2023 WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
- August 1-7, 2023
- Dong’an Lake Sports Park Swimming and Diving Hall, Chengdu, China
- LCM (50m)
- Meet Page
- Live Results + Schedule
- Live Stream Schedule (All Sports)
- Day 1 Prelims Live Recap | Day 1 Finals Live Recap
- Day 2 Prelims Live Recap
- Day 2 Finals Live Stream
DAY 2 FINALS SCHEDULE
- Women’s 100 free – semifinals
- Men’s 50 fly – final
- Men’s 100 back – final
- Women’s 50 fly – final
- Men’s 100 breast – final
- Women’s 100 breast – semifinals
- Men’s 200 IM – semifinals
- Men’s 200 free – semifinals
- Women’s 200 back – final
- Mixed 4×100 medley relay – final
The day 2 finals session for the 2023 WUGS is set to kick off tonight in Chengdu. Tonight’s session will feature finals of the men’s 50 fly, men’s 100 back, women’s 50 fly, men’s 100 breast, women’s 200 back, and mixed 4×100 medley relay. There will also be semifinals of the women’s 100 free, women’s 100 breast, men’s 200 IM, and men’s 200 free.
Of course, the two most highly anticipated races of the day will be the women’s 50 fly and the men’s 100 breast. In both events, we could see the WUGS Championship Records go down again. In last night’s semifinals of the women’s 50 fly, China’s Zhang Yufei swam a 25.29, smashing the CR in the event by nearly half a second.
Qin Haiyang, China’s newly emerged breaststroke superstar, will also be racing in finals of the men’s 100 breast tonight. Haiyang broke the Asian Record in the event last week at the World Championships in Fukuoka. Last night, he swam a 58.42 to break the Championship Record by over a second.
Italy’s Simone Stefani looked great in semifinals of the men’s 100 back last night and enters tonight’s final as the top seed. Stefani was 53.87 last night, where he was the only swimmer in the field under 54 seconds.
WOMEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – SEMIFINALS
- World Record: Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden – 51.71 (2017)
- WUGS Record: Aliaksadran Herasimenia, Belarus – 53.50 (2013)
TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:
- Kornelia Fiedkiewicz (Poland) – 55.02
- Zhang Yufei (China) – 55.06 (TIE)
- Erin Gallagher (South Africa) – 55.06 (TIE)
- Kalia Antoniou (Cypress) – 55.29 (TIE)
- Barbora Janickova (Czech Republic) – 5.29 (TIE)
- Giulia D’Innocenzo (Italy) – 55.35
- Hannah Kuchler (Germany) – 55.49
- Oceane Carnez (France) – 55.68
In a very tight semifinals of the women’s 100 free tonight, it took a 55.68 to advance to the final, which will take place tomorrow night. Poland’s Kornelia Fiedkiewicz led the charge, swimming a 55.02.
There were ties for 2nd and 4th tonight. Tying for 2nd was China’s Zhang Yufei and South Africa’s Erin Gallagher, both of whom went 55.06 tonight. Of note, we’ll see Yufei and Gallagher go head-to-head later in tonight’s session in the women’s 50 fly final. Both women broke the WUGS Championship Record in the 50 fly in semifinals last night.
Yufei was the top seed in the 100 free coming into the meet, entering as the only swimmer in the field under 54 seconds. She also split 53.47 on the women’s 4×100 free relay last night, so we know she has more speed to give.
The first swimmer out was American Amy Tang, who came in 9th this evening with a 55.82.
MEN’S 50 BUTTERFLY – FINALS
- World Record: Andrii Govorov, Ukraine – 22.27 (2018)
- WUGS Record: Andrii Govorov, Ukraine – 22.90 (2017)
- GOLD: Luca Armbruster (Germany) – 23.22
- SILVER: Lorenzo Gargani (Italy) – 23.39 (TIE)
- SILVER: Jakub Majerski (Poland) – 23.39 (TIE)
The men’s 50 fly was a great race, seeing Germany win its first gold medal of the meet. Luca Armbruster, who led semifinals last night, touched first tonight in 23.22, coming in just off the 23.18 he clocked in semis last night. Armbruster holds the German Record (in a tie) at 23.02, a time which he swam earlier this year.
There was a tie for 2nd tonight, seeing 2 swimmers win silver medals. Italian Lorenzo Gargani tied his semifinals time exactly, touching in 23.39. Also, operating out of lane 1, Poland’s Jakub Majerski finished in 23.39, earning a silver medal as well.
China’s Chen Juner came in 4th tonight in 23.46.
MEN’S 100 BACKSTROKE – FINALS
- World Record: Thomas Ceccon, Italy – 51.60 (2022)
- WUGS Record: Ryosuke Irie, Japan – 52.60 (2009)
- GOLD: Simone Stefani (Italy) – 53.95
- SILVER: Michele Lamberti (Italy) – 54.02
- BRONZE: Denis Popescu (Romania) – 54.21
In another very tight finish, Italy went 1-2 in the men’s 100 back final tonight. As he did in semifinals, Simone Stefani led the way and was once again the only swimmer in the field under 54 seconds. Stefani swam a 53.95, which was fueled by a very quick 2nd 50m of 27.73.
Touching right behind Stefani was Italian teammate Michele Lamberti, who clocked a 54.02. Like Stefani, Lamberti was very fast on the 2nd 50m tonight. In fact, he was a touch faster than Stefani, swimming a 27.64 coming home, which propelled him to the silver medal.
Earning the bronze was Romania’s Denis Popescu, who swam a 54.21.
American Tommy Janton was out the fastest tonight, swimming a speedy 26.07 on the opening 50m. Janton would end up finishing in 6th, however, touching in 54.88.
WOMEN’S 50 BUTTERFLY – FINALS
- World Record: Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden – 24.43 (2014)
WUGS Record: Zhang Yufei, China – 25.29 (2023)
- GOLD: Zhang Yufei (China) – 25.20
- SILVER: Erin Gallagher (South Africa) – 25.66
- BRONZE: Viola Scotto (Italy) – 26.01
She did it! Once again, China’s Zhang Yufei cracked the WUGS Championship Record in the women’s 50 fly, tearing to victory tonight in 25.20. The swim came after Yufei took nearly half a second off the CR last night in semifinals, where she swam a 25.29.
Also with a great performance tonight, South Africa’s Erin Gallagher won the silver medal in 25.66. That performance marks a new South African Record in the event. Last night in semifinals, Gallagher became the first South African woman under 26 seconds in the event, and now she’s taken that mark well under 26 seconds.
Of note, both Zhang and Gallagher competed in the women’s 100 free semifinals about 35-40 minutes prior to racing the 50 fly tonight.
Italy won another medal, seeing Viola Scotto take the bronze with a 26.01.
MEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE – FINALS
- World Record: Adam Peaty, Great Britain – 56.88 (2019)
- WUGS Record: Qin Haiyang, China – 58.42 (2023)
- GOLD: Qin Haiyang (China) – 58.92
- SILVER: Jan Kalusowski (Poland) – 59.86
- BRONZE: Andrius Sidlauskas (Lithuania) – 59.89
Chinese star Qin Haiyang was off his WUGS Record time of 58.42 from semifinals, though he still won the men’s 100 breast comfortably tonight. Haiyang clocked a 58.92, coming in exactly half-a-second off the 58.42 he swam last night in semis. Of course, Haiyang set the Asian Record in the event last week at the World Championships, clocking a 57.69 en route to his 1st of 3 individual gold medals.
Fueled by a great back half, Poland’s Jan Kalusowski pulled even with Lithuania’s Andrius Sidlauskas and managed to out-touch him at the finish. Kalusowski split 31.53 on the 2nd 50m tonight, coming home faster than everyone in the field, except for Haiyang. For Kalusowski, the performance marks his first time going under 1:00 in the event.
Sidlauskas took 3rd in 59.89, picking up the bronze medal.
WOMEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE – SEMIFINALS
- World Record: Lilly King, United States – 1:04.13 (2017)
- WUGS Record: Yulia Efimova, Russia – 1:05.48 (2013)
TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:
- Kotryna Teterevkova (Lithuania) – 1:07.27
- Kaylene Corbett (South Africa) – 1:08.17
- Dominika Sztandera (Poland) – 1:08.24
- Haruna Ogata (Japan) – 1:09.28
- Zheng Muyan (China) – 1:09.34
- Jiwon Yang (South Korea) – 1:09.58
- Yukino Miyasaka (Japan) – 1:09.88
- Pei-Win Lin (Taipei) – 1:10.05
Lithuania’s Kotryna Teterevkova swam a 1:07.27 for the top time of the night in the women’s 100 breast. It was a great swim for Teterevkova, who was out in 31.81 and back in 35.46.
South Africa’s Kaylene Corbett came in 2nd tonight in 1:08.17, while Poland’s Dominika Sztandera came in 3rd with a 1:08.24.
It took just shy of cracking 1:10 to qualify for the final. Taipei’s Pei-Win Lin was the last swimmer in tonight, finishing 8th in 1:10.05.
MEN’S 200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – SEMIFINALS
- World Record: Ryan Lochte, United States – 1:54.00 (2011)
- WUGS Record: Kosuke Hagino, Japan – 1:57.35 (2017)
TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:
- Gabriel Lopes (Portugal) – 2:00.69
- Heeyun Youn (South Korea) – 2:01.26
- Lorenzo Glessi (Italy) – 2:01.45
- Ikuru Hiroshima (Japan) – 2:01.91
- Huang Zhiwei (China) – 2:01.99
- Marius Zobel (Germany) – 2:02.00
- Hsing-Hao Wang (Taipei) – 2:02.17
- Jared Daigle (United States) – 2:02.21
Portugal’s Gabriel Lopes looked great tonight as he sped to the top time in the men’s 200 IM semifinals. He got out to a great start, splitting 25.86 on fly and 29.68 on back, for a 55.54 on the opening 100m. That gave him a huge lead, one which he wouldn’t relinquish through the back half of the race. After clocking a 35.02 on the breast split, Lopes was clearly hurting as he came home, splitting 30.13 on the free leg.
Also in the first heat with Lopes was South Korea’s Heeyun Youn, who swam a 2:01.26 for 2nd in the heat and 2nd overall.
Lorenzo Glessi won the 2nd of the semifinals heats, touching in 2:01.45 for the 3rd-fastest time overall. Backstroke was key to Glessi’s success tonight. Touching 5th in his heat on the fly-to-back turn, Glessi then clocked a very speedy 30.28 on the backstroke split, which rocketed him into the lead.
In the 2nd semifinals heat, Ikuru Hiroshima took the lead from Glessi on the breaststroke leg, throwing down a 34.70 on the breast 50. Hiroshima would end up finishing 2nd in the heat with a 2:01.91, which was good for 4th overall.
MEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – SEMIFINALS
- World Record: Paul Biedermann, Germany – 1:42.00 (2009)
- WUGS Record: Danila Izotov, Russia – 1:44.87 (2013)
TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:
- Giovanni Caserta (Italy) – 1:47.84
- Jack Dahlgren (United States) – 1:47.92
- Tomas Navikonis (Lithuania) – 1:48.79
- Kamil Sieradzki (Poland) – 1:48.81
- Hoe Yean Khiew (Malaysia) – 1:49.08
- Chen Ende (China) – 1:49.27
- Yooyeon Lee (South Korea) – 1:49.64
- Keaton Jones (United States) – 1:49.66
American Jack Dahlgren was dominant in the first heat of the semifinals of the men’s 200 free tonight. Coming into the meet as the top seed in the event by a wide margin, Dahlgren was 2nd in prelims this morning. He wasted not time tonight, getting out to a huge early lead and holding it through the back half. Dahlgren touched in 1:47.92, bettering his prelims swam by well over a second.
Italian Giovanni Caserta would come around in the 2nd heat of semifinals and dip just under Dahlgren’s time. Caserta was out a over a second slower than Dahlgren on the first 100m but came home much faster. He ended up finishing in 1:47.84, grabbing the top seed for tomorrow night’s final.
It took under 1:50 to make it back to the final. American Keaton Jones was the last swimmer in, swimming a 1:49.66 for 8th.
Of note, 400 free champion Matteo Lamberti (Italy) did not make it back for the final. Lamberti finished 9th in 1:49.70.
WOMEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – FINALS
- World Record: Kaylee McKeown, Australia – 2:03.14 (2023)
- WUGS Record: Lisa Bratton, United States – 2:07.91 (2019)
- GOLD: Liu Yaxin (China) – 2:08.18
- SILVER: Camila Rodrigues (Portugal) – 2:10.47
- BRONZE: Eszter Szabo-Feltothy (Hungary) – 2:10.77
China’s Liu Yaxin was exceptional in the women’s 200 backstroke final tonight, tearing to victory in 2:08.18. She controlled her race extremely well, getting out to a 31.04 on the first 50m, which the 4th-fastest 1st 50 split in the field. Yaxin then tacked on 50 splits of 32.37, 32.35, and 32.42 respectively, holding her pace very well. She flew into the finish as the only swimmer in the field under 2:10 and touched just off the WUGS Championship Record of 2:07.91.
Portugal’s Camila Rodrigues swam a very consistent race as well. She ended up pulling ahead of Hungary’s Eszter Szabo-Feltothy on the final 50m, getting her hand on the wall 2nd in 2:10.47.
MIXED 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY – FINALS
- World Record: Great Britain – 3:37.58 (2021)
WUGS Record: China – 3:50.57 (2023)
- GOLD: China – 3:44.02
- SILVER: Poland – 3:46.07
- BRONZE: Italy – 3:47.25
China was dominant in the mixed 4×100 medley relay tonight, roaring to victory in 3:44.02. The race was tight initially, as Simone Stefani gave Italy the lead on backstroke with a 53.61 split, which was considerably faster than Chinese lead-off Wang Gukailai’s 54.83. Of note, Stefani’s time was faster than the 53.95 he swam for gold in the individual men’s 100 back earlier tonight.
Italy’s lead wouldn’t last, however, as Qin Haiyang dove in for the Chinese breaststroke leg. Haiyang split 58.64, pulling the Chinese team into the lead. Then, it was time for Zhang Yufei, who put the race away for China on the fly leg. Yufei opened up a huge lead, tearing to a 56.81, which was by far the fastest fly split among female flyers in the field. Li Bingjie then brought the team home in a sizzling 53.74.
With the 3:44.02, China obliterated the Championship Record in the event, which their prelims relay set this morning at 3:50.57.
Speaking of which, it wasn’t just China that blew away the CR in the event tonight. The top 6 teams all finished under the mark set by China this morning.
Poland earned the silver tonight. Choosing to use a female breaststroker, which isn’t very common, the Polish team was sitting in 6th at the halfway point of the race. Jakub Majerski was phenomenal on the fly leg tonight, however, throwing down a blistering 50.73 split, which brought the Polish team all the way into 2nd.