2015 FINA World Championships: Day 6 Finals Live Recap



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

GOLD: Bronte Campbell, AUS – 52.52
SILVER: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE – 52.70
BRONZE: Cate Campbell, AUS – 52.82

The younger sister, Bronte Campbell, finally finds herself sitting on top of the podium after being stuck in the shadow of older sister, Cate Campbell. The women’s 4×100 freestyle relay gave us an early indication that this may be the result, as Bronte out split Cate, but a relay is always different than an individual swim.

Sarah Sjostrom earned the silver medal with her time of 52.70 and Cate Campbell finished third for the bronze at 52.82.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo was the first person off the podium with a 53.17. Her teammate, Femke Heemskerk, finished directly after her in fifth at 53.58. Simone Manuel was the final swimmer to finish under 54 seconds with a final time of 53.93.

Missy Franklin and Shen Duo rounded out the final at 54.00 and 54.76.

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  • 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

GOLD: Mitchell Larkin, AUS – 1:53.58
SILVER: Radoslaw Kawecki, POL – 1:54.55
BRONZE: Evgeny Rylov, RUS – 1:54.60

Mitchell Larkin is on top of the podium once again after winning the 100 backstroke earlier in the week. This is Australia’s second consecutive gold medal after watching Bronte Campbell win the women’s 100 free. Larkin broke the Oceanian record with his winning time of 1:53.58.

Radoslaw Kawecki (POL) finished second at 1:54.55, just edging out the bronze medalist, Evgeny Rylov of Russia, at 1:54.60.

Ryosuke Irie and Ryan Murphy finished fourth and fifth at 1:54.81 and 1:55.00, respectively. Xu Jiayu also finished in the 1:55 range with a sixth place time of 1:55.20.

Tyler Clary finished seventh ahead of Li Guangyuan at 1:56.26, but Li’s swim was historic despite finishing in eighth. Li broke the Jr World Record with his time of 1:56.79.

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Katinka Hosszu broke a Hungarian National record with her time of 2:06.18, claiming the top seed in the women’s 200 backstroke. Emily Seebohm was right with her, qualifying second at 2:06.56.

Missy Franklin, Dominique Bouchard, Daria Ustinova, and Hilary Caldwell all qualified with 2:08’s. Eyglo Gustafsdottir and Jenny Mensing were the final two to finish in the top 8 with 2:09’s.

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MEN’S 50M FREESTYLE – Semi-finals

Nathan Adrian lit up the first semi-final heat of the men’s 50 freestyle, lowering the American record with his time of 21.37. He will be the top seed heading into finals, but Florent Manaudou is in striking distance. He qualified second with his time of 21.41.

Bruno Fratus is comfortably in third place with his time of 21.60. The rest of the field is very tight, with the rest of the field all grouped between 21.86 and 22.02.

Marco Orsi, Benjamin Proud, Kristian Gkolomeev, and Andrii Govorov are all together, fourth through seventh.

Vlad Morozov and Anthony Ervin are tied for eighth place at 22.02 and a swim-off will be required. Morozov will have the advantage in front of a home crowd.

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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

GOLD: Kanako Watanabe, JPN – 2:21.15
SILVER: Micah Lawrence, USA – 2:22.44
BRONZE: Jessica Vall, ESP & Rikke Moller Pedersen, DEN & Shi Jinglin, CHN – 2:22.76

Kanako Watanabe won the second ever world title for the Japanese Women’s team with her 2:21.15. Micah Lawrence picked up a silver medal for the United States with her time of 2:22.44.

The bronze medal in this event is the most interesting of the meet thus far. Jessica Vall of Spain, Rikke Moller Pedersen of Denmark, and Shi Jinglin of China all tied for third at 2:22.76. There were 5 people on the podium for the women’s 200 breaststroke

Rie Kaneto finished sixth at 2:23.19, and Vitalina Simonova and Kierra Smith rounded out the final at 2:23.59 and 2:23.61, respectively.

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MEN’S 100M BUTTERFLY – Semi-finals

Tom Shields and Laszlo Cseh lead the way into finals, tied for first at 51.03. Chad le Clos, the 2013 World Champion, qualified third at 51.11 and Konrad Czerniak finished fourth at 51.29.

Li Zhuhao re-broke his Jr World Record from prelims with his time of 51.33.

The final three spots went to Mehdy Metella, Joseph Schooling, and Pawel Korzeniowski. All three finished between 51.39 and 51.51.

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WOMEN’S 50M BUTTERFLY – Semi-finals

  • 2013 World Champion: Jeanette Ottesen, DEN – 25.24
  • World Record: 24.43 – Sarah Sjostrom, SWE – 2014
  • Championship Record: Therese Alshammar, SWE – 25.07 – 2009

Sarah Sjostrom broke the meet record in the women’s 50 butterfly with her time of 25.06 to claim the top seed going into finals. The 2013 World Champion Jeanette Ottesen finished second with a 25.27.

The rest of the final was very tight. Fran Halsall, Lu Ying, and Ariana Vanderpool-Wallace finished between third through fifth between 25.71 and 25.81. Farida Osman, Inge Dekker, and Anna Dowgiert were the final three swimmers to make the final. It took a 25.91 to advance. Kendyl Stewart missed the final by .02 seconds.

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  • 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

GOLD: Marco Koch, GER – 2:07.76
SILVER: Kevin Cordes, USA – 2:08.05
BRONZE: Daniel Gyurta, HUN – 2:08.10

Marco Koch won Germany’s first Gold medal of the championships with a 2:07.76. He lead Kevin Cordes, the silver medalist, and Daniel Gyurta, the current world record holder and bronze medalist to the wall. Cordes finished with a 2:08.05 and Gyurta finished third at 2:08.10.

Great Britain’s Stephen Willis just missed the podium with a 2:08.52. He was the final swimmer under 2:09.

Yasuhiro Koseki, Dimitry Balandin, and Anton Chupkov and finished fifth through seventh with 2:09’s and Mao Feilian rounded out the final with a 2:10.02.

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  • 2013 World Champion: USA – 7:01.72
  • World Record: 6:58.55 – USA – 2009
  • Championship Record: 6:58.55 – USA – 2009

GOLD: Great Britain – 7:04.33
SILVER: United States – 7:04.75
BRONZE: Australia – 7:05.34

The British relay of Dan Wallace, Robert Renwick, Calum Jarvis, and James Guy fought back from an early deficit to the United States, Russia, and  Australia, overtaking all three squads on the final leg of the race for the Gold medal. James guy dove in for the final leg in fourth place and appeared to be fighting for bronze. As the race went on, however, he continued passed both the Australians and the Russians and continued to gain on the Amercans. In the final 50, Guy passed Michael Weiss and got his hand on the wall first for a final time of 7:04.33. He had the fastest split of the day, brining the relay home in 1:44.74.

GBR Splits:

  • Wallace: 1:47.04
  • Renwick: 1:45.98
  • Jarvis: 1:46.57
  • Guy: 1:44.74.

United States went with Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, Reed Malone, and Michael Weiss, but they didn’t have enough to hold off Guy. Lochte and Dwyer both split 1:45’s while Malone and Weiss were 1:46’s.

The second fastest split of the day came from Germany’s Paul Biedermann. He was the only other swimmer to split under 1:45 with his time of 1:44.80.

Top 8:

  1. GBR – 7:04.33
  2. USA – 7:04.75
  3. AUS – 7:05.34
  4. RUS – 7:06.89
  5. GER – 7:09.01
  6. BEL – 7:09.64
  7. NED – 7:09.75
  8. POL – 7:10.34

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Ervin Vs. Morozov 50 Freestyle Swim-off

Russia’s Vlad Morozov held onto the final spot in the men’s 50 freestyle after winning the swim off against America’s Anthony Ervin. Both swimmers improved from their semi-final times of 22.02, but Morozov came out ahead with a 21.90 to Ervin’s 21.98.

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Here we go!!! 100FR


Simone Manuel joins Cierra Runge as another victim of NCAA swimming. You can have a good freshman NCAA year based on what you did in high school, but it catches up to you in long course. We see it every year.

Katie McLaughlin and Kathleen Baker- please follow Katie L and Abbey’s lead and defer next year. You are swimming too well right now to make a change the year before the Olympics.

Victor P

Missy Franklin should take up that advice, also. Worst performance at the international stage since 2011. 4 years going in the wrong direction.

The 5 fastest girls in this event:

C. Campbell = 52.33
B. Campbell = 52.52
S. Sjostrom = 52.67
F. Heemskerk = 52.69
R. Kromowidjojo = 52.75

Fastest Americans:
S. Manuel = 53.25
M. Franklin = 53.37

0.5s out from 5th place. It’s going to take a 52.5 to medal in Rio, if not better. 1 year left and A LOT of progress needs to be made for podium chances.

Dr. Evil

So why were the Americans 53.9 and 54.0 today?


Missy went back to Todd, and hopefully she can turn the course!


I’ve been enjoying the commentary on this site for some time now, but I have to say: I’m unsettled by a lot of the second-guessing — almost entirely by men — of women’s decisions to go to college right after graduating from high school, or to postpone going pro in order to swim in college, or to move far from home for college. Several commentators seem to revel in heavy-handed warnings and “I told you so”s about what is, essentially, a young woman’s decision about when and how to broaden her horizons and prepare for a future that for the most part will not involve competitive swimming. Does anyone else find these comments offensive?


Yes, I hope they all do what they think is right for them. I hope none of our US athletes read any of these comments, or if they do, they don’t take them seriously. Especially the comments from all the arm chair experts have never attained world class status except in their dreams.

I’m also disturbed by more than one comment on several of our top athletes’ weight on this forum. These are incredibly fit women with the necessary muscles to compete at the highest level, and comments like these occasionally ruin lives and/or careers. This isn’t Miss America, it’s competitive swimming.


How do you know “coach” is a man?


I’m not blaming the athletes. I’m blaming the coaches. In an advanced country like the US, these athletes should be able to find a place for the next chapter of their lives where they can get the college experience without having their athletic careers go backwards.




Bronte for the upset!!!! OMG

Philip Johnson

I don’t think it’s an upset at all. She has been consistently good.


Wouldn’t really call her the favorite going into the finals. Had to swim a PB to win too.

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