2022 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- June 18-25, 2022 (pool swimming)
- Budapest, Hungary
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On the morning session of Day 7 of the FINA World Championships, the prelims of the women’s 50 free, men’s 50 back, women’s 50 breast, men’s 1500 free and the mixed 4×100 free relay will be contested.
We open up with the 50 free, which will be led by top seed and world record holder Sarah Sjostrom. With the withdrawal of names such as second seed Shayna Jack, Sjostrom is the favorite to win but will be challenged by the likes of swimmers such as Kasia Wasick and 100 free bronze medalist Torri Huske. The men’s 50 back will contain a showdown between two world record holders, Hunter Armstrong and Thomas Ceccon. Armstrong broke the 50 back world record in a time of 23.71, whereas Ceccon had just broken the 100 back world record earlier this meet, clocking 51.60 while Armstrong took bronze.
In the women’s 50 breast, we will get our first look at world record holder Benedetta Pilato in her best event. She previously won the women’s 100 breast, but will be even stronger in the shorter distance breaststroke. However, she will have to face athletes such as Lilly King, who recently won 200 breast gold and has gotten better and better as the meet has gone on. The men’s 1500 free will give us a preview of the fight between Florian Wellbrock, Gregorio Paltrinieri, Mykhailo Romanchuk, and of course the 800 free champion Bobby Finke.
Towards the end of the session, the mixed 4×100 freestyle relay will also be contested.
Women’s 50 Freestyle
- World Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 23.67 (2017)
- Championship Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 23.67 (2017)
- 2021 Olympic Champion: Emma McKeon (AUS) – 23.81
- 2019 World Champion: Simone Manuel (USA) – 24.05
- Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 24.40
- Kasia Wasick (POL) – 24.45
- Meg Harris (AUS) – 24.68
- Erika Brown (USA) – 24.71
- Zhang Yufei (CHN) – 24.81
- Anna Hopkin (GBR) – 24.82
- Emma Chelius (RSA) – 24.87
- Torri Huske (USA) – 24.91
- Julie Jensen (DEN)/Valerie van Roon (NED) – 25.04
- Kim Busch (NED) – 25.06
- Kalia Antoniou (CYP) – 25.14
- Kayla Sanchez (CAN) – 25.15
- Petra Senanszky (HUN) – 25.24
- Silvia di Pietro (ITA) – 25.33
- Marie Wattel (FRA) -25.34
The top finisher in each circle seeded heat of the women’s 50 free were the top three seeds overall in this event. World record holder and top seed Sarah Sjostrom had the fastest time overall out of heat 10, although heat 8 winner Kasia Wasick‘s time was just 0.05 seconds slower. Meg Harris won heat 9, clocking a time of 24.68 that stands as the third seed.
Men’s 50 Backstroke
- World Record: Hunter Armstrong (USA) – 23.71
- Championship Record: Liam Tancock (GBR) – 24.04 (2009)
- 2019 World Champion: Zane Waddell (RSA) – 24.43
- Justin Ress (USA)) – 24.24
- Ole Braunschweig (GER) – 24.58
- Thomas Ceccon (ITA) – 24.62
- Hunter Armstrong (USA) 24.63
- Ksawery Masiuk (POL) – 24.64
- Isaac Cooper (AUS) – 24.67
- Robert Glinta (ROM) – 24.79
- Ryosuke Irie (JPN) – 24.85
- Apostolos Christou (GRE) – 26.88
- Mewen Tomac (FRA) – 25.01
- Andrew Jeffcoat (NZL) -25.06
- Michael Laitarovsky (ISR) – 25.08
- Tomasz Polekwa (POL) – 25.10
- Xu Jiayu (CHN) – 25.12
- Guilherme Basseto (BRA) – 25.15
- Yohann Ndoye-Brouard (FRA)/Michele Lamberti (ITA) – 25.16
17-year Polish swimmer Ksawery Masiuk took the first circle-seeded heat in a time of 24.64. This is a new Polish record for him, breaking his own previous mark of 24.68 by 0.04 seconds that was set earlier this year at the Polish Open in May 2022. 2019 World finalists Robert Glință and Apostolos Christou were also in this heat, clocking times of 24.79 and 24.88 respectively.
Justin Ress took the second circle-seeded heat in a time of 24.24, getting out to a strong lead after coming up to the surface and never faltering. He won his heat by a whopping 0.61 seconds, and was just around two-tenths off his entry time of 23.92. His time was the fastest overall time in the heats.
Australian record holder Isaac Cooper led the final heat at the 15-meter mark, but then faded to fourth in a time of 24.67. In the end, it was German Ole Braunschweig who won the heat in 24.58, just out-touching 100 back world record holder Thomas Ceccon and 50 back world record holder Hunter Armstrong, who had times of 24.62 and 24.63 respectively. Braunschweig and Ceccon’s times were both national records.
There was originally a swim-off at the end of the session set between Yohann Ndoye Brouard of France and Michele Lamberti of Italy, who tied for sixteenth in 25.16. However, this ended up not happening due to Ryosuke Irie withdrawing from semifinals.
Women’s 50 Breaststroke
- World Record: Benedetta Pilato (ITA) – 29.30 (2021)
- Championship Record: Lily King (USA) – 29.40 (2017)
- 2019 World Champion: Lily King (USA) – 29.81
- Lara Van Niekerk (RSA) – 29.77
- Benedetta Pilato (ITA) – 29.80
- Eneli Jefimova (EST) – 30.08
- Anna Elendt (GER) – 30.12
- Tang Qianting (CHN) – 30.36
- J. Conceicao (BRA) – 30.53
- Sophie Hansson (SWE) – 30.64
- Veera Kivirinta (FIN) – 30.66
- Fleur Vermeiren (BEL)/Lily King (USA) – 30.70
- Rosey Metz (NED) – 30.71
- Reona Aoki (JPN) – 30.80
- Anastasia Gorbenko (ISR) – 30.82
- Jenna Strauch (AUS) – 30.93
- Annie Lazor (USA) 30.99
- Ruta Meilutyte (LIT) – 31.02
In the first circle-seeded heat, defending champion Lily King took the victory in 30.70. She was challenged by Anastasia Gorbenko for the first portion of the race, and then had to hold out Reona Aoki, who finished in second with a time of 30.80. Gorbenko ended up in third with a time of 30.82, and Annie Lazor took fourth in 30.99.
Commonwealth record holder Lara Van Niekerk had a substantial lead over the rest of the field in the second circle-seeded head, clocking a time of 29.77. Her time was just 0.07 seconds off her Commonwealth record, and the fastest overall in the field. 100 breast silver medalist Anna Elendt was in second behind her with a time of 30.12. Elendt was just 0.02 seconds slower than her German record time of 30.10.
17-year-old world record holder Benedetta Pilato won the final heat in 29.80, becoming the second woman sub-30 in these preliminary heats. Her Italian teammate, Arianna Castiglioni, was disqualified. Another teenager, 15-year-old Eneli Jefimova, was second in this heat with an Estonian record time of 30.08.
Mixed 4×100 Freestyle Relay
- World Record: United States (Dressel, Apple, Comerford, Manuel) – 3:19.40 (2019)
- Championship Record: United States (Dressel, Apple, Comerford, Manuel) – 3:19.40 (2019)
- 2019 World Champion: United States (Dressel, Apple, Comerford, Manuel) – 3:19.40
- United States – 3:24.48
- Canada – 3:25.30
- Australia – 3:25.55
- Netherlands – 3:25.86
- Italy – 3:26.00
- Great Britain – 3:26.10
- Brazil – 3:26.31
- China – 3:27.20
Ryan Held got the United States off to a strong start, leading off in 47.85. He was the only swimmer to lead off in a sub-48 time, and was faster than any other person going first by 0.94 seconds. Drew Kibler, Erika Brown, and Kate Douglass followed, and the Americans put up a time of 3:24.48 that was the fastest in the heats by 0.82 seconds.
Canada and Australia followed with the second and third-fastest prelims times, and look to be in the fight with the Untied States for spots on the podium tonight.
The fastest male rolling start split came from Alessandro Miressi, who clocked a 48.16 to help the Italians take the fourth seed.
On the women’s side, the fastest split came from Dutch swimmer Marrit Steenbergen, who anchored her relay in 53.06 to help them secure the fourth seed headed into finals.
This was a relatively slow heat, with only one man under 48 seconds and zero women under 53 seconds.
Men’s 1500 Freestyle
- World Record: Sun Yang – 14:31.02 (2012)
- Championship Record: Sun Yang – 14:34.14 (2011)
- 2021 Olympic Champion: Bobby Finke – 14:39.65
- 2019 World Champion: Florian Wellbrock (GER) – 14:36.54
- Florian Wellbrock (GER) – 14:50.12
- Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR) – 14:50.68
- B0bby Finke (USA) – 14:50.71
- Guilherme Costa (BRA) – 14:53.03
- Damien Joly (FRA) – 14:53.47
- Lukas Märtens (GER) – 14:53.59
- Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) – 14:54.56
- Daniel Jervis (GBR) – 14:56.89
800 free silver and bronze medalists Florian Wellbrock and Mykhailo Romanchuk were neck and neck in the first circle-seeded heats, finishing just 0.58 seconds apart with times of 14:50.12 and 14:50.68 respectively. Guilherme Costa stayed with them throughout, and Damien Joly made a move towards the back half of the race to join the top crowd, and they finished third and fourth in 14:53.03 and 14:53.47.
The race in the last heat was tight between Bobby Finke and Gregorio Paltrinieri at first, but eventually Finke pulled away with the lead, clocking a time of 14:50.71 that stands as the third fastest overall from the heats. Eventually, Lukas Märtens overtook Paltrinieri for second, swimming a 14:53.69 while Paltrinieri took third in 14:54.56. This was a bounce back swim for Märtens, who finished 15th in the heats of the 800 free and failed to make the finals.