2016 SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
- December 6th – December 11th, 2016
- Windsor, Ontario, Canada
- WFCU Centre
- SCM (25m)
- Prelims: 9:30 AM EST/Finals: 6:30 PM EST
- Start Lists/Results
- Live Stream ($)
Swimmers are gearing up for day 3 finals of the 2016 FINA Short Course World Championships in Windsor, Canada. Tonight, we’ll crown the world champions in the mixed 200 medley relay, the women’s 100 free, 200 back, and 800 free, and the men’s 200 breast and 100 fly. We’ll also see semifinals of the 100 IM, 50 back, and 50 free for the men, along with the 100 IM and 50 fly for the women. Read on for a preview of some of the top races to watch.
TOM SHIELDS VS. CHAD LE CLOS IN MEN’S 100 FLY
The men’s 100 fly final is slated for tonight, which will feature a highly anticipated match-up between South Africa’s Chad Le Clos and Team USA’s Tom Shields. In the 200 fly earlier in the meet, Le Clos picked up the gold while Shields wound up in 2nd place, so Shields will be looking to turn the tables. Le Clos will be tough to beat, as he’s the defending short course world champion and World Record holder in the event. Those two aren’t the only swimmers to look out for, though, as Great Britain’s Adam Barrett is the top seed and France’s Jeremy Stravius could also be a title contender.
PENNY OLEKSIAK LOOKS TO TAKE GOLD FOR CANADA
2016 Olympic champ Penny Oleksiak will be racing in tonight’s 100 free final after tying for the top seed with Australia’s Brittany Elmslie last night. If successful, Oleksiak’s win would mark the first gold medal of the meet for host country Canada. So far, she’s broken the Canadian Record in both prelims and semifinals, so she’ll look to lower her 52.19 record again in the final. In addition to Elmslie, she’ll also be taking on Italy’s Federica Pellegrini, the Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo, and fellow junior standout Rikako Ikee (JPN).
WORLD RECORD HOLDERS HOSSZU, MOROZOV SWIM 100 IM SEMIS
Both the men and women will swim semifinals of the 100 IM tonight, which will feature World Record holders Vlad Morozov (RUS) and Katinka Hosszu (HUN). Morozov will be in semifinal 2 next to Japanese Olympic medalist Daiya Seto. Swimming in lane 4 of the first semifinal will be Team USA’s Michael Andrew. Following the 100 IM semi, Morozov will return to the pool for the 50 free semis.
Hosszu has a big schedule tonight, but that’s nothing new for the Hungarian iron lady. This will be her 2nd swim of the night, sandwiched between the 200 back final and the 800 free final in her lineup.
KELSI WORRELL, LEAH SMITH CHASE AMERICAN RECORDS
Team USA’s Kelsi Worrell and Leah Smith both broke American Records in prelims of their respective events, and will look to lower them even further in tonight’s finals. Last night, Worrell broke the 200 fly American Record on the way to a silver medal. She followed that up with another American Record in this morning’s 50 fly prelims to set herself up as the top seed for semifinals. Smith, who cracked the American Record mark in the 800 free prelims yesterday, will go after that record again as she battles for gold in the final tonight.