2017 FINA World Championships: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap


The heats of the women’s 50 back, men’s 100 free, women’s 200 fly, and men’s 200 IM, and the prelims of the mixed 4×100 medley relay are on deck for the morning of day 4.

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


  • WR 27.06 ZHAO Jing CHN Rome (ITA) 30 JUL 2009
  • CR 27.06 ZHAO Jing CHN Rome (ITA) 30 JUL 2009
  • WJR 27.49 ATHERTON Minna AUS Brisbane (AUS) 7 FEB 2016
  1. Fu Yuanhui (CHN) – 27.21
  2. Aliaksandra Herasimenia (BLR) / Etiene Medeiros (BRA) – 27.65
  3. Georgia Davies (GBR) – 27.73
  4. Holly Barratt (AUS) – 27.75
  5. Wang Xueer (CHN) – 27.85
  6. Hannah Stevens (USA) – 27.89
  7. Emily Seebohm (AUS) – 27.91
  8. Kathleen Baker (USA) – 27.94
  9. Anastasiia Fesikova (RUS) / Andrea Berrino – 27.96
  10. Mimosa Jallow (FIN) – 28.05
  11. Kylie Masse (CAN) – 28.10
  12. Alicja Tchorz (POL) – 28.13
  13. Simona Baumrtova (CZE) – 28.15
  14. Theodora Drakou (GRE) – 28.22

Defending world champion Fu Yuanhui of China put up the 4th-fastest 50 backstroke in history this morning to qualify first for semis. She came in nearly half a second ahead of the field. Defending second-place finisher Etiene Medeiros of Brazil tied with Belarus’s Aliaksandra Herasimenia for second with 27.65.

Fourth went to Great Britain’s Georgia Davies in 27.73, followed by Australia’s oldest-rookie-in-WCs-history Holly Barratt in 27.75. China’s Wang Xueer was sixth in 27.85, followed by American rookie Hannah Stevens of the University of Missouri in 27.89. Aussie veteran Emily Seebohm was eighth in 27.91.


  • WR 46.91 CIELO FILHO Cesar BRA Rome (ITA) 30 JUL 2009
  • CR 46.91 CIELO FILHO Cesar BRA Rome (ITA) 30 JUL 2009
  • WJR 47.58 CHALMERS Kyle AUS Rio (BRA) 10 AUG 2016
  1. Cameron McEvoy (AUS) – 47.97
  2. Mehdy Metella (FRA) – 48.18
  3. Caeleb Dressel (USA) – 48.26
  4. Jack Cartwright (AUS) – 48.43
  5. Shinri Shioura (JPN) / Marcelo Chierighini (BRA) / Nathan Adrian (USA) / Duncan Scott (GBR) – 48.46
  6. Danila Izotov (RUS) / Yuri Kisil (CAN) – 48.56
  7. Sergeii Shevtsov (UKR) – 48.60
  8. Gabriel Santos (BRA) – 48.64
  9. Pieter Timmers (BEL) – 48.67
  10. Oussama Sahnoune (ALG) – 48.75
  11. Ivano Sahnoune (ITA) – 48.78
  12. Velimir Stejpanovic (SRB) – 48.80

Cameron McEvoy of Australia put up the quickest time of the morning in the men’s 100 free with 47,97, as the only swimmer to break 48. Mehdy Metella of France was second in 48.18, followed by American record holder Caeleb Dressel in 48.26. Aussie teen Jack Cartwright was fourth in 48.43.

Japan’s Shinri Shioura, Brazil’s Marcelo Chierighini, and the U.S.’s Nathan Adrian came in a three-way tie for fifth in 48.46.

Singapore’s Joseph Schooling missed the semifinals, finishing 17th in 48.86.


  • WR 2:01.81 LIU Zige CHN Ji Nan (CHN) 21 OCT 2009
  • CR 2:03.41 SCHIPPER Jessicah AUS Rome (ITA) 30 JUL 2009
  • WJR 2:06.29 HASEGAWA Suzuka JPN Nagoya (JPN) 15 APR 2017
  1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2:07.25
  2. Zhang Yufei (CHN) – 2:07.50
  3. Mireia Belmonte (ESP) – 2:07.59
  4. Zhou Yilin (CHN) – 2:07.72
  5. Liliana Szilagyi (HUN) – 2:07.73
  6. An Sehyeon (KOR) / Franziska Hentke (GER) – 2:08.06
  7. Hali Flickinger (USA) / Stefania Pirozzi (ITA) – 2:08.84
  8. Dakota Luther (USA) – 2:08.86
  9. Brianna Throssell (AUS) – 2:08.98
  10. Suzuka Hasegawa (JPN) – 2:09.10
  11. Ilaria Bianchi (ITA) – 2:09.12
  12. Alys Margaret Thomas (GBR) – 2:09.13
  13. Hiroko Makino (JPN) – 2:09.14
  14. Anja Klinar (SLO) – 2:09.21

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary put up the fastest time of the morning with 2:07.25. A quarter of a second back was Zhang Yufei of China with 2:07.50, followed by Spain’s Mireia Belmonte in 2:07.59. Zhou Yilin finished fourth in 2:07.72. Hungary’s Liliana Szilagyi finished fifth in 2:07.73.

An Sehyeon of South Korea and Franziska Hentke of Germany finished sixth in 2:08.06. Eighth went to American Hali Flickinger and Stefania Pirozzi of Italy in 2:08.84.


  • WR 1:54.00 LOCHTE Ryan USA Shanghai (CHN) 28 JUL 2011
  • CR 1:54.00 LOCHTE Ryan USA Shanghai (CHN) 28 JUL 2011
  • WJR 1:57.54 QIN Haiyang CHN Qingdao (CHN) 4 APR 2017
  1. Kosuke Hagino (JPN) – 1:56.46
  2. Chase Kalisz (USA) – 1:56.48
  3. Max Litchfield (GBR) – 1:56.64
  4. Daiya Seto (JPN) – 1:57.55
  5. Jeremy Desplanches (SUI) – 1:57.59
  6. Clyde Lewis (AUS) – 1:58.06
  7. Philip Heintz (GER) – 1:58.99
  8. Qin Haiyang (CHN) – 1:59.01
  9. Andreas Vazaios (GRE) – 1:59.29
  10. Yakov Toumarkin (ISR) – 1:59.49
  11. Shun Wang (CHN) – 1:59.56
  12. Abrahm Devine (USA) – 1:59.65
  13. Mark Szaranek (GBR) – 1:59.68
  14. Alexis Santos (POR) – 1:59.69
  15. Bradlee Ashby (NZL) – 2:00.20
  16. Federico Turrini (ITA) – 2:00.23

Japan’s Kosuke Hagino finished first in the men’s 200 IM with 1:56.46, followed by Chase Kalisz of the United States in 1:56.48. Max Litchfield put up a new British record to qualify third with 1:56.64, followed by Hagino’s Japanese teammate Daiya Seto in 1:57.55. Switzerland’s Jeremy Desplanches was fifth with 1:57.59, followed by Aussie Clyde Lewis in 1:58.06.

Germany’s Philip Heintz finished seventh in 1:58.99, and Qin Haiyang was eighth in 1:59.01.


  • WR 3:41.71 Great Britain Kazan (RUS) 5 AUG 2015
  • CR 3:41.71 Great Britain Kazan (RUS) 5 AUG 2015
  1. USA (Ryan Murphy, Kevin Cordes, Kelsi Worrell, Mallory Comerford): 3:40.28 WR
  2. Australia (Kaylee McKeown, Matthew Wilson, Grant Irvine, Shayna Jack): 3:44.13
  3. Canada (Javier Acevedo, Richard Funk, Rebecca Smith, Chantal van Landeghem): 3:44.46
  4. Great Britain (Georgia Davies, Ross Murdoch, James Guy, Freya Anderson): 3:44.79
  5. Russia (Kliment Kolesnikov, Vsevolod Zanko, Svetlana Chimrova, Viktoriia Andreeva): 3:46.09
  6. China (Li Guangyuan, Jinglin Shi, Li Zhuhao, Zhu Menghui): 3:46.25
  7. Italy (Margherita Panziera, Nicolo Martinenghi, Piero Codia, Silvia di Pietro): 3:46.75
  8. Germany (Lisa Graf, Christian Vom Lehn, Aliena Schmidtke, Marius Kusch): 3:47.66

The American team put up a new world record 3:40.28, as Ryan Murphy, Kevin Cordes, Kelsi Worrelland Mallory Comerford teamed up to take down the previous mark by a second and a half. They finished nearly four seconds ahead of every other team in the field.

Aussies Kaylee McKeown, Matthew Wilson, Grant Irvine, and Shayna Jack were 3:44.13 for second, followed by Canada’s Javier Acevedo, Richard Funk, Rebecca Smith, and Chantal van Landeghem in 3:44.46.

Great Britain, Russia, China, Italy, and Germany also made the final.

Sweden and Hungary were both disqualified on exchanges. Hungary’s DQ came on the first exchange between Gabor Balog and Daniel Gyurta, and Sweden’s came on the middle one between Johannes Skagius and Louise Hansson. 

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3 years ago

Wow, cursing McEvoy are you

Reply to  PNW
3 years ago

The poor boy is always cursed 🙁

Reply to  SwimtoSwim
3 years ago

Maybe today/tomorrow will change things….

Reply to  SwimtoSwim
3 years ago

not confident in the type of form he is in. 48.0 in the prelims but then 48.0 again with a relay start in the finals. likely will not be better than that.

Reply to  pvdh
3 years ago

I agree. However, I believe that he can be capable of more but he rarely is able to put this swim together internationally. Based off of earlier in the week and also in this past year, though, I do not see him as a contender.

IMs for days
Reply to  pvdh
3 years ago

To be fair, McEvoy is small for a sprinter, and he swam the third leg stuck in several swimmers wakes. As a technique based swimmer, that through hin off alot. I’m not sure that split represents his ability.

Reply to  PNW
3 years ago

McEvoy is not going to make it to semis now….

Reply to  PNW
3 years ago

Hullo – he met the Pope who said – “Now look here boy , you can”t have everything . Looks , a fine bod , smarts , swim sensation , personality , looks , a fine bod . Did I say that already? Let’s see -you want to go to the heavens -oh you will boy – oh you mean space ? Ok I’ll ask if you can have it all “. In al the excitement Cam did not ask for the World Champion crown – it would have been just too much & a bit crass .

3 years ago

Curious to see who will swim the female legs of the mixed relay for Australia if they get to the final. On the FB Live chat they had Cam Mac and Jack Cartwright pencilled in which makes sense. So wondering if Emma will get a break or if she’ll back up after the 200m (since it wouldn’t be one of the 6 events she was originally pencilled in for).

Reply to  nlm78
3 years ago

Oops that meant to be not just this mixed relay but also the free mixed relay later on in the week.

Reply to  nlm78
3 years ago

I’m ambivalent as to whether they should even bother !! IF it were the case that you had ALL your top swimmers here and ALL fit then thats not the case here in Budapest. Today, McEvoy and Cartwright have 100free. McKeon has busy schedule as is and there is no decent female fly backup option. Not sure you’d risk a dodgy C2’s shoulders. Women backstrokers have races today and Larkin has no real back-up option, Both male and female BRS are uncompetitive.

Mixed free …. if you had everyone on board would be quite a prospect but I dont see them as a major threat here. I wouldnt waste McKeon or risk C2. Send out Jack & Elmslie (but they… Read more »

Reply to  commonwombat
3 years ago

aussie absentees might put up a faster 4×100 mixed freestyle than the current roster in budapest

Reply to  pvdh
3 years ago

Definitely Chalmers and C1. A line up of McEvoy, Chalmers, C1 & (fit) C2 would be a scary proposition but that will have to wait for some other time.

Reply to  commonwombat
3 years ago

As it is, with these MMR heats they are either being very forward looking by sending out 3 rookies in a lineup of McKeown Jr (back), Wilson -male (brs), Irvine – fly and Jack (free). Good experience ….. but comes with the flipside of potential risk of not making final … quite possibly a risk that they feel is worth taking which is fair enough.

Reply to  nlm78
3 years ago

today is medley, not freestyle

Reply to  pvdh
3 years ago

Yep I know, we posted at the same time! 🙂

3 years ago

Lets go again …….

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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