2018 FINA SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, December 11th – Sunday, December 16th
- Hangzhou, China
- Tennis Centre, Hangzhou Olympic & International Expo Center
- SCM (25m)
- Prelims: 9:30 am local, 8:30 pm ET / Finals: 7:00 pm* local, 6:00* am ET
- *The final night of finals will be one hour earlier, starting at 6:00 pm local and 5:00 am ET
- Live Results (Omega)
We’re on to night 5 of the 2018 Short Course World Championships in Hangzhou, with 11 events coming up tonight. Swimmers are getting ready for individual finals in the women’s 200 IM, 50 back, and 100 breast, as well as the men’s 50 fly and 400 IM. Relay action will include the men’s 4×50 medley relay and the women’s 4×200 free relay.
MEN’S 4×50 MEDLEY RELAY – FINAL:
- World Record: 1:30.44, Russia, 2017
- Championship Record:
1:30.51, Brazil, 2014
- GOLD: Russia, 1:30.54
- SILVER: USA, 1:30.90
- BRONZE: Brazil, 1:31.49
Ryan Murphy got the USA off to a strong start with the fastest back split in 22.73, but Russia took over the lead on the breast leg with Oleg Kostin‘s 25.36. Caeleb Dressel made up some ground with a 21.70 fly split, but the Russians still held the lead by a few tenths. Evgeny Rylov sealed the deal with his 20.22 anchor split as Ryan Held closed in 20.31 for the USA (1:30.90). Russia’s 1:30.54 was a new Championship Record and just a tenth off their World Record from last year, while the USA took down the American Record by almost a full second.
Brazil had been 2nd going into the back half after Felipe Lima‘s 25.48 breast split. They were still ahead of the U.S. through Nicholas Santos‘ 22.02 fly leg, but settled for 3rd as Cesar Cielo anchored in 21.02 to hold off Italy’s Santo Condorelli (20.40). Italy wound up 4th in 1:31.54, just hundredths behind Brazil (1:31.49).
Belarus (1:32.45) got the fastest breast split of the field with Ilya Shymanovich putting up a 25.20.
WOMEN’S 200 IM – FINAL:
- World Record: 2:01.86, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2014
- Championship Record: 2:01.86, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2014
- GOLD: Katinka Hosszu, HUN, 2:03.25
- SILVER: Melanie Margalis, USA, 2:04.62
- BRONZE: Kathleen Baker, USA, 2:05.64
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu took it out with the lead, but the USA’s Kathleen Baker pulled ahead at the halfway mark with a quick 30.77 backstroke split. Hosszu fought back on the breast leg, once again taking the lead, while the USA’s Melanie Margalis closed the gap on Baker, Hosszu and Margalis were the only women sub-36 on the breast split. Hosszu held on to her lead as she earned her 3rd-straight title in this event with a 2:03.25.
Margalis had the fastest closing split of the field in 29.80, moving past Baker (2:05.64) for a new American Record in 2:04.62. China’s Ye Shiwen, famous for her closing speed in the 400 IM at the 2012 Olympics where she set the World Record, came though on the free leg to nearly catch Baker. Ye was a couple of tenths shy of the podium in 2:05.79.
MEN’S 100 FREE – SEMIFINALS:
- World Record: 44.94, Amaury Leveaux (FRA), 2008
- Championship Record: 45.51, Vlad Morozov (RUS), 2014
- Chad Le Clos, RSA, 45.89
- Vlad Morozov, RUS, 45.93
- Caeleb Dressel, USA, 46.09
- Vladislav Grinev, RUS, 46.23
- Katsumi Nakamura, JPN, 46.24
- Blake Pieroni, USA, 46.31
- Simonas Bilis, LTU, 46.46
- Mehdy Metella, FRA, 46.53
Russia’s Vlad Morozov, the Championship Record holder, dipped under 46 to win the first semifinal heat. Morozov was quick through the front half to take the edge over Japan’s Katsumi Nakamura (46.24), who qualified 5th.
In heat 2, South Africa’s Chad Le Clos took the early lead and held off American sprint star Caeleb Dressel, 45.89 to 46.07. Fresh off his relay swim, Dressel was slightly slower than his 45.98 from prelims, but had the fastest losing split of anyone in semifinals with a 23.82. The only other swimmer to close sub-24 was Russia’s Vladislav Grinev (46.23), also coming right off that relay, with a 23.98.
WOMEN’S 100 FLY – SEMIFINALS:
- World Record: 54.61, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2014
- Championship Record: 54.61, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2014
- Kelsi Dahlia, USA, 55.09
- Elena Di Liddo, ITA, 56.06
- Ai Soma, JPN, 56.31
- Daiene Dias, BRA, 56.40
- Kendyl Stewart, USA, 56.62
- Zhang Yufei, CHN, 56.77
- Ilaria Bianchi, ITA, 56.79
- Wang Yichun, CHN, 56.80
Italy’s Elena Di Liddo (56.06) got things started with a heat 1 win over Japan’s Ai Soma (56.31) as she used her front-half speed to take the edge. That was a new Italian Record for Di Liddo, clipping the old mark by a little under a tenth. Former Italian Record holder Ilaria Bianchi will also be in the final after qualifying 7th in 56.79.
The fastest time of the semifinals came from heat 2 as Kelsi Dahlia of the U.S. came within 4 tenths of the World Record in 55.09. Dahlia was out in 25.80 and closed over a second faster than anyone in her heat in 29.29. Brazil’s Daiene Dias (56.40) clipped the USA’s Kendyl Stewart (56.62) for 2nd in that heat.
MEN’S 50 FLY – SEMIFINALS
World Record holder Nicholas Santos of Brazil got the job done with a 21.81, eclipsing the Championship Record formerly set by South Africa’s Chad Le Clos in 2014. Le Clos, the 100 fly champion, was a nail behind for 2nd in 21.97.
WOMEN’S 50 FREE – SEMIFINALS:
- World Record: 22.93, Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED), 2017
- Championship Record: 23.25, Marleen Veldhuis (NED), 2008
- Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED, 23.50
- Femke Heemskerk, NED, 23.75
- Etiene Medeiros, BRA, 23.82
- Mallory Comerford, USA, 23.83
- Mariia Kameneva, RUS, 23.87
- Holly Barratt, AUS, 23.89
- Zhu Menghui, CHN, 23.95
- Madison Kennedy, USA, 24.00
The top 3 in semifinal heat 1 were separated by just 5 hundredths as Brazil’s Etiene Medeiros (23.82) reached in to out-touch the USA’ Mallory Comerford (23.83) and Russia’s Mariia Kameneva (23.87). That time for Medeiros was a new South American Record. The Dutch stepped up to claim the top 2 seeds, however, with World Record holder Ranomi Kromowidjojo winning heat 2 in 23.50 and teammate Femke Heemskerk touching in 23.75 for 2nd there.
China’s Zhu Menghui qualified 7th in 23.95, breaking the Chinese Record and tying the Asian Record.
MEN’S 50 BREAST – SEMIFINALS:
- World Record: 25.25, Cameron van der Burgh (RSA), 2009
- Championship Record: 25.63, Felipe Franca da Silva (BRA), 2014
- Cameron van der Burgh, RSA, 25.76
- Fabian Schwingenschlogl, GER, 25.87
- Joao Gomes, BRA, 25.94
- (T-4) Kirill Prigoda, RUS, 25.95
- (T-4) Ilya Shymanovich, BLR, 25.95
- Huseyin Sakci, TUR, 25.97
- Oleg Kostin, RUS, 26.00
- Felipe Lima, BRA, 26.01
World Record holder Cameron van der Burgh was about a half second shy of his record as he topped semifinals in 25.76. Van der Burgh put up a 25.76, finishing just ahead of Germany’s Fabian Schwingenschlogl (25.87) in heat 1. Schwingenschlogl’s time marks a new German Record. Brazil’s Joao Gomes picked up the heat 2 win, qualifying 3rd for the final in 25.94.
WOMEN’S 50 BACK – FINAL:
- GOLD: Olivia Smoliga, USA, 25.88
- SILVER: Caroline Pilhatsch, AUT, 25.99
- BRONZE: Holly Barratt, AUS, 26.04
The USA’s Olivia Smoliga has swept the sprint backstrokes, setting a new American Record to win it in 25.88. Taking silver by a tenth and lowering the Austrian Record was Caroline Pilhatsch, the only other woman sub-26 tonight. Australia’s Holly Barratt reached in for bronze at 26.04, just out-touching China’s Olympic medalist Fu Yuanhui (26.06).
MEN’S 400 IM – FINAL:
- World Record: 3:55.50, Ryan Lochte (USA), 2010
- Championship Record: 3:55.50, Ryan Lochte (USA), 2010
- GOLD: Daiya Seto, JPN, 3:56.43
- SILVER: Thomas Fraser-Holmes, AUS, 4:02.74
- BRONZE: Brandonn Almeida, BRA, 4:03.71
Japan’s Daiya Seto was far ahead of the field as he chased the World Record tonight, holding ahead of the pace until the back half of the freestyle leg. He was within a second of the mark in 3:56.43.
Australia’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes (4:02.74) came from behind on the freestyle leg to move ahead of Brazil’s Brandonn Almeida (4:03.71) in the battle for the other podium spots. Hungary’s Peter Bernek, who was 2nd through the back leg, was the first man off the podium in 4:04.71 as he out-touched teammate Gergely Gyurta (4:04.74).
WOMEN’S 100 BREAST – FINAL
- =World Record – Alia Atkinson – 1:02.36 – 2016/2014
- =World Record – Ruta Meilutyte – 1:02.36 – 2013
- Championship Record: Alia Atkinson – 1:02.36 – 2014
- GOLD: Alia Atkinson, JAM, 1:03.51
- SILVER: Katie Meili, USA, 1:03.63
- BRONZE: Jessica Hansen, AUS, 1:04.61
Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson didn’t match her World Record, but still came away with the gold. Atkinson got off to a fast start, turning in 29.48 to lead the USA’s Katie Meili (1:03.68). Through the back half, Meili started to close the gap, but it wasn’t enough as Atkinson took gold by a tenth in 1:03.51. They were a second ahead of the field as Australia’s Jessica Hansen (1:04.61) clipped Italy’s Martina Carraro (1:04.73) for bronze.
WOMEN’S 4×200 FREE RELAY – FINAL:
- World Record: 7:32.85, Netherlands, 2014
- Championship Record: 7:32.85, Netherlands, 2014
- China, 7:34.08
- United States, 7:35.30
- Australia, 7:36.40
In a very exciting race to finish off the session, the Chinese women came through with the gold medal in the 800 free relay to the delight of the home crowd. Their time of 7:34.08 breaks the Asian Record by close to two seconds.
Li Bingjie led them off in 1:54.56, putting them 3rd behind Australia and Russia, Yang Junxuan got them up into 2nd with a 1:53.06 split, and then Zhang Yuhan (1:53.94) gave them the lead and Wang Jianjiahe finished it off with a 1:52.52 anchor which stood up as the fastest flying split in the field.
The U.S. broke the American Record by over three seconds in 7:35.30, with quick legs from Mallory Comerford (1:53.00) and Melanie Margalis (1:53.59), and then Erika Brown dropped a massive 1:52.86 on the anchor to push Wang all the way to the wall.
The Aussies also set a National Record in 3rd, led off by Ariarne Titmus who had the fastest split in the entire field from a flat start in 1:52.22. They were 7:36.40, and the Russians also got under their national mark for 4th in 7:36.64.