2017 FINA World Championships: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap


The heats of the men’s 50 breast, women’s 200 free, men’s 50 fly, and men’s 800 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 26.42 PEATY Adam GBR Kazan (RUS) 4 AUG 2015
  • CR 26.42 PEATY Adam GBR Kazan (RUS) 4 AUG 2015
  • WJR 26.97 MARTINENGHI Nicolo’ ITA Riccione (ITA) 4 APR 2017
  1. Adam Peaty (GBR) – 26.10
  2. Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) – 26.54
  3. Joao Gomes Jr. (BRA) – 26.67
  4. Kevin Cordes (USA) – 26.83
  5. Kirill Prigoda (RUS) – 26.91
  6. Felipe Lima (BRA) – 26.93
  7. Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) – 27.01
  8. Fabio Scozzoli (ITA) – 27.04
  9. Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA) – 27.08
  10. Yasuhiro Koseki (JPN) – 27.21
  11. Giedrius Titenis (LTU) – 27.24
  12. Yan Zibei (CHN) – 27.25
  13. Caba Siladi (SRB) / Johannes Skagius (SWE) – 27.27
  14. Cody Miller (USA) – 27.31
  15. Peter Stevens (SLO) / Vsevolod Zanko (RUS) / Arno Kamminga (NED) – 27.39***

Adam Peaty of Great Britain put up a new world record 26.10 in the 50 breaststroke to start off the morning. His time was a full .12 seconds under his previous world record.

South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh came up second with a new African record 26.54, the 5th-fastest swim in history. Joao Gomes Jr. was third with a South American record 26.67.

American Kevin Cordes swam 26.83 for the second-fastest swim by an American in history, coming in just .07 away from his American record. Kirill Prigoda set a Russian record with 26.91. The other Brazilian, Felipe Lima, was 26.93. Ilya Shamanovich swam 27.01, and Fabio Scozzoli of Italy was 27.04.

There was a three-way tie for sixteenth, which will likely lead to a swim-off. Peter Stevens of Slovenia, Vsevolod Zanko of Russia, and Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands each put up 27.39.

***Peter Stevens won the 50 breast swim-off with 27.38 to earn his place in the semifinals.


  • WR 1:52.98 PELLEGRINI Federica ITA Rome (ITA) 29 JUL 2009
  • CR 1:52.98 PELLEGRINI Federica ITA Rome (ITA) 29 JUL 2009
  • WJR 1:56.12 SHEN Duo CHN Nanjing (CHN) 20 AUG 2014
  1. Federica Pellegrini (ITA) – 1:56.07
  2. Katie Ledecky (USA) – 1:56.27
  3. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 1:56.43
  4. Emma McKeon (AUS) – 1:56.61
  5. Siobhan Haughey (HKG) – 1:56.62
  6. Leah Smith (USA) – 1:57.04
  7. Femke Heemskerk (NED) / Veronika Popova (RUS) – 1:57.06
  8. Michelle Coleman (SWE) – 1:57.15
  9. Charlotte Bonnet (FRA) – 1:57.34
  10. Chihiro Igarashi (JPN) – 1:57.67
  11. Li Bingjie (CHN) – 1:57.67
  12. Al Yanhan (CHN) – 1:58.04
  13. Katerine Savard (CAN) – 1:58.16
  14. Mary-Sophie Harvey (CAN) – 1:58.38
  15. Robin Neumann (NED) – 1:58.66

Italy’s world record holder Federica Pellegrini put up the fastest 200 free of the morning with 1:56.07, coming in over three seconds off her world record time of 1:52.98. Katie Ledecky finished second in 1:56.27, followed by Katinka Hosszu in 1:56.43.

Aussie Emma McKeon was 1:56.61, followed by Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey in 1:56.62. American Leah Smith was sixth in 1:57.04. Femke Heemskerk and Veronika Popova each swam 1:57.06.


  • WR 1:51.51 PHELPS Michael USA Rome (ITA) 29 JUL 2009
  • CR 1:51.51 PHELPS Michael USA Rome (ITA) 29 JUL 2009
  • WJR 1:53.79 MILAK Kristof HUN Netanya (ISR) 30 June 2017
  1. Laszlo Cseh (HUN) – 1:54.08
  2. Daiya Seto (JPN) – 1:54.89
  3. Viktor Bromer (DEN) – 1:55.13
  4. Antani Ivanov (BUL) – 1:55.55
  5. Chad le Clos (RSA) – 1:55.90
  6. Masato Sakai (JPN) – 1:55.94
  7. Tamas Kenderesi (HUN) – 1:55.96
  8. Jack Conger (USA) – 1:56.00
  9. Daniil Pakhomov (RUS) – 1:56.07
  10. Jan Switkowski (POL) – 1:56.20
  11. Pace Clark (USA) – 1:56.23
  12. Giacomo Carini (ITA) – 1:56.52
  13. David Morgan (AUS) – 1:56.57
  14. Jonathan Gomez (COL) – 1:56.60
  15. Grant Irvine (AUS) – 1:56.61
  16. Leonardo de Deus (BRA) – 1:56.71

The second-fastest swimmer in history, Laszlo Cseh, put up a 1:54.08 this morning in the 200 fly, followed by Japan’s Daiya Seto in 1:54.89. Viktor Bromer of Denmark was third in 1:55.13, followed by Antani Ivanov of Bulgaria in 1:55.55.

Chad le Clos of South Africa finished fifth in 1:55.90, followed by the other Japanese swimmer, Masato Sakai, in 1:55.94. Tamas Kenderesi of Hungary was 1:55.96, followed by Jack Conger in 1:56.00.


  • WR 7:32.12 ZHANG Lin CHN Rome (ITA) 29 JUL 2009
  • CR 7:32.12 ZHANG Lin CHN Rome (ITA) 29 JUL 2009
  1. Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) – 7:45.31
  2. Wojciech Wojdak (POL) – 7:46.39
  3. Henrik Christiansen (NOR) – 7:47.61
  4. Felix Aubock (AUT) – 7:49.24
  5. Sun Yang (CHN) – 7:49.28
  6. Gabriele Detti (ITA) – 7:49.67
  7. Florian Wellbrock (GER) – 7:50.89
  8. Zane Grothe (USA) – 7:50.97

Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy put up the top 800 free time of the morning with 7:45.31, coming in about five seconds off his European record of 7:40.81.

Poland’s Wojciech Wojdak held with Paltrinieri throughout the third heat of the event, putting up the second-fastest time of the morning with 7:46.39. Norway’s Henrik Christiansen was third in 7:47.61. Austria’s Felix Aubock finished third in 7:49.24.

Sun Yang won the final heat of the event for the fifth-fastest time of 7:49.28. He held with Italy’s Gabriele Detti throughout, surging forward in the final 50 meters. However, Detti held on, finishing sixth with 7:49.67.

Florian Wellbrock of Germany (7:50.89) and American Zane Grothe will round out the final.

Kazan’s 2015 bronze medalist Mack Horton, who missed the finals of the 200 free yesterday, no showed the event.

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5 years ago

That tribute to Phelps first got me teary-eyed, then quickly escalated to borderline swimming erotica. Then all of that was followed by the rap music-filled Lochte ad. What.

5 years ago

A new fastest/deepest meet in the world – Forever I thought of the NCAA’s as the fastest/deepest meet in the world (even moreso than the Olympics) since the US swimmers were not limited to 2 per event and you usually had the best international swimmers swimming for US colleges – I think this meet shows the torch has been passed. Between the large number of pros and post college swimmers, the depth of international talent, I think this meet has now surpassed the NCAAs as the toughest/deepest/fastest meet. The across the board depth is amazing – very few can afford not to go all out in prelims/semis.

Reply to  OldWahooVA
5 years ago

Olympics passed NCAA as toughest meet a lot of time ago, it´s been far past where US could punch 1-2 or 1-2-3 on all events and there were few “outsiders” who could defy US..

Apart from the doping germans and some outliers during the past, on the 80s with Salkinov, Baumann, Gross, Darnyi, Egerszegi the US much ahead of everyone else on every event days were gone. On the 90/2000 we saw Popov, Perkins, Thorpe, Inge, PVDH, Fioravanti, Klohkova, Hackett, Kitajima, Laure Manadou, Pellegrini which I think never were on NCAA… Phelps himself was never on NCAA..

Reply to  OldWahooVA
5 years ago

About 4-8 years ago US would probably still be able to go 1-2-3 on the 100 back, which was the last event US were far ahead, now there is no event us can go 1-2-3 anymore, many going 1-2 would be tough now.. Congrats for US for still keeping the most of First place..

Reply to  OldWahooVA
5 years ago

I agree with you but the depth in US swimming is still amazing. Could have at least two teams in each relay final.

Reply to  Swimmerfromoverseas
5 years ago

4×100 men.. for sure.. for Women… maybe
Men Medley for sure, might even build a B team which might even contend for medal (Greevers, Miller, Phillips, Haas) I would not put Adrian/Dressel on a B free leg cause I put them on Fly/Free of A team, women medley, maybe but possible, only gap would be the 2nd back and specially the 2nd flyer..
4×200 – On women Side a B team could get final (Had to do the math), a men team would not get into it.. but Agree that is an amazing depth..

5 years ago

My impressions from Day 3 prelims:
— LeClos and van der Burgh are still alive. They did just fine this morning.
— Kind of a meh morning for USA. Nothing earth-shattering.
— Peaty’s WR in 50 breast is the least surprising WR that I’ve seen in probably 5 years. It’s fun to think of someone crushing the 26 barrier by the time this is all set and done. Cordes continues to deliver as expected but it’s going to be very tough to get onto the podium.
— I’m expecting some drama in the women’s 200 free semis tonight. Aside from the famous Ledecky 1500 final / 200 free semi conflict, Pellegrini looked smooth this morning, Leah… Read more »

Reply to  75M FREE
5 years ago

Milak and Cseh will deliver something good, they need to show that they deserve more than Milak to be there.

5 years ago

Imagine how ridiculously fast Peaty would be if he cleaned up his start and pullout

Reply to  mm785217
5 years ago

My thoughts exactly! Think it’s improved slightly but he still always comes up behind.

IMs for days
5 years ago

We’ll, Ledecky is in a bad spot. She wanted to he in the second semi to get more rest between the 1500 and 200, but shes In the first. Not a huge time differnece, but those extra couple minutes do help alot. If anyone can pull it off it’s Ledecky, but this will be here toughest swim.

Reply to  IMs for days
5 years ago

Maybe she will cruise the 1500 and win easily but without a new WR. To conserve energy for the 200.

Reply to  IMs for days
5 years ago

She doesn’t need to go any faster than her prelim swim to make the finals so not really in a bad spot as you put it. 1:56. Is not a difficult time for her to swim like it is for the others.

Reply to  IMs for days
5 years ago

She’s one of the gals in the 200 free I’m nervous about for the semis.

5 years ago

Not at worlds, but kind of relevant to Peaty & British breaststroke. Another British man went sub 60 for 100 breast this morning in the heats at British Summer Nationals. 59.92 for Craig Benson.

Men’s 800 looks like a foxy affair – Principle names won’t be beside one and other. Tasty.

crooked donald
Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

Two questions. Does Benson have a Peay-like stroke (is that what the Brits are going with, why not?). What are the best 200 free times for the other two guys on the 800 relay (not Guy and Horton)? Trying to set my expectation meter for US chances.

Reply to  crooked donald
5 years ago

Not Peaty like, but all the Brits have a high turnover. Peaty, Benson, Murdoch, Willis even Jamieson – All had a fairly quick stroke rate, not much glide, even over 200m.

You have Scott & Guy at 1.45.1… Then at PBs you have Jarvis 1.46.5 (1.47.0 SB), Milne 1.46.7 (1.47.5 SB), Grainger 1.47.1 (1.47.2 SB) and Litchfield 1.47.4 SB… Renwick, Kurle & Wallace (all 1.47 last year) missed the team or retired.

Thomas Selig
Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

Grainger’s been swimming pretty well in season, and I think he could drop a bit of time, maybe into the 1.46-mid range. Also worth remembering that the 200 free came at the end of the week (last event) at Trials, and Litchfield and Milne had already swum a few events, so again both should be faster here. I expect GB will rest Guy and Scott in the heats, and do the usual US thing of keeping in the two fastest swimmers from prelims.

Reply to  Thomas Selig
5 years ago

I expect that too, only slight concern is if one is off… That could be bust!

5 years ago

Wojdak 2nd time!! GO poland

Reply to  Damiansport1
5 years ago

Henrik Christiansen qualifies 1 second behind Wojdak for third??

5 years ago

Grothe with a last superb 50 ended up 4th – feels good

5 years ago

he is the last qualifier for the final with the 8th best time !!!!

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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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