2016 Short Course World Championships: Day 6 Finals Live Recap

2016 SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Swimmers are gearing up for day 6 finals of the 2016 FINA Short Course World Championships in Windsor, Canada, which marks the final session of the meet. Tonight, we’ll crown the world champions in the women’s 200 free relay, 200 breast, 100 fly, 50 free, and 400 medley relay, as well as the men’s 1500 free, 100 free, 200 back, 50 breast, and 400 medley relay.

Olympic gold medalists Park Tae Hwan (KOR) and Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) will go head-to-head in the 1500 free. Immediately after that, Park is slated to compete in the 100 free final, which is headlined by top seed Blake Pieroni, a 2016 U.S. Olympian. On the women’s side, World Record holder Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) will look to defend her title in the 50 free against Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen. Team USA’s Kelsi Worrell will square off with Hungarian iron lady Katinka Hosszu and Junior World Record holder Rikako Ikee (JPN) in the women’s 100 fly.

Follow along with us for a live recap of tonight’s events.

WOMEN’S 200 FREE RELAY FINALS

  • 2014 World Champion: Netherlands, 1:34.24, 2014
  • World Record: Netherlands, 1:34.24, 2014
  • Championship Record: Netherlands, 1:34.24, 2014

GOLD: Canada, 1:35.00

SILVER: Netherlands, 1:35.37

BRONZE: Italy, 1:35.61

The Canadian team brought down the hammer in front of their home down, taking down the defending world champ Dutch to win gold. Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) dug deep for a 23.11 on the 2nd leg, but the Canadians were able to run them down as junior stars Taylor Ruck (23.77) and Penny Oleksiak (23.54) closed out the relay.

The Italians were out like a light with Silvia Di Pietro leading them off in 23.92, but faded to 3rd on the back half to settle for bronze. Just off the podium by 2 tenths were the Americans, who got a pair of 23 splits from Kelsi Worrell (23.57) and Katrina Konopka (23.82) on the 2nd and 4th legs.

MEN’S 1500 FREE FINALS

GOLD: Park Tae Hwan (KOR), 14:15.51

SILVER: Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA), 14:21.94

BRONZE: Wojciech Wojdak (POL), 14:25.37

Through the first 1000 meters, Park Tae Hwan (KOR) and Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) were neck-and-neck. Paltrinieri took the early lead, but Park was able to move slightly ahead on the middle 500 meters, and break away in the final 500 meters. That gives Park his 3rd gold of the meet, and his winning time of 14:15.51 broke the former Championship Record held by Paltrinieri.

Paltrinieri held on for silver, with Poland’s Wojciech Wojdak rounding out the medals behind him. The battle for 4th say Denmark’s Anton Ipsen (14:31.53) break away from Norway’s Henrik Christiansen (14:33.56) in the last 100.

MEN’S 100 FREE FINALS

  • 2014 World Champion – 45.75: Cesar Cielo, BRA
  • World Record – 44.94: Amaury Leveaux, FRA, 2008
  • Championship Record – 45.51: Vladimir Morozov, 2014

GOLD: Simonas Bilis (LTU), 46.58

SILVER: Shinri Shioura (JPN), 46.59

BRONZE: Tommaso D’Orsogna (AUS), 46.70

The race for gold in the 100 free was just about as close as as they come, with Lithuania’s Simonas Bilis and Japan’s Shinri Shioura fighting to get a hand on the wall first. In the end, it was Bilis rocketing to the win, touching .01 ahead of Shioura, who set a new Asian Record for 2nd place. Taking 3rd was Australia’s Tomasso D’Orsogna, who pulled ahead of Team USA’s Blake Pieroni on the 2nd 50. Pieroni (46.88) was just off the podium at 4th.

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST FINALS

  • 2014 World Champion: Kanako Watanabe (JPN), 2:16.92
  • World Record: Rebecca Soni (USA), 2:14.57, 2009
  • Championship Record: Rikke Pedersen (DEN), 2:16.08, 2012

GOLD: Molly Renshaw (GBR), 2:18.51

SILVER: Kelsey Wog (CAN), 2:18.52

BRONZE: Chloe Tutton (GBR), 2:18.83

Great Britain’s breaststroke duo of Molly Renshaw and Chloe Tutton collected a pair of medals tonight. Canada’s Kelsey Wog made a big move on the last 50, but came up just short, as Renshaw won the gold by a hundredth. Tutton followed for 3rd, as all 3 medalists touched in the 2:18-range.

Team USA’s Lilly King (2:19.34) jumped out to an early lead at the 50, but wound up finishing 4th.

MEN’S 200 BACK FINALS

  • 2014 World Champion: Radoslaw Kawecki, 1:47.38
  • World Record: Mitch Larkin (AUS), 1:45.63, 2015
  • Championship Record: Ryan Lochte (USA), 1:46.68, 2010

GOLD: Radoslaw Kawecki (POL), 1:47.63

SILVER: Jacob Pebley (USA), 1:48.98

BRONZE: Masaki Kaneko (JPN), 1:49.18

Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki successfully defended his 200 back title, breaking away from the field with a 27.26 on the 3rd 50 to secure his gold. Behind him, Team USA’s Jacob Pebley made a big drop from his prelims time to take silver. Australia’s Mitch Larkin (1:49.25) had a slight edge on Japan’s Masaki Kaneko until the final 50, but Kaneko made a late surge to take bronze ahead of Larkin by 7 hundredths.

WOMEN’S 100 FLY FINALS

  • 2014 World Champion – 54.61: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
  • World Record – 54.61: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 2014
  • Championship Record – 54.61: Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 2014

GOLD: Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 55.12

SILVER: Kelsi Worrell (USA), 55.22

BRONZE: Rikako Ikee (JPN), 55.64

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu and the USA’s Kelsi Worrell fought tooth and nail to the finish of the 100 fly, but in the end it was the iron lady who once again emerged victorious, finishing 1st by a tenth. Worrell’s silver-winning time was good for a new American Record, while Japan’s Rikako Ikee broke her own Junior World Record to take bronze.

MEN’S 50 BREAST FINALS

  • 2014 World Champion – 25.63, Felipe Franca Silva, BRA
  • World Record – 25.25, Cameron van der Burgh: RSA, 2009
  • Championship Record – 25.63, Felipe Franca Silva, BRA, 2014

GOLD: Cameron van der Burgh (RSA), 25.64

SILVER: Peter Stevens (SLO), 25.85

BRONZE: Felipe Lima (BRA), 25.98

South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh, the World Record holder in this event, was 3 tenths shy of his World Record and just a hundredth shy of the Championship Record to win 50 breast gold tonight. The silver and bronze medalists were also sub-26, with Slovenia’s Peter Stevens, who swims collegiately at Tennessee, taking 2nd and Brazil’s Felipe Lima taking 3rd.

2014 world champ Felipe Silva (BRA) fell short of the podium, tying for 5th with South Africa’s Giulio Zorzi in 26.13.

WOMEN’S 50 FREE FINALS

GOLD: Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED), 23.60

SILVER: Silvia Di Pietro (ITA), 23.90

BRONZE: Madison Kennedy (USA), 23.93

The Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo threw down a quick 23.60 to successfully defend her world title in the women’s 50 free. Italy’s Silvia Di Pietro and Team USA’s Madison Kennedy were the next to the wall, finishing within 3 hundredths of each other to take 2nd and 3rd respectively. That left Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen just off the podium with a 24.00 for 4th place.

MEN’S 400 MEDLEY RELAY FINALS

  • 2014 World Champion: Brazil, 3:21.14
  • World Record: Russia, 3:19.16, 2009
  • Championship Record: USA, 3:20.99, 2010

GOLD: Russia, 3:21.17

SILVER: Australia, 3:23.56

BRONZE: Japan, 3:24.71

Russia pulled in another gold in the men’s 400 medley relay, higlighted by a 55.78 breast split from Kirill Prigoda and a 45.58 free split from Vlad Morozov. Australia’s Mitch Larkin gave his team the early lead with a 50.24 back split, but the Aussies settled for silver. Their butterflier, David Morgan, also had the fastest split of the field with his 49.32.

The Team from the USA was disqualified in this event, as officials cited extra dolphin kicks by breaststroker Cody Miller.

WOMEN’S 400 MEDLEY RELAY FINALS

  • 2014 World Champion: Denmark, 3:48.86
  • World Record: USA, 3:45.20, 2015
  • Championship Record: China, 3:48.29, 2010

GOLD: USA, 3:47.89

SILVER: Canada, 3:48.87

BRONZE: Australia, 3:49.66

The USA ended the meet on a golden note, as the women’s squad brought home gold in the 400 medley  relay. Butterflier Kelsi Worrell (55.48) had the 2nd fastest split of the field despite having to get stitched up 15 minutes earlier due to a warm up pool collision.

Host country Canada saw their relay team take silver after a blazing 51.07 freestyle split from Penny Oleksiak. The Aussies picked up bronze, with Emily Seebohm getting them off to a great start after a 56.12 back split.

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Zanna

Worrell will swim 3 times tonight

AvidSwimFan

I don’t understand why Comerford is missing in the 200free relay. Her split was better than those posted by Weir and Kennedy earlier in this meet.

Zanna

Agreed. Plus Weir and Kennedy already has the 50 individual tonight.

Uberfan

I think weir complained so they said okay fine just this once

Zanna

Canada wins! Us out of medals.

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