2017 FINA World Championships: Day 4 Finals Preview


We’ll see if the world record-breaking streak can continue into the evening, as we already saw the mixed 4×100 medley standard fall this morning, courtesy of the United States. Key battles are lined up for tonight in Budapest, with 5 medal races at stake. Both Katie Ledecky and Adam Peaty will be in the water this evening, and by now we know what tends to happen when they enter the pool.

Ledecky is the top seed in the women’s 200m freestyle final, where the American will try to add to her 1500m and 400m freestyle golds already here at Danube Arena. She was also a member of the gold medal-winning women’s 4x100m free relay, which means the Stanford swimmer surpassed Missy Franklin as the female having earned the most gold medals across World Championships, with more races to go.

However, hometown hero Katinka Hosszu will also be contesting the 200m freestyle race tonight, one of two races in which the Iron Lady will appear. She’s also racing the 200m fly semifinal later in the session. Emma McKeon, the shining light for Australia thus far these championships with 2 silvers, will try to rain on the field’s parade in pursuit of her nation’s first gold at these championships. She’ll be right next to Ledecky in lanes 4 and 5 in tonight’s contest.

Daiya Seto of Japan enters tonight’s 200 fly final as the top seed and will have Olympic silver medalist teammate Masato Sakai in the final, but both will also have a Hungarian in his midst in the form of multiple Olympic medalist Laszlo Cseh. Cseh looked strong in his semi last night, securing a solid time of 1:54.22, but his teammate Tamas Kenderesi of Rio bronze medal fame was also sub-1:55 with a semi time of 1:54.98.

America’s Jack Conger will be looking for his first international championships medal individually, but will most likely need to put up a lifetime best in order to top the stacked field. South Africa’s Chad Le Clos erratically split 53.30/1:01.70 last night, so his strategy for tonight’s final could differ vastly.

Peaty already proved he is the untouchable British Lion in the men’s sprint breaststroke events, but even he recognizes he’ll need to seal the 50 breaststroke deal with the medal that actually comes with the speedy times. His 25.95 was eye-popping and on the brink of unbelievable from last night, and the question on everyone’s’ minds is if the 22-year-old has more fuel in the tank, knowing he’ll have the mixed medley relay at the end of the session.

The last individual final comes in the form of the men’s 800m freestyle, where we’ll get to see Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri take on red-hot Chinese swimmer Sun Yang, who has already collected 2 golds here at Danube Arena America’s Zane Grothe will be threatening outside smoke in lane 8, but a swimmer who will not be in the mix is Australia’s Mack Horton. The 400m freestyle silver medalist here says that the 800 ‘doesn’t rank too highly.’

The semifinals within tonight’s session will be must-see races as well, beginning with the men’s 100m freestyle. The world leader, Duncan Scott, will be looking to avenge his 4th place 200m freestyle finish. He comfortably made it into the 1st sf with a time of 48.46. Brazil’s Marcelo Chierighini scored the field’s fastest 4x100m free relay split on night one, cranking out a 46.85 as an indication of what may come here individually.

The 2nd sf includes both Americans in this race, Nathan Adrian and Caeleb Dressel, teammates from the gold medal-winning 4×100 free relay. But, Aussie Cameron McEvoy clocked the field’s only sub-48 second outing thus far with a time of 47.97. Like teammate Emma McKeon, McEvoy is chasing Australia’s first gold medal of these championships.

China has a chance to earn another backstroke medal in the women’s 50m sprint, with Fu Yuanhui already having earned the 4th fastest time ever in 27.21. She’ll try to hang on to the pole position in tonight’s semifinal against the likes of Brazil’s Etiene Medeiros and Canada’s newly-minted 100m world record holder Kylie Masse.

As mentioned, Katinka Hosszu will take on a 2nd event in the form of the women’s 200m butterfly, but all she needs to do is swim a time well enough to make it into the top 8 for tomorrow night. The 1500m freestyle silver medalist, Mireia Belmonte, looks like the favorite thus far in this event, but China’s Zhang Yufei holds the 2nd fastest time headed into tonight with 2:07.50.

One of the most cut-throat races of these entire championships is the men’s 200 IM, were we already saw 3 times in the 1:56 range and 2 in the 1:57 range. Keep in mind it took 1:56.61 for Japan’s Kosuke Hagino to take silver behind Michael Phelps in Rio, so we’re already past that with semifinals and finals yet to go.

Chase Kalisz will try to carry on the 2IM torch, but GBR’s Max Litchfield is riding the momentum of a new national record from this morning. Daiya Seto will take on the double tonight after having already raced the 200 fly final earlier in the session. His goal will be to just make the 2IM final and he most likely won’t go after a best time tonight intentionally. But, that may be what it will take in this ridiculously-talented field.



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  1. BKSTRK says:

    Most exciting night yet. Can’t wait.

  2. Riez says:

    Hoszu holds the top speed with 2:07.25, not Yufei, however the Chinese girls seem to be more dangerous than Belmonte at the moment. Hope I am wrong and we can see a hard and fair battle in between Mireia and Katinka tomorrow.

  3. tea rex says:

    If I raced Ledecky in the mile yesterday, I would be finishing right about….. now.

  4. swimfish87 says:

    does anyone have a link to watch it live in the US?

  5. tea rex says:

    Gotta love any swimmer who rocks the old school shaved head – I hope Laszlo Cseh gets to the wall first in front of the home crowd.

  6. Iain says:

    Relay lineups out:
    USA – Grevers, King, Dressel, Manuel
    AUS – Larkin, Cave, McKeon, Campbell
    CAN – Masse, Funk, Oleksiak, Kisil
    GBR – Davies, Peaty, Guy, O’Connor
    RUS – Tarasevich, Prigoda, Chimrova, Popova
    CHN – Xu, Yan, Zhang, Zhu
    ITA – Milli, Martinenghi, Bianchi, Pellegrini
    GER – Graf, Koch, Schmidtke, Wierling

    On SBs the US should have gone with what they had this morning, while RUS should’ve gone F-F-M-M

  7. Daaaave says:

    If Peaty breaks the WR again in finals he will get another £30k WR bonus, plus the $20k gold medal bonus. A total of £110k for three 50 breaststrokes. If he breaks the record by 1/100th, that would be 77.99 seconds of 50 BR swimming, or $1,410.44/second; $5.1 million/hour.

    (If he “only” wins without breaking the record again those figures are $1,026/second; $3.7m/hour.)

    This site: https://www.quora.com/How-much-does-Lebron-James-make-per-second
    calculates that LeBron makes £107.85/second while actively playing in games.

    • tea rex says:

      Those are fun facts. Peaty is certainly raking it in.

      Of course, the calculation doesn’t account for the hours of training at $0/hour to be able to swim that fast.

  8. nuday says:

    Can’t wait for the 100 free semi tonight. I’ll be watching live in Budapest live tomorrow. Yay!

  9. Iain says:

    Relay lineups out:
    USA: Grevers, King, Dressel, Manuel
    AUS: Larkin, Cave, McKeon,Campbell
    CAN: Masse, Funk, Oleksiak, Kisil
    GBR: Davies, Peaty, Guy, O’Connor
    RUS: Tarasevich, Prigoda, Chimrova, Popova
    CHN: Xu, Yan, Zhang, Zhu
    ITA: Milli, Martinenghi, Bianchi, Pellegrini
    GER: Graf, Koch, Schmidtke, Wierling

    On SBs the US should have gone with what they had this morning, while RUS should go F-F-M-M.

  10. lattalatte says:

    USA’s mixed medley is a brand new line-up- Grevers, King, Dressel, Manuel. I love it- spread the wealth

    • Pvdh says:

      “YOU GET A MEDAL, YOU GET A MEDAL, EVERYBODY GETS A MEDAL” – Durden and Sheehan probably

      • Pvdh says:

        Meehan* lol I hate my autocorrect.

      • korn says:

        Why didn’t they put Manuel on in the morning and Mallory on at night? She just set the AR and beat her at Trials, why does get the pass to be on the A relay?

        • E Gamble says:

          Manuel has the fastest US anchor split of this meet. Simone was 52.1 and Mallory was 52.8 anchoring this morning in calm water. I think Greg used their most recent anchor swims and facts. ?

          • Swimnerd says:

            Yes because Mallory really felt the need to go all out in the morning swim while already guaranteed a spot in finals. But you know at the end of the day the coaches will put on who they want to put on no matter the splits
            I.e- Vollmer over Weir last year as well as Lochte over Conger

        • lattalatte says:

          It’s not a given that the finals line-up will beat the prelim time

    • dru says:

      wonder if this is the compromise for dressel not swimming the 4 x 200, since he would have to swim prelims

  11. pianoback says:

    I’m interested in seeing what strategy LeClos tries in the fly

  12. korn says:

    Definitely see some bias by Meehan on relays. He used Ledecky on400 free relay without her proving it this year and now he is using Simone over Mallory when Mallory led of relay even faster than the time she did beating Simone at Nationals. IMO, not fair

    • Ancient swimmer says:

      Meehan does not make the decision unilaterally. All of the coaches have input and Comerford’s coach is also on the staff

    • Comerfordbest says:

      Agree with you. Comerford should have anchored the mixed medley. What is the argument for putting Simone on that relay? Comerford is the American record holder in the 100m freestyle!

  13. swimfish87 says:

    does anyone have a link to watch it live in the USA?

  14. Pombear says:

    Really interested to see how the GB mixed relay will work out. I think Peaty followed by Guy is a really strong combo but not sure how O’Connor will go considering she hasn’t had the best week.

  15. Grace says:

    Katie Ledecky lost the 200m free. I never thought I’d see this. Pellegrini just flew home, and Emma McKeon held on to tie with Katie after leading all the way to the 150 mark. What a legend, and what a legendary swim.

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