2021 Short Course World Championships: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


Night two of the Short Course World Championships kicks off in Abu Dhabi at 6 PM local time (9 AM EST) with a slew of finals on tap for the evening. Two relay finals will be contested with the women’s 4×50 medley and the mixed 4×50 free relay on tap. The individual finals will in the men’s 100 back, women’s 200 fly, men’s 100 breast, women’s 50 breast, men’s 200 free and women’s 100 back. There were also be semi-finals in the women’s 100 free and men’s 100 fly.

Former World Record holder Kliment Kolesnikov will look to take back his record in the men’s 100 back final, while the men’s 100 breast final should be a showdown between World Record holder Ilya Shymanovich, Nic Fink and Arno Kamminga. 50 back World Record holder Kira Toussaint of the Netherlands will look to hold off a field of challengers in the women’s 100 back final, including American Katherine Berkoff who has a massive 50 back split in this morning’s relay prelims. In the semi-final races, Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey will put on an encore performance in the women’s 100 free after breaking the 200 free World Record in last night’s final.

Women’s 4×50 Medley Relay Final

  • World Record: 1:42.38 – United States – 12 DEC 2018
  • Championship Record: 1:42.38 – United States – 12 DEC 2018

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Sweden: 1:42.38 (CR, WR)
  2. USA: 1:43.61
  3. Netherlands: 1:44.03
  4. Canada: 1:44.16
  5. China: 1:44.43
  6. Russia: 1:44.51
  7. Italy: 1:45.20
  8. Belarus: 1:46.39

The Swedish women started off the finals session with a bang, tying the World Record and Meet Record set by the United States in 2018. They got off to a quick start with Louise Hansson breaking the Swedish 50 back record in 25.91, and was followed by her sister Sophie who posted a 29.07 breast split. World Record holder Sarah Sjostrom posted the field’s fastest fly split in 23.96 and Michelle Coleman anchored in 23.44 to touch the wall in 1:42.38.

The USA finished in second in 1:43.61, which included a curious relay decision by the US coaching staff. Rhyan White was subbed in for Katherine Berkoff, despite Berkoff splitting 25.88 in the prelims. White ended up splitting 26.33 tonight to have the Americans playing catchup from the start, while Berkoff’s 25.88 would have been the fastest backstroke split in the field tonight. Despite the difference, it would not have been enough to catch the Swedes.

The Netherlands finished third in 1:44.03.

Men’s 100 Back Final

  • World Record: 48.33 – STEWART Coleman (USA) 29 AUG 2021
  • Championship Record: 48.95 – DONETS Stanislav (RSF) 19 DEC 2010
  • World Junior Record: 48.90 – KOLESNIKOV Kliment (RSF) 22 DEC 2017

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Shaine Casas (USA): 49.23
  2. Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS): 49.46
  3. Robert Glinta (ROU): 49.60
  4. Pavel Samusenko (RUS): 49.65
  5. (TIE) Kacper Stokowski (POL)/Guilherme Guido (BRA): 49.80
  6. : —-
  7. Apostolos Christou (GRE): 49.91
  8. Lorenzo Mora (ITA): 49.93

The United States’ Shaine Casas pulled off the upset win in the men’s 100 back, touching first in 49.23 two tenths ahead of Russian star Kliment Kolesnikov. Casas was out the fastest in the field, flipping in 23.29 to Kolesnikov’s 23.53 and was able to hold on for the gold.

Kolesnikov settles for the silver, well off of his lifetime best and former World Record of 45.58. Romania’s Robert Glinta touched in third for the bronze in 49.60, just barely outtouching Russia’s Pavel Samusenko’s 49.65. Samusenko charged hard with the field’s fastest back half of 25.82 but ran out of space to run down the leaders.

Women’s 200 Fly Final

  • World Record: 1:59.61 – BELMONTE Mireia (ESP) 3 DEC 2014
  • Championship Record: 1:59.61 – BELMONTE GARCIA Mireia (ESP) 3 DEC 2014
  • World Junior Record: 2:02.96 – HASEGAWA Suzuka (JPN) 14 JAN 2017

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Yufei Zhang (CHN): 2:03.01
  2. Charlotte Hook (USA): 2:04.35
  3. Lana Pudar (BIH): 2:04.88
  4. Svetlana Chimrova (RUS): 2:05.65
  5. Anastasiia Markova (RUS): 2:06.29
  6. (TIE) Zsuzsanna Jakabos (HUN)/Illaria Cusinato (ITA): 2:06.82
  7. —-
  8. Maria Ugolkova (SUI): 2:07.01

China’s Yufei Zhang took the world title in the women’s 100 fly, touching first in 2:03.01. Zhang was out very fast in 58.62, touching almost a full second clear of the field at the halfway point. She then posted the field’s fastest 3rd 50 of 31.75 and while she faded slightly on the final 50 her lead proved to be insurmountable.

The United States’ Charlotte Hook charged hard on the second half, moving from 8th at the 50 and 6th at the 100 to grab the silver medal in 2:04.35. The Stanford commit and high school senior was the only swimmer in the field to split 31 seconds on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Lana Pudar took home the bronze in 2:04.88, breaking her own national record by a full second. The bronze also signifies history for the small European nation as Pudar becomes the country’s first-ever World Championship medalist.

Men’s 100 Breast Final

  • World Record: 55.28 – SHYMANOVICH Ilya (BLR) 26 NOV 2021
  • Championship Record: 56.01 – van der BURGH Cameron (RSA) 12 DEC 2018
  • World Junior Record: 57.27 – MARTINENGHI Nicolo (ITA) 16 DEC 2017 / 11 DEC 2018

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Ilya Symanovich (BLR): 55.70 (CR)
  2. Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA): 55.80
  3. Nic Fink (USA): 55.87
  4. Arno Kamminga (NED): 56.06
  5. Fabian Schwingenschlogl (GER): 56.29
  6. Qin Haiyang (CHN): 56.77
  7. Yan Zibei (CHN): 56.86
  8. Berkay Ogretir (TUR): 57.17

Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich, who set the World Record earlier this year, broke the SC Worlds meet record en route to the gold medal in 55.70. He came out on fire in the first 50, turning at 25.79 almost three tenths clear of the field. He began to fade down the stretch but ended up holding on for the win.

Touching just a tenth behind him was Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi, who finished second in 55.80. The USA’s Nic Fink came in third for the bronze in55.87 after posting the field’s fastest 2nd 50 of 29.66. Both Martinenghi and Fink were also under the former meet record of 56.01.

Women’s 50 Breast Final

  • World Record: 28.56 – ATKINSON Alia (JAM) 6 OCT 2018
  • Championship Record: 28.81 – MEILUTYTE Ruta (LTU) 3 DEC 2014
  • World Junior Record: 28.81 – PILATO Benedetta (ITA) 21 NOV 2020

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Anastiasia Gorbenko (ISR): 29.34
  2. Benedetta Pilato (ITA): 29.50
  3. Sophie Hansson (SWE): 29.55
  4. Mona McSharry (IRE): 29.59
  5. Nika Godun (RUS): 29.59
  6. Ida Hulkko (FIN): 29.88
  7. Fanny Lecluyse (BEL): 29.95
  8. Veera Kivirinta (FIN): 30.07

Israel’s Anastasia Gorbenko took home the gold in the women’s 50 breast, touching the wall first in 29.34. The win also marks history for the country as Gorbenko becomes the first ever swimming world champion for Israel.

Touching in second in 29.50 for the silver was Benedetta Pilato of Italy, who came in just ahead of Sweden’s Sophie Hansson, who took the bronze in 29.55. Hansson trains in the United States at NC State and just outtouched another US-based swimmer, Tennessee’s Mona McSharry, who took fourth in 29.59.

The complexion of this final changed significantly after yesterday’s semis when top seed and World Record holder Alia Atkinson was DQ’d in the semis. Her disqualification continued a theme of huge amounts of breaststroke DQ’s thanks to underwater cameras at these championships.

Men’s 200 Free Final

  • World Record: 1:39.37 – BIEDERMANN Paul (GER) 15 NOV 2009
  • Championship Record: 1:40.95 – RAPSYS Danas (LTU) 14 DEC 2018
  • World Junior Record: 1:40.65 – SATES Matthew (RSA) 3 OCT 2021

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Sunwoo Hwang (KOR): 1:41.60
  2. Aleksandr Schegolev (RUS): 1:41.63
  3. Danas Rapsys (LTU): 1:41.73
  4. Duncan Scott (GBR): 1:42.27
  5. Kieran Smith (USA): 1:42.29
  6. Antonio Djakovic (SUI): 1:42.47
  7. Fernando Scheffer (BRA): 1:42.69
  8. Matteo Ciampi (ITA): 1:42.76

South Korea’s Sunwoo Hwang posted a thrilling come from behind victory in the men’s 200 free, touching the wall in 1:41.60 to take the gold. Hwang had the field’s fastest final 50 of 25.76 to outtouch Russia’s Aleksandr Schegolev by just .03.

Schegolev held a half second lead at the 150 wall but faded down the stretch and will settle for silver in 1:41.63. Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys also charged hard on the final 50, splitting 25.78 to nearly catch Schegolev as well with a 1:41.73.

Women’s 100 Free Semi-Final

  • World Record: 50.25 – CAMPBELL Cate (AUS) 26 OCT 2017
  • Championship Record: 51.14 – KROMOWIDJOJO Ranomi (NED) 13 DEC 2018
  • World Junior Record: 51.45 – SANCHEZ Kayla (CAN) 14 DEC 2018

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE): 51.53
  2. Siobhan Haughey (HKG): 51.82
  3. (TIE) Kasia Wasick (POL)/Kayla Sanchez (CAN): 52.28
  4. —-
  5. (TIE) Abbey Weitzeil (USA)/Marrit Steenbergen (NED) 52.29
  6. —-
  7. Torri Huske (USA): 52.48
  8. Marie Wattel (FRA): 52.59

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom used the field’s fastest back half to take the top qualifying spot into tomorrow’s final in 51.53. Fresh off of breaking the 200 free World Record last night, Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey qualified second in 51.82, joining Sjostrom as the only two swimmers under 52 seconds.

The battle for the third spot on the podium is setting up to be very tight, as Kasia Wasick and Kayla Sanchez tied for third in 52.28, while Abbey Weitzeil and Marrit Steenbergen tied for fifth just .01 back in 52.29.

Men’s 100 Fly Semi-Final

  • World Record: 47.78 – DRESSEL Caeleb (USA) 21 NOV 2020
  • Championship Record: 48.08 – le CLOS Chad (RSA) 8 DEC 2016
  • World Junior Record: 49.53 – LI Zhuhao (CHN) 19 NOV 2017

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Matteo Rivolta (ITA): 49.07
  2. Chad le Clos (RSA): 49.56
  3. Youssef Ramadan (EGY): 49.60
  4. Noe Ponti (SUI): 49.62
  5. Jakub Majerski (POL): 49.65
  6. Simon Bucher (AUT): 49.70
  7. Tom Shields (USA): 49.76
  8. Andrei Minakov (RUS): 49.79

Italy’s Matteo Rivolta put up a dominating performance in the semis, taking the top seed for tomorrow’s final in 49.07. He turned at 22.46 at the 50, almost 4 tenths faster than any other swimmer in the field and closed in a strong 26.61 to firmly put himself atop the results heading into tomorrow.

The battle behind Rivolta is extremely tight, witht he 2nd through 8th qualifiers all within .23 seconds. Leading that pack is South Africa Chad le Clos, who qualified second in 49.56. Egypt’s Youssef Ramadan, who trains in the USA with Virginia Tech, qualified third in 49.60. Another NCAA swimmer, Russia’s Andrei Minakov who is a freshman at Stanford, qualified 8th in 49.79.

Women’s 100 Back Final

  • World Record: 54.89 – ATHERTON Minna (AUS) 27 OCT 2019
  • Championship Record: 55.03 – HOSSZU Katinka (HUN Doha) 4 DEC 2014
  • World Junior Record: 55.99 – NIELSEN Mie Oe (DEN) 13 DEC 2013

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Louise Hansson (SWE): 55.20
  2. Kylie Masse (CAN): 55.22
  3. Katharine Berkoff (USA): 55.40
  4. Kira Toussaint (NED): 55.53
  5. Rhyan White (USA): 55.87
  6. Maaike de Waard (NED): 56.11
  7. Simona Kubova (CZE): 56.58
  8. Anastasiya Shkurdai (BLR): 56.99

Sweden’s Louise Hansson blasted a new Swedish record to take gold in the 100 back in 55.20. She was out fast, flipping at 26.45, a quarter of a second ahead of the field. Canada’s Kyle Masse closed hard in the second 50, though was just behind at the touch. Masse will settle for the silver in 55.22.

The USA’s Katharine Berkoff touched in third for the bronze in 55.40. The Montana native who trains at NC State just outtouched The Netherlands’ Kira Toussaint, who just misses the podium with a 55.53.

Mixed 4×50 Free Relay Final

  • World Record: 1:27.89 – United States – 12 DEC 2018
  • Championship Record: 1:27.89 – United States – 12 DEC 2018

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Canada: 1:28.55
  2. Netherlands: 1:28.61
  3. Russia: 1:28.97
  4. USA: 1:29.04
  5. Italy: 1:30.02
  6. France: 1:30.06
  7. Hong Kong: 1:30.43
  8. Switzerland: 1:31.96

The Canadians pulled off the victory in the mixed 4×50 free relay, thanks in large part to 19-year-old Josh Liendo’s 20.94 opening split. While leadoff splits do not officially count for records, that swim is four tenths faster than Brent Hayden’s current Canadian Record of 21.34. He was followed by Yuri Kisil who split 20.99, Kayla Sanchez (23.51) and Maggie MacNeil (23.11).

Taking the silver was The Netherlands, led by a pair of blistering splits in the middle of their relay. Thom de Boer put up a 20.35 2nd leg and veteran Ranomi Kromowidjojo split 22.97 on the third leg for the Dutch.

The Russians took the bronze with Vlad Morozov (21.17), Andrei Minakov (20.95), Mariia Kameneva (23.17) and Arina Surkova (23.68).

The Americans finished fourth of the podium despite Ryan Held’s 20.86 leadoff, the fastest in the field.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
29 days ago

A livestream link?

Reply to  Dylan
29 days ago


Reply to  Dylan
29 days ago
Reply to  Dylan
29 days ago

dylly bop

29 days ago

Here we go
Lets go Canada!

29 days ago

Am i the only one who is super satisfied when a final closes on under a specific threshold while 9th place is above it? Like under 3.40 in the 400 yesterday or under 1.43 in the 200 free?

Last edited 29 days ago by Swimmer
Braden Keith(@braden)
Reply to  Swimmer
29 days ago

You are not.

29 days ago

Berkoff got snubbed being left off the relay!

Reply to  Wow
29 days ago

Not really a snub, White was faster in the 100 back semifinals last night, so they put Berkoff in the prelims, White in the final; Had the semifinal result been reversed, the relay swims likely would have been reversed too. Not using Huske for the fly leg and using Curzan twice seemed a stranger choice to me.

Reply to  Wahooswimfan
29 days ago

Berkoff still had the faster time yesterday though – 55.9

Reply to  Wahooswimfan
29 days ago

That’s still a bizarre decision

Bing bong
Reply to  Wahooswimfan
29 days ago

You would say that wahooswimfan

29 days ago

US’s relay making process is always questionable. Happy that Curzan is still on the relay, her morning split was great.

29 days ago

A world record to start Day 2!

29 days ago

How do you take off a 25.8 backstroke leg? Would’ve led the field instead of being in like 5th/6th
Wouldn’t have changed the outcome but still perplexing.

Last edited 29 days ago by Wow
Reply to  Wow
29 days ago

Once again USA swimming showing off their relay selection finesse

Reply to  CanSwim13
29 days ago

The US coaches had to know Sweden was swapping in both Hanssons, Coleman and Double S. Where is the relay only coach?

Reply to  CanSwim13
29 days ago

The US beat their prelim time, so clearly they knew what they were doing. Sweden was stacked and nobody was going to beat that amazing quartet. A silver medal on the world stage is an incredible accomplishment.

Reply to  RMS
29 days ago

Sweden was stacked sure but it’s not like it was impossible to have beaten them. The lineup choice may not have changed the outcome in the end but the coaches had to have known that Berkoff would be going faster than White

Reply to  jeff
29 days ago

I mean Sweden equaled the world record…. Unless you think the US could’ve broken it (with Jacoby on breast and no Dahlia on fly? I doubt it), Sweden win!!!

Reply to  Wow
29 days ago

No doubt in my mind that the mixed medley should be Berkoff, Fink, Shields, Weitzel. That should break the world record.

Reply to  Snarky
29 days ago

Casas, Fink, Huske, Weitzel

Reply to  ZanBai
29 days ago

Are you on the US coaching staff? Lol. Look at the world rankings and do the add up. It’s obvious.

Last edited 29 days ago by Snarky
Reply to  Wow
29 days ago

Could have. When your in the race you’re racing. When your in the chase you’re chasing.

Gen D
29 days ago

that relay was so much fun!

EDIT: SS with the 23.9 fly split, geeez

Last edited 29 days ago by Gen D