2017 FINA World Championships: Day 8 Prelims Live Recap


The eighth and final prelim session is underway from Budapest, with just the men’s and women’s 400 IMs and 4×100 medley relays on the schedule.

Check out a full prelim preview here.


  • World Record: 4:26.36, Katinka Hosszu, 2016
  • Championship Record: 4:30.31, Katinka,Hosszu, 2015
  • Junior World Record: 4:39.15, Rosie Rudin, 2015
  1. Katinka Hosszu, HUN, 4:33.90
  2. Mireia Belmonte, ESP, 4:35.29
  3. Elizabeth Beisel, USA, 4:36.18
  4. Sydney Pickrem, CAN, 4:36.25
  5. Sakiko Shimizu, JPN, 4:36.43
  6. Leah Smith, USA, 4:36.94
  7. Yui Ohashi, JPN, 4:36.97
  8. Hannah Miley, GBR, 4:37.14

World record holder Katinka Hosszu cruised to the win in the third and final heat for the top overall seed in 4:33.90. Mireia Belmonte and Elizabeth Beisel were close behind, and qualify through easily in 2nd and 3rd.

Canadian Sydney Pickrem pulled out the heat 2 win in 4:36.25, and heads into finals seeded 4th. Leah Smith made it through in 6th, and 200 IM silver medalist Yui Ohashi sits 7th.

The prelims were very tight, with finalists 3 through 8 separated by less than a second.


  • World Record: 4:03.84, Michael Phelps, 2008
  • Championship Record: 4:06.22 Michael Phelps, 2007
  • Junior World Record: 4:14.00, Sean Grieshop, 2016
  1. Chase Kalisz, USA, 4:09.79
  2. Max Litchfield, GBR, 4:10.57
  3. David Verraszto, HUN, 4:11.89
  4. Daiya Seto, JPN, 4:12.89
  5. Brandonn Almeida, BRA, 4:13.13
  6. Jay Litherland, USA, 4:13.95
  7. Kosuke Hagino, JPN, 4:14.15
  8. Richard Nagy, CZE, 4:15.69

After winning the 200 IM crown earlier, American Chase Kalisz pulled away from heat 3 on the breaststroke leg and cruised in for the victory in 4:09.79. He qualifies first overall, and Max Litchfield closed strong behind him for a new British record in 4:10.57, qualifying 2nd.

Hungary’s David Verraszto won the last heat in 4:11.89, advancing in 3rd. Daiya Seto and Kosuke Hagino both made it through in 4th and 7th, and Jay Litherland qualified in 6th. China’s Wang Shun ended up 19th.


  • World Record: 3:52.05, United States, 2012
  • Championship Record: 3:52.19, China, 2009
  1. United States, 3:55.95
  2. China, 3:57.12
  3. Canada, 3:57.17
  4. Russia, 3:57.53
  5. Australia, 3:58.74
  6. Italy, 4:00.03
  7. Sweden, 4:01.44
  8. Great Britain, 4:01.78

The American lineup of Olivia Smoliga, Katie Meili, Sarah Gibson and Mallory Comerford got the job done this morning in 3:55.95, claiming lane 4 for the final. They’ll sub in a completely new roster, with all four swimmers individual medalists in their respective 100m events (Baker, King, Worrell, Manuel).

The battle for silver sets up to be fierce, with China, Canada and Russia all very close this morning, and Australia with lots of potential with an entirely new roster of their own possibly coming in. Sweden could also be dangerous if Sarah Sjostrom is used in the final.


  • World Record: 3:27.28, United States, 2009
  • Championship Record: 3:27.28, United States, 2009
  1. United States, 3:29.66
  2. Japan, 3:31.83
  3. Russia, 3:32.12
  4. Great Britain, 3:32.35
  5. Brazil, 3:32.38
  6. Hungary, 3:33.35
  7. China, 3:33.50
  8. Belarus, 3:33.83

The American team sizzled to the top time in 3:29.66, with fast splits all around. Ryan Murphy led off in 52.69, and then Cody Miller (58.99), Tim Phillips (50.74) and Townley Haas (47.24) all delivered big splits. However, Haas nearly DQed the U.S., hitting the legal limit on his reaction time at -0.03.

All four Americans had the fastest split in the field in their respective stroke.

Japan qualified 2nd overall, with Russia and Great Britain 3rd and 4th. The Russians and British will have moves to make in the final, including the addition of Adam Peaty for the Brits.

The Australians miss the final by less than a tenth, 9th in 3:33.91.

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CWH is swimming prelims for GB. Murdoch in for Peaty. Could be trouble if CWH is in really terrible form.


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Leah Smith really struggling on the breaststroke.

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James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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