2019 FINA Champions Swim Series – Budapest: Day 2 Live Recap


Day 2 of the Budapest stop of the FINA Champions Series will feature swims from WR-holders Sarah SjöströmFederica PellegriniKliment Kolesnikov, and Katinka Hosszu, among many of the world’s other top swimmers.

Men’s 400 Free

  1. Danas Rapsys (Lithuania) – 3:43.36
  2. Mykhailo Romanchuk (Ukraine) – 3:47.08
  3. Aleksandr Krasnykh (Russia) – 3:47.85
  4. Peter Bernek (Hungary) – 3:56.40

Danas Rapsys was out incredibly fast, going 1:50.20 to the feet at the halfway mark. He was ahead of WR pace for 250 meters before falling a bit behind. Rapsys won this race by several body lengths, touching in 3:43.36, breaking his own Lithuanian record by more than three full seconds. That ties him with Italy’s Gabriele Detti for the #2 time in the world this season.

Mykhailo Romanchuk of Ukraine and Aleksandr Krasnykh of Russia were both 3:47’s, with Romanchuk edging Krasnykh at the wall.

Women’s 200 Fly

  1. Katinka Hosszu (Hungary) – 2:06.62
  2. Franziska Hentke (Germany) – 2:07.31
  3. Boglarka Kapas (Hungary) – 2:07.67
  4. Alys Thomas (GBR) – 2:08.52

A deafening crowd behind her, Katinka Hosszu swam a very powerful race, executing a surge over the back 100 to take the win there. She moves to #2 in the world rankings behind Franziska Hentke‘s 2:06.50 from November. Hentke took 2nd in 2:07.31, and Boglarka Kapas, who was in 4th place at the first three walls, moved into third over the final 50 to finish in third (2:07.67).

Men’s 100 Fly

  1. Chad le Clos – 51.25
  2. Kristof Milak – 51.67
  3. Laszlo Cseh – 52.20
  4. Piero Codia – 52.22

Another race with a big Hungarian presence, Chad le Clos of South Africa denied the win from Kristof Milak. The 200 fly winner from yesterday, Milak, gained some ground over the final 20-30 meters, but le Clos was too strong, hitting the wall at 51.25. Milak was also under 52 seconds with a 51.67.

Le Clos moves to #3 in the world rankings with that swim.

Women’s 50 Free

  1. Sarah Sjöström (Sweden) – 23.97
  2. Pernille Blume (Denmark) – 24.52
  3. Etiene Medeiros (Brazil) – 24.85
  4. Farida Osman (Egypt) – 25.12

Sarah Sjöström, making it look easy, dipped under 24 seconds with her win tonight in the 50 free. Her time, 23.97, is just .06 off of her world-leading season best from April.

Pernille Blume, the reigning Olympic champion, looked to have had a late start off the blocks. A costly mistake, she was well back after her underwater and was in second at 24.52. Brazil’s Etiene Medeiros also broke 25 seconds, posting a 24.85.

Men’s 200 Breast

  1. Anton Chupkov (Russia) – 2:08.23
  2. Ippei Watanabe (Japan) – 2:08.61
  3. Dmitriy Balandin (Kazakhstan) – 2:10.73
  4. Josh Prenot (USA) – 2:11.60

This was a two-man race between Japan’s Ippei Watanabe and Russia’s Anton Chupkov. Chupkov hit the wall first in 2:08.23, just ahead of Watanabe’s 2:08.61. Chupkov holds the world #1 time at 2:07.00, with Watanabe right behind in 2:07.02. Both were well off of those marks tonight, and were the only swimmers under 2:10.

Women’s 100 Back

  1. Katinka Hosszu (Hungary) – 59.58
  2. Anastasia Fesikova (Russia) – 59.73
  3. Emily Seebohm (Australia) – 1:00.44
  4. Georgia Davies (GBR) – 1:00.95

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary grabbed her second win of the night in 59.58, improving upon her season best of 59.95 from the Stockholm Open in April. She moves up to #7 in the world rankings this season. Russia’s Anastasia Fesikova also broke a minute, going 59.73, entering the world top 25 at #11.

Men’s 200 Back

  1. Evgeny Rylov (Russia) – 1:55.92
  2. Jacob Pebley (USA) – 1:56.67
  3. Xu Jiayu (China) – 1:59.74
  4. Danas Rapsys (Lithuania) – 2:04.96

Evgeny Rylov took his second backstroke win of the weekend after taking the 100 back yesterday. He was 1:55.92, ahead of USA’s Jacob Pebley (1:56.67). Pebley won’t move up the world rankings with that swim, but he takes a few tenths off of his season best.

China’s Xu Jiayu looked like he was taking a bath and still claimed third at 1:59.74, well off of his #2 world-ranked time of 1:55.24. Xu was also well off his times in the 100 back last night.

Women’s 50 Fly

  1. Sarah Sjöström (Sweden) – 25.32
  2. Farida Osman (Egypt) – 25.90
  3. Penny Oleksiak (Canada) – 26.04
  4. Pernille Blume (Denmark) – 26.91

Sarah Sjöström took her second event win of the night, clocking a 25.32 to shave two hundredths off of her world-leading time of 25.34. Also breaking 26 seconds was Farida Osman of Egypt (25.90), with Canada’s Penny Oleksiak third in 26.04 — both women were a touch off of their season bests.

Men’s 100 Free

  1. Pieter Timmers (Belgium) – 48.32
  2. Mehdy Metella (France) – 48.62
  3. Vladimir Morozov (Russia) – 49.03
  4. Kliment Kolesnikov (Russia) – 49.07

Belgium’s Pieter Timmers took the men’s 100 free in 48.32, edging out France’s Mehdy Metella (48.62).

The Russians fell to third and fourth, with Vladimir Morozov in third at 49.03 and Kliment Kolesnikov fourth in 49.07.

Timmers improves his 48.60 season best, while the Russians were about a second off of the 48.04 time they both have gone which ties them for #5 in the world this year.

Women’s 200 IM

  1. Katinka Hosszu (Hungary) – 2:08.81
  2. Seoyeong Kim (South Korea) – 2:09.97
  3. Siobhan O’Connor (GBR) – 2:11.36
  4. Zsuzsanna Jakabos (Hungary) – 2:14.12

3-for-3 for Katinka Hosszu, who won the 200 IM with a 2:08.81. Just off of her season best, that was a very solid swim for Hosszu as we will soon turn our attention to the 2019 World Championships.

Seoyeong Kim of South Korea had a strong swim, too, clocking a 2:09.97 to break 2:10 and improve upon her 2:10.35 old season best from the Guangzhou stop of the FINA Champions Series.

Men’s 50 Breast

  1. Joao Gomes Jr. (Brazil) – 26.64
  2. Felipe Lima (Brazil) – 26.86
  3. Michael Andrew (USA) – 27.10
  4. Fabio Scozzoli (Italy) – 27.14

Joao Gomes Jr, the world leader, led a Brazilian 1-2 finish in the 50 breast. Gomes was 26.64, with Felipe Lima also breaking 27 at 26.86. Gomes and Lipa went 26.42 and 26.48 at the 2019 Brazil Trophy last month, and those times still sit #1 and #2 in the world, respectively.

Michael Andrew, in his only individual event of the day, was 27.10 for third.

Women’s 100 Breast

  1. Yulia Efimova (Russia) – 1:05.99
  2. Katie Meili (USA) – 1:07.28
  3. Molly Hannis (USA) – 1:07.66
  4. Siobhan O’Connor (GBR) – 1:12.84

Yulia Efimova of Russia completed the breaststroke sweep, taking this race in 1:05.99. That’s almost a second drop from her season best, and she claims the world #1 time with that swim.

Americans Katie Meili (1:07.28) and Molly Hannis (1:07.66) were 2nd and 3rd, cracking the top 25 at #15 and #25, respectively. O’Connor, just minutes after the 200 IM, wavered in this race and sunk to fourth in 1:12.84.

Men’s 50 Back

  1. Justin Ress (USA) – 24.68
  2. Matt Grevers (USA) – 24.88
  3. Robert Glinta (Romania) – 24.95
  4. Kliment Kolesnikov (Russia) – 25.06

Justin Ress waited all the way until the very end of day 2 to have an individual swim, and he celebrated with a win. Ress was 24.68, the only American winner of the day, with Matt Grevers also looking great right behind him in 24.88.

Ress and Grevers move to 5th and 7th in the world rankings, with Ress just .02 behind Michael Andrew.

Women’s 200 Free

  1. Sarah Sjöström (Sweden) – 1:56.58
  2. Federica Pellegrini (Italy) – 1:57.09
  3. Veronika Andrusenko (Russia) – 1:58.04
  4. Li Bingjie (China) – 1:59.26

Biding her time, Sjöström added her third win of the day with a come-from-behind victory in the 200 free over defending World Champion Federica Pellegrini. Both were off of their season bests but still put down solid times, Sjöström won in 1:56.58, just ahead of Pellegrini (1:57.09).

Sjöström will have to go right into the 400 mixed medley relay coming up next.

Mixed 400 Medley Relay

  1. Team 3 (Fesikova/Meili/Andrew/Morozov) – 3:47.40
  2. Team 4 (Pebley/Clark/Heintz/Sjöström) – 3:47.95
  3. Team 2 (Seebohm/Balandin/Cseh/Hibbott) – 3:48.43
  4. Team 1 (Kolesnikov/Gomes/Hentke/Kesely) – 3:50.20

Team 3, made up of Anastasia Fesikova (59.69), Katie Meili (1:07.22), Michael Andrew (51.88), and Vladimir Morozov (48.61) took the win here, with Morozov making up huge ground on the other teams’ female anchors.

Sarah Sjöström out-performed Team 2 and 1’s anchors with a 53.35 split, right after her third individual swim of the day (a 200 free no less), but she couldn’t hold off a charging Morozov.

A couple notable splits were Philip Heintz‘s 51.35 fly split, Dmitry Balandin‘s 59.54 breast split, and Jacob Pebley‘s 53.96 back lead-off for team 4. Pebley took off .03 from his season best of 53.99 from US Winter Nationals last November.

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Swim Addict
2 years ago

Free stream anyone?

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2 years ago
2 years ago

Boglarka vs Hosszu. It’s interesting who Hungarian fans want to see winning. Boglarka was the cutest Olympic medalist standing on the podium in Rio.

Reply to  Yozhik
2 years ago

Boglarka won the European Championship last year and the Hungarian Championship this year in 2 fly. She is the cutest 🙂 but got into this race only few days ago. Not much time for preparation. Hope she does well:)

2 years ago
50 free
2 years ago

Anyone else wishes the turned the lights on sequencually during the 50 race?

2 years ago

Rapsys , very solid 400 free time

Prison MIke
2 years ago

Looking forward to this race at the World Championchipsap. With both Rapsys and Detti at 1:43.3 and Sun at 1:42.7 this season. Especially Sun and Rapsys are known to throw down big times in such big competitions. Elijah Winnington could as well make the podium.

Reply to  Prison MIke
2 years ago

3:43 and 3:42

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2 years ago


Reply to  Prison MIke
2 years ago

me too

bear drinks beer
Reply to  Prison MIke
2 years ago

The 400 free at Aussie Trials will also be interesting. Horton, McLaughlin & Winnington will fight for the opportunity to compete against the Europeans and the Asian first.

2 years ago

Does anyone know how many times Sjostrom has been sub25?

Reply to  John26
2 years ago

A lot? Do you mean 24?

bear drinks beer
Reply to  John26
2 years ago

12 times in 50 fly, maybe more than 100 times in 50 free.

Reply to  John26
2 years ago

counting todays swim Sarah has been sub25 in 50 free 103 times…sub24 swims 16x 🙂 Beast!

2 years ago

Hozzsu leaves Yozhik speechless

Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

Sure. 3 times.

Reply to  Brownish
2 years ago

Do you really want me to talk about it. Today is the Mothers Day . Let’s postpone it for tomorrow. OK? 😀 😀

Reply to  Yozhik
2 years ago

Not everywhere 😉 In Hungary it’s on the first Sunday of May.

2 years ago

Awkward interview for Ress….nothing he said but the host wasn’t educated

Justin Ress
Reply to  Superfan
2 years ago

It was indeed a BIG YIKES moment

Reply to  Justin Ress
2 years ago


Justin Ress
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2 years ago


Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Justin Ress
2 years ago

Nice swims.

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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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