2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships: Day 7 Preview


Day 7 of the FINA World Championships will blast through preliminaries of three 50s, followed by the mixed 4×100 free relays and men’s 1500 free prelims. Here’s the full schedule for this morning in Gwangju.

Day 7 Prelims Events:

  • Women’s 50 Free- Preliminaries
  • Men’s 50 Back- Preliminaries
  • Women’s 50 Breast- Preliminaries
  • Mixed 4×100 Free Relay- Preliminaries
  • Men’s 1500 Free- Preliminaries

One of the major storylines to keep an eye on are the coming details of an incident that may have injured athletes from this meet. Early in the morning on Saturday there was a collapse of a ceiling at a night club close to the athletes’ village in Gwangju. There were athletes present at the bar at the time, and some were injured. This is a developing story.

Day 7 Morning Session Top Storylines to Follow:

  • Simone Manuel is coming hot off defending her 100 free world title and setting a new American record. She will be swimming the 50 free this morning alongside some big-time sprinters. Top seed Sarah Sjostrom has yet to win an individual title after earning one silver and two bronze medals. Defending Olympic champ Pernille Blume and 100 free runner-up Cate Campbell will also be featured in the event.
  • The men’s 50 back will feature a mixed bag of talent, including 2-time 100 back champ Xu Jiayu and 2-time 200 back champ Evgeny Rylov. World record holder Kliment Kolesnikov will be in the event, yet expressed concerns after finishing 9th in the 100 back semifinals.
  • Aftering receiving a DQ in the 200 breast prelims, Lilly King will seek redemption in the 50 breast, where she is the defending world champion and current world record holder.
  • Aiming for his 3rd-consecutive 1500 free world title is Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri, who could have the 2nd-most 1500 free world titles behind Grant Hackett’s four titles. Mykhailo Romanchuk of Ukraine will contend to earn another silver medal in the event along with 10k world champ Florian Wellbrock.
  • After the addition of the mixed free relay since 2015, the USA, Netherlands, and Canada have repeated the same top 3 finishing order. Yet, with the Campbell sisters a major relay asset for Australia, the duo could power the relay to medal contention.

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Chaitha D.

Michael Andrew wins the 50 back. Don’t @ me


Murphy seemed in better form in the 200 Back vs. his 100 Back and had GREAT speed in his 100 Back (25.0). He’s also got a great shot, and so does Rylov-His speed has improved greatly


Rylov ? he was slow this morning


Isn’t really that bold. Andrew has been 24.3 in the 50 back. Kolesnikov has been struggling through injury, Rylov’s been inconsistent outside of the 200, Murphy’s obviously not in shape. Only real challenge I see beside the randomness of 50s in general is Glinta.


Yes MA is currently ranked no. 1 in World.

Philip Johnson



As much as I want this too happen, I just dont think he is able to drop more than half a second. Peaty’s case was possible bc it was only .1 seconds. I definently hope im wrong about project 48 not happening😁.

Philip Johnson

Yeah, I don’t think it’s possible either, but we can dream right?


20.8 is more likely


Dressel has won as many individual medals as the rest of the men’s contingent of team USA.


So who would you go with as the second male in the mixed free relay finals? Adrian, Pieroni and ZApple have all looked great so far (though admittedly Adrian has only swum once).

Philip Johnson



Pieroni or Adrian, Adrian always pulls through but Pieroni was clutch with a 1:44.9 last night. NOT Apple. I know has was 46.8 but…
Apple looked tired yesterday, was much worse in the final than in prelims. He’s is starting to feel fatigued from two long meets of racing. I also think Weitzeil should get the spot over Comerford, 52.6 relay split vs 53.1 flat start.

This would be my line-ups
Prelims – Apple – Pieroni – Geer – Comerford
Finals – Dressel – Adrian – Weitzeil – Manuel

This is what I think the coaches will do, unfortunately…
Prelims – Adrian – Pieroni – Geer – Weitzeil
Finals – Dressel – Apple – Comerford – Manuel


Adrian or Perioni. And I agree, Comerford should swim prelims, Weitzeil in Final.


I’m really curious as to what the coaches will do/are thinking. Also curious how seriously Australia is going to take this relay, given in 2017 they did not prioritize it


Adrian might have already left for Lima. Not sure

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