2017 FINA World Championships: Day 1 Finals Live Recap


It’s finally here. The first races for hardware will kick off at 11:30am eastern in Budapest, including finals for the men’s and women’s 400 free and the men’s and women’s 4×100 free relay. Katie Ledecky will be shooting for a world record in her 400 free tonight, and there are four other semifinals taking place tonight. To get a deeper analysis on tonight’s finals session, you can check out the day 1 finals preview right here.

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  • WR – 3:40.07, BIEDERMANN Paul: 26 JUL 2009
  • CR – 3:40.07, BIEDERMANN Paul: 26 JUL 2009
  • WJR – 3:44.60, HORTON Mack: 1 APR 2014
  1. Sun Yang, China 3:41.38
  2. Mack Horton, Australia 3:43.85
  3. Gabriele Detti, Italy 3:43.93

It was all Sun Yang of China tonight in the men’s 400 free. As the field crept towards the 200 mark, Yang moved out front and never looked back. He had built an insurmountable lead by the 300 mark, and he turned on his kick and buried the field, winning gold in 3:41.38. His rival, Australia’s Mack Horton, turned in the silver medal time of 3:43.85, just edging Italy’s Gabriele Detti (3:43.93). Cameras picked up a visible glare from Sun in Horton’s direction, continuing to fuel their heated rivalry.

Park Taehwan was close for fourth at 3:44.38, unable to touch ahead of Horton and Detti. Felix Auboeck, of Austria, ended up 5th (3:45.21) as he is building off of a very impressive freshman year at the University of Michigan. James Guy of GBR (3:45.58) touched just ahead of the USA’s Zane Grothe (3:45.86), while Aussie David McKeon finished 8th in 3:46.27.


  • WR – 55.48, SJOSTROM Sarah: 7 AUG 2016
  • CR – 55.64, SJOSTROM Sarah:  3 AUG 2015
  • WJR –  56.46 OLEKSIAK Penelope: 7 AUG 2016
  1. Sarah Sjöström, Sweden 55.77
  2. Emma McKeon, Australia 56.23
  3. Kelsi Worrell, USA 56.74
  4. Rikako Ikee, Japan 56.89
  5. Penny Oleksiak, Canada 57.07
  6. An Sehyeon, South Korea 57.15
  7. Zhang Yufei, China 57.29
  8. Svetlana Chimrova, Russia 57.64

Kelsi Worrell held on for the win in semifinal 1, going 56.74, just off of her prelims swim of 56.44, a PR. Worrell held off a late charge from Rikako Ikee of Japan, who was just behind her tonight in 56.89.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström, unsurprisingly, took control of semifinal 2, taking the win in 55.77. She’ll take the top seed going into finals tonight. Australia’s Emma McKeon had an outstanding swim for 2nd in that heat, going 56.23 to tie Jessica Schipper’s Australian national record and take the 2nd seed for tonight’s final.

Rio medalist Penny Oleksiak was fifth (57.07) in prelims, followed by South Korea’s An Sehyeon (57.15). China’s Zhang Yufei (57.29) and Russia’s Svetlana Chimrova (57.64) also made it into tonight’s final.


  • WR – 22.43, MUNOZ PEREZ Rafael: 5 APR 2009
  • CR – 22.67, CAVIC Milorad: 27 JUL 2009
  • WJR – 23.39, LI Zhuhao: 29 SEP 2015
  1. Caeleb Dressel, USA 22.76
  2. Andrii Govorov, Ukraine 22.77
  3. Nicholas Santos, Brazil 22.84
  4. Ben Proud, GBR 22.92
  5. Joseph Schooling, Singapore 22.93
  6. Henrique Martins, Brazil 23.13
  7. Tim Phillips, USA 23.25
  8. Andrii Khloptsov, Ukraine 23.31

Caeleb Dressel was out flying, quite literally, to win semifinal 1 of the men’s 50 fly. He tore past the American record of 22.91 held previously by Bryan Lundquist, set in 2009, by going 22.76. That’s a huge swim for him, and he’s making a case to be a prime gold medal contender tomorrow night. GBR’s Ben Proud was right there for second in the semifinal, also under 23 seconds at 22.92.

Andrii Govorov made it to the wall first in the 2nd heat, going 22.77 to take the 2nd seed for the final right behind Dressel. Brazil’s Nicholas Santos was right behind in 22.84, with Joseph Schooling of Singapore also under 23 seconds in that 2nd semifinal to move on to the final at 22.93.

Santos’s teammate Henrique Martins made the final in 6th (23.13), followed by American Tim Phillips (23.25) and Ukraine’s Andrii Khloptsov. The Ukrainian is young– he was born in 1998.


  • WR – 3:56.46, LEDECKY Katie USA: 7 AUG 2016
  • CR – 3:59.06, LEDECKY Katie USA: 23 JUL 2017
  • WJR – 3:58.37, LEDECKY Katie USA: 23 AUG 2014
  1. Katie Ledecky, USA 3:58.34
  2. Leah Smith, USA 4:01.54
  3. Li Bingjie, China 4:03.25

It wasn’t her fastest swim ever, but Katie Ledecky was still well ahead of the competition with a 3:58.34 to take the women’s 400 free in Championship record fashion. Additionally, it was the second-fastest time in history, behind only her own world record. USA had the 1-2 sweep, with Leah Smith grabbing silver at 4:01.54, a bit off of her lifetime best but faster than her prelims swim. Smith makes history with Ledecky, as it’s the first time since 1978 that Americans have both been on the podium at Worlds in this race on the women’s side.

China’s Li Bingjie touched third for the bronze 4:03.25, a great swim for the teenager. Another teenager was just behind, as Australia’s Ariarne Titmus was fourth in 4:04.26, just ahead of Hungary’s distance star Boglarka Kapas (4:04.77). Hungary was well-represented in this final, as yet another teenager, Ajna Kesely, posted a 4:05.77 for 6th overall.

China’s Zhang Yuhan (4:06.03) and Russia’s Veronika Popova (4:07.59) rounded out the final.


  • WR – 57.13, PEATY Adam GBR: 7 AUG 2016
  • CR – 58.18, PEATY Adam GBR: 2 AUG 2015
  • WJR – 59.23, MARTINENGHI Nicolo’ ITA: 2 JUL 2017
  1. Adam Peaty, GBR 57.75
  2. Kevin Cordes, USA 58.65
  3. Cody Miller, USA 59.08
  4. Andrius Sidlauskas, Lithuania 59.12
  5. Yan Zibei, China 59.15
  6. Yasuhiro Koseki, Japan 59.18
  7. Ross Murdoch, GBR 59.23
  8. Kirill Prigoda, Russia 59.24

Semifinal 1 went to Cody Miller at 59.08, just ahead of his prelims swim. He lurked for most of the race, coming home very hard at the end to edge ahead of the competition. Kirill Prigoda of Russia was there for 2nd at 59.24. It was a slow semifinal, as only Miller and Prigoda made the final.

Adam Peaty cracked his own championship record with a 57.75 in the 2nd heat, finishing well ahead of the field. Still, Kevin Cordes was 58.64 to take 2nd, within nine tenths of Peaty. Cordes also broke his own American record, and he holds the two-fastest times in American history.

Lithuania’s Andrius Sidlauskas (59.12), China’s Yan Zibei (59.15), and Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki (59.18) were all bunched up in semifinal 2, and they all make the final. Peaty’s teammate Ross Murdoch was 59.23 to also squeak into the final.


  • WR – 2:06.12 HOSSZU Katinka: 3 AUG 2015
  • CR — 2:06.12 HOSSZU Katinka: 3 AUG 2015
  • WJR – 2:09.98, IKEE Rikako: 29 JAN 2017
  1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 2:07.14
  2. Melanie Margalis, USA 2:08.70
  3. Sydney Pickrem, Canada 2:09.17
  4. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, GBR 2:09.72
  5. Kim Seoyeong, South Korea 2:09.86
  6. Madisyn Cox, USA 2:09.97
  7. Runa Imai, Japan 2:10.15
  8. Yui Ohashi, Japan 2:10.45

Sydney Pickrem took it to the field in semifinal 1, going 2:09.17 to win the heat. That makes for a Canadian record for Pickrem, who trains collegiately with the Texas A&M Aggies. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor of GBR, last year’s Olympic silver medalist in this event, was 2nd in that semifinal at 2:09.72. She’ll have to really pick it up if she wants to medal, however.

Semifinal 2 was faster than the first, with Katinka Hosszu topping the field with a 2:07.14. American Melanie Margalis had a great swim, her 2:08.70 marking a PR as well as making her the second-best American performer ever, behind only Ariana Kukors. Another American, Madisyn Cox, utilized a very hard-pushed back-half to race her way to a 2:09.97 for 6th going into the final, with South Korea’s Kim Seoyeong right ahead at 2:09.86.

Japan’s Runa Imai (2:10.15) and Yui Ohashi (2:10.45) both made it in at 7th and 8th for the final.


  • WR – 3:08.24, United States: 11 AUG 2008
  • CR – 3:09.21, United States: 26 JUL 2009
  1. USA 3:10.06
  2. Brazil 3:10.34
  3. Hungary 3:11.99

Caeleb Dressel. His spot in the limelight might begin at this meet. He already blasted an American record in the 50 fly earlier in the session, and he then led off this relay with a 47.26, taking down David Walters’ American record in that, too. The Americans were out to a sizable lead thanks to Dressel, with Brazil on their tails the whole time. Things got dicey between Townley Haas‘s and Blake Pieroni‘s legs, and the pressure was definitely on for Nathan Adrian.

Diving in against Bruno Fratus, Adrian had a very small lead, and his anchor duty skills would be tested once again. Fratus kept it close, but Adrian muscled it out to the wall to give Team USA the gold at 3:10.06. Brazil settled for 2nd at 3:10.34, though Marcelo Chierighini had a 46.85 split.

Hungary came out of nowhere for the bronze– they were not medal contenders on paper before this meet started. Dominik Kozma broke his Hungarian record from prelims with a 48.26, and the heroic split from Richard Bohus (47.21) really made the difference for them.


  • WR – 3:30.65, Australia: 6 AUG 2016
  • CR – 3:31.48, Australia: 2 AUG 2015
  1. USA 3:31.72 AR
  2. Australia 3:32.02
  3. Netherlands 3:32.64

The women’s relay did not disappoint following the men’s race. Sarah Sjöström set fire to the world record with a 51.71 leading off for Sweden, while Mallory Comerford popped a 52.59 to break the American record leading off Team USA. Sjöström’s lead took Sweden far thanks to a 52.68 second split from Michelle Coleman, but after the third leg, USA and Australia pulled ahead.

Kelsi Worrell split a very strong 53.16, but Bronte Campbell‘s 52.14 second split got Australia back into the race. Katie Ledecky and Brittany Elmslie both split 53.83’s, but it was Simone Manuel with a dominant 52.14 anchor leg to hold off Emma McKeon (52.29).

Sweden fell to 5th, with the Netherlands pulling up to bronze thanks in part to a 51.98 split from Ranomi Kromowidjojo. Canada ended up fourth in 3:33.88, getting 52.9’s from Chantal van Landeghem and Penny Oleksiak.

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4 years ago

Live stream tips/link?

Reply to  swimfan
4 years ago

Search USAGOALs, I would give you a direct link but I’m at work.

Reply to  swimfan
4 years ago

yep usagoals. The swimming is on the synchronized swimming link. I’m trying to find a euro sport link though. Rowdy Gains is on this one.

Reply to  xenon
4 years ago

Which one of the six links work? I can’t seem to get any of them to go up.

stanford fan
Reply to  Swimgeekgirl
4 years ago

3rd one worked for me

He Gets It Done Again
4 years ago

Thank goodness the meet is finally here and we’re in Budapest (315 feet elevation) and not Guadalajara (5,138 feet) where FINA originally voted to have these championships.

Reply to  He Gets It Done Again
4 years ago

Is there a live stream for this meet?

Reply to  theroboticrichardsimmons
4 years ago


Reply to  theroboticrichardsimmons
4 years ago
4 years ago

THANK YOU!!! Do you have sound on this link or is it just video? Mine is silent. But it is better than nothing!!

Reply to  swammer17
4 years ago

sound as well , in Hungarian

4 years ago

My biggest impressions from the Prelims watch (day 1):
— Belmonte is already seeing (maybe) the ill effects of a schedule that is a bit too loaded.
— Hungarians are really delivering for their home crowd. Many sneaking into Top 8/16, and Hosszu getting the crowd to go nuts in just a prelim swim.
— Efimova in the 200 IM: LOL.
— Favorite heat: 2nd-to-last men’s 400m free heat. Though not the best USA showing, the outside lanes were loaded and those in the center seemed to have no idea they were sitting in 5th or 6th. WOW.
— Overall, no massive surprises for the USA team this morning, though the men’s 400 free relay… Read more »

Reply to  75M FREE
4 years ago

Hungarians are really delivering for their home crowd?

Women’s 400m free
Kapas – 5th place
Kesely – 6th place

Reply to  Baker-King-Vollmer-Manuel
4 years ago

Cool, you are always the same,
Otherwise really.
Kesely swam PB. Otherwise you are talking about a 15 years old girl with 10 Golds in European Junior Championships.

Reply to  75M FREE
4 years ago

2016 Rio Olympics
Women’s 400 m free – gold, bronze
Women’s 4 x 100 m free relay – silver

2017 World Championships
Women’s 400 m free – gold, silver
Women’s 4 x 100 m free relay – gold

Reply to  Baker-King-Vollmer-Manuel
4 years ago

Good to see this one too. Everybody can read -as I see you too- the results.

4 years ago

Interesting – SS will start for Sweden in the relay!! WR?

Reply to  SwimJon
4 years ago

And OMG!!!!!

Reply to  SwimJon
4 years ago

Spot on

4 years ago

Link for live stream please

Reply to  Ervin
4 years ago

Search USAGOALs, I would give you a direct link but I’m at work.

Reply to  Ervin
4 years ago

having trouble with USAgoals.. the Eurosports 1/2 link to cycling and racing. The only siwmming links are for synchronized

Reply to  john26
4 years ago

Dang sorry, might want to check later or try other links when they become available.

Reply to  john26
4 years ago

http://www.mediaklikk.hu/m4-elo# try this one – worked for me this morning and now

Distance Swimmer
4 years ago

M 400 Free: Sun (3:41.9), Horton (3:42.4), Guy (3:43.0)
W 100 Fly: Sjostrom 55.7, no real surprises among field
M 50 Fly: Dressel 22.8 AR, Schooling 22.9, maybe 5/6 guys under 23
W 400 Free: Ledecky (3:56.6), Smith (3:59.9), Kolapkas (4:03.1)
M 100 Breast: Peaty (57.9), Cordes, Miller under 59
W 200 IM: Hosszu 2:07.1, Cox under 2:10
W 4×100: USA, Australia, Canada
M 4×100: USA (3:09.5, could challenge CR), Brazil, Australia


Reply to  Distance Swimmer
4 years ago

Can agree with Sun winning M400, not sure of minors.
Agree with medallists W400 although the bronze medallist name is actually Kapas.
W4X100 – think NED a safer medal bet than either AUS or CAN. Bronze could go either way between those 2
M4X100 – agree gold and silver. HUN could be sufficiently buoyed by hometown crowd to snag bronze ahead of AUS or ITA

Reply to  commonwombat
4 years ago

wow, you were spot on with Hungary!

Reply to  commonwombat
4 years ago

CW, I didn’t see it yesterday.
Would you like a honorary Hungarian Citizenship or perhaps a Trading Consular nomination?

Coach mary
Reply to  Distance Swimmer
4 years ago

U did pretty good

4 years ago

Try USAGOALS if you’re looking for a stream, maybe the eurosport stream has it. I can’t check right now because I’m at work. Tell me if you find anything.

4 years ago

The only live stream link I’ve found is through the Olympic Channel by NBC. Is there any other way to watch that isn’t that? There’s only like 7 TV providers you can use for it and mine isn’t one of them 🙁 so far, this new Olympic channel gets 2 thumbs down from me.

Reply to  swammer17
4 years ago

Search USAGOALs, I would give you a direct link but I’m at work.

Reply to  swammer17
4 years ago

I didn’t like their delay but thank God I got it on my iPad on time. finals are live every day for the next 8 days!

Reply to  swammer17
4 years ago

try this one – working well

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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