2015 FINA World Cup Paris-Chartres: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

The 2015 FINA World Cup Series is unique because the athletes will be competing in a 50 meter pool rather than the series’ traditional 25 meter pool.

Today is the second and final day of the second stop of the 2015 World Cup Series and will be the last meet of the first cluster. In addition to the normal prize money available, there will also be an addition $300,000 split between the top 6 male and top 6 female finishers after the first two meets.


Women’s 100 Freestyle

In a repeat podium of yesterday’s 200m freestyle, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) out-touched Missy Franklin (USA), 54.30 to 54.34. FRA’s Charlotte Bonnet again took bronze, this time in 54.49.

USA’s Natalie Coughlin was just behind in 54.87, and yesterday’s 50m free champion, FRA’s Anna Santamans, was fifth in 54.94.

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Men’s 200 Freestyle

Daniel Smith earned the first first men’s event of the day with a 1:46.50 in the men’s 200 freestyle. He put some distance between himself and the rest of the field, winning the event by more than a second.

Myles Brown has come alive during the first two legs of the 2015 World Cup Series, earning another medal with a 1:47.55 for second. The Bronze medal was won by Frenchman Jérémy Stravius with his time of 1:48.11.

Jonathan Atsu just missed the podium with his final time of 1:49.36.

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Women’s 50 Breaststroke

It was a tight field in the women’s 50m breast but Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson prevailed once again over the Americans. Atkinson came to the wall in 30.85, .10 ahead of Katie Meili (30.95) and Breeja Larson (31.06).

Fanny Lecluyse of Belgium edged Melanie Margalis for fourth, 31.23 to 31.48.

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Men’s 100 Breaststroke

Cameron Van Der Burgh held off the American breaststroke contingent to win the men’s 100 breaststroke, posting a big 58.97.

Nic Fink and Cody Miller finished second and third at 1:00.00 and 1:00.21, respectively.

Kazuki Kohinata of Japan earned a fourth-place finish with his time of 1:00.45. Brendan McHugh was the only other American in the field. McHugh finished sixth at 1:00.74.

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Men’s 100 Butterfly

Chad Le Clos earned another title in the men’s 100 butterfly, winning with a time of 51.04. American Tom Shields fell on the wrong side of the touch once again with a second-place finish of 51.27.

Tim Phillips earned a bronze medal with a 52.10, and David Morgan finished just outside of the top three at 52.74.

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Women’s 100 Backstroke

It was a dominating performance by Emily Seebohm of Australia in the women’s 100m back. She took it out fast and held the lead throughout the race, finishing in 58.91, the only sub-1:00 in the field.

Hosszu climbed to the podium for the second time of the evening, this time a silver medalist. She out-touched Missy Franklin for second, 1:00.05 to 1:00.47.

Russia’s Daria Ustinova missed the podium by .22, coming in fourth with 1:00.69.

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Men’s 50 Backstroke

Camille Lacourt earned gold in his home country as the only swimmer in the field to break 25 seconds in the men’s 50 backstroke. He touched the wall at 24.75 for the victory.

Pavel Sankovich of Belarus finished second with a 25.17 and Singapore’s Quah Zheng Wen finished third with a 24.69.

France did very well in prelims, putting four swimmers into finals. The other three Frenchman finished fifth, sixth, and seventh.

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Women’s 200 Butterfly

Germany’s Franziska Hentke had a fantastic finish to take gold in the women’s 200m fly. After a fourth-place finish in Kazan and a second-place finish in Moscow, Hentke made it to the top rung of the podium with 2:06.58. Cammile Adams had led at the 100, but Hentke and she turned together at the 150 and battled down the final stretch. Adams came to the wall in 2:06.73.

Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos earned the bronze medal, outsplitting Australia’s Madeline Groves over the last 100 for a final time of 2:07.11 to Groves’ 2:07.92.

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Men’s 200 IM

The men’s 200 IM final featured only four swimmers; six had entered the event, including Jordan Le Clos, who had a disqualification in prelims. Hiromasa Fujimori (JPN) took it out early, up by nearly a half a body length after the butterfly leg. Hungary’s David Verraszto, who won gold in the men’s 400m IM, was in third position behind Fujimori and France’s Ganesh Pedurand. It’s not an altogether unusal spot for Verraszto, whose second half is his strong point. However, unlike the 400, Verraszto was unable to overcome his deficit at the 100, and wound up third.

Fujimora held his lead and earned the win with a 1:59.29. He was the only swimmer in the final to break two minutes. Pedurand finished second at 2:01.73, Verraszto was third at 2:02.92, and Jiang Tiansheng of China finished fourth at 2:04.20.

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Women’s 400 Freestyle

It was another incredibly exciting finish, second only to the women’s 200 fly on the thrill-o-meter. China’s Li Bingjie had taken it out early from lane 5; she was out in 59.48 at the 100, but couldn’t hold her pace. New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle, who won the 800m free yesterday, pulled even at the 150 and took over the lead at the 200 turn. Lindsay Vrooman went with Boyle, passing Li as well.

By the 300 wall, Hosszu had moved into third. Boyle and Vrooman were still together, and over the final 50 they battled fiercely for gold. Vrooman put her legs into it over the final 25 meters and prevailed, 4:07.16 to Boyle’s 4:07.80. Hosszu maintained her position and earned bronze with 4:09.31.

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Men’s 50 Freestyle

Josh Schneider sprinted to Gold in the men’s 50 freestyle with a quick time of 22.11.

Clement Mignon of France earned a silver medal in front of his home country, touching the wall with a 22.40, holding off Tommaso D’Orsogna and Nosy Pélagie. D’Orsogna and Pélagie tied for third at 22.44.

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Women’s 200 Breaststroke

Vitilina Simonova of Russia won the women’s 200 breast after a protracted fight for the top spot against Breeja Larson. The pair turned together at the 100 and the 150, but Simonova outsplit Larson by more than a second over the last 50 meters to earn the gold medal. At the touch, it was Simonova with 2:25.26; Larson, 2:26.36. Lisa Zaiser (AUT) had a great swim out in lane 7 for the bronze medal, going 2:30.16.

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Men’s 200 Backstroke

Chad Le Clos secured his second victory of the day with a 1:57.81 in the men’s 200 backstroke. It was quite a performance, coming out of nowhere to pass everyone over the last 30 meters or so. At the 100, Le Clos was 2 seconds behind then-leader Ashley Delaney of Australia.

Swimming in an outside lane, Delaney held the lead all the way through the 150. But Le Clos split a 28.44 final 50 (.40 faster than his first 50) and rocketed past the field. Keita Sunama of Japan also moved past Delaney over the final 50 meters and finished second in 1:58.57. Delaney wound up third with 1:59.24.

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Women’s 50 Butterfly

France’s Béryl Gastaldello earned her second gold medal in as many days, this time with 26.35 in the women’s 50 fly. The home crowd was treated to a 1-2 sweep of the podium as Marie Wattel took second in 26.46.  Switzerland’s Sasha Touretski completed the podium with her 26.60 third-place finish.

Claire Donahue just missed the bronze medal, touching in 26.74 for fourth, just 2/100 ahead of Japan’s Misaki Yamaguchi (26.76). 50 free champion Anna Santamans (FRA) took sixth in 26.92.

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Men’s 1500 Freestyle

The 2015 World Champion Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy didn’t take any time off after winning the 1500m freestyle in Kazan. He repeated his 1500 win in Moscow at the first stop of the 2015 World Cup Series, and he won again tonight with a 15:04.98.

Jan Micka (CZE) and Damien Joly (FRA) battled down the stretch for the silver medal. Micka outsplit Joly by about 9/10, and that was all he needed to place second with 15:07.75. Joly earned the bronze medal going 15:08.07.

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Women’s 400 IM

There were no surprises on the top rung of the podium in the women’s 400m IM as Katinka Hosszu ended the day as she had begun it, with a gold medal. Hosszu took it out with an easy fly, making the fly-to-back turn a second behind fellow Hungarian Zsuzsanna Jakabos. Hosszu took over during the backstroke, though, and never looked back. She won with 4:35.80; Jakabos took second with 4:37.63.

Cammile Adams had been in third place through the first 200 meters, but Thi Anh Vien Nguyen of Vietnam passed her in the breaststroke. Nguyen wound up with the bronze medal, finishing in 4:42.53, while Adams took fourth in 4:44.77.

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Women 100 meters freestyle. Franklin, Coughlin, Hosszu and Santamans (who won the 50m events yesterday) the big names here.

HOSSZU Katinka 54.30
FRANKLIN Missy 54.34 who returned in 27.76
BONNET Charlotte 54.49
COUGHLIN Natalie 54.87
SANTAMANS Anna 54.95

Missy looked a little better than yesterday, however don’t you think that she should drop this race?

Prelims/semi/final, it’s 3 more splashes. In my opinion at the Worlds or at the Olympcs she’s better off without the 100 free.


She is a league behind sjostrom Campbell sisters and ranomi. She needs to be fresh for the back events and at most 200 free.


That’s my point.

To me she has a shot at least at a bronze in the 200 free. Ledecky, Sjostrom, Schmitt and Pellegrini are tough to beat but to me she can beat some of them.

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Nabady, Missy will have first to qualify if she chooses to swim the 200 free in individual. 3 girls for 2 spots at olympic trials next year. KL will be much faster than this year as she can now only focus on speed with no 1500 free in Rio. It’s scary for her rivals. And Allison Schmitt is, according to her coach Bob Bowman, in the same place as she was in 2011. She was in 1.56 in summer 2011. She swam 1.56 this summer. And we know how crazy fast she was in 2012 with the fastest time ever in textile in 1.53.61. Sjöström swam the 2nd fastest textile time ever in 1.54.31 in her lead-off leg of the… Read more »


That’s what I said in my last comment 😉


The issue is that, at this point in time, she probably remains USA’s top 100 freestyler. Probable, not definitely; as there appears a who ruck of 53high swimmers although she has a record of 53mids. Whilst I completely agree that she is unlikely to ever attain “elite” status in this event; USA does not appear to have anyone conclusively better than her. Re 200, whilst I expect the 200 in Rio to be distinctly faster than the Kazan race; it is still likely to be a very open “cat-fight”.Ledecky may win again in Rio but she’s not likely to ever have the lock on this race that she has on the 400 & 800. Re Schmitt; let’s just wait and… Read more »


She should just swim the 100 free in the 400 free relay or in the medley relay ( Simone has to this date not improved on the 100 )


NC, fast going out, very slow coming back. Can she build the endurance or is she just better built for the 50 free?


Women 200 back

SEEBOHM Emily 58.91
HOSSZU Katinka 1:00.05
FRANKLIN Missy 1:00.47
USTINOVA Daria-K 1:00.69

Impressive swimming by Seebohm who is always touching the wall under 59 secs


Let me start by saying that missy franklin is a specimen and looks great. I’d be curious as far as what her weight is now compared to London Olympics. She looks very muscle bound almost like a 50-100 freestyler but the only problem is she is not a natural fast twitch muscle athlete. Call me the peanut gallery but I think she should go back to whatever dry land program she was on when she swam for Todd because leaner may be faster when it comes to long course in her specialty events. Less walls/opportunities to utilize and take advantage of power. She looks, for lack of a better term weighed down, in her races. I want to finish this… Read more »


“Second thought don’t sleep on missy she’s going to be back to form because she has a great support system and a GREAT head on her shoulders.”

Totally agree.


and a great Coach with Todd


great points !!!!


The counter argument to this is hosszu. She is friggin ripped like no other female athlete and she just set a WR.. Hosszu has tremendous lean muscle mass and with I’m sure just about no Fat. Don’t u think that is the ideal swimming body? I think what u are saying is that Missy’s ideal body composition to swim fast was achieved in London and now perhaps she has gotten away from that. To me that photo at the press conference she looks like a female college basketball player. You know the stereotype tall and not very athletic with average skills and agility but has a scholarship cause they are so tall. Whatever she did to do a 2:04 backstroke….that’s… Read more »


It is sad that her college coach messed up her muscles. It is not open knowledge that swimmers get bogged down and slower at Cal? There was not a proper dry land training coach? The swimmers are overstrained and over trained? Also, all swimmers, no matter what body type look superhuman, look great. It is just that being muscle bound slows elite swimmers, depending on event.


A 1:39 200 yard free does not equate with “messed up” muscles or overstraining or overtraining, or a terrible college coach. She’s not 17 anymore, she’s 20, and girls’ bodies change, including their muscle mass, as they become women. She wasn’t ripped in London, couldn’t jump over a leaf (still can’t), and still was great (still is). I think it’s much more likely that she devoted her efforts the last two years to helping Cal win the NCAA Women’s title because that team goal and the college experience was very important to her. Her training was devoted to SCY and the events she was swimming in NCAAs. Give her some long course training with Rio as the goal, and she’ll… Read more »


Well said swimdoc. There is a photo of her in France in the toptentweets article just posted. She looks in pretty damn good shape to me. Maybe her arms are big but she is a national team swimmer so what do u expect. Really long legs and that explains the backstroke success. I think she should cut her hair though cause I detect a slight cone head thing going on and that can’t be aerodynamic.

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