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 of the 2023 WUGS in Chengdu, China has arrived. The first day of the meet was a thriller, seeing host country China take down 3 Championships Records. If you missed it, be sure to catch up. The links to our prelims and finals recaps can be found in the meet info above.
One other note: as it appears, there will not be live streams for the prelims sessions. However, there was a live stream available for day 1 finals last night, which will be sure to link for you in tonight’s finals recap as well.
This morning’s session is a little bit thinner than yesterday’s, featuring only 6 events, compared to day 1’s 9. That being said, 1 of the events this morning is the men’s 1500 free, so the timeline is actually only 5 minutes shorter than yesterday morning’s, despite there being 3 less events.
DAY 2 PRELIMS SCHEDULE
- Men’s 200 freestyle – heats
- Women’s 100 breaststroke – heats
- Men’s 200 Individual Medley – heats
- Women’s 100 freestyle – heats
- Men’s 1500 freestyle – heats
- Mixed 4×100 medley relay – heats
Following her WUGS Record in the women’s 50 fly semifinals last night, Chinese star Zhang Yufei is entered in prelims of the women’s 100 free this morning. Yufei is the top seed coming into the meet, entered with a 53.95. Of note, Yufei swam a 53.47 on the anchor of China’s women’s 4×100 free relay last night, which broke the CR in the event. Given her split last night, Yufei appears to be in great shape heading into the 100 free today.
American Jack Dahlgren enters the men’s 200 free as the top seed by nearly a second this morning. Dahlgren is entered at 1:46.92, but he’ll be pushed hard in the event. Notably, Italian Matteo Lamberti, the gold medalist in the men’s 400 free last night, is entered in the event as well.
MEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – PRELIMS
- World Record: Paul Biedermann, Germany – 1:42.00 (2009)
- WUGS Record: Danila Izotov, Russia – 1:44.87 (2013)
TOP 16 QUALIFIERS:
- Tomas Navikonis (Lithuania) – 1:48.24
- Jack Dahlgren (United States) – 1:49.33
- Keaton Jones (United States) – 1:49.95
- Matteo Lamberti (Italy) – 1:50.02
- Yooyeon Lee (South Korea) – 1:50.16
- Hoe Yean Khiew (Malaysia) – 1:50.18
- Ming Ho Cheuk (Hong Kong) – 1:50.36
- Ardi Azman (Singapore) – 1:50.53
- Giovanni Caserta (Italy) – 1:50.61
- Chen Ende (China) – 1:50.79
- Andrew Ross (South Africa) – 1:50.82
- Kamil Sieradzki (Poland) – 1:50.88
- Konosuke Yanagimoto (Japan) – 1:51.08
- Heeyun Youn (South Korea) – 1:51.14
- Marius Zobel (Germany) – 1:51.29
- Vini Assuncao (Brazil) – 1:51.33
Lithuania’s Tomas Navikonis clocked a 1:48.24 to lead prelims of the men’s 200 free. Navikonis posted the fastest time of the morning by over a second, pulling away from the field on the back half of the race.
The pair of Americans, Jack Dahlgren and Keaton Jones, were the only other swimmers in the event this morning to swim under 1:50. Dahlgren, who was the top seed by a wide margin coming into the meet, swam a 1:49.33 for 2nd overall. Meanwhile, Jones, who will also be competing in the final of the men’s 100 back in tonight’s finals session, was 3rd in 1:49.95.
400 free champion Matteo Lamberti was 4th this morning with a 1:50.02.
WOMEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE – PRELIMS
- World Record: Lilly King, United States – 1:04.13 (2017)
- WUGS Record: Yulia Efimova, Russia – 1:05.48 (2013)
TOP 16 QUALIFIERS:
- Kaylene Corbett (South Africa) – 1:08.22
- Kotryna Teterevkova (Lithuania) – 1:08.70
- Haruna Ogata (Japan) – 1:09.60
- Yukino Miyasaka (Japan) – 1:09.87
- Klara Thormalm (Sweden) – 1:10.13
- Alexandra Froissart (Switzerland) – 1:10.25
- Bente Fischer (Germany) – 1:10.26
- Eva Carlson (United States) – 1:10.50
- Zheng Muyan (China) – 1:10.52
- Alessia Ferraguti (Italy) – 1:10.54
- Pei-Wun Lin (Taipei) – 1:10.57
- Dominika Sztandera (Poland) – 1:10.66
- Jiwon Yang (South Korea) – 1:11.02
- Nichelly Lysy (Brazil) – 1:11.37
- Anna Pirovano (Italy) – 1:11.52
- Chieh-Yu Hung (Taipei) – 1:11.76
South Africa’s Kaylene Corbett posted the fastest time of the morning in the women’s 100 breast, speeding to a 1:08.22. Corbett, the bronze medalist in the women’s 200 breast at the 2022 Commonwealth Games last summer, was out the fastest this morning, splitting 32.06 on the first 50m of the race. Corbett also represented South Africa at the Tokyo Olympics, where she was a finalist in the women’s 200 breast.
Lithuania is having a great morning. Kotryna Teterevkova swam a 1:08.70 for 2nd this morning, putting together a great back half. Teterevkova was out in 33.02, then came back in 35.68, marking a gap of just 2.66 seconds between her 50s.
There were two other swimmers in the field this morning who were under 1:10, and both were Japanese. Haruna Ogata clocked a 1:09.60 for 3rd, while Yukino Miyasaka took 4th in 1:09.87.
MEN’S 200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – PRELIMS
- World Record: Ryan Lochte, United States – 1:54.00 (2011)
- WUGS Record: Kosuke Hagino, Japan – 1:57.35 (2017)
TOP 16 QUALIFIERS:
- Hsing-Hao Wang (Taipei) – 2:01.30
- Jared Daigle (United States) – 2:01.59
- Lorenzo Glessi (Italy) – 2:02.01
- Huang Zhiwei (China) – 2:02.09
- Ikuru Hiromshima (Japan) – 2:02.14
- Massimiliano Matteazzi (Italy) – 2:02.53
- Ei Kamikawabata (Japan) – 2:02.75
- Jakub Kraska (Poland) – 2:02.88
- Junyeop Kim (South Korea) – 2:03.47
- Gabriel Lopes (Portugal) – 2:03.48 (Tie)
- Brandonn Almeida (Brazil) – 2:03.48 (Tie)
- Heeyun Youn (South Korea) – 2:03.50
- Kyle Ponsler (United States) – 2:03.53
- Marius Zobel (Germany) – 2:03.60
- Maxwell Seidel (Switzerland) – 2:04.15
- Andrew Ross (South Africa) – 2:04.31
Taipei’s Hsing-Hao Wang led the charge in the men’s 200 IM this morning, swimming a 2:01.30. The 24-year-old was great at the end of the race this morning, tearing home in 28.69 on freestyle. That marked the fastest free split in the field in prelims.
Coming in right behind Wang this morning was American Jared Daigle, who recently concluded his collegiate career with the University of Michigan. Daigle was excellent in the middle of the race this morning, splitting 30.85 on backstroke and 34.34 on breaststroke. While neither of those splits individually were the fastest in the field, Daigle’s middle 100m of 1:05.19 was the fastest in the field this morning.
Of note, South Africa’s Andrew Ross finished 16th in the 200 IM this morning, making it into the semifinal tonight. That’s notable because Ross also swam in the men’s 200 free at the beginning of this session, wherein he also qualified for the semifinal.
WOMEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – PRELIMS
- World Record: Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden – 51.71 (2017)
- WUGS Record: Aliaksadran Herasimenia, Belarus – 53.50 (2013)
TOP 16 QUALIFIERS:
- Zhang Yufei (China) – 55.28
- Kalia Antoniou (Cypress) – 55.36
- Hannah Kuchler (Germany) – 55.91
- Kornelia Fiedkiewicz (Poland) – 55.92
- Giulia D’Innocenzo (Italy) – 55.95
- Amy Tang (United States) – 56.04
- Hazuki Yamamoto (Japan) – 56.06
- Barbora Janickova (Czech Republic) – 56.08
- Erin Gallagher (South Africa) – 56.15
- Paola Biagioli (Italy) – 56.49
- Oceane Carnez (France) – 56.58
- Enkhkhuslen Batbayar (Mongolia) – 56.62
- Cheuk Kan (Hong Kong) – 56.65
- Riru Kubota (Japan) – 56.77
- Heidi Smithwick (United States) – 56.87
- Inge Weidemann (South Africa) – 56.90
Chinese star Zhang Yufei swam a 55.28 to lead the way in the women’s 100 free this morning. Yufei advances to the semifinal of the event tonight. During tonight’s finals session, Yufei will also be racing in the women’s 50 fly final after she smashed the Championship Record in that event in the semifinals last night.
In the 100 free this morning, Yufei was out pretty fast, splitting 26.15 on the first 50m, which put her firmly in the lead. We know Yufei can be quite a bit faster in the event, as she split 53.47 on the anchor of the women’s 4×100 free relay last night.
Cypress’ Kalia Antoniou was right behind Yufei this morning, swimming a 55.36. Antoniou completed her collegiate career at the University of Alabama.
MEN’S 1500 FREESTYLE – PRELIMS
- World Record: Sun Yang, China – 14:31.02 (2012)
- WUGS Record: Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy – 14:47.75 (2017)
TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:
- Ikki Imoto (Japan) – 15:26.02
- Ivan Giovannoni (Italy) – 15:28.45
- Chris Nagy (United States) – 15:28.90
- Kaito Tabuchi (Japan) – 15:29.96
- Davide Marchello (Italy) – 15:31.47
- Jack Hoagland (United States) – 15:33.50
- Thiago Ruffini (Brazil) – 15:35.09
- Gyuseong Jang (South Korea) – 15:37.76
Japan’s Ikki Imoto, the bronze medalist in the men’s 400 free last night, led prelims of the men’s 1500 free this morning, swimming a 15:26.02.
There was a tight bunch right at the top of the field this morning. Italy’s Ivan Giovannoni was 2nd this morning in 15:28.45, while American Chris Nagy was right behind in 15:28.90, and Japan’s Kaito Tabuchi took 4th with a 15:29.96. Those 4 swimmers will be in the middle of the pool for the final tomorrow night.
Along with Japan, Italy and the U.S. saw both their swimmers advance to the final as well. In addition to Giovannoni, Italian Davide Marchello made it out of the heats, swimming a 15;31.47 for 5th. American Jack Hoagland will join Nagy in the final, having swum a 15:33.50 for 6th.
MIXED 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY – PRELIMS
- World Record: Great Britain – 3:37.58 (2021)
- WUGS Record: N/A
TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:
- China – 3:50.57
- Japan – 3:51.21
- United States – 3:52.19
- South Korea – 3:52.27
- Poland – 3:52.44
- Italy – 3:53.06
- Brazil – 3:56.66
- Hong Kong – 3:56.91
China continues to look excellent racing on their home soil. After winning the women’s 4×100 free relay in Championship Record fashion last night, China clocked the top time of the morning in the mixed 4×100 medley relay this morning. Lin Tao (55.43), Song Jiale (1:00.80), Jing Shangbeihua (58.74), and Liu Yaxin (55.60) combined for a 3:50.57 this morning.
The scary thing about this relay for China is we know they can be WAY faster tonight in finals. For starters, China will more than likely throw Qin Haiyang, the World Champion from last week in the men’s 100 breast, on the breast leg, and Zhang Yufei, the World Champion in the women’s 100 fly last week, on the fly leg, which will be a 1-2 combo that can’t be matched at this meet. On top of that, Li Bingjie led China’s women’s 4×100 free relay off in 54.40 last night, so it would seem she’ll be able to provide a very competitive freestyle split on the anchor, if that’s what China chooses to do.