2017 FINA World Championships: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap


The heats of the women’s 100 back, men’s 100 back, women’s 100 breast, men’s 200 free, and women’s 1500 free are on the docket for this morning’s competition on day two in Budapest.

You can read a full preview of this morning’s events here.


  • WR 58.12 SPOFFORTH Gemma GBR Rome (ITA) 28 JUL 2009
  • CR 58.12 SPOFFORTH Gemma GBR Rome (ITA) 28 JUL 2009
  • WJR 59.34 ATHERTON Minna AUS Brisbane (AUS) 2 JUL 2016
  1. Kylie Masse (CAN): 58.62
  2. Katinka Hosszu (HUN): 58.80
  3. Emily Seebohm (AUS): 58.95
  4. Anastasiia Fesikova (RUS): 59.58
  5. Olivia Smoliga (USA): 59.70
  6. Kathleen Baker (USA): 59.76
  7. Holly Barratt (AUS): 59.87
  8. Chen Jie (CHN): 59.88 / Kathleen Dawson (GBR): 59.88
  9. Daria Ustinova (RUS): 59.90
  10. Georgia Davies (GBR): 1:00.24
  11. Simona Baumrtova (CZE): 1:00.28
  12. Hilary Caldwell (CAN): 1:00.37
  13. Kira Toussaint (NED): 1:00.52 / Fu Yuanhui (CHN): 1:00.52
  14. Daryna Zevina (UKR): 1:00.59

Kylie Masse of Canada put up the top time of the morning with 58.62, half a second off her best time of 58.21. The Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu finished second in 58.80, followed by Aussie veteran Emily Seebohm in 58.95. The trio were the only swimmers under 59.

Russia’s Anastasiia Fesikova finished fourth in 59.58. Next was the pair of Americans, Kathleen Baker and Olivia Smoliga, in 59.70 and 59.76, respectively, both looking easy in the water.

Australia’s oldest-ever Worlds team rookie, 29-year-old Holly Barratt finished seventh in 59.87, followed by the pair of China’s Chen Jie and Great Britain’s Kathleen Dawson. 


  • WR 51.85 MURPHY Ryan USA Rio (BRA) 13 AUG 2016
  • CR 52.19 PEIRSOL Aaron USA Rome (ITA) 2 AUG 2009
  • WJR 53.65 KOLESNIKOV Kliment RUS Hodmezovasarhely (HUN) 7 JUL 2016
  1. Xu Jiayu (CHN): 52.77
  2. Matt Grevers (USA): 52.92
  3. Grigory Tarasevich (RUS): 53.18
  4. Ryan Murphy (USA): 53.26
  5. Ryosuke Irie (JPN): 53.54
  6. Apostolos Christou (GRE): 53.55
  7. Mitch Larkin (AUS): 53.72 / Guilherme Guido (BRA): 53.72
  8. Corey Main (NZL): 53.97
  9. Li Guangyuan (CHN): 54.04
  10. Matteo Milli (ITA): 54.17
  11. Tomasz Polewka (POL): 54.30
  12. Shane Ryan (IRL): 54.33
  13. Yakov Roumarkin (ISR): 54.39
  14. Javier Acevedo (CAN): 54.43
  15. Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS): 54.51

China’s Asian record holder Xu Jiayu and the U.S.’s 2012 Olympic champ Matt Grevers were the two swimmers under 53 this morning. Russia’s Grigory Tarasevich came up third, followed by defending Olympic champion and world record holder Ryan Murphy of the U.S. and Cal in 53.26.

Japan’s Ryosuke Irie, who trains with Team Elite in the U.S., was fifth in 53.54, followed by Greece’s Apostolos Christou in 53.55.

Mitch Larkin of Australia and Guilherme Guido of Brazil tied for eighth in 53.72.


  • WR 1:04.35 MEILUTYTE Ruta LTU Barcelona (ESP) 29 JUL 2013
  • CR 1:04.35 MEILUTYTE Ruta LTU Barcelona (ESP) 29 JUL 2013
  • WJR 1:05.39 30.48 MEILUTYTE Ruta LTU Nanjing (CHN) 20 AUG 2014
  1. Lilly King (USA): 1:05.20
  2. Yuliya Efimova (RUS): 1:05.60
  3. Ruta Meilutyte (LTU): 1:05.81
  4. Katie Meili (USA): 1:06.39
  5. Taylor McKeown (AUS): 1:06.64
  6. Jessica Vall (ESP): 1:06.64
  7. Shi Jinglin (CHN): 1:06.94
  8. Rachel Nicol (CAN): 1:07.10
  9. Jessica Leigh Hansen (AUS): 1:07.12
  10. Satomi Suzuki (JPN): 1:07.20
  11. Sarah Vasey (GBR): 1:07.20
  12. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (GBR): 1:07.33
  13. Jennie Johansson (SWE): 1:07.35
  14. Rikke Moller Pedersen (DEN): 1:07.39
  15. Arianna Castiglioni (ITA): 1:07.43 / Kierra Smith (CAN): 1:07.43

Lilly King of the U.S. and Indiana University put up a 1:05.20 to outswim the field by .4 seconds this morning, coming in just .3 off her personal best of 1:04.93.

Yuliya Efimova of Russia finished second in 1:05.60, followed by world record holder Ruta Meilutytye of Lithuania in 1:05.81. American Olympic bronze medalist Katie Meiliwho trains with Team Elite but will soon move to Washington D.C. to attend law school at Georgetown, finished fourth in 1:06.39.

Aussie Taylor McKeown was fifth in 1:06.64, followed by Jessica Vall in 1:06.85, coming in .4 off her Spanish record mark. Shi Jinglin of China was seventh in 1:06.94, and Canada’s Rachel Nicol was eighth in 1:07.10.


  • WR 1:42.00 BIEDERMANN Paul GER Rome (ITA) 28 JUL 2009
  • CR 1:42.00 BIEDERMANN Paul GER Rome (ITA) 28 JUL 2009
  • WJR 1:47.10 ROONEY Maxime USA San Antonio, TX (USA) 7 AUG 2015
  1. Sun Yang (CHN): 1:45.78
  2. James Guy (GBR): 1:46.22
  3. Mikhail Dovgalyuk (RUS): 1:46.47
  4. Townley Haas (USA): 1:46.50
  5. Aleksandr Krasnykh (RUS): 1:46.51 / Kacper Majchrzak (POL): 1:46.51
  6. Duncan Scott (GBR): 1:46.62
  7. Dominik Kozma (HUN): 1:46.83
  8. Blake Pieroni (USA): 1:46.88
  9. Danas Rapsys (LTU): 1:46.88
  10. Mack Horton (AUS): 1:46.97
  11. Velimir Stjepanovic (SRB): 1:47.05
  12. Myles Brown (RSA): 1:47.09
  13. Park Tae Hwan (KOR): 1:47.11
  14. Naito Ehara (JPN) / Marwan Elkamash (EGY): 1:47.40 ****SWIM-OFF

China’s 7th-fastest swimmer in the history of this event Sun Yang led the field by nearly half a second this morning, finishing in 1:45.78. British record holder James Guy was second in 1:46.22. Russia’s Mikhail Dovgalyuk finished third in 1:46.47, followed by the U.S. and Texas’s Townley Haas in 1:46.50.

Russia’s Aleksandr Krasnykh tied for fifth with Poland’s Kacper Majchrzak in 1:46.51. Duncan Scott was seventh in 1:46.62, and Dominik Kozma was eighth in 1:46.83.

Rio Olympic silver medalist Chad le Clos was a no show in the event.

There was a tie for sixteenth place that should result in a swim-off between Japan’s Naito Ehara and Egypt’s Marwan Elkamash, who both finished in 1:47.40.


  • WR 15:25.48 LEDECKY Katie USA Kazan (RUS) 4 AUG 2015
  • CR 15:25.48 LEDECKY Katie USA Kazan (RUS) 4 AUG 2015
  • WJR 15:28.36 LEDECKY Katie USA Gold Coast (AUS) 24 AUG 2014
  1. Katie Ledecky (USA): 15:47.54
  2. Mireia Belmonte (ESP): 16:05.37
  3. Yawen Hou (CHN): 16:05.87
  4. Simona Quadarella (ITA): 16:07.08
  5. Boglarka Kapas (HUN): 16:09.60
  6. Kristel Kobrich (CHI): 16:17.28
  7. Julia Hassler (LIE): 16:19.16
  8. Ajna Kesely (HUN): 16:20.98

World record holder Katie Ledecky of the U.S. and Stanford put up 15:47.54 this morning for the 10th-fastest performance by an American in history. (For context, Ledecky holds 9 of the 10 fastest American performances and 7 of the 10 fastest performances in history).

Spanish record holder Mireia Belmonte finished second in 16:05.37, and Yawen Hou was close behind out of the second heat in 16:05.87. Italy’s Simona Quadrella swam 16:07.08, leading throughout much of the second heat, and Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas was fifth in 16:09.60.

Chile’s Kristel Kobrich was 16:17.28, and Julia Hassler (16:19.16) and Ajna Kesely (16:20.98) will round out the world championship final.

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6 years ago

USA’s dominance done in backstroke : (

TIM Grills
6 years ago

Let’s go Caeleb….2 world records waiting for you in the 100 fly and 100 free. Time to put an end to any talk of who the greatest flyer in the world is. Bury Schooling…

6 years ago

If someone could calculate the odds of this many ties in one session I’d love to hear it.

Gator fan
6 years ago

These Aussie comments might be the most annoying thing I’ve seen in forever

6 years ago

16 men’s 200 free swimmers within 1.62 seconds – nobody gets to ease into the finals.

Reply to  OldWahooVA
6 years ago

I guess 1:46 low or Sub 1:46 is the margin to the final! Go Haas and Peironi!

6 years ago

Well this is quite an experience. When I wake up in the AM, I have to abstain from Facebook feeds and any news websites just with the potential risk that something amazing or catastrophic happened in prelims… and I don’t want to risk knowing about it before I see it on DVR.

My impressions from Day 2 Prelims watch:
— I may be in the minority, but I am enormously enjoying the Hungarian crowd’s reaction every time Hosszu gets up to swim any race, prelims, semis, etc. While they go nuts over any Hungarian, they seem to adore her. It’s fun watching swimming draw this much excitement anywhere.
— No major surprises for team USA. All comfortably advance.… Read more »

6 years ago

Regarding KH and the 100 backstroke, the World and/or Olympic schedule cannot be created around a particular swimmer’s strengths. Be great to have a traditional schedule that allows athletes to anticipate and plan their training and competitive schedules way in advance of the two most important events in our sport. Things do change, however, when FINA adds events. Still don’t like the mixed relays – too cute and too “summer league”. I like the 800/1500 addition because the’ve been contested for years and have stood the test of time. Love track & field’s sense of tradition. Winning the 100, the 200, the broad jump, and the 4X100 relay means the same in the present era of the sport as it… Read more »

Reply to  Tigerswim22
6 years ago

A well argued piece but swimming also got along quite well during the period where they axed semis and operated on the “fastest 8 to final” basis although they still managed to clog up the program with B finals. WHY did they revert …… maybe to justify to the IOC that X no of days were still justified for their competition program ?

Reply to  commonwombat
6 years ago

I agree but nobody is easing into the finals. The semi finals being about tactics and timing rather than just swimming mindlessly fast just to make the finals and then bombing in the finals. That,s why there are semi finals in track and field.

Hate the mixed relays.

6 years ago

Horton should withdraw from the 200 to focus on his other events so he doesn’t burn out like at previous big meets.

Reply to  Troy
6 years ago

But is he really going to be that big a factor at the longer events ? His 800 bronze was primarily due to a reduced field and he’s never done anything at World/Olympic level at 1500. Whilst I agree he’s highly unlikely to make the 200 final, he will have a 4×200 relay so another 200 hit-out isn’t liable to be harmful.

About Hannah Hecht

Hannah Hecht

Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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