2015 FINA World Championships: Day 5 Finals Live Recap


WOMEN’S 100M FREESTYLE – Semi-Finals

  • 2013 World Champion: Cate Campbell, AUS – 52.34
  • World Record: 52.07 – Britta Steffen, GER – 2009
  • Championship Record: 52.07 – Britta Steffen, GER – 2009

Sarah Sjostrom upset the Cambell sisters once again to claim the top seed in the women’s 100 freestyle with an impressive 52.74. She finished just ahead of the 2013 World Champion, Cate Cambell, who qualified second out of the first heat with a 52.84.

Bronte Campbell qualified with the third fastest time of 53.00, finishing just in front of Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands. Heemskerk’s teammate, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, finished fifth at 53.78.

The American sprinters Simone Manuel and Missy Franklin both qualified in sixth and eighth, respectively, with 53’s.

The seventh spot was earned by Shen Duo of China at 53.91.

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  • 2013 World Champion: Ryan Lochte, USA – 1:54.98
  • World Record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte, USA – 2011
  • Championship Record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte, USA – 2011

GOLD: Ryan Lochte, USA – 1:55.81
SILVER: Thiago Pereira, BRA – 1:56.65
BRONZE: Wang Shun, CHN – 1:56.81

Ryan Lochte secured his fourth consecutive World Title in the men’s 200 IM with a time of 1:55.81, earning an much needed medal for the United States. Thiago Pereira of Brazil earned the silver medal with a 1:56.65 and Wang Shun of China earned the bronze with a 1:56.81.

Dan Wallace was in third place with 50 meters to go, but was ran down and bumped off of the podium. He finished fourth with his time of 1:57.59. Conor Dwyer was the only to finish under 1:58. He touched fifth with a final time of 1:57.96.

Marcin Cieslak finished sixth in 1:58.14, finishing just ahead of the second Brazilian in the field, Henrique Rodriguez who finished seventh at 1:58.52.

Simon Sjodin of Sweden rounded out the final with his time of 1:59.06.

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  • 2013 World Champion: Rikke Moller Pedersen, DEN – 2:19.11
  • World Record: 2:19.11 – Rikke Moller Pedersen, DEN – 2013
  • Championship Record: 2:19.11 – Rikke Moller Pedersen, DEN – 2013

The 2013 World Record holder, Rikke Moller Pedersen, claimed the top seed in the women’s 200 breaststroke with a 2:21.99. Micah Lawrence finished just behind her to qualify second with a 2:22.04.

Kanako Watanabe of Japan and Vitalana Simonova of Russia both qualified in third and fourth at 2:22.15 and 2:22.76, respectively.

Kierra Smith earned a spot in finals for Canada with her time of 2:22.82, finishing just ahead of Rie Kaneto (JPN) and Jessica Vall (ESP) in sixth and seventh.

Shi Jinglin (CHN) and Hrafnhildur Luthersdottir (ICL) tied for eighth place with a 2:23.06 and a swim off will be required.

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GOLD: Ning Zetao, CHN – 47.84
SILVER: Cameron McEvoy, AUS – 47.95
BRONZE: Federico Grabich, ARG – 48.12

Ning Zetao of China earned the Gold Medal in the men’s 100 freestyle with a time of 47.84. He held off the top swimmer from the Semi-finals, Cameron McEvoy, for the title. McEvoy earned the silver medal with a time of 47.95. The bronze medal went to Federico Grabich of Argentina at 48.12.

Santo Condorelli, the youngest swimmer in the final representing Canada just missed the podium, finishing in fourth with a 48.19.

Marcelo Chierighini of Brazil touched out Russia’s Alexander Sukhorukov by .01. Chierighini finished fifth at 48.27 and Sukhorukov was sixth at 48.28.

American Nathan Adrian and Pieter Timmers of Belgium tied for the seventh and final position at 48.31.

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  • 2013 World Champion: Liu Zige, CHN – 2:04.59
  • World Record: 2:01.81 – Liu Zige, CHN – 2009
  • Championship Record: 2:03.41 – Jessicah Schipper, AUS – 2009

GOLD: Natsumi Hoshi, JPN – 2:05.56
SILVER: Cammile Adams, USA – 2:06.40
BRONZE: Zhang Yufei, CHN – 2:06.51 JR WR

Natsumi Hoshi ran away with the women’s 200 butterfly, winning the gold medal with her time of 2:05.56. Cammile Adams picked up the silver medal with her time of 2:06.40, and China’s Zhang Yufei broke her own Jr World Record en route to winning the bronze medal with her time of 2:06.51.

Brianna Throssell of Australia and Franziska Hentke of Germany just missed the podium, tying for fourth at at 2:06.78.

Katie McLaughlin of the United States finished sixth at 2:06.95 and Hungary’s Liliana Szilagyi finished seventh at 2:07.76.

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MEN’S 200M BREASTSTROKE – Semi-finals

  • 2013 World Champion: Daniel Gyurta, HUN – 2:07.23
  • World Record: 2:07.01 – Akihiro Yamaguchi, JPN – 2012
  • Championship Record:2:07.23 – Daniel Gyurta, HUN – 2013

After failing to medal in the 200 breaststroke at the World Championships in 2013 for the first time in the 21st century, Japan is back in good stead heading toward Friday’s final.

Yasuhiro Koseki swam a 2:08.03 to swim as the top qualifier toward finals. He was followed very closely by Marco Koch (2:08.34) and Daniel Gyurta (2:08.53), the defending silver and gold medalists, respectively.

Expectations for this race have ridden toward 2:07’s or even 2:06’s to medal, so finals should result in much faster times.

American Kevin Cordes qualified 4th in 2:08.69, which should give American coaches even more incentive to use him on Team USA’s 400 medley relay despite not swimming the 100 individually.

Great Britain’s Andrew Willis qualified 5th, but got lucky swimming as the winner out of the slower first heat – the top four finishers in heat 2 all beat him. Willis will represent Great Britain in the finals, continuing that nation’s big success at this meet, after sprint star Adam Peaty bowed out in prelims.

Kazakhstan’s Dmitry Balandin qualified 6th in 2:09.22, pacing with Willis the whole way in that first heat. He’s the defending Asian Champion.

China’s Mao Feillian qualified 7th in 2:09.54, and Russia’s Anton Chupkov set a new Junior World Record to qualify 8th in 2:09.64.

Notably missing the final was Finland’s Matti Mattsson, who swam 2:10.51 for 12th place. He took a bronze medal in this event in 2013.

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  • 2013 World Champion: Zhao Jing, CHN – 27.29
  • World Record: 27.06 – Zhao Jing, CHN – 2009
  • Championship Record: 27.06 – Zhao Jing, CHN – 2009

GOLD: Fu Yuanhui, CHN – 27.11
SILVER: Etiene Medeiros, BRA – 27.26
BRONZE: Liu Xiang, CHN – 27.58

Fu Yuanhui won the women’s 50 backstroke, picking up the first of China’s two podium spots. She nearly broke the World record of 27.06 with her time of 27.11. Etiene Medeiros of Brazil broke the Americas record and won the silver medal with her time of 27.26. Liu Xiang earned the Bronze medal for China, posting a time of 27.58.

Emily Seebohm of Australia just missed the podium in the 50 backstroke with her time of 27.66. She won the 100 backstroke earlier in the week.

Mie Nielsen (DEN), Madison Wilson (AUS), and Lauren Quigley (GBR) all finished in fifth through seventh with 27’s.

The final was rounded out by Theodora Drakou of Greece with a time of 28.17.

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MEN’S 200M BACKSTROKE – Semi-finals

  • 2013 World Champion: Ryan Lochte, USA – 1:53.79
  • World Record: 1:51.92 –Aaron Peirsol, USA – 2009
  • Championship Record: 1:51.92 –Aaron Peirsol, USA – 2009

After winning the 100 backstroke earlier in the week, Australia’s Mitchell Larkin earned the top seed in the men’s 200 backstroke with a new Oceanian record of 1:54.29. Ryan Murphy of the United States qualified second at 1:55.10, finishing just ahead of China’s Xu Jiayu at 1:55.13.

Evgeny Rylov (RUS), Radoslaw Kawecki (POL), and Ryosuke Irie (JPN) all finished fourth through sixth. Rylov and Kawecki tied for fourth at 1:55.54 and Irie finished sixth at 1:55.76.

The 2012 Olympic Champion, Tyler Clary, qualified in seventh at 1:56.58 and Li Guangyuan of China earned the final spot at 1L57.12.

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  • 2013 World Champion: USA – 7:45.14
  • World Record: 7:42.08 – CHN – 2009
  • Championship Record: 7:42.08 – CHN – 2009

GOLD: United States – 7:45.37
SILVER: Italy – 7:48.41
BRONZE: China – 7:49.10

The Untied States’ relay team of Missy Franklin, Leah Smith, Katie McLaughlin, and Katie Ledecky combined to defend their world title in the women’s 800 freestyle relay, winning the Gold medal with a time of 1:55.95. Franklin and Ledecky had two of the best splits in the field to open and close the relay.


  • Franklin – 1:55.95
  • Smith – 1:56.86
  • McLaughlin – 1:56.92
  • Ledecky – 1:55.64

Sarah Sjostrom lead off Sweden’s relay with the fourth fastest 200 freestyle in history, splitting 1:54.31. The only other 1:54 came from Federica Pellegrini. Pellegrini anchored Italy’s relay in 1:54.73 and pulled them into second place for the silver medal.

  1. USA – 7:45.14
  2. ITA – 7:48.41
  3. CHN – 7:49.10
  4. SWE – 7:50.24
  5. GBR – 7:50.60
  6. AUS – 7:51.02
  7. JPN – 7:54.62
  8. FRA – 7:55.98

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Shi Vs. Luthersdottir 200 Breaststroke Swim-off

After tying for eighth in the semi-finals of the women’s 200 breaststroke at 2:23.06, Shi Jinglin was able to stay strong for a third 200 breaststroke and win the swim-off with her time of 2:23.75. They were almost dead even through the first 150, but Luthersdottir came home almost two seconds slower than Shi to finish with a 2:25.11.

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Teacher and Coach
7 years ago

Just for trivia’s sake, and the parallel to today…

Camelia Potec won the Olympic gold in 2004 with a 1:58.03, Pellegrini silver in 1:58.22

Natalie Coughlin led off the USA’s 4×200 FR in 1:57.74.

Victor P
Reply to  Teacher and Coach
7 years ago

Coughlin should contest 100 back/100 free/200 free. She could make the individual 100 back event and place on the relays.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Day 5 thoughts

Women’s 100 free semifinals
2 American girls 2 Australian girls 2 Dutch girls
Sjöström vs Campbell sisters? Which order? I pick Sarah ahead of Cate and Bronte.
Missy continues to waste her time and enerdy in that event. She qualified 8th for the final? So what? What is the goal? Not finish last? And she had a much more important 4X200 to prepare. And tomorrow she has a 200 back semifinal just after the 100 free final. Senseless.
I’m waiting for the final to evaluate Simone Manuel but she’s disappointing so far. If she doesn’t swim 53 in final, we can say she’s another girl who has moved backwards while swimming in college.… Read more »

Lane Four
Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

I agree with you, Bobo. Very well said.

Victor P
Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

Agree with you on just about everything except Sjostrom, but then the 200 free is not her priority either.

7 years ago

Women’s 4×200 Final (BBC Coverage)

The commentary is funny as they argue about what if Sjostrom have swim the 200 individualy to Ledecky’s winning time, basically the commentator said ‘ who cares, who has the medal??’

Joel Lin
7 years ago

Coaches have to give Murphy a shot leading off the 4×100 in the prelims. He is swimming well and it is good for US swimming to see what kind of a flat start 100 he has right now. The guys who are just off at this meet should be off the relay.

Lane Four
Reply to  Joel Lin
7 years ago

The more international PRESSURED experience Ryan is given, the better he will become for next year. Everyone talks about Ryan being the future of backstroke. That can’t happen unless he is given as many opportunities to learn and then fly (no pun intended).

7 years ago

There has been a lot talk about the US being terrible at the 100 free and the ncaa not doing a good enough job. It got me thinking, what are the best US mens 100 free LCM times while still in college? Excluding 2009 (Dave Walters AR is just silly) there havn’t been a whole lot of world class 100 free times. The best current, and maybe all time current ncaa athlete is Santo Conderelli. Too bad he is swimming for Canada. Joe Schooling has to be up there with his 48.5. Worldwide there have been plenty of really fast times from college aged kids like Magnussen, Santana, Chalmers (not even college age yet), James Roberts, Mcevoy, Zetoa* and probably… Read more »

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Tony Carroll

The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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