2015 FINA World Cup Dubai: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2015 FINA WORLD CUP: DUBAI

WOMEN’S 100 FREE – FINAL

Australia nabs the first gold medal of the night, with Melanie Wright throwing down the 3rd-fastest time in the world in the women’s 100m freestyle.  Her time of 53.79 was just enough to hold off the charging Hungarian, Katinka Hosszu, who clocked an amazing time herself, 53.64, just .13 of a second off of the Hungarian record.  Despite being the top seed out of prelims, Italy’s Federica Pellegrini finished in the bronze position with her time of 55.15, just a touch faster than her prelims mark of 55.23.

2015-2016 LCM Women 100 Free

CateAUS
CAMPBELL
07/02
52.06*WR
2Bronte
CAMPBELL
AUS52.5804/11
3Penny
OLEKSIAK
CAN52.70*OR*WJR08/11
4Simone
MANUEL
USA52.70*OR08/11
5Sarah
SJOSTROM
SWE52.7804/01
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MEN’S 200 FREE – FINAL

Wow, this super close men’s 200 free made the first two races of the night decided by just .18 of a second total, as Great Britain’s James Guy got the job done in a speedy 1:46.60. That time beats his Doha outing and now ranks as the 2nd-fastest time of the season, sitting only behind China’s Sun Yang (1:45.79). Serbia’s Velimir Stjepanovic rocked a time of 1:46.63, his best of this year and less than a second off of his own career best of 1:45.78. Bronze went to France’s Jeremy Stravius, yesterday’s 100m free winner, who logged a time in the longer race today of 1:47.28. Teammate Yannick Agnel finished 3rd in 1:47.28.

2015-2016 LCM Men 200 Free

SunCHN
YANG
08/07
1.44.63
2James
GUY
GBR1.45.1904/17
3Chad
LE CLOS
RSA1.45.2008/08
4Conor
DWYER
USA1.45.2308/08
5Paul
BIEDERMANN
GER1.45.4505/08
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WOMEN’S 50 BREAST – FINAL

Yesterday’s on-fire 100m breaststroker, Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson, fired off another swift swim tonight, registering a time of 30.26 to take the sprint event.  America’s Molly Hannis wrangled in the silver in a time of 30.54, with Aussie Leiston Pickett touching in 30.79 for bronze. Atkinson blasted away the previous top time of the season with her mark tonight and was just over a tenth shy of her Jamaican National Record of 30.17.

2015-2016 LCM Women 50 BREAST

2Alia
ATKINSON
JAM30.2611/07
3Lilly
KING
USA30.3505/15
4Katie
MEILI
USA30.4205/15
5Molly
HANNIS
USA30.5411/07
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MEN’S 100 BREAST – FINAL

In one of the premier battles of the day, South Africa’s Cameron Van der Burgh scored a big win over rival British swimmer and current 100m breaststroke world record holder, Adam Peaty. Van der Burgh took it out about even with Peaty with splits of 27.58 and 27.60 as their respective splits, but VDB had a tad more power coming home, beating the Brit 31.47 to 31.68 on the back half.  Final times for each were 59.05 for VDB and 59.05 for Peaty. Fellow British star, Ross Murdoch, cleaned up the bronze spot with his mark of 1:00.62, while American Kevin Cordes fell just shy of a medal finishing in 1:00.63.

For VDB, this completes his sweep of the 50m breaststroke AND 100m breaststroke events of the entire 2015 World Cup Series. Quite a feat, especially with the world record holder Peaty in the field tonight.

MEN’S 100 FLY – FINAL

Terrific swim from South Africa’s butterfly stud Chad Le Clos, as he clocked the season’s best time of 51.09, wiping his 51.24 from Brazzaville Africa Games off the map. American Tom Shields  also dipped beneath the 52-second threshold with a time of 51.90 for silver.  In a somewhat surprise finish for bronze, Singapore’s star swimmer, Zheng Wen Quah, battled for bronze and beat out American Giles Smith.  Quah’s time of 52.25 got the Singaporean on the podium tonight, while Smith faded to 4th in 52.69.

WOMEN’S 100 BACK – FINAL

Leave it up to Emily Seebohm to scoop up another 100m backstroke win, an event in which the Australian has been so utterly dominant this World Cup Series.  58.51 was Seebohm’s time tonight, giving the speedster her 10th gold medal in the event and officially marking Seebohm’s sweep of the event over all World Cup stops.  Hungarian do-it-all swimmer, Hosszu, also dipped beneath the minute threshold, winning silver in 59.15. GBR picked up another piece of hardware with Harriet Cooper‘s bronze medal-winning time of 1:00.95.

MEN’S 50 BACK – FINAL

30-year-old American David Plummer cranked out a winning time of 24.64 to take gold in the men’s 50 backstroke at the Hamdan Sports Complex, holding off a beastly Mitch Larkin who wound up touching just .04 later in 24.68. Japan’s Masaki Kaneko rounded out the top 3 in a mark of 25.36. This is Plummer’s 3rd win in this event across the World Cup and his time of 24.58 from earlier in the series still holds as the top time in the world.

WOMEN’S 200 FLY – FINAL

Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos led the field with her gold medal-winning time of 2:07.77 to give her a 4th World Cup win in 2015.  Jakabos already topped the podium in Beijing, Singapore and Doha, but her best time of 2015 came at the Chartres stop where she earned a time of 2:07.11.  Swiss National Record Holder Martina Eva Van Berkel settled for silver with her time of 2:09.50, while France’s Lara Grangeon scored the bronze in her time of 2:10.46.  Young American Cassidy Bayer just missed the podium with her time of 2:10.83.

MEN’S 200 IM – FINAL

Japan gets itself up on the board with a gold medal, as Keita Sunama earned the win in the men’s 200 IM event in a time of 2:00.72, a result which sits just outside of the world’s top 5 so far this 2015-16 season:

2015-2016 LCM Men 200 IM

MichaelUSA
PHELPS
08/11
1.54.66
2Kosuke
HAGINO
JPN1.55.0704/08
3Ryan
LOCHTE
USA1.56.2207/01
4Shun
WANG
CHN1.57.0508/11
5Thiago
PEREIRA
BRA1.57.1108/10
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I did a double-take on the country for silver, as Raphael Stacchiotti from Luxembourg stepped onto the podium with is 2nd place time of 2:01.09. He is the first medalist from his nation to win a medal at the World Cup. Stacchiotti is actually his nation’s record holder in this event, holding Luxembourg’s best mark at 2:00.22 from 2012.  Bronze tonight went to former Arizona Wildcat/South Africa’s Michael Meyer in 2:02.39.

WOMEN’S 400 FREE – FINAL

Hosszu led through about the 250m mark, but then New Zealand’s distance ace, Lauren Boyleswitched gears and soared ahead.  Boyle would end up winning in a monstrous time of 4:04.26, not too far off her national record of 4:03.63 and well ahead of her Doha time of 4:06.58.  In fact, Boyle now sits as the top 400m freestyler in the world by over two seconds, as Hosszu would end up touching in 4:06.97, an impressive time for the #IronLady. GBR’s Jazz Carlin also got on the podium in 4:07.27 for bronze.

2015-2016 LCM Women 400 Free

KatieUSA
LEDECKY
08/07
3.56.46*WR*OR
2Leah
SMITH
USA4.00.6506/27
3Jazmin
CARLIN
GBR4.01.2308/07
4Boglarka
KAPAS
HUN4.02.3708/07
5Coralie
BALMY
FRA4.03.4008/07
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MEN’S 50 FREE – FINAL

Brazil tops the podium tonight in the splash n’ dash, with Bruno Fratus leading the frenzied swimmers in a time of 22.05.  Fratus on the event in Doha in a time of 22.28, the Brazilian beast dropped some in just the last few days. Le Clos made his mark in the sprint, snagging the silver in a time of 22.22, quite speedy for the man mostly known for butterfly and longer freestyle in the 100-200 range.  Fratus’ mark surpasses that of Japan’s Nakamura who had held the top time in the world; Le Clos now sits as 3rd-fastest in the world rankings. USA’s Anthony Ervin clocked 22.40 for a solid bronze tonight and also sits within the world’s top 5.

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST – FINAL

Turkey’s Viktoria Gunes hasn’t been much of a factor in Dubai…until now.  The young World Junior Championships female swimmer of the meet earned the gold in the 200m breast in a time of 2:22.87 to slide in behind Japan’s Kanako Watanabe who sits atop the world rankings throne in 2:22.41. But, Watanabe’s countrymates did score 2 medals on tonight’s race in her absence, as Runa Imai and Rie Kaneto finished for a close silver and bronze.  Imai finished in 2:23.43, while Kaneto touched in 2:23.51.

2015-2016 LCM Women 200 BREAST

RieJPN
KANETO
04/09
2.19.65
2Yulia
EFIMOVA
RUS2.21.4103/04
3Taylor
McKEOWN
AUS2.21.4504/12
4Rikke
PEDERSEN
DEN2.21.6905/20
5Jinglin
SHI
CHN2.22.2808/11
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MEN’S 200 BACK – FINAL

Australia’s Mitch Larkin has done it again, ladies and gentlemen, lowering his own Australian, Commonwealth and Oceanic 200m backstroke records by another two tenths.  1:53.17 was Larkin’s stellar mark tonight, lighting his previous 1:53.34 mark from Tokyo up in flames.  Larkin’s 1:53.17 ranks as the 6th-fastest performance of all time, and 2nd-fastest textile time. As with his 1:53.34, his time tonight beats what won gold in London, Tyler Clary’s 1:53.41. Roughly 5 entire seconds later, Japan’s Masaki Kaneko finished in 1:58.06 for silver, with GBR’s rising backstroke star Luke Greenbank in 3rd with his time of 1:58.68.

2015-2016 LCM Men 200 BACK

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LARKIN
11/07
1.53.17
2Ryan
MURPHY
USA1.53.6208/11
3Evgeny
RYLOV
RUS1.53.9708/11
4Jacob
PEBLEY
USA1.54.7707/01
5Jiayu
XU
CHN1.54.7904/08
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WOMEN’S 50 FLY – FINAL

The stars n’ stripes got to stand atop the podium again tonight, this time with Felicia Lee‘s win in the 50m butterfly. Lee one-upped her silver medal result from Doha by finishing in 26.69, scoring her 3rd-fastest outing of all-time. Doha’s gold medalist, Swiss swimmer Alexandra Sasha Touretski, wound up with silver this time around in a time of 26.80, while Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson finished with the bronze in 26.95.

MEN’S 1500 FREE – FINAL

What an exciting men’s 1500m free race we were treated to tonight, as Czech swimmer Jan Micka and Ukrainian Mykhailo Romanchuk were never more than half a second away from one another over the entire grueling distance. They alternated who led the other through the 1450m mark, and that’s when Micka gunned a final split of 26.20 to Romanchuk’s 26.91 to take the gold at the end.  Micka’s final time was 15:02.08, while Romanchuk’s was 15:02.34.  For Micka, that registers a new National Record, beating his previous time of 15:03.68 from earlier this year. Bronze tonight went to the Faroe Islands’ Pal Joensen who stopped the clock at 15:08.90.  Of note, American junior swimmer Sean Grieshop finished in 9th overall with the 3rd-fastest time of his young career, a 15:30.88.

WOMEN’S 400 IM – FINAL

The #IronLady fittingly finished up her World Cup domination with a gold medal in one of her strongest events. 4:33.88 moves Hosszu to first in the world rankings, dropping over two seconds from her 4:36.39 mark from Doha earlier this week.  Silver tonight went to Japan’s Sakiko Shimizu, whose time of 4:36.35 now ranks as 2nd-fastest in the world. USA’s Catilin Leverenz also moves herself higher in the rankings, sitting in 3rd on the list with her bronze medal-winning time of 4:36.54.

Hosszu finishes her meet with 3 gold medals and 5 silver medals and is far and away the points winner of the entire series for the women.

 

2015-2016 LCM Women 400 IM

KatinkaHUN
HOSSZU
08/06
4.26.36*WR
2Maya
DiRADO
USA4.31.1508/06
3Mireia
BELMONTE
ESP4.32.3908/06
4Hannah
MILEY
GBR4.32.5408/06
5Elizabeth
BEISEL
USA4.33.5505/13
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SeanSwimmer

I would love to see a world record in that 100 back………I think she can go 58.08
Can Larkin break a 1:53? I think he can go 1:52.96
I really want to see Gemma Spofforths record go down!

Dee

Spofforth’s record is one of the few times from ’09 that I actually have a bit of nostalgia for, and not just because I am British, although I admit that I probably have a bias. Spofforth was one of the few swimmers who swam in the ‘slower’ LZR suit instead of the Jaked. I ‘think’ I am right in saying she was the only swimmer (other than Phelps?) to win a title in Rome wearing the LZR suit. Her career was blighted by family tragedy, much like Meagen Nay’s, and she never really got to show her true potential after 2009. I remember reading a quote from her, after 2012 British OG Trials, where she said she was stunned to… Read more »

Ok

Talking about competitions the men’s 100 breast should be interesting. Cameron has beaten peaty for the first time yesterday, so will peatys perceivence help him, or will Cameron have extra motivation, 26.7 at this time is very impressive.

Ok

And good for agnel in the 200, I don’t want to take anything away from guy or the rest of the field but 1:47 in your second meet back after an absence from competition is impressive.

Boss

Not really, when your best is 1.43 and your reigning Olympic Champion and you get beat off the podium.

About Loretta Race

Loretta Race

Loretta grew up outside Toledo, OH, where she swam age group and high school. Graduating from Xavier University, she stayed in the Cincinnati, OH area and currently resides just outside the city in Northern KY.  Loretta got back into the sport of swimming via Masters and now competes and is …

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