time of 29.64 to pick up the bronze.

Leiston Pickett of Australia finished fourth touching in a time of 29.83. She was followed by Jennie Johansson of Sweden who missed the Swedish national record by four one-hundredths of a second hitting the wall in a time of 29.99.

American Emma Reaney finished sixth in a time of 30.05 followed by Australian Sally Hunter who posted a 30.22 and Russian Valentina Artemeva who recorded a 30.37.

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  • 2012 World Champ: 49.89 – Matt Grevers – United States
  • 2010 World Champ: 49.07 – Stanislav Donets – Russia
  • Meet Record: 48.95 – Stanislav Donets – Russia – 2010
  • World Record: 48.94 – Nicholas Thoman – USA – 2009

Australian Mitch Larkin may have peaked a bit early this season as he couldn’t match his National Record from Nationals, but he was still plenty good for gold with a 49.57 in the 100 backstroke.

Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki had a fantastic back-half, going from 8th place at the 50 to 2nd place at the finish with a 50.11. He just out-touched Ryosuke Irie and Matt Grevers, who tied for bronze in 50.12.
Grevers had a significant lead at 50 meters – by two-tenths over Larkin and by seven-tenths over Kawecki and Irie, but he couldn’t hold his speed coming home. He was 7th out of 8 swimmers over the last 50 meters.
Germany’s Christian Diener and Brazil’s Guilherme Guido tied for 5th in 50.21, and the final was finished out by Eugene Godsoe (50.40) and Benjamin Stasiulis (50.86).
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  • 2012 World Champ: 25.14 – Lu Ying – China
  • 2010 World Champ: 24.87 – Therese Alshammar – Sweden
  • Meet Record: 24.87 – Therese Alshammar – Sweden – 2010
  • World Record: 24.38 – Therese Alshammar – Sweden – 2009

The usual suspects qualified for the top spots in tomorrow’s 50 butterfly final. Reigning long course world champion Jeanette Ottesen is the top after posting a time of 24.91 in the semis.

She was the only woman to go under the 25 second barrier as Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden finished with the second fastest time of the evening touching in a time of 25.02.

The top ranked swimmer in the world, Inge Dekker of the Netherlands qualified third with a time of 25.31. Dekker has been a 24.59 already this year.

Italian Silvia Di Pietro was fourth in a time of 25.43 followed by defending short course world champion Lu Ying of China who posted a 25.50.

Daynara De Paula of Brazil qualified sixth in a time of 25.54 followed by Aleksandra Urbanczyk of Poland who recorded a 25.61 and Melanie Henique of France who finished in a time of 25.68.

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  • 2012 World Champ: 20.55 – Vladimir Morozov – Russia
  • 2010 World Champ: 20.51 – Cesar Cielo – Brazil
  • Meet Record: 20.51 – Cesar Cielo – Brazil – 2010
  • World Record: 20.30 – Roland Schoeman – South Africa – 2009

Tomorrow night’s 50 freestyle should be a great race to watch as the top three qualifiers were all under 21 seconds. Brazilian Cesar Cielo  and Russian Vlad Morozov will battle for the title of world champion just as they did at the long course championships in 2013. Cielo posted this evening’s top time of 20.80 followed by Morozov who touched in a time of 20.88.

The third place qualifier is no slouch himself, in fact he is the reigning Olympic champion. Florent Manaudou of France had the third fastest time of the evening hitting the wall in a time of 20.93.

Italian Marco Orsi, who took the silver at the 2013 World Championships qualified with the fourth fasted time of 21.07.

Australian star Cameron McEvoy finished next with a time of 21.14 followed by Andril Govorov of the Ukraine (21.17), Clement Mignon of France (21.19) and American Josh Schneider who finished in a time of 21.20.

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  • 2012 World Champ: 56.64 – Olivia Smoliga – United States
  • 2010 World Champ: 56.08 – Natalie Coughlin – United States
  • Meet Record: 56.08 – Natalie Coughlin – United States – 2010  55.03 – Katinka Hosszu – Hungary – 2014
  • World Record: 55.23 – Shiho Sakai – Japan – 2009 55.03 – Katinka Hosszu – Hungary – 2014

After watching Mireia Belmonte take down two world records on day one, one which was hers, Hungarian Katinka Hosszu decided to put up one of her own. Hosszu set a new world record in the women’s 100 backstroke winning the event in a time of 55.03 breaking Shiho Sakai‘s record of 55.23 which was set in 2009.

Hosszu was not the only one to put up an impressive swim as Australian Emily Seebohm just missed the old record finishing in a time of 55.31 to pick up the silver. Seebohm set new Commonwealth and Australian records in the event beating her own record of 55.47 which she set earlier this year.

Continuing on with the record breaking theme Daryna Zevina of the Ukraine picked up the bronze and in the process destroyed her own national record of 56.71 posting a 55.54.

Madi Wilson of Australia finished fourth in a time of 56.37 followed by Mie Neilsen of Denmark who touched in a time of 56.62.

American Kathleen Baker finished sixth followed by Etiene Medeiros of Brazil who recorded a 57.72 and Georgia Davies of Great Britain who touched in a time of 57.77.

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  • 2012 World Champ: 57.10 – Fabio Scozzoli -Italy
  • 2010 World Champ: 56.80 – Cameron van der Burgh – South Africa
  • Meet Record: 56.43 – Adam Peaty – Great Britain – 2014  56.29 – Felipe Silva – Brazil – 2014
  • World Record: 55.61 – Cameron van der Burgh – South Africa – 2009

Brazilian Felipe Silva and world record holder Cameron van der Burgh took the first 50 meters out in the exact same both turning in a time of 26.32. That is when Silva opened up a lead eventually winning the event in a time of 56.29. With that time Silva breaks Adam Peaty‘s championship record of 56.43 which he posted in yesterday’s semi-finals.

Silva just missed his own Brazilian record of 56.25 which he set at the Jose Finkel Trophy in September of this year.

Peaty had a strong second half of the race, but ran out of pool before he could catch Silva, taking the silver in a time of 56.35 breaking his own national record of 56.43 which he posted in the semi-finals.

Giacomo Perez-Dortona of France picked up the bronze finishing in a time of 56.78. Perez-Dortona also set a national record taking down Hugues Duboscq‘s 2009 mark of 57.24.

After being tied for the lead at the halfway mark van der Burgh had a very weak second half recording a split of 30.48 finishing fourth in a time of 56.80.

Yasuhiro Koseki of Japan and Damir Dugonjic of Slovenia finished tied for fifth with both men touching in a time of 57.06.

Russian Kirill Prigoda finished seventh in a time of 57.19 followed by American Cody Miller who hit the wall in a time of 57.39.

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  • 2012 World Champ: 58.49 – Katinka Hosszu – Hungary
  • 2010 World Champ: 58.95 – Ariana Kukors – United States
  • Meet Record: 58.49 – Katinka Hosszu – Hungary – 2012
  • World Record: 56.86 – Katinka Hosszu – Hungary – 2014

200 IM Commonwealth Games Champion Siobhan-Marie O’Connor of Great Britain qualified for the 100 IM final with the fastest time posting a 57.66.

Katinka Hosszu, who set the championship record in this morning’s prelims, posting a 56.99 went considerably slower recording a 57.89.

100 backstroke silver medalist Emily Seebohm qualified with the third fastest time of 58.31.

The 50 breaststroke silver and gold medalists were the next two fastest qualifiers. Alia Atkinson posted a 58.66 while Ruta Meilutyte recorded a 58.84.

Melanie Margalis of the United States was the next fastest qualifier touching in a time 58.87 followed by Amit Ivry of Israel (58.88) and Hungarian Evelin Verraszto (59.11)

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  • 2012 World Champ: 48.82 – Chad Le Clos – South Africa
  • 2010 World Champ: 50.23 – Evgeny Korotyshkin – Russia
  • Meet Record: 48.82 – Chad Le Clos – South Africa – 2012  48.44 – Chad le Clos – South Africa – 2014
  • World Record: 48.48 – Evgeny Korotyshkin – Russia – 2009 – Chad le Clos – South Africa – 2014

Earlier in the year at the World Cup in Hong Kong Chad le Clos just missed Evegney Korotyshkin‘s 100 butterfly world record of 48.48 posting a lifetime best of 48.56. Tonight le Clos made sure that his name went into the record books winning the event in a new world record time of 48.44.

American Tom Shields finished second in a time of 48.99. Shields wasn’t too far off of his American record of 48.80 which he posted at the World Cup in Doha last year.

Tommaso D’Orsongna of Australia collected the bronze finishing in a time of 49.60.

Korotyshkin finished fourth posting a season’s best of 49.88 followed by Kosuke Hagino who finished in a time of 49.91.

Yauhen Tsurkin of Belarus finished in a time of 49.99 breaking his own national record of 50.57 which he set earlier this year.

American Ryan Lochte finished seventh in a time of 50.23 followed by Marcos Macedo of Brazil who touched in a time of 50.47.

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  • 2012 World Champ: 8:08.62 – Lauren Boyle – New Zealand
  • 2010 World Champ: 8:11.61 – Erika Villacija – Spain
  • Meet Record: 8:08.25 – Rebecca Adlington – Great Britain – 2008 8:03.41 – Mireia Belmonte – Spain – 2014
  • World Record: 7:59.34 – Mireia Belmonte Garcia – Spain – 2013

At the halfway point Mireia Belmonte of Spain and Jazz Carlin of Great Britain were only separated by half a second, but the second half of the event was dominated by Belmonte who won the event in a time of 8:03.41. With that times she sets a new competition record breaking Rebecca Adlington‘s mark of 8:08.25 which was set in 2008.

Belmonte, the world record holder in the event, took the first 400 meters out in a time of 4:03.08 and record a second half split of 4:00.33.

Carlin managed to hold off a fast charging Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands. Carlin touched in a time of 8:08.16 followed by van Rouwendaal who finished in a time of 8:08.17.

Carlin’s time breaks Rebecca Adlington’s national record of 8:08.25.

van Rouwendaal destroyed her own national record of 8:17.44 which she set earlier this year.

Hungarian Boglarka Kapas finished fourth in a time of 8:16.32 followed by Sarah Kohler of Germany who touched in a time of 8:17.08.

Maria Vilas Vidal of Spain finished sixth in a time of 8:18.82 followed by American Lindsay Vrooman who posted a 8:19.36 and Hannah Miley of Great Britain who recorded a 8:20.09.

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  • 2012 World Champ: 6:51.40 – United States
  • 2010 World Champ: 6:49.04 – Russia
  • Meet Record: 6:49.04 – Russia – 2010
  • World Record: 6:49.04 – Russia – 2010

The men’s 4 x 200 freestyle relay was an incredible race that saw four teams in the hunt for the gold heading into the final 200 meters.

The Russians hit the water with the lead, followed by the South Africans, Americans and Italians. In the end the Americans took the event in a time of 6:51.68.

United States:

  • Conor Dwyer – 1:43.20
  • Ryan Lochte – 1:42.42
  • Matt Mclean – 1:43.20
  • Tyler Clary – 1:42.86

The Italians finished second in a time of 6:51.80.


  • Andrea D’Arrigo – 1:42.77
  • Marco Belotti – 1:43.98
  • Nicolangelo Di Fabio – 1:42.98
  • Filippo Magnini – 1:42.07

The Russians picked up the bronze touching in a time of 6:51.96.


  • Mikhail Polishchuk – 1:43.62
  • Danila Izotov – 1:40.65
  • Artem Lobuzov – 1:42.87
  • Viacheslav Andrusenko – 1:44.82

The South Africans just missed a medal finishing fourth in a time of 6:52.13.

South Africa:

  • Myles Brown – 1:43.25
  • Sebastien Rousseau – 1:43.96
  • Chad le Clos – 1:40.61
  • Leith Skankland – 1:44.31

The Belgians finished fifth in a time of 6:52.66 followed by Brazil who posted a 6:54.53, Germany who recorded a 6:57.40 and Denmark who finished in a time of 7:00.78.

Joao de Lucca of Brazil had an impressive lead-off swim of 1:41.85.

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  • World Record: 1:37.17 – United States – 2013

The final relay of the evening did not disappoint as the top three teams all had a chance to win the event. After Nicholas Santos took over the lead for the Brazilians, splitting a 21.81 in the butterfly, they did not falter taking the event in a time of 1:37.26.


  • Etiene Medeiros – 25.83
  • Felipe Silva – 25.45
  • Nicholas Santos – 21.81
  • Larissa Oliveira – 24.17

Fran Halsall of Great Britain made up a huge amount of ground throwing down a split of 23.05 in the freestyle, but it was not enough to catch the Brazilians as the Brits finished second in a time of 1:37.46.

The Italians took the bronze in a time of 1:37.90.

The Americans finished fourth in a time of 1:38.16 followed by the Russians who posted a 1:38.93.

China finished sixth in a time of 1:39.17 followed by Germany (1:39.47) and the Ukraine (1:39.48)

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Insane splits from the men’s 200 medley relay. Congrats to Brazil on winning.

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