2017 FINA World Championships: Day 7 Prelims Live Recap


Saturday marks day 7 of the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary and swimming fans will get to see the heats of 5 events during this morning’s preliminary session. Swimmers are gearing up to compete in the women’s 50 free, men’s 50 back, women’s 50 breast, mixed 4×100 free relay, and men’s 1500 free.

The women’s 50 free will feature another battle between sprint stars Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) and Simone Manuel (USA), as they’ll swim next to each other in heat 10. Lilly King (USA) and Yuliya Efimova (RUS) will headline the 50 breast, with World Record holder Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) will also be in the mix. In the men’s 50 back, Camille Lacourt will compete in the final prelims session of his career. Lacourt is seeking a 3-peat in this race and will chase the World Record one last time in Budapest.

For a full preview of this morning’s events, click here.


  • World Record: Britta Steffen, 23.73, 2009
  • Championship Record: Britta Steffen, 23.73, 2009
  • Junior World Record: Rikako Ikee, 24.48, 2017

TOP 16:

  1. Sarah Sjostrom, SWE, 24.08
  2. Pernille Blume, DEN, 24.32
  3. Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED, 24.53
  4. Simone Manuel, USA, 24.54
  5. Bronte Campbell, AUS, 24.61
  6. Michelle Toro, CAN, 24.64
  7. Zhu Menghui, CHN, 24.65
  8. Anna Santamans, FRA, 24.71
  9. (T-9) Farida Osman, EGY, 24.77
  10. (T-9) Liu Xang, CHN, 24.77
  11. Aliaksandra Herasimenia, BLR, 24.82
  12. Shayna Jack, AUS, 24.85
  13. Abbey Weitzeil, USA, 24.92
  14. Tamara Van Vilet, NED, 24.94
  15. Sandrine Mainville, CAN, 24.99
  16. Rikako Ikee, JPN, 25.04

Sarah Sjostrom shot off the block to give herself a clear lead over the field in the final heat, nearly breaking 24 seconds in prelims with her leading time of 24.08. That gave her about a half second over Simone Manuel, who touched out Sjostrom in last night’s 100 free final, as the American touched in 24.54 for 2nd in that heat. Olympic champ Pernille Blume won heat 8 with a 24.32 to take 2nd seed overall, followed by heat 9 winner Ranomi Kromowidjojo (24.53).

Farida Osman continued to impress here with a new African Record and Egyptian Record in the heats. Her new best time of 24.77 landed her safely into the semifinals in a tie for 9th and shaved just over a tenth off her former record, which stood as a 24.91 from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Olympic finalist Etiene Medeiros of Brazil will miss out on the final after touching in 25.26 for 21st this morning. France’s Melanie Henique, who will swim in tonight’s 50 fly final, was a no show in heat 9.


  • World Record: Liam Tancock, 24.04, 2009
  • Championship Record: Liam Tancock, 24.04, 2009
  • Junior World Record: Kliment Kolesnikov, 24.94, 2016

TOP 16:

  1. Junya Koga, JPN, 24.54
  2. Camille Lacourt, FRA, 24.58
  3. (T-3) Xu Jiayu, CHN, 24.78
  4. (T-3) Matt Grevers, USA, 24.78
  5. Jeremy Stravius, FRA, 24.80
  6. (T-6) Justin Ress, USA, 24.86
  7. (T-6) Jonatan Kopelev, ISR, 24.86
  8. Grigory Tarasevich, RUS, 24.88
  9. Richard Bohus, HUN, 24.93
  10. Pavel Sankovich, BLR, 24.94
  11. Apostolos Christou, GRE, 24.99
  12. (T-12) Youngjun Won, KOR, 25.10
  13. (T-12) Tomasz Polewka, POL, 25.10
  14. Guilherme Guido, BRA, 25.13
  15. Javier Acevedo, CAN, 25.16
  16. Siman Sudartawa, INA, 25.17

France’s Camille Lacourt swam the final prelims race of his career this morning, turning in a 24.58 in the 50 back heats. It was Junya Koga, however, who took the lead heading into semis, touching just a hundredth shy of his season best with a 24.54 to win heat 5 ahead of 100 back world champ Xu Jiayu (24.78).

Justin Ress remains the fastest man in the world this year with his 24.41 from nationals. He was safely into the semifinals with a 24.86 this morning, but came up just short of teammate Matt Grevers in heat 7 as Grevers used his long arm to reach in for a heat-winning 24.78.


TOP 16:

  1. Lilly King, USA, 29.76
  2. Yuliya Efimova, RUS, 29.99
  3. Arianna Castiglioni, ITA, 30.33
  4. Katie Meili, USA, 30.37
  5. Jennie Johansson, SWE, 30.40
  6. Ruta Meilutyte, LTU, 30.58
  7. Jessica Hansen, AUS, 30.59
  8. Sarah Vasey, GBR, 30.71
  9. Natalia Ivaneeva, RUS, 30.81
  10. Jenna Laukkanen, FIN, 30.82
  11. Hilda Luthersdottir, ISL, 30.88
  12. Veera Kivirinta, FIN, 30.89
  13. Martina Carraro, ITA, 30.92
  14. Satomi Suzuki, JPN, 30.95
  15. Rachel Nicol, CAN, 31.02
  16. Suo Ran, CHN, 31.22

Yuliya Efimova was the first to break 30 seconds this morning with her 29.99 in heat 5, but breaststroke rival Lilly King was waiting in the wings for heat 6. King answered back with a 29.76, marking the 2nd fastest American performance in history and touching just a tenth shy of her own American Record. Efimova was also just a tenth shy of her season best, which stands at a 29.88 from the Russian Championships.

Both women will be chasing the World Record of 29.46 in the semis and finals of this race. Current World Record holder Ruta Meilutyte will also be in the mix after putting up a 30.58 for 6th. Katie Meili, who took silver in the 100 breast, is another one to look out for as she’s seeded 4th for the final in 30.37.


  • World Record: USA, 3:23.05, 2015
  • Championship Record: USA, 3:23.05, 2015
  • Junior World Record: CAN, 3:27.71, 2015

TOP 8:

  1. NED- 3:23.89
  2. USA- 3:23.93
  3. CAN- 3:25.07
  4. HUN- 3:25.45
  5. ITA- 3:25.71
  6. JPN- 3:26.91
  7. RUS- 3:26.94
  8. AUS- 3:27.49

The Netherlands and Team USA both put the World Record on notice, coming within a second of the mark this morning. The Americans won heat 1 by a landslide with Blake Pieroni leading off in 48.23 and handing off to Townley Haas (48.32), Lia Neal (53.98), and Kelsi Worrell (53.40) for a compbined time of 3:23.93. In heat 3, the Netherlands clipped their time by hundredths. Ben Schwietert led the way in 48.97, while teammates Kyle Stolk (48.06), Femke Heemskerk (52.77), and Maud Van Der Meer (54.09) finished the job.

Japan finished 2nd to Italy in heat 2 with a new Asian Record in the process. They got their leadoff split from Katsuhiro Matsumoto in 49.42, followed by Katsumi Nakamura (47.98), Tomomi Aoki (54.86), and Chihiro Igarashi (54.65) for a new record time of 3:26.91.


  • World Record: Sun Yang, 14:31.02, 2012
  • Championship Record: Sun Yang, 14:34.14, 2011
  • Junior World Record: Mack Horton, 14:48.76, 2014

TOP 8:

  1. Mykhailo Romanchuk, UKR, 14:44.11
  2. Gregorio Paltrinieri, ITA, 14:44.31
  3. Gabriele Detti, ITA, 14:50.10
  4. Jan Micka, CZE, 14:55.47
  5. Wojciech Wojdak, POL, 14:57.39
  6. Henrik Christiansen, NOR, 14:57.41
  7. Mack Horton, AUS, 14:59.24
  8. Sergii Frolov, UKR, 14:59.32

Italy’s Gabriele Detti (14:50.10) flipped the script on teammate Gregorio Paltrinieri (14:44.31) in the 800 free earlier in the meet when he took gold and Paltrinieri settled for bronze. They’ll have there rematch tomorrow night in the 1500 free, an event in which Paltrinieri is the reigning Olympic champion and Detti is the reigning Olympic bronze medalist. The biggest obstacles the Italians face as they race for a 1-2 finish are most likely top seed Mykhailo Romanchuk (14:44.11) and 800 free silver medalist Wojciech Wojdak (14:57.39).

It was a tight squeeze to get into the last couple of spots for the final, as 4 men were in the 14:59-range. Australia’s Mack Horton (14:59.24) and the Ukraine’s Sergii Frolov (14:59.32) made the cut, but that left Korean Olympic medalist Park Tae Hwan on the outside looking in with a 14:59.44 for 9th.

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3 years ago

First WTF of the day goes to Australia’s mixed relay team (Townsend, Incerti, Throssell and Wilson). Wilson was expected but Throssell?

Reply to  nlm78
3 years ago

C2 & Jack have 50free heats and McKeon needs the day off. Who else have they to call on … Throssell can swim a 1.58 200 free.

Townsend hasnt had a swim. Why waste McEvoy or Cartwright on a Mickey Mouse event ?

TBH, why even waste your good swimmers on the final …. if they make it. They’ve got 4XMED relay tomorrow and some will need to swim both heats and finals as we don’t have the quality back-ups that the USA has

Drama King
Reply to  commonwombat
3 years ago

Ngwati should have given the chance .
She’s 54.3 at trials .

Reply to  Drama King
3 years ago

May have been a coin toss between her and Throssell. Ngawati hasnt swum well here, either in IM or on 4×200.

Drama King
Reply to  nlm78
3 years ago

So Townsend was there and didnt swim any event until now. I thought he was not there in Budapest.
This man swam 49.19 in season at Tokyo Open.

Reply to  Drama King
3 years ago

His only other chance would’ve been the 4×100. Was he sick or was there are an internal TT for spots ? None of us have that inside info

Reply to  nlm78
3 years ago

Just said same thing in relay thread

3 years ago

Perioni, Haas, Neal and Worrell in the prelims mixed relay.

Reply to  Zanna
3 years ago

Surprised as to why the coaches chose not to let Apple and Chadwick swim in the morning. Not an Olympic event anyway. They could easily qualify with them. It will be good experience.

Team USA
Reply to  Zanna
3 years ago

The chose Perioni and Haas over them because they have been faster at this meet and are more deserving of the medal that the USA will most likely win in this event.

crooked donald
Reply to  Team USA
3 years ago

Apple and Chadwick already got their “participation” medal. It’s not like Haas has a ton of International experience. His first meet was Rio in one individual event and a relay. Peironi has consistently delivered.

Benedict Arnold
Reply to  crooked donald
3 years ago

Good to give Haas a little experience – seems to be the future of American mid distance swimming. He has some serious potential if he could learn how to fake a turn.

crooked donald
Reply to  Benedict Arnold
3 years ago

You’d think training beside Schooling and Conger every day for two years he’d have picked up some pointers.

Peter L
3 years ago

Have a sneaky feeling Ruta might have something up her sleeve for the 50…

Peter L
Reply to  Peter L
3 years ago

Well I didn’t expect her to be in the freestyle… but of course I meant breaststroke HAHAHHA

Benedict Arnold
Reply to  Peter L
3 years ago

With that start, you could never count Ruta out of a 50.

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