2017 FINA World Championships: Day 8 Prelims Preview


The 8th and final preliminary session from Budapest will be a quick one, with just men’s and women’s 400 IMs and 400 medley relays on the schedule.

There will be just three heats in the women’s 400 IM, with Olympic gold medalist Katinka Hosszu headlining the third heat in search of her fourth individual medal. Mireia Belmonte will swim in lane 5, and American veteran Elizabeth Beisel will hit the water for the first time at the competition.

200 IM silver medalist Yui Ohashi has lane 4 in heat 2, alongside Great Britain’s Hannah Miley, double freestyle medalist here Leah Smith and Canadian Sydney Pickrem.

The third of four heats in the men’s 400 IM features 200 IM champion Chase Kalisz, as he’ll do battle with two-time defending champion Daiya Seto and Great Britain’s Max Litchfield, who broke the British record in the 200 IM earlier.

Olympic champion Kosuke Hagino will then face hometown Hungarian David Verraszto, China’s Wang Shun and American Jay Litherland in the last heat.

We’ll then have the medley relays, with two heats for the women and three for the men. In the women’s event, Canada and Australia will swim in heat 1 and the U.S. and China will go in heat 2.

For the men, the Brits and Russians take on heat 2 while the U.S. and Australia swim in heat 3. The Americans are favored in both, with the Aussie women and British men their biggest challenge.

The swimmers competing in the prelims will be announced prior to the session.

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3 years ago

Man. Has Beisel ever had to wait until the 8th day of a meet to swim? Seems difficult to do.

Reply to  Brad
3 years ago

Twas Litherland too, until he got the relay spot.

Jim C
Reply to  Brad
3 years ago

If I were swimming just the women’s 400 IM I would much prefer the last day to the first day. I’m going to be fresh either way–but on the last day there will be other swimmers who are tired from other events and won’t be at their best.

3 years ago

Who do you think will swim the free leg prelims for the men? I think they should save Adrian for the final. Haas looked tired during the mixed free prelims. Pieroni did do a pb on the lead of leg in the same prelims. They also have Chadwick and Apple.

Reply to  AvidSwimFan
3 years ago

Prelim relay = Pepperoni (always the leadoff lol), Sandwich, Apple, and anchored by Hams

Reply to  AvidSwimFan
3 years ago

Murphy, Miller, Phillips and Haas

Qualifying is not a problem. Those guys earned it as being second fastest (or 3rd in Haas’ case)

Reply to  AvidSwimFan
3 years ago

Adrian will definitely be only in Final. Needs to recover. My guess is Murphy, Miller, Phillips, Haas/Perioni. Its clear from this Worlds, the coaches are not taking any chances even in prelims, after what happened in Kazan.

Reply to  AvidSwimFan
3 years ago

Depends who they want to gift a medal to

3 years ago

Is Luke Greenbank or Chris Walker Hebborn doing backstroke for GB?

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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