2017 FINA World Championships: Day 8 Finals Live Recap


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.


  1. Lilly King, USA, 29.40
  2. Yulia Efimova, Russia, 29.57
  3. 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.


  • 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
  1. Chase Kalisz, USA 4:05.90
  2. David Verraszto, Hungary, 4:08.38
  3. 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.


  • World Record: Sarah Sjöström, 23.67, 2017
  • Championship Record: Sarah Sjöström, 23.67, 2017
  • Junior World Record: Rikako Ikee, 24.48, 2017
  1. Sarah Sjöström, Sweden, 23.69
  2. Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Netherlands, 23.85
  3. 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.


  • World Record: Liam Tancock, 24.04, 2009
  • Championship Record: Liam Tancock, 24.04, 2009
  • Junior World Record: Kliment Kolesnikov, 24.94, 2016
  1. Camille Lacourt, France, 24.35
  2. Junya Koga, Japan, 24.51
  3. 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.


  • 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
  1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, 4:29.33
  2. Mireia Belmonte, Spain, 4:32.17
  3. 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.


  • 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
  1. Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy, 14:35.85
  2. Mykhailo Romanchuk, Ukraine, 14:37.14
  3. 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.


  • World Record: USA, 3:52.05, 2012
  • Championship Record: China, 3:52.19, 2009
  • Junior World Record: Russia, 4:01.05, 2015
  1. United States (Baker – King – Worrell -Manuel), 3:51.55
  2. Russia (Fesikova, Efimova, Chimrova, Popova), 3:53.38
  3. 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.


  • World Record: USA, 3:27.28, 2009
  • Championship Record: USA, 3:27.28, 2009
  • Junior World Record: Russia, 3:36.44, 2015
  1. United States (Grevers, Cordes, Dressel, Adrian), 3:27.91
  2. GBR (Walker-Hebborn, Peaty, Guy, Scott), 3:28.95
  3. 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.

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3 years ago

the best live stream i have found. http://freecalcio.eu/eurosport-1-live-stream

Reply to  swimfish87
3 years ago

It’s showing high diving right now

Cougar Swim
Reply to  swamr
3 years ago

Hungarian link is working, and it’s surprisingly high quality now.

Reply to  Cougar Swim
3 years ago

always has been high quality..

Cougar Swim
Reply to  anonymoose
3 years ago

I’ve had it freeze quite a bit, and super fuzzy the majority of the time.

E Gamble
Reply to  Cougar Swim
3 years ago

Hungarian link is fire….all the way from Florida. NBC can’t hijack us from watching live swimming. Ha Ha NBC ?

Reply to  swamr
3 years ago

Use the Eurosport 2 link along the top of the page. Working for me.

bobo gigi
Reply to  swimfish87
3 years ago

Here in France we had France Télévision (free public TV channels) and also Canal Plus Sport (pay-TV channel) which have broadcasted all finals’ sessions live. Globally we are lucky here in Europe.

3 years ago

Commence: Massive post-Worlds depression. What a week! Thank you SwimSwam for the amazing coverage and hard work both before and throughout this meet. As a coping mechanism, I have ranked 75M FREE’s Top 15 of the week: (15.) Sjostrom (SWE): Handling domination and WR-ness with such grace. <3 I’m pretty certain this girl has no enemies at this meet, and we’ve been seeing why. (14.) Miller (USA): Social media god throughout the pre-meet training and in Budapest. At times, he made me feel like I was right there. (13.) LeClos (RSA): I enjoy his antics now, especially in the post-Phelps world. Loved the ballsy 200 fly to win the African continent’s only gold, even if the rest of his meet… Read more »

Sean S
Reply to  75M FREE
3 years ago

I’m with you on all of these points except for giving Todd Harris any credit. He was truly atrocious, and showed time and time again he knows next to nothing about swimming.

Reply to  Sean S
3 years ago

That’s actually why I began liking him; he didn’t even bother to pretend to care <3. And his value skyrocketed once he began laughing whenever Rowdy had one of his uncomfortable fanboy moments on camera.

Reply to  75M FREE
3 years ago

I enjoyed as much as u did and as many did also this week . The best World championships ever . The depression will be hard to endure but i will keep all the best memories in my heart . Those swimmers , the fabulous crowd , the SS comment section offered one of the best week in a long time . ?

Reply to  75M FREE
3 years ago

The reports of the demise of USA swimming has been greatly exaggerated.

2015 Kazan

Sean S
3 years ago

I might cry a little when the session is over. This week has been awesome.

Reply to  Sean S
3 years ago

Right there. I keep imagining a scenario where I wake up on the morning of July 23 and this whole week was just a dream.

Reply to  Sean S
3 years ago

This meet > Rio > Worlds Trials = Olympic Trials > Real life > Kazan.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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