2019 World Championships: Pancake Hot Take – Day 2 Finals


We are now in the thick of the 2019 World Championships, and to make sure you’re up to speed with all the action, we’re giving you a video recap of what we think of the racing. This is Pancake Hot Take, where we rate the overall racing of every Finals Session on a scale of 1-5 pancakes, and give you our highlights from each night. 

While Day 2 saw 2 championship records go down, I’m basing ratings solely off of times posted and how they compare to world records. Therefore, I give Day 2 of finals…


  • Race of the Day: Women’s 200 IM, it’s all about redemption. Katinka Hosszu wins 4 in a row after having a rocky summer last year, Yi Shiwen wins her first major medal since 2012, and Sydney Pickrem medals in the 2IM after exiting the pool after the butterfly leg in 2017
  • Surprise of the Day: Maggie Macneil taking down Sarah Sjostrom in the women’s 100 fly, posting a 55.83 to make her the 2nd fastest performer all-time
  • Bummer of the Day: Men’s 200 free. Having only 1 male under 1:45 heading into the final  is tough to see, and doesn’t give me hope that we’re getting closer to that 1:42.00 WR
  • Syrup on Top: Caeleb Dressel posting the 2nd fastest performance ever in the 50 fly (22.35) and making his medal count 2-for-2 golds, meaning he can still potentially win 9 overall at this meet

Stay tuned for Pancake Hot Takes every day after finals. And until then… stay hungry.

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Texas Tap Water
4 years ago

You want to see 1:41.99? Coleman, can I have whatever you’re ingesting.

Reply to  Coleman Hodges
4 years ago

Wow now that’s a roast 😉

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4 years ago


4 years ago

I don’t think you will be disappointed by that 200 free tomorrow. I think we are going to see multiple men under 1:45

4 years ago

I wonder what the chances are they use Dressel in the 800 free relay. Of course that’s the only way he gets to 9.

Reply to  Greg
4 years ago

Depends on how his lineup for the day looks

Reply to  Nswim
4 years ago

I don’t think it matters. He has the 50 free and 100 fly semis during the same session and then the 4×2 is the last event. He wouldn’t be jeopardizing any medal chances.

Reply to  Bob
4 years ago

But what if the coaches want to try him out in the prelims first?

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Reply to  Greg
4 years ago

Anyways, 8 golds breaks the record and is very likely.

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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