2019 FINA World Championships: Russia Shakes Up Day 6 Medal Table With 3 Golds


Though the United States added only one gold medal on day 6 of the 2019 FINA World Championships, World Records from Caeleb Dressel and Regan Smith made it feel like the USA hit a gold rush. As the finals of the men’s 100 butterfly and women’s 200 backstroke aren’t until day 7, Team USA doesn’t add medals in those races today.

Concerning medals the USA currently has, Simone Manuel took gold in the women’s 100 freestyle in a new American Record time of 52.04, swimming in lane one. Later, Ryan Murphy won silver in the men’s 200 backstroke. To close out the session, the men’s 4 x 200 freestyle relay team of Andrew Seliskar, Blake Pieroni, Zach Apple, and Townley Haas combined to win bronze, just out-touching the Italians by 0.03.

The Australians brought home 1 gold and 2 silver medals on night 6. Cate Campbell won the Aussies’ first medal of the session, a silver, in the women’s 100 freestyle. Later, Matthew Wilson took silver in the men’s 200 breaststroke. Finally, the team of Clyde Lewis, Kyle Chalmers, Alexander Graham, and Mack Horton won the men’s 4 x 200 freestyle relay in 7:00.85, a second ahed of the Russian team.

Russia was the most dominant force in the pool today, bringing home a total of 3 gold medals and 1 silver. Russia won both the men’s and women’s 200 breaststrokes today, with the men’s victory coming in World Record fashion from Anton Chupkov. Yulia Efimova did not break the World Record, but still won the women’s 200 breast by over 2 seconds. Evgeny Rylov defended his 2017 title in the men’s 200 backstroke, once again beating Ryan Murphy for the gold medal. Finally, the Russian men’s 4 x 200 freestyle relay team managed silver, hitting the wall just in front of the American foursome.

Sarah Sjostrom won Sweden’s only medal of the day, a bronze, in the 100 freestyle. Tatjana Schoenmaker won a silver medal for South Africa in the women’s 200 breaststroke, the only one for her country tonight. Sydney Pickrem won bronze for Canada in the women’s 200 breast, as did Ippei Watanabe in the men’s 200 breast for Japan. Luke Greenbank propelled himself to bronze in the men’s 200 backstroke, the only medal for his country tonight, even though the British had been favored for the 4 x 200 freestyle relay coming into the competition, where they ultimately finished 5th.


1 United States 6 6 5 17 1
2 Australia 5 6 3 14 2
3 Russia 3 5 3 11 3
4 China 3 1 2 6 4 (tie)
5 Italy 3 0 2 5 5
6 Hungary 3 0 0 3 7 (tie)
7 Great Britain 2 1 3 6 4 (tie)
8 Canada 2 0 4 6 4 (tie)
9 Japan 1 2 1 4 6 (tie)
10 Brazil 0 2 2 4 6 (tie)
11 Sweden 0 1 2 3 7 (tie)
12 South Africa 0 1 1 2 8
13 (tie) Germany 0 1 0 1 9 (tie)
13 (tie) Norway 0 1 0 1 9 (tie)
13 (tie) Switzerland 0 1 0 1 9 (tie)
14 France 0 0 1 1 9 (tie)
TOTALS 28 28 29 85

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Millie Bobbie
3 years ago

if they scored world champs like a normal meet (like with points for top 8) who would have won?

3 years ago

Swimswam… Can you do a separate Men and Women’s medal tally? Would be interesting to see the top nations on either side of that.

Philip Johnson
3 years ago

Can I be a fan of Sun Yang then?

Reply to  Philip Johnson
3 years ago

Someone else has taken a peek at her IG

3 years ago

I expect Sweden to be the 10th country with a gold medal. Sjostrom is a class apart in the 50 fly.

3 years ago

Looking from an Olympic events only perspective, it currently reads:

AUS 5g 6s 3b Total 14
USA 4g 6s 5b Total 15
RUS 3g 4s 1b Total 8
CHN 3g 1s 2b Total 6
ITA 3g 0s 3b Total 6
HUN 3g 0s 0b Total 3
CAN 2g 0s 4b Total 6
JAP 1g 2s 1b Total 4
GBR 1g 1s 2b Total 4
SWE 0g 1s 2b Total 4
RSA 0g 1s 1b Total 2
GER 0g 1s 0b Total 1
NOR 0g 1s 0b Total 1
SWI 0g 1s 0b Total 1
FRA 0g 0s 1b Total 1

Certainly not the usual US dominance… Read more »

Reply to  commonwombat
3 years ago

They already are ahead of AUS…even with you trying to alter the statistics in their favor, AUS having a great all around meet, and USA having a subpar all around meet, USA still has the most medals.

Reply to  Packoastie
3 years ago

Not sure how he is trying to alter the statistics, he is just picking the Olympic events. The US are by far the best performing swimming nation in the world (there is no-one close), Australia at it’s best is competing with a a number of nations for 2nd, 3rd or 4th.
I’m enjoying the performance of Dressel & Regan Smith as much as I’m enjoying the relay wins for Australia, not too mention the performances of Milak & Peaty, taking the Aus v US out of it.
If Australia can repeat this performance in the Olympics & win 6 golds & 15 medals, I’d be ecstatic. For the US anything under 10 golds, they are under performing.

Reply to  commonwombat
3 years ago

Kazan 2015: USA 7 gold in Olympic events. Rio 2016: USA 16 gold in Olympic events. In general: 26 individual events: only 8 Kazan 2015 winners have confirmed themselves in Rio 2016 (3 Ledecky, 2 Hosszu, Sjostrom, Peaty, Paltrinieri); 18 winners have changed.

Reply to  commonwombat
3 years ago

If it was the Olympics, the Aussies would be underperforming….9

3 years ago

I do not consider the victory of Efimova

13 % Chinese person
Reply to  Paolo
3 years ago

Save your 80 IQ points the stress. The event has finished & Yuliya won by 2 secs .

Texas Tap Water
3 years ago

Yuliya is beautiful.

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3 years ago


Reply to  Texas Tap Water
3 years ago

That is no doubt.

Reply to  Texas Tap Water
3 years ago

Her Instagram page is 🔥

Reply to  Boknows34
3 years ago

lol – this is the second mention of her instagram frivolities ….lol

Reply to  Texas Tap Water
3 years ago

@TexasTapWater. Are you jealous Madisyn dumped you for Dean Farris?

The michael phelps caterpillar
3 years ago

USA is proving the most dominant and oldest country on the Earth! God Bless the United States of America!

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  The michael phelps caterpillar
3 years ago

It’s definitely not the oldest…

ken mastersen
Reply to  The michael phelps caterpillar
3 years ago

Dominant ? I wish. This competition is hardly the USA’s brightest moment. In fact, its been a major disappoint for them.

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Reid Carlson

Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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