2023 World Championships: Official SwimSwam Preview Index

2023 World Championships

The 2023 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan are fast approaching. While the Championships begin on July 14th, pool swimming kicks off July 23rd and runs through the 30th.

As the meet approaches, we will be previewing all 42 of the pool events that are set to take place at the meet. From sprint freestyle to mixed relays to stroke 50s, we’re covering it all. Check in regularly so you don’t miss any of our event-by-event coverage. Below is the index for the previews, with a table for men’s, women’s and mixed events. As previews go up, links and medalists will be added.

Don’t miss our projected medal table at the bottom, which will update with each preview.

Women’s Events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
50 free Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) Abbey Weitzeil (USA) Shayna Jack (AUS)
100 free Emma McKeon (AUS) Siobhan Haughey (HKG) Kate Douglass (USA)
200 free Ariarne Titmus (AUS) Mollie O’Callaghan (AUS) Summer McIntosh (CAN)
400 free Summer McIntosh (CAN) Ariarne Titmus (AUS) Katie Ledecky (USA)
800 free Katie Ledecky (USA) Ariarne Titmus (AUS) Erika Fairweather (NZL)
1500 free Katie Ledecky (USA) Katie Grimes (USA) Lani Pallister (AUS)
50 back Katharine Berkoff (USA) Kylie Masse (CAN) Kaylee McKeown (AUS)
100 back Kaylee McKeown (AUS) Regan Smith (USA) Katharine Berkoff (USA)
200 back Kaylee McKeown (AUS) Regan Smith (USA) Rhyan White (USA)
50 breast Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) Benedetta Pilato (ITA) Lilly King (USA)
100 breast Lilly King (USA) Lydia Jacoby (USA) Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA)
200 breast Lilly King (USA) Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA) Kate Douglass (USA)
50 fly Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) Gretchen Walsh (USA) Melanie Henique (FRA)
100 fly Maggie MacNeil (CAN) Torri Huske (USA) Emma McKeon (AUS)
200 fly Summer McIntosh (CAN) Regan Smith (USA) Elizabeth Dekkers (AUS)
200 IM  Kaylee McKeown (AUS) Kate Douglass (USA) Alex Walsh (USA)
400 IM Summer McIntosh (CAN) Katie Grimes (USA) Jenna Forrester (AUS)
4×100 free relay Australia United States China
4×200 free relay Australia United States China
4×100 medley relay United States Australia China

Men’s Events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
50 free Ben Proud (GBR) Cameron McEvoy (AUS) Florent Manaudou (FRA)
100 free David Popovici (ROU) Kyle Chalmers (AUS) Josh Liendo (CAN)
200 free David Popovici (ROU) Hwang Sunwoo (KOR) Tom Dean (GBR)
400 free Elijah Winnington (AUS) Lukas Märtens (GER) Sam Short (AUS)
800 free Bobby Finke (USA) Florian Wellbrock (GER) Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR)
1500 free Florian Wellbrock (GER) Bobby Finke (USA) Daniel Wiffen (IRL)
50 back Justin Ress (USA) Hunter Armstrong (USA) Thomas Ceccon (ITA)
100 back Thomas Ceccon (ITA) Hunter Armstrong (USA) Ryan Murphy (USA)
200 back Ryan Murphy (USA) Hubert Kos (HUN) Destin Lasco (USA)
50 breast Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA) Nic Fink (USA) Qin Haiyang (CHN)
100 breast Qin Haiyang (CHN) Nic Fink (USA) Arno Kamminga (NED)
200 breast Zac Stubblety-Cook (AUS) Qin Haiyang (CHN) Ippei Watanabe (JPN)
50 fly Thomas Ceccon (ITA) Ben Proud (GBR) Maxime Grousset (FRA)
100 fly Josh Liendo (CAN) Dare Rose (USA) Noe Ponti (SUI)
200 fly Tomoru Honda (JPN) Leon Marchand (FRA) Carson Foster (USA)
200 IM Leon Marchand (FRA) Wang Shun (CHN) Carson Foster (USA)
400 IM Leon Marchand (FRA) Carson Foster (USA) Chase Kalisz (USA)
4×100 free relay Great Britain United States Australia
4×200 free relay Great Britain United States Australia
4×100 medley relay United States Italy China

Mixed Events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
4×100 free relay Australia United States Great Britain
4×100 medley relay United States China Australia

Projected Pool Swimming Medal Table

Here’s a look at how the medal table would shake out based on our medalist picks in each event:

Nation Total Medals Gold Silver Bronze
United States 45 11 22 12
Australia 26 10 6 10
Canada 8 5 1 2
Italy 6 3 2 1
France 6 2 1 3
Sweden 2 2
Great Britain 6 3 1 2
Germany 3 1 2
Japan 2 1 1
Lithuania 1 1
Romania 2 2
China 9 1 3 5
South Africa 2 1 1
Hungary 1 1
Ireland 1 1
New Zealand 1 1
Switzerland 1 1
South Korea 1 1
Netherlands 1 1
Ukraine 1 1
Hong Kong 1 1

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11 months ago

I predicted a few weeks ago that “Team Mac” made up of all swimmers who have a sound similar to “Mc” or “Mac” in their name would top the medal table if they formed a country. The members are:

Emma McKeon
Summer McIntosh
Maggie MacNeil
Kaylee McKeown
Maxine Parker
Tatjana Shoenmaker
Cam McEvoy
Henry McFadden
Mykhailo Romanchuk

And Mack Horton, Macguire McDuff and SMOC are there in spirit haha.

According to SwimSwam picks (I’ve guessed the last two that are missing), the predicted outcome for this team gives them:

Gold – 11
Silver – 6
Bronze – 5

Which puts them in equal first for golds with USA,… Read more »

11 months ago

5 hours to go and still three articles left. Cutting it fine haha

1 year ago

Bold predictions!

Kate Douglass will win the W 200 IM if Kate Douglass does not swim in the final of the W 4 x 100 FR-R.

USA will not win gold in the W 4 x 100 FR-R. Furthermore, Kate Douglass will not have time to fully recover from the semifinals of the W 200 IM to swim the final of the W 4 x 100 FR-R with only the final of the M 400 IM in between the two aforementioned events. Replace a worn Kate Douglass with a fresh Olivia Smoliga and live to fight another day.

Last edited 1 year ago by Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Paul Thomas
1 year ago

Is Swimswam going to make it to the finish line? There are still a boatload of event previews to post and less than 24 hours to post them.

Reply to  Paul Thomas
1 year ago

This happens every time. 18 hours to go and missing 6 isn’t that bad actually haha

1 year ago

Assuming the last picks go as expected:
Aus 100 free
Can 400 free
USA 1500 free
USA 100 breast
Romania 200 free
USA 800 free
USA 100 breast
USA Medley relay

That gives us predicted gold counts of:
USA 12
Aus 10

Reply to  Sub13
1 year ago

McEvoy could be the X Factor.
He wins the 50 free
USA 12
AUS 11

Then swims a 47 low split and gets King Kyle close enough to blast away in the 4 x 100m free

AUS 12
USA 11

Reply to  Dan_tm
1 year ago

I’m not sure about the 4×100 and even if US doesn’t win there’s still gonna be Great Britain who can put a fast split and I wouldn’t underestimate Popovici in 100 free cause I thinks he looks really good too.

Last edited 1 year ago by Lisa
Reply to  Dan_tm
1 year ago

I don’t see this happening but it would be nice!

Reply to  Sub13
1 year ago

Yeah like they also forgot to change the result of 200IM when Summer dropped it.

Add the 400 Back
1 year ago

My favorite dark horse pick is Wiffen for the 400 Free. He said it was a fun event for him but he has been 3:44. Being relaxed for the race could bode well and he could push the likes of Winngton, Märtens, and Short.

Reply to  Add the 400 Back
11 months ago

That didn’t age well lol

1 year ago

Best opportunities for gold medals.

USA Swimming
Individual Events
Men – 800 FR, 50 BK, 100 BK, 200 BK, 50 BR, 100 BR

Anything but 50 BR
1 year ago

When will heats be released?

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