2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day 3 prelims heat sheets.

After two scorching performances in the 100 breaststroke, including a World Record 56.88 in the semifinals, Adam Peaty returns to the pool for the 50 breaststroke, where he is the overwhelming favorite. Be prepared to see Peaty lower his World Record in this shorter non-Olympic event as well.

Katie Ledecky is back in action in the women’s 200 freestyle, where she will go head-to-head with

Update: Katie Ledecky is out of the women’s 200 freestyle on “medical grounds;” Ledecky’s status in the 1500 final remains unknown. Though the United States boasts other world-class 200 freestylers such as Mallory Comerford, Leah Smith, Simone Manuel, and Katie McLaughlin, they are unable to enter an alternate in place of Ledecky.

In her absence, newly-crowned 400 freestyle champ Ariarne Titmus of Australia, as well as 2017 World Champion Federica Pellegrini of Italy and 2018 Pan Pacs champion Taylor Ruck of Canada are the major contenders for the podium. Australia’s Emma McKeon will also be a strong challenger to Ledecky and a major medal contender. 2017 Worlds co-silver medalist Emma McKeon has also withdrawn from the 200 freestyle.

Katinka Hosszu‘s entry in the event also raises intrigue, though Hosszu chose to sit out the 100 backstroke yesterday, despite being the 2016 Olympic champion in the race. American Record holder Allison Schmitt, as well as Swedish superstar Sarah Sjostrom and Canada’s Penny Oleksiak will also race the 200.

Kristof Milak, Tamas Kenderesi, Daiya Seto, and Chad le Clos will finally get to spread their wings in the prelims of the men’s 200 fly. Though Milak is the favorite to win the event, Kenderesi and Seto have been having great seasons and swimming exciting times.

Finally, the men’s 800 freestyle will feature Italian superstars Gregorio Paltrinieri and Gabriele Detti, Americans Zane Grothe and Jordan Wilimovsky, Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk, Germany’s Florian Wellbrock, and arch-rivals Sun Yang of China and Mack Horton of Australia. Only the top 8 from prelims will advance to the final Wednesday evening.

Men’s 50 Breaststroke – PRELIMS

  • World Record: Adam Peaty (Great Britain), 2017, 25.95
  • World Junior Record: Nicolo Martinenghi (Italy), 2017, 26.97
  • World Championships Record: Adam Peaty (Great Britain), 2017, 25.95
  • 2017 Defending World Champion: Adam Peaty (Great Britain), 25.95

33-year-old Joao Gomes of Brazil blew through the 6th heat, touching in 26.73. Andrei Nikolaev closed fast on Michael Andrew to touch 26.99 to Andrew’s 27.02.

34-year-old Felipe Lima, also of Brazil, then won heat 7 in an equal 26.73. Turkey’s Emre Sakci touched 2nd in 26.87, just ahead of Russia’s Kirill Prigoda, who rounded out the 2ub-27s in 26.93.

Adam Peaty did not break his own World Record, but still blew away the competition in the 7th and final heat of the 50 breast, touching in 26.28. American Andrew Wilson was a declared false start (DFS) in heat 7, despite racing in the final of the 100 breaststroke yesterday. Ilya Shymanovich touched 2nd behind Peaty in heat 7 in 26.87, while China’s Yan Zibei swam to another Asian Record in 26.93 to finish 3rd in the heat.

Top 16 – Semifinals Qualifiers

  1. Adam Peaty, Great Britain, 26.28
  2. Joao Gomes, Brazil/Felipe Lima, Brazil, 26.73
  3. Emre Sakci, Turkey/Ilya Shymanovich, Belarus 26.87
  4. Kirill Prigoda, Russia/Yan Zibei, China, 26.93
  5. Darragh Greene, Ireland, 26.94
  6. Andrei Nikolaev, Russia, 26.99
  7. Nicolo Martinenghi, Italy, 27.00
  8. Michael Andrew, United States, 27.02
  9. Fabio Scozzoli, Italy, 27.11
  10. Tobias Bjerg, Denmark, 27.13
  11. Ties Elzerman, Netherlands, 27.19
  12. Nikola Obrovac, Croatia, 27.27
  13. Yasuhiro Koseki, Japan, 27.33

Women’s 200 Freestyle – PRELIMS

The sudden withdrawals of Katie Ledecky (report here) and Emma McKeon (report here) drastically changed the landscape of the women’s 200 freestyle at this year’s World Championships. Now, unless FINA allows for last-minute subs from either the United States or Australia, heat 7 lane 5 (Ledecky) and heat 5 lane 4 (McKeon) will be vacant, leaving Titmus and Sjostrom, respectively, with clean water to one side.

Another last-minute scratch came from Canadian superstar Taylor Ruck, the 2018 Pan Pacs champion in the 200 free. Without Ruck, McKeon, or Ledecky, three of the best women in the world in this event today, the likeliness of seeing new faces on the podium increases drastically.

Sarah Sjostrom took the race out fast, a full .8 under World Record pace at 50 meters. At 100 meters, Sjostrom was just .18 above World Record pace. Sjostrom maintained her lead through 150 meters, though Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong kept strong to touch 2nd in the heat. Sjostrom’s time registered at 1:55.14 to Haughey’s 1:56.02. Katinka Hosszu touched 5th in the heat in a sluggish 1:59.44, finishing 17th overall. Though with the scratch rate in this event, she may yet have hope of a semifinal berth.

France’s Charlotte Bonnet took the race out fast, flipping .3 under World Record pace at 50 meters. Though she fell off the World Record pace, Bonnet held the lead through 150, but was then passed by Li Bingjie in the final 25 meters. Bingjie touched in 1:57.59, just ahead of Great Britain’s Freya Anderson who also charged at the end to touch in 1:57.68. Japan’s Rio Shirai got to the wall 3rd in 1:58.10, in front of the early leader Bonnet, who faded to 4th in 1:58.21, just ahead of USA’s Allison Schmitt, who touched 5th in the heat in 1:58.73.

Penny Oleksiak led through the first 100 meters of the final heat, but was overpowered by Ariarne Titmus at 150 meters. Titmus got to the wall first in 1:56.34, the 3rd-fastest of the morning, holding off World Record holder Federica Pellegrini (1:56.81) and Oleksiak (1:57.25).

Top 16 – Semifinals Qualifiers

  1. Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden, 1:55.14
  2. Siobhan Haughey, Hong Kong, 1:56.02
  3. Ariarne Titmus, Australia, 1:56.34
  4. Yang Junxuan, China, 1:56.43
  5. Federica Pellegrini, Italy, 1:56.81
  6. Penny Oleksiak, Canada, 1:57.25
  7. Barbora Seemanova, Czech Republic, 1:57.32
  8. Li Bingjie, China, 1:57.59
  9. Freya Anderson, Great Britain, 1:57.68
  10. Veronika Andrusenko, Russia, 1:57.77
  11. Valeriia Salamatina, Russia, 1:57.98
  12. Rio Shirai, Japan, 1:58.10
  13. Charlotte Bonnet, France, 1:58.21
  14. Allison Schmitt, United States, 1:58.73
  15. Valentine Dumont, Belgium, 1:59.11
  16. Chihiro Igarahis, Japan, 1:59.18

Men’s 200 Butterfly – PRELIMS

  • World Record: Michael Phelps (United States), 2009, 1:51.51
  • World Junior Record: Kristof Milak (Hungary), 2017, 1:53.89
  • World Championships Record: Michael Phelps (United States), 2009, 1:51.51
  • 2017 Defending World Champion: Chad le Clos (South Africa), 1:53.33

Chad le Clos led through the first 100 meters in 54.04, though by 150 Italy Federico Burdisso had come within .13 of le Clos. Burdisso looked as though he was going to catch le Clos, but the South African took one of his signature glances over to the lane next to him and surged to the wall, touching first in 1:56.17. Australian Matthew Temple managed to pass Burdisso in the final meters, touching 2nd in the heat in 1:56.54 to Burdisso’s 1:56.64.

Luiz Altamir Melo led through the first 150 meters of the second-to-last heat of the 200 fly, though USA’s Zach Harting and Bulgaria’s Antani Ivanov pulled through to touch the wall ahead of the Brazilian in 1:56.35 and 1:56.42. Tamas Kenderesi, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, touched 3rd in 1:56.82, knocking Altamir Melo down to 4th in 1:57.08.

Kristof Milak led at 50 meters, though Daiya Seto of Japan kept the race close. Milak turned at 100 in 54.35, though Seto stayed right on his shoulder. Seto passed Milak on every underwater, as would be expected of the short course World Record holder, though Milak’s easy speed down the stretch won out, finishing in 1:54.19 to Seto’s 1:54.56. 2018 Youth Olympic Games bronze medalist Denys Kesil of Ukraine hit the wall 3rd in 1:55.82, easily coasting into the semifinals.

Top 16 – Semifinals Qualifiers

  1. Kristof Milak, Hungary, 1:54.19
  2. Daiya Seto, Japan, 1:54.56
  3. Denys Kesil, Ukraine, 1:55.82
  4. Leonardo de Deus, Brazil, 1:56.05
  5. Chad le Clos, South Africa, 1:56.17
  6. Antani Ivanov, Bulgaria, 1:56.35
  7. Louis Croenen, Belgium, 1:56.35
  8. Zach Harting, United States, 1:56.42
  9. Matthew Temple, Australia, 1:56.54
  10. Federico Burdisso, Italy, 1:56.64
  11. Tamas Kenderesi, Hungary, 1:56.82
  12. David Morgan, Australia, 1:56.90
  13. Luiz Altamir Melo, Brazil, 1:57.08
  14. Brendan Hyland, Ireland, 1:57.09
  15. Mack Darragh, Canada, 1:57.13
  16. Maksym Shemberev, Azerbaijan, 1:57.14

Men’s 800 Freestyle – PRELIMS

  • World Record: Zhang Lin (China), 2009, 7:32.12
  • World Junior Record: Mack Horton (Australia), 2014, 7:45.67
  • World Championships Record: Zhang Lin (China), 2009, 7:32.12
  • 2017 Defending World Champion: Gabriele Detti (Italy), 7:40.77

Gregorio Paltrinieri and Sun Yang dominated heat 3 of the men’s 800 freestyle, showing starkly different race strategies. Paltrinieri, the 2016 Olympic champion in the 1500, took it out fast, though Yang, with a large, loping stroke, held 2nd for most of the race, but was overtaken in the final 100 meters by France’s David Aubrey and Italy’s Gabriele Detti, who touched 2nd and 3rd in 7:46.37 and 7:46.46, respectively. Sun, on the other hand, was pushed to 4th in the heat in 7:48.12 with one more heat of 10 swimmers remaining.

Mykhailo Romanchuk of Ukraine led through the first 700 meters of the final heat of the men’s 800, but by 750 was overtaken by Australia’s Jack McLoughlin. Ultimately, McLoughlin touched first in 7:46.42, just ahead of Norway’s Henrik Christiansen, who hit the wall in 7:46.53. Romanchuk may have been out-done in the last 50, but wasn’t too far behind, touching in 7:47.01, just ahead of countryman Sergii Frolov who took 4th in the heat in 7:47.25, good for 7th overall. Denmark’s Anton Ipsen finished 5th in the heat in 7:48.74, over half-a-second slower than Sun, who finished 4th in heat 3, knocking Ipsen down to 9th overall and out of the finals.

Top 8 – Finals Qualifiers

  1. Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy, 7:45.70
  2. David Aubrey, France, 7:46.37
  3. Jack McLoughlin, Australia, 7:46.42
  4. Gabriele Detti, Italy, 7:46.46
  5. Henrik Christiansen, Norway, 7:46.53
  6. Mykhailo Romanchuk, Ukraine, 7:47.01
  7. Sergii Frolov, Ukraine, 7:47.25
  8. Sun Yang, China, 7:48.12

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200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
2 years ago

My pick to win every event today is Clyde Lewis.
kthx.

13 % Chinese person
Reply to  200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
2 years ago

Until 3 weeks ago I had a dog called Clyde & there are not many Cldes left ,

Sadly but for the best , he was given the ultimate adrenaline buzz at 14 & is no more . The vet sent me a gold paint dipped paw print & some flowers. Gold for Clyde !

13 % Chinese person
Reply to  13 % Chinese person
2 years ago

Thanks . He & Clyde look similar . My Clyde was an athletic whippet & Clyde Lewis is whippet athletic .

Murphy is my dad
2 years ago

Is here a link for the guys/girls backstroke semis?

Murphy is my dad
Reply to  Murphy is my dad
2 years ago

And the 2frees?

CT Swim Fan
Reply to  Murphy is my dad
2 years ago

They would be in the live results. They were held last night. The link is above.

Philip Johnson
2 years ago

Ledecky is out of the 200 🙁

Lane 8
Reply to  Philip Johnson
2 years ago

If you picked her on Swimswam Pulse, you now know you should’ve picked Titmus instead.

Slimmer Jim
Reply to  Lane 8
2 years ago

I picked Titmus

Zanna
2 years ago

If Ledecky is out of the 1500 and 800 too, can’t begin to imagine how US medal tally will look like. This meet has been full of drama. Really hope she is ok.

Lane 8
Reply to  Zanna
2 years ago

USA swimming had high hopes for Ledecky but she got sick so she might not do as well. Hope she gets well soon.

Oceanian
Reply to  Zanna
2 years ago

I doubt she will be withdrawing from the 1500

Anon
Reply to  Oceanian
2 years ago

If she’s too sick to swim a 200m heat and SF, how can she swim the 1500m final?

Tm71
Reply to  Anon
2 years ago

Anon it isn’t just skipping the morning heat she would also have the 200 free semi just an hour after the 1500 final and that would be impossible to do if not 100%

Ben
Reply to  Oceanian
2 years ago

She did.

Swimmer
2 years ago

Very disappointed with Ledecky. Soft move.

Heyitsme
Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

Bro what if she has the flu or something major. CHill

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

You really think she would withdraw because she was trying to duck the competition?

Oceanian
Reply to  Philip Johnson
2 years ago

Withdrawing from her least-likely chance of medal success (200 free ofc) to conserve herself for her favoured 800/1500 events would make sense even if the release hadn’t said anything about illness.

Zanna
Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

She may have started to come down with something when she swam the 400 free and became worst.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Zanna
2 years ago

So that’s why she didn’t shake TItmus’ hand. Sparing her the contagion.

SeanSwim
Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

It must be relatively serious because Katie is far from a quitter and would never willingly withdraw from a race, so you can take your negativity and nasty comment elsewhere. Are you just trying to get a reaction out of someone or what…

Sqimgod
Reply to  SeanSwim
2 years ago

I would hope it’s something serious. Ryan lochte swam at Beijing with a stomach virus and at 2016 ot with a groin injury

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Sqimgod
2 years ago

Yeah, let’s hope it’s something serious. wut

Tim
Reply to  Sqimgod
2 years ago

Yeah but he’s a bro

Swimmer
Reply to  SeanSwim
2 years ago

@Seanswim Do you personally know her? How do you know what she is like? She never faced anything like that in her swimming career. She might be ill and that is obviously ok. I am sure that losing the 400 and realizing that she won’t be able to win the 200 impacted her decision.
If she skips the 1500 final then it’s a different story, but not racing because you don’t have a chance to win is soft.

m d e
Reply to  SeanSwim
2 years ago

She wasn’t far from a quitter in that 400.

Not unique by any stretch, all of us who competed have done it at some point, but when Titmus passed her she completely backed off.

Ben
Reply to  SeanSwim
2 years ago

When I hear the words “serious”, I think of something that’s either life threatening or something that can stay with you for months. Yeah, let’s not hope it’s that kind of serious.

Swimmer
Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

She scratched the 1500. It’s a whole different story now. Hope she comes back to win the 800

SeanSwim
2 years ago

Whether you are a fan of Sjostrom or not – She is so kind-hearted and a class act, I applaud her for organizing this. Here is video footage.
https://www.nbcsports.com/video/2019-world-swimming-championships-womens-100m-fly-tribute-rikako-ikee

Philip Johnson
Reply to  SeanSwim
2 years ago

Who would not be a fan of her?

SeanSwim
Reply to  Philip Johnson
2 years ago

Some people just aren’t fans of people that aren’t from their country, it’s very evident in some of the comments. I’m certainly a fan and I’m not Swedish.

commonwombat
Reply to  SeanSwim
2 years ago

Class is not exclusive to any one country/race/religion as borne out by the actions of SS, McKeon & Macneil. There are/have been American swimmers that I have held in the highest regard both for their performances but also the way they conduct themselves just as there have been some who’s manner/conduct has “rubbed me up the wrong way”. Likewise with AUS swimmers, there are/have been some that are/were ‘class acts” just as there have been those who’ve been fine swimmers but complete & utter “pains”. As for SS, she has shown that she can win AND lose with grace.

Swimfan
2 years ago

Can they enter Katie McLaughlin In the 200 this late or no?

SeanSwim
Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

I think it’s too late 🙁
Really hope they can.

200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

She’s also named Katie.
Maybe she can wear Ledecky’s cap. (?)
Check the rulebook, plz.

Swimfan
Reply to  200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
2 years ago

At the 2008 olympics Rebecca soni picked up the 100 breast because she was already on the team after jessica hardy had to drop because of a dirty drug test. Tara Kirk was originally 3rd at the trials but was not given the spot because it was to late and so I ended up taking silver behind jones

Swimfan
Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

Soni ended up^

Superfan
Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

But certainly not the same day! Once entries are in, then it is a done deal. Unless your mom is working the ready room! 😂

The Ready Room
Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

You sure it wasn’t you that took silver??

Swimfan
Reply to  The Ready Room
2 years ago

Lol i wish, but dam auto correct on my tabelt🤷‍♂️

Swimmer
2 years ago

Watching the men’s 200 free semis is soooo painful.

Superfan
Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

Especially Seliskar’s last 30 meters

Quack
Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

Is there a reply of it somewhere?

QUACK
Reply to  Quack
2 years ago

Argg i mean replay

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