2023 WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- July 23 to 30, 2023
- Fukuoka, Japan
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Day 3 of the 2023 World Championships in Fukuoka will be underway shortly. We welcome you back to our live recaps, where we’ll be covering this morning’s action in real time.
This will be the quickest prelims session so far in this meet, as there are only 4 events this morning. Day 3 prelims will feature heats of the men’s 50 breast, women’s 200 free, men’s 200 fly, and the men’s 800 free. Of course, that means semifinals of these events will be competed in tonight’s session, with the exception of the men’s 800 free, for which the top 8 this morning will advance to the final tomorrow night.
After dominant performances through all three phases of the men’s 50 breast over the past two days, China’s Qin Haiyang will be back in action this morning in the men’s 50 breast. While Haiyang isn’t the fastest 50 breaststroker on paper coming into this meet, the 57.69 he posted last night in the 100 breast final demands respect. More importantly, Haiyang was out in a sizzling 26.96 in the 100 last night, so he’s already proven he has plenty of speed to draw on. There is no Arno Kamminga in the men’s 50 breast today, however, the other two swimmer who tied for silver in the 100 breast last night, Nicolo Martinenghi and Nic Fink, will be in the field. Fink is the defending champion in this event, having earned the gold with a 26.45 last year.
In one of the more highly anticipated events of the meet, the women’s 200 free will see another battle between Australian stars and the 16-year-old Canadian Summer McIntosh. Most notably, Ariarne Titmus, who won the women’s 400 free in a stunning World Record performance on Day 1, will be in this field. She’s the top seed, coming in with a 1:53.31. The record has stood the test of time, however, based on Titmus’ 400 free a few days ago, it really does seem possible that she takes down Federica Pellegrini‘s legendary World Record of 1:52.98. Of course, that won’t happen this morning, but it’s still a great thing to get on the radar.
The men’s 200 fly doesn’t feature World Record holder Kristof Milak for the first time in quite a while. His absence opens up the field a ton, and it’s Japan’s own Tomoru Honda who comes in as the top seed. He’ll be tested, however, as France’s Leon Marchand, who is fresh off a jaw-dropping World Record in the 400 IM, is also in the field.
This year’s World Championship features a very deep field in the men’s 800 free. Though prelims heats of distance events can often be a bit of a dull affair, this morning’s should be quite exciting. That’s because no one in this field has the luxury of really being able to take their foot of the gas too much. It will be almost as much of a battle just to get into the final as it will be to win a medal tomorrow night.
MEN’S 50 BREASTSTROKE – PRELIMS
- World Record: Adam Peaty, Great Britain – 25.95 (2017)
- World Junior Record: Nicolo Martinenghi, Italy – 26.97 (2017)
- Championship Record: Adam Peaty, Great Britain – 25.95 (2017)
- 2022 World Champion: Nic Fink, United States – 26.45
- Top 16 at 2022 Worlds: 27.64
TOP 16 QUALIFIERS:
- Qin Haiyang (China) – 26.34
- Nicolo Martinenghi (Italy) – 26.64
- Sun Jiajun (China) – 26.76 (TIE)
- Sam Williamson (Australia) – 26.76 (TIE)
- Joao Gomes (Brazil) – 26.81
- Nic Fink (United States) – 26.91
- Lucas Matzerath (Germany) – 26.94
- Simone Cerasuolo (Italy) – 27.06
- Bernhard Reitshammer (Austria) – 27.11
- Caspar Corbeau (Netherlands) – 27.15
- Peter Stevens (Slovenia) – 27.20
- Arkadios Aspougalis (Greece) – 27.23
- Emre Sakci (Turkey) – 27.28
- Michael Houlie (South Africa) – 27.31
- Yuya Hinomoto (Japan) – 27.35
- Valentin Bayer (Austria) – 27.36
Following his Asian Record in the men’s 100 breast last night, China’s Qin Haiyang was back in action this morning, and he did not skip a beat. Haiyang roared to a new personal best of 26.34 this morning, taking down the Asian Record in the process. Not only was it a record performance, Haiyang is once again looking like the class of the field, as he was 0.30 seconds faster than this morning’s #2 finisher, Nicolo Martinenghi.
Italy had a very good 1-2 punch as well. Of course, Martinenghi was 2nd this morning in 26.64. Fellow Italian Simone Cersuolo was right up there as well, swimming a 27.06 for 8th.
WOMEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – HEATS
- World Record: Federica Pellegrini, Italy -1:52.98 (2009)
- World Junior Record: Summer McIntosh, Canada – 1:53.91 (2023)
- Championship Record: Federica Pellegrini, Italy -1:52.98 (2009)
- 2022 World Champion: Yang Junxuan, China – 1:54.92
- Top 16 at 2022 Worlds: 1:58.84
TOP 16 QUALIFIERS:
- Mollie O’Callaghan (Australia) – 1:55.68
- Summer McIntosh (Canada) – 1:55.88
- Ariarne Titmus (Australia) – 1:56.20
- Siobhan Haughey (Hong Kong) – 1:56.56
- Marrit Steenbergen (Netherlands) – 1:56.66
- Liu Yaxin (China) – 1:56.93
- Freya Anderson (Great Britain) – 1:57.12
- Nikolett Padar (Hungary) – 1:57.35 (TIE)
- Barbora Seemanova (Czech Republic) – 1:57.35 (TIE)
- Erika Fairweather (New Zealand) – 1:57.36
- Bella Sims (United States) – 1:57.71
- Claire Weinstein (United States) – 1:57.93
- Janja Segel (Solvenia) – 1:58.02
- Snaefridur Jorunnardottir (ISL) – 1:58.14
- Janna van Kooten (Netherlands) – 1:58.16
- Valentine Dumont (Belgium) – 1:58.23
Mollie O’Callaghan didn’t waste the opportunity to set the tone in the women’s 200 free, leading this morning’s prelims with a 1:55.68. O’Callaghan is very much a contender to win gold in this event, and she’s been on fire so far in Fukuoka. In case you missed it, MOC clocked a blistering new PB of 52.08 leading off the Australian women’s 4×100 free relay on the first day of the meet. Given that swim, it seems likely she has quite a bit left to give in this 200 free.
After a disappointing swim in the final of the women’s 400 free, in which she missed the podium, Canadian 16-year-old Summer McIntosh looked much better this morning, speeding to a 1:55.88 for 2nd overall.
Ariarne Titmus came in 3rd this morning with a 1:56.20. Titmus was incredible in the women’s 400 free final a few days ago, blowing away the World Record, so we can expect she’ll be much faster in the later phases of this race.
Snaefridur Jorunnardottir set a new Icelandic Record en route to qualifying for the semifinal, tearing to a new PB of 1:58.14.
MEN’S 200 BUTTERFLY – HEATS
- World Record: Kristof Milak, Hungary – 1:50.34 (2022)
- World Junior Record: Kristof Milak, Hungary – 1:53.79 (2017)
- Championship Record: Kristof Milak, Hungary – 1:50.34 (2022)
- 2022 World Champion: Kristof Milak, Hungary – 1:50.34
- Top 16 at 2022 Worlds: 1:56.87
TOP 16 QUALIFIERS:
- Tomoru Honda (Japan) – 1:54.21
- Arbidel Gonzalez (Spain) – 1:54.99
- Krzysztof Chmielewski (Poland) – 1:55.02
- Kuan-Hung Wang (Taiwan) – 1:55.17
- Alberto Razzetti (Italy) – 1:55.35
- Carson Foster (United States) – 1:55.36
- Leon Marchand (France) – 1:55.46
- Thomas Heilman (United States) – 1:55.59
- Niu Guangsheng (China) – 1:55.69
- Teppei Morimoto (Japan) – 1:55.72
- Denys Kesil (Ukraine) – 1:55.75
- Noe Ponti (Switzerland) – 1:55.85
- Ilya Kharun (Canada) – 1:55.93
- Richard Marton (Hungary) – 1:56.03
- Lewis Clareburt (New Zealand) – 1:56.23
- Matthe Temple (Australia) – 1:56.51
In a very tight prelims of the men’s 200 fly, top seed Tomoru Honda delivered, speeding to the fastest time of the morning in 1:54.21. It was a very strong morning swim for Honda, giving him a great deal of momentum heading into the semifinal tonight. He was out fast, splitting 54.35 on the opening 100, and came home in 59.86, holding his pace pretty well.
France’s Leon Marchand, who tore down Michael Phelps’ last remaining World Record in the 400 IM two days ago, was 7th this morning with a 1:55.46. While that might feel like an underwhelming swim for Marchand, trust that he has quite a bit left in the tank. Marchand was out in 55.10 on the first 100m this morning. We know he can be considerably faster tonight. For context, Marchand split 54.27 on the opening 100m of his 400 in prelims on Sunday morning, so there is no doubt he can take his 200 fly out way faster than he did this morning.
Arbidel Gonzalez broke the Spanish Record with a blistering 1:54.99, notching the 2nd-fastest time of the morning. Gonzalez shattered the Spanish Record, which stood at 1:56.42 from 2016.
In his first World Championships swim, American 16-year-old Thomas Heilman has a good swim, taking 8th in 1:55.59.
MEN’S 800 FREESTYLE – HEATS
- World Record: Zhang Lin, China – 7:32.12 (2009)
- World Junior Record: Lorenzo Galossi, Italy – 7:43.37 (2022)
- Championship Record: Zhang Lin, China – 7:32.12 (2009)
- 2022 World Champion: Bobby Finke, United States – 7:39.36
- Top 8 at 2022 Worlds: 7:47.46
TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:
- Sam Short (Australia) – 7:40.90
- Ahmed Hafnaoui (Tunisia) – 7:41.97
- Lukas Martens (Germany) – 7:42.04
- Daniel Wiffen (Ireland) – 7:43.81
- Bobby Finke (United States) – 7:43.87
- Mykhailo Romanchuk (Ukraine) – 7:44.07
- Gregorio Paltrinieri (Italy) – 7:44.89
- Guilherme Costa (Brazil) – 7:45.80
The men’s 800 free prelims turned out to be the bloodbath we were expecting. The most shocking miss was Germany’s Florian Wellbrock, who came in 9th with a 7:45.87. Wellbrock was a favorite to win a medal in the event this year, especially after his awesome open water performances last week.
Meanwhile, Australian 19-year-old Sam Short continues to impress. Short got out to the lead in the first of the circle-seeded heats this morning and didn’t look back. Short rocketed to a 7:40.90, marking an exceptional morning swim for the rising distance superstar.
Reigning Olympic 400 free champion Ahmed Hafnaoui clocked a 7:41.97 for 2nd this morning, putting himself right next to Short for tomorrow night’s final. Hafnaoui even-split his race, splitting 3:50.82 on the first 400m and coming home in 3:51.15.