2019 World Championships: Pancake Hot Take – Day 5 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. 

Day 5 Finals: there some monster swims, and there were some not so monster swims. But the facts are that 2 teams broke 1 world record, 1 guy tied another world record, and 1 guy almost broke ANOTHER world record. For that, I’ve got to give Day 5 finals…


  • Race of the Day: The women’s 4×200 free relay. Australia and USA went at it again for the 2nd time in 2 days, and the Aussies came out on top again. But USA hung tough, and it was a tight race throughout the whole 800 meters, with both teams sneaking under the 2009 world record. Any time a suited WR goes down, it’s a good day in my book.
  • Surprise of the Day: Matthew Wilson tying the 200 breast world record in 2:06.67. Who even is Matthew Wilson?! He only swam the 50 breast at world champs 2 years ago (at age 18), but since then has risen in the longer distance. The final tomorrow should be a barn burner.
  • Syrup on Top: Caeleb Dressel becoming the 3rd man ever (and 1st American) to crack 47 seconds in the 100 free, besting Kyle Chalmers by a slim .12 and defending his world title from 2017. He can’t win 9, but he’s still on track for a potential 8 golds in Gwangju.

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

See Pancake Hot Take – Day 4 Finals Here

See Pancake Hot Take – Day 3 Finals Here

See Pancake Hot Take – Day 2 Finals Here

See Pancake Hot Take – Day 1 Finals Here

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Lane 8
1 year ago

Wow. Great day of racing. But I think the Women’s 2Fly was a huge surprise. Flickinger was the top seed by quite a bit but Kapas won it. I was really surprised.

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Lane 8
1 year ago

You must have never watched Flickinger races. She always went progressively slower from prelims to final. That’s just what she does.

Reply to  Texas Tap Water
1 year ago

We should call it the Flickinger effect..

1 year ago

You’re more than a little ‘off beam” regarding Matt Wilson. He DID swim the 200BRS at the previous World Championships and made the final. He came into this meet with a 2.07.16 earlier this year so that alone should’ve had him on the radar as at least being a medal chance

Reply to  commonwombat
1 year ago

It’s the classic case of my American then who cares who he is .. or maybe it’s Basil from Channel seven talking.. a bit of swimming fan research would have helped his cause instead of shouting off ignorance

Reply to  commonwombat
1 year ago

Yes . He’s been coming up through the ranks . Obviously not noticed by some . But we noticed in Aus .

Tony R
1 year ago

If Day 5 was 5 pancakes, what will day 6 be? Might have to go up to 7 pancakes!

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