2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Sunday, July 23rd – Sunday, July 30th
- Budapest, Hungary
- LCM (50m)
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Sadly enough, there’s just one session left of the 2017 World Championships. We’ve seen a huge number of records and big-time swims, and the meet will finish up with three 50’s, the 400 IM, the men’s 1500 free, and the medley relays. Superstars of the meet Caeleb Dressel and Sarah Sjöström will be in action once more, too.
WOMEN’S 50 BREAST – FINAL
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, 29.40
- Yulia Efimova, Russia, 29.57
- Katie Meili, USA, 29.99
This was a fast final, and it took a sub-30 second swim to make the podium. All three medalists hit lifetime bests, with Lilly King rocketing to a world record of 29.40 to win. Yulia Efimova was right there with her for most of the race, but King was just ahead at the finish to lock it up.
Katie Meili picked up another medal, this time a bronze with a 29.99– she’s now the fourth American women to break 30 seconds in this event, joining King, Jessica Hardy, and Breeja Larson. Meanwhile, Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte was 4th overall, going 30.20 after getting to a great start. With the way she’s been swimming, she looks to be rapidly returning to form, and she could be very dangerous as soon as next year.
MEN’S 400 IM – FINAL
- World Record: Michael Phelps, 4:03.84, 2008
Championship Record: Michael Phelps, 4:06.22, 2007
- Junior World Record: Sean Grieshop, 4:14.00, 2016
- Chase Kalisz, USA 4:05.90
- David Verraszto, Hungary, 4:08.38
- Daiya Seto, Japan, 4:09.14
Chase Kalisz had the lead going into the breaststroke, and there was no way anybody would get past him coming home. Taking down Michael Phelps’ 2007 championship record, Kalisz brings the gold back to the US in this event after they’ve had a 400IM WC gold medal drought that’s lasted since Ryan Lochte won gold in Shanghai in 2011.
Kalisz posted a time of 4:05.90, a lifetime best, and that makes him the #3 performer all-time. Only Phelps and Lochte have been faster, ever.
To the crowd’s raucous delight, Hungarian David Verraszto popped a 4:08.38 for silver, with Japan’s Daiya Seto in for bronze at 4:09.14. GBR’s Max Litchfield was also under 4:10, going 4:09.62 for fourth.
WOMEN’S 50 FREE – FINAL
- World Record: Sarah Sjöström, 23.67, 2017
- Championship Record: Sarah Sjöström, 23.67, 2017
- Junior World Record: Rikako Ikee, 24.48, 2017
- Sarah Sjöström, Sweden, 23.69
- Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Netherlands, 23.85
- Simone Manuel, USA, 23.97
Sarah Sjöström got down to business in the 50 free final, swimming nearly the exact same time as she did when she broke the WR in semifinals. Her time of 23.69 earned her her third individual gold of the meet.
The Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo broke through 24.0 for the first time ever, going 23.85 to take the silver. That’s a huge swim for the Dutchwoman, setting a new Dutch record. Also setting a record was Simone Manuel, who went 23.97 to become the first American woman under 24 seconds. This was the first time in WC history that all medallists broke 24 seconds.
Meanwhile, Pernille Blume had a great swim in 4th, going 24.00 to set a new Danish record.
MEN’S 50 BACK – FINAL
- World Record: Liam Tancock, 24.04, 2009
- Championship Record: Liam Tancock, 24.04, 2009
- Junior World Record: Kliment Kolesnikov, 24.94, 2016
- Camille Lacourt, France, 24.35
- Junya Koga, Japan, 24.51
- Matt Grevers, USA, 24.56
Camille Lacourt swam a great race to take gold in his final race at this level– he announced this spring that he’d be retiring post-Worlds. With his 24.35, he has now won gold at the last three World Champs, dating back to 2013 Worlds in Barcelona.
Japan’s Junya Koga raced to 2nd in 24.51, just ahead of Matt Grevers of the USA (24.56), who picks up a bronze in what has been a strong comeback year after he missed qualification for the Rio Olympics. All three medallists are over 30 years of age.
WOMEN’S 400 IM – FINAL
- World Record: Katinka Hosszu, 4:26.36, 2016
- Championship Record: Katinka Hosszu, 4:30.31, 2015
- Junior World Record: Rosie Rudin, 4:39.01, 2015
- Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, 4:29.33
- Mireia Belmonte, Spain, 4:32.17
- Sydney Pickrem, Canada, 4:32.88
Katinka Hosszu won another gold tonight, posting a 4:29.33 for the 400 IM win. She adds that to her gold from the 200 IM final, and becomes the first woman to win a WC gold in her home country.
Mireia Belmonte of Spain picked up the silver, adding to her medal haul this week, with Canada’s Sydney Pickrem touching right behind the Spaniard for bronze, coming back strong after a rough 200 IM. Yui Ohashi did not have the 400 IM that we expected after her stellar 200 IM, her 4:34.50 in for 4th place.
MEN’S 1500 FREE — FINAL
- World Record: Sun Yang, 14:31.02, 2012
- Championship Record: Sun Yang, 14:34.14, 2011
- Junior World Record: Mack Horton, 14:51.55, 2014
- Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy, 14:35.85
- Mykhailo Romanchuk, Ukraine, 14:37.14
- Mack Horton, Australia, 14:47.70
The three medallists were leading the rest of the field the whole race through, and the WR looked to be in jeopardy until the last 100. Gregorio Paltrinieri stuck it out for the gold, hitting a time of 14:35.85 to win.
Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk had an incredible race, first setting the Ukrainian record with a 14:44.11 in prelims yesterday. He then upended that time completely, dropped almost seven more seconds to finish out at 14:37.14, becoming the 4th-best performer ever in this event. His teammate Sergii Frolov swam very well, too, going 14:55.10 for 6th.
Mack Horton took to the bronze, going 14:47.70, well ahead of 4th place Gabriele Detti (14:52.07). Both swimmers were well off of their bests, which are 14:39 for Horton and 14:40 for Detti.
WOMEN’S 400 MEDLEY RELAY — FINAL
World Record: USA, 3:52.05, 2012 Championship Record: China, 3:52.19, 2009
- Junior World Record: Russia, 4:01.05, 2015
- United States (Baker – King – Worrell -Manuel), 3:51.55
- Russia (Fesikova, Efimova, Chimrova, Popova), 3:53.38
- Australia (Seebohm, McKeown, McKeon, Campbell) 3:54.29
The Americans charged hard with four great legs as they posted a new world record time of 3:51.55. Kathleen Baker got things started with a 58.54, followed by a 1:04.48 from Lilly King, a 56.30 from Kelsi Worrell, and a 52.23 anchor leg from Simone Manuel, which is her fourth 52-low anchor in a relay final this week.
Yulia Efimova actually out-split King on the breast leg, going 1:04.03 which helped Russia to a European record and silver medal at 3:53.38. Australia picked up bronze, getting a 58.53 lead-off from Emily Seebohm and a strong 52.69 anchor from Bronte Campbell.
Kylie Masse had the fastest back leg in 58.31 as the Canadians placed fourth, while Sarah Sjöström swam a mind-boggling 55.03 fly leg though Sweden touched 5th.
MEN’S 400 MEDLEY RELAY — FINAL
- World Record: USA, 3:27.28, 2009
- Championship Record: USA, 3:27.28, 2009
- Junior World Record: Russia, 3:36.44, 2015
- United States (Grevers, Cordes, Dressel, Adrian), 3:27.91
- GBR (Walker-Hebborn, Peaty, Guy, Scott), 3:28.95
- Russia (Tarasevich, Prigoda, Popkov, Morozov), 3:29.78
Team USA was all golden in this race, going 3:27.91 to scare the WR and sail to the top of the podium once more. Matt Grevers (52.26), Kevin Cordes (58.89), Caeleb Dressel (49.76), and Nathan Adrian (47.00) got things done, with Grevers’ and Dressel’s splits really standing out. In addition to being field-best for both men, Grevers came very close to his lifetime best of 52.08, proving how on-form he really is. Dressel, of course, went Remel on the field and helped the U.S. get ahead despite Adam Peaty going 56.91 on the breast leg to catch Cordes.
Adrian stuck it out at the end, but there were a couple very strong anchor legs. Vladimir Morozov was 46.69 to go the fastest split this week, helping Russia to bronze, though Duncan Scott was 47.04 to hold him off to give GBR silver. Meanwhile, Hungary’s Dominik Kozma went absolutely berserk for a 46.72 anchor. Hungary was back in 7th, but their back-half of Kozma and Kristof Milak on fly (50.97) ensures that the nation will have continued success in the coming years.