2015 FINA World Championships: Day Three Finals Live Recap


Men’s 200m Freestyle – FINALS

  • 2013 World Champion: Yannick Agnel, FRA – 1:44.20
  • World Record: 1:42.00 – Paul Biedermann, GER – 2009
  • Championship Record: 1:42.00 – Paul Biedermann, GER – 2009

GOLD: James Guy, GBR – 1:45.14
SILVER: Sun Yang, CHN – 1:45.20
BRONZE: Paul Biedermann, GER – 1:45.38

Ryan Lochte lead for a majority of the race, but a strong back half from James Guy allowed him to pull ahead of the field and get his hand on the wall to win his first World title. It was close at the touch, but Guy put his hand on the wall first, posting the fastest time in the world this year and a new British record of 1:45.14.

Sun Yang of China finished second with a 1:45.20, earning the silver medal, and Paul Biedermann of Germany, the world record holder, claimed the bronze medal with a 1:45.38.

Lochte was nudged off the podium with his time of 1:45.83, despite his early lead. He finished just ahead of the Dutch freestyler, Sebastiaan Verschuren. Verschuren finished fifth at 1:45.91.

The 2014 short course meter World Champion, Chad Le Clos of South Africa, finished sixth with a 1:46.53.

Aleksandr Krasnykh and Cameron McEvoy rounded out the final in seventh and eighth.

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Women’s 100m Backstroke – FINALS

  • 2013 World Champion: Missy Franklin, USA – 58.42
  • World Record: 58.12 – Gemma Spofforth, GBR – 2009
  • Championship Record: 58.12 – Gemma Spofforth, GBR – 2009

GOLD: Emily Seebohm, AUS – 58.26
SILVER: Madison Wilson, AUS – 58.75
BRONZE: Mie Nielsen, DEN – 58.86

Emily Seebohm and Madison Wilson had two big swims for Australia, finishing side-by-side as the Gold and Silver medalists. Seebohm won the Gold medal with a time of 58.26 and her teammate, Wilson, won the Silver with her time of 58.75.

The Bronze medal went to Mie Nielsen of Denmark with a 58.86. Seebohm missed the Australian record by 0.03 seconds and Nielsen only missed the Danish record by 0.02 seconds.

The rest of the final all finished under one minute and was lead by Fu Yuanhui of China with a 59.02.

Missy Franklin looked off during her swim and finished fifth as a results with a time of 59.40. She was eighth at the turn, and it looked as if she may have slipped off the start.

Anastasiia Fesikova (RUS) finished sixth, Lauren Quigley (GBR) was seventh, and Kathleen Baker (USA) finished eighth.

Men’s 50m Breaststroke – Semi-finals

  • 2013 World Champion: Cameron Van Der Burgh, RSA – 26.77
  • World Record: 26.62 – Adam Peaty, GBR – 2014 & Cameron Van Der Burgh, RSA – 2015
  • Championship Record: 26.62 – Cameron Van Der Burgh, RSA – 2015

Cameron Van Der Burgh may have tied Adam Peaty‘s World Record this morning during prelims, but Peaty didn’t let that stand for long. Peaty looked dominant in the semi-finals of the men’s 50 breaststroke and claimed the top seed with a new World Record time of 26.42.

Van Der Burgh finished qualified second with a 26.74 and American Kevin Cordes qualified third with a new American Record time of 26.76.

Felipe Silva of Brazil qualified fourth with his time of 26.97, and Damir Dugonjic (SLO) finished fifth and was the final swimmer under 27 seconds with a 26.92.

Glenn Snyders (NZL), Caba Siladi (SRB), and Giedrius Titenis (LTU) were the final three swimmers to qualify for the final.

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Women’s 1500m Freestyle – FINALS

GOLD: Katie Ledecky, USA – 15:25.48 WR
SILVER: Lauren Boyle, NZL – 15:40.14
BRONZE: Boglarka Kapas, HUN – 15:47.09

Katie Ledecky continues her march to history with a second gold medal and another crushing World Record-breaking swim in the women’s 1500 free. She swam a 15:25.48, to knock another two seconds from her old World Record of 15:27.71 from the preliminary heats on Monday.

The previous World Record (which she also had) coming into this meet was 15:28.36.

Ledecky said that she felt relaxed en route to the prelims World Record, which seemed absurd at the time, but proved prophetic in the final.

When Ledecky finished, the field was just surfacing from their final turns. Runner-up Lauren Boyle of New Zealand (15:40.14) set a new Oceanic Record, and was still 25 meters (half a pool-length) behind Ledecky.

Ledecky’s 800 meter split of 8:13.25 also breaks the old World Championships Meet Record.

Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas took bronze in 15:47.09, doing her part to support the Hungarian medal-haul. That demolished her old Hungarian Record of 16:02.58 in the event – one of the few Hungarian women’s records not held by Katinka Hosszu.

Denmark’s Lotte Friis took 4th in 15:49.00 in her debut at the meet. That’s 10 seconds slower than she was in 2013 where she chased Ledecky in this race to a silver medal. Friis again charged early to try and keep pace with the American, but couldn’t hold on late. Australia’s Jessica Ashwood faded a little at the end of the race as well, but still touched in 15:52.17 – which is under her old Australian and Oceanic Records set in prelims.

The Netherlands’ Sharon van Rouwendaal (16:03.74), Chile’s Kristel Kobrich (16:06.55), and Italy’s Aurora Ponsele (16:09.57) topped out the final.

Men’s 100m Backstroke – FINALS

  • 2013 World Champion: Matt Grevers, USA – 52.93
  • World Record: 51.94 – Aaron Peirsol, USA – 2009
  • Championship Record: 52.19 – Aaron Peirsol, USA – 2009

GOLD: Mitchell Larkin, AUS – 52.40
SILVER: Camille LaCourt, FRA – 52.48
BRONZE: Matt Grevers, USA – 52.66

Mitchell Larkin completed the sweep of the 100 backstroke for Australia, winning the event with a time of 52.40. It was very close at the touch, but he held of the Silver medalist, Camille LaCourt of France, who finished .08 seconds behind with a  52.48.

Matt Grevers was first at the 50m mark but was unable to maintain the lead, falling to third with his final time of 52.66. Xu Jiayu of China just missed the podium and was the only other swimmer under the 53 second barrier, finishing fourth at 52.89.

The two British finalists, Chris Walker-Hebborn and Liam Tancock, finished fifth and eighth, respectively. Walker-Hebborn finished with a time of 53.02 and Tancock posted a 53.37.

Irie Ryosuke of Japan was the favorite coming into the meet. He finished sixth at 53.10. Seventh place when to Russia’s Evgeny Rylov with a 53.23.

Women’s 200m Freestyle – Semi-finals

  • 2013 World Champion: Missy Franklin, USA – 1:54.81
  • World Record: 1:52.98 – Federica Pellegrini, ITA – 2009
  • Championship Record: 1:52.98 – Federica Pellegrini, ITA – 2009

The World Record holder and the 2013 World Champion will be the top two seeds heading into finals in the women’s 200 freestyle. Federica Pellegrini of Italy posted the fastest time of the session with a 1:56.23, qualifying ahead of Missy Franklin of the United States’ 1:56.37.

Shen Duo (CHN), Katinka Hosszu (HUN) , and Veronika Popova (RUS) all finished together between 1:56.44 and 1:56.56 for third through fifth, respectively.

Katie Ledecky had a quick turn around time after breaking the World Record in the women’s 1500 freestyle, but managed to come back and qualify for finals in the 200 freestyle with a sixth place time of 1:56.76.

Femke Heemskerk and Emma McKeon claimed the last two spots in the final with their times of 1:56.91 and 1:56.95, respectively.

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Men’s 200m Butterfly – Semi-finals

  • 2013 World Champion: Chad le Clos, RSA – 1:54.32
  • World Record: 1:51.51 – Michael Phelps, USA – 2009
  • Championship Record: 1:51.51 – Michael Phelps, USA – 2009

Laszlo Cseh of Hungary earned the top seed in the men’s 200 butterfly out of the second semi-final heat after watching Chad Le Clos of South Africa play around during his semi-final swim. Cseh was the only swimmer under 1:54 with a 1:53.53.

Le Clos posted the second fastest time, but didn’t appear to be giving his best effort all the way through the swim. He looked very strong taking out the race, but he appeared to be coasting the last 50, letting the field catch up after separating himself by nearly two body lengths through the first 150 meters. His semi-final time was 1:54.50.

Masato Sakai of Japan qualified in third, finishing just behind Le Clos at 1:54.75. Viktor Bromer (DEN) and Daiya Seto (JPN) were the only other swimmers to finish under 1:55.

Jan Switkowski, Louis Croenen, and Tom Shields were the final three swimmers to qualify for the final, finishing between 1:55.42 and 1:55.75.

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Women’s 100m Breaststroke – FINALS

  • 2013 World Champion: Ruta Meilutyte, LTU – 1:04.35
  • World Record: 1:04.35 – Ruta Meilutyte, LTU – 2013
  • Championship Record: 1:04.35 – Ruta Meilutyte, LTU – 2013

GOLD: Yuliya Efimova, RUS – 1:05.66
SILVER: Ruta Milutyte, LTU – 1:06.36
BRONZE: Alia Atkinson, JAM – 1:06.42

Yuliya Efimova rallied in front of a home crowd to win the World Championship title in the women’s 100 breaststroke, beating out the defending World Champion and World Record Holder, Ruta Meilutyte. Efimova finished first, winning the gold medal with her time of 1:05.66.

Lithuania’s Meilutyte won the silver medal with her time of 1:06.36, finishing just ahead of the bronze medalist, Alia Atkinson of Jamaica. Atkinson finished with a 1:06.42, earning Jamaica’s first long course World Championship medal in history.

Kanako Watanabe of Japan missed the podium by .01, finishing on the wrong side of the touch out for fourth place with a time of 1:06.43. China’s Shi Jinglin wasn’t far behind, either. She finished fifth with a 1:06.55.

Hrafnhildur Luthersdottir (ISL), Jennie Johansson (SWE), and Arianna Castiglioni (ITA) closed out the final with 1:07’s.

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1-BEIDERMANN 1:44.44
2-LOCHTE 1:44.89
3-MCEVOY 1:45.07

1-SEEBOHM 58.40
2-FRANKLIN 58.76


3-FRANKLIN 58.79


Does anyone have an english speaking live stream? Something happened the the usa goals live stream. It stopped having an english live stream.


I second that. This 200 free is going to be one of the best races of the meet.


just click on euro sport tv link at the top. It doesn’t list it as swimming but Worlds are on that channel.


If you’re in the US, check out the USN stream. I don’t have USN, but while the banner says my preview has ended, the stream is still going. Not sure what’s up with that, but I’m not complaining!


they are allowing everyone a free trial given that this is the worlds


Get HMA Pro then connect it to a UK server. Then watch BBC2. It’s all live and all in English with very good commentators.

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