2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Sunday, July 23rd – Sunday, July 30th
- Budapest, Hungary
- LCM (50m)
- Full Competition Schedule
- Meet Info
- Psych Sheets
- Omega Results
- Pick ’em Contest
- Event-by-Event Previews
Day 7 from Budapest shapes up to be an exciting one, with six finals and three sets of semis on the schedule.
Notably, Caeleb Dressel will go for an epic double in the 50 free and 100 fly finals just 30 minutes apart.
Check out a full preview of finals here.
WOMEN’S 50 FLY – FINAL
- World Record: Sarah Sjostrom, 24.43, 2014
Championship Record: Sarah Sjostrom, 24.96, 2015
- Junior World Record: Rikako Ikee, 25.50, 2016
Sarah Sjostrom accelerated away from the field to win gold by nearly eight tenths of a second in 24.60, breaking her championship record of 24.96 set in 2015.
MEN’S 50 FREE – FINAL
- World Record: Cesar Cielo, 20.91, 2009
Championship Record: Cesar Cielo, 20.91, 2009
- Junior World Record: Yu Hexin, 22.00, 2014
Caeleb Dressel got his night started on the right foot, winning 50 free gold in a new American and Championship record time of 21.15. He’ll swim the 100 fly and mixed 400 free relays later tonight, and could become the first person to ever win three Worlds golds in one day.
The 20-year-old moved up into 3rd on the all-time top performers list, and #1 in terms of textile performers, passing Florent Manaudou‘s 21.19 from 2015. His title was also the first for the U.S. since 2007.
WOMEN’S 200 BACK – FINAL
- World Record: Missy Franklin, 2:04.06, 2012
- Championship Record: Missy Franklin, 2:04.76, 2013
Junior World Record: Regan Smith, 2:07.19, 2017
Emily Seebohm roared home in 31.38, successfully defending her 200 back world title in 2:05.68, a new Australian and Oceanian record. She wins Australia’s first gold medal of the meet.
Coming in for 4th was another Australian, Kaylee McKeown, as she breaks Regan Smith‘s Junior world record from yesterday in 2:06.76. Canadians Kylie Masse (2:07.04) and Hilary Caldwell (2:07.15) ended up 5th and 6th.
WOMEN’S 50 BREAST – SEMI-FINALS
- World Record: Ruta Meilutyte, 29.48, 2013
- Championship Record: Ruta Meilutyte, 29.48, 2013
- Junior World Record: Ruta Meilutyte, 29.86, 2013 (benchmark time)
- Lilly King, USA, 29.60
- Yuliya Efimova, RUS, 29.73
- Katie Meili, USA, 30.12
- Ruta Meilutyte, LTU, 30.40
- Jennie Johansson, SWE, 30.41
- Sarah Vasey, GBR / Arianna Castiglioni, ITA, 30.46
- Rachel Nicol, CAN, 30.49
King broke her own American record by six one-hundredths, clocking 29.60 for the top seed. Efimova was the only other woman under 30 seconds in 29.73.
Katie Meili is the front-runner for bronze after qualifying 3rd in 30.12, and then it’s very close between the next five, all separated by nine one-hundredths. World record holder Ruta Meilutyte and defending champ Jennie Johansson both successfully made it through in 4th and 5th.
MEN’S 100 FLY – FINALS
- World Record: Michael Phelps, 49.82, 2009
- Championship Record: Michael Phelps, 49.82, 2009
Junior World Record: Kristof Milak, 50.77, 2017
It was just over half an hour after the 50 free, but it was also Caeleb Dressel needed. He left no doubt, out first in 23.31 and back in 26.55 to win gold in a mind boggling 49.86. That is the 2nd fastest swim in history, trailing only Michael Phelps‘ 49.82 from 2009. He passes Milorad Cavic‘s 49.95, also from 2009 for 2nd fastest performer ever.
Dressel is now well on his way to three golds in one night, which would be the first time that has ever been done. He sweeps the 100 free / 100 fly at Worlds for the first time in history, and now has five golds in Budapest.
Hungary’s Kristof Milak delighted the crowd once again, lowering his junior world record down to 50.62 for the silver medal. James Guy and Olympic champ Joseph Schooling tied for the bronze medal in 50.83.
This was the fastest field in history, with a mind blowing six swimmers sub-51 after only Schooling was last summer in Rio. On top of that, 7th place was 51.00. Laszlo Cseh took 5th in 50.92, and Li Zhuhao was 6th in 50.96.
WOMEN’S 50 FREE – SEMI-FINALS
World Record: Britta Steffen, 23.73, 2009 Championship Record: Britta Steffen, 23.73, 2009
- Junior World Record: Rikako Ikee, 24.48, 2017
- Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 23.67 WR
- Pernille Blume, DEN, 24.05
- Simone Manuel, USA, 24.12
- Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED, 24.20
- Bronte Campbell, AUS, 24.43
- Anna Santamans, FRA, 24.54
- Liu Xiang, CHN, 24.56
- Aliaksandra Herasimenia, BLR, 24.59
Sarah Sjostrom nailed down her 4th individual LC world record in the 50 free semis, knocking Britta Steffen‘s 2009 mark of 23.73 off the books in a blistering 23.67. She drops over a tenth off her PB, 23.83, set earlier this year.
Olympic gold medalist Pernille Blume lowered her Danish record by two one-hundredths in 24.05, qualifying 2nd. Simone Manuel narrowly missed her PB (24.09) and the American record (24.07) for 3rd in 24.12, and 2012 Olympic champ Ranomi Kromowidjojo qualifies 5th in 24.20.
MEN’S 50 BACK – SEMI-FINALS
- World Record: Liam Tancock, 24.04, 2009
- Championship Record: Liam Tancock, 24.04, 2009
- Junior World Record: Kliment Kolesnikov, 24.94, 2016
- Camille Lacourt, FRA, 24.30
- Junya Koga, JPN, 24.44
- Matt Grevers, USA, 24.65
- Xu Jiayu, CHN, 24.67
- Justin Ress, USA, 24.70
- Pavel Sankovich, BLR, 24.74
- Jeremy Stravius, FRA, 24.81
- Jonatan Kopelev, ISR, 24.84
Two-time defending champion Camille Lacourt led the way in the mens’ 50 back semis, clocking 24.30 to head into the final as the top seed. This is Lacourt’s last meet of his competitive career, and his lone event. He’ll be looking to go out with a bang tomorrow night.
Junya Koga won the second semi for the #2 seed in 24.44. Americans Matt Grevers (24.65) and Justin Ress (24.70) advance in 3rd and 5th, and Xu Jiayu moves on in 4th in 24.67. Grevers has won back-to-back silvers in this event.
WOMEN’S 800 FREE – FINAL
- World Record: 8:04.79, Katie Ledecky, 2016
- Championship Record: 8:07.39, Katie Ledecky, 2015
- Junior World Record: 8:11.00, Katie Ledecky, 2014
It wasn’t the most dominant performance of Katie Ledecky‘s career, but she got the job done in the 800 free in a time of 8:12.68. That gives her three straight World titles in the event, giving her three three-peats along with the 400 and 1500.
China’s Li Bingjie had an amazing swim, jumping into 3rd on the all-time performers list in 8:15.46 for silver, crushing her Asian record. Leah Smith also snapped her best time to win bronze in 8:17.22, her first time under 8:20.
MIXED 4×100 FREESTYLE RELAY – FINAL
World Record: USA, 3:23.05, 2015 Championship Record: USA, 3:23.05, 2015
- Junior World Record: CAN, 3:27.71, 2015
- United States, 3:19.60 WR
- Netherlands, 3:21.81 ER
- Canada, 3:23.55
The Americans obliterated the world record as expected, going 3:19.60 to break their 2015 mark by nearly 3.5 seconds. Dressel led off in 47.22, an incredible time that is his 2nd fastest performance ever, faster than he was leading off the 400 free relay. Nathan Adrian was 47.49, Mallory Comerford 52.71, and then Simone Manuel finished things off in 52.18.
Dressel earns his third gold of the night, a new record. He now has six total with the men’s medley relay tomorrow.
The Dutch broke the European record in 3:21.81, claiming silver. They had fast legs from Femke Heemskerk (52.33) and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (52.56). They also had a monster second leg from Kyle Stolk (47.80).
The Canadians came in for a second consecutive bronze in this event, clocking 3:23.55. Yuri Kisil (48.51), Javier Acevedo (48.68), Chantal van Landeghem (53.25) and Penny Oleksiak (53.11) were very consistent on all four legs.
Japan broke the Asian record in 4th (3:24.78), and Italy was 5th (3:24.89).