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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5 years ago

Isn’t it a 4-way tie for 5th? You forgot Duncan Scott…

5 years ago

Did Duncan Scott not swim this event? I though he made qualification standard at the British Trials?

Reply to  David
5 years ago

He did a 48.46 in the prelims, tied for 5th. But SwimSwam missed his name.

5 years ago

Way to go for Murphy, 52.34 in prelims

5 years ago

Day 4 prelims impressions:
— It took me 4 days to say this but I appreciate Brittany MacLean’s commentary (and that Hungarian dude)… greatly enhancing my prelims experience. MacLean talks to the REAL swimming fans; those first 10 minutes each morning are great – today, she discussed Caldwell, Chalmers, Belmonte, etc.
— Still shocking to me how discrepant the finish order can be between the 100 of a stroke and the 50 of the stroke. Masse finishes 13th? How deep is this sprint field? China is the team to beat. Hoping to see Brazil get a women’s medal.
— Men’s 100 free – Weirdly tight prelims again, no one willing to surge ahead. Too early to tell… Read more »

Reply to  75M FREE
5 years ago

Maybe because Schooling was 6th in prelims and Rio and was recently 48.74 at Austin Sectionals, so he thought he should be able to make at least top 16, but apparently couldnt get it right this morning after taking the day off yesterday and not moving around. Also, maybe he wanted to sprint and didn’t want to tire himself out with the 200 to save enough energy for the 100 so he can go all out.

Reply to  75M FREE
5 years ago

I got pretty pissed Brazil did not put a Mixed Relay, a team of Guido, Joao, Etiene (She has a PB of 58 low I think on fly) and Larissa should be more than enough to final.. Relay points are important to define the team who will send a full squad to Jr Olympics.

Ex Quaker
5 years ago

The men’s 100 involved a four-way tie which included Duncan Scott.

Ex Quaker
Reply to  Ex Quaker
5 years ago

And the Italian sprinter’s name is Ivano Vendrame.

5 years ago

Seems odd the US used such a strong team in the prelims of the mixed relay.. outside of Murphy, now, it’s their top person of the sex in that respective event

gator fan
5 years ago

Well it’s looking like Schooling is struggling with his double taper from the Austin sectionals 😉

Reply to  gator fan
5 years ago

You can’t be sure until you see how he does in the 100 fly. Plus, he managed to shave some time off his 50 fly and according to a Singaporean news outlet, the sports biochemist working with the Singaporean swimmers says Schooling’s in really good shape right now and should go under 50, so I personally think he’s doing fine but that’s just my opinion

5 years ago

Many out morozov gkomoleev nakamura korma dotto wheeling..strange 100 free

Reply to  Rafael
5 years ago

Vlad holding back you’d think, gonna propeller arm his 50 something crazy.

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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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