2024 World Championships: Day 3 Finals Live Recap



  • Men’s 200 free final
  • Women’s 1500 free final
  • Men’s 50 breast semi-finals
  • Women’s 100 back final
  • Men’s 100 back final
  • Women’s 200 free semi-finals
  • Men’s 200 fly semi-finals
  • Women’s 100 breast final


  • World Record: Paul Biedermann, Germany – 1:42.00 (2009)
  • World Junior Record: David Popovici, Romania – 1:42.97 (2022)
  • Championship Record: Paul Biedermann, Germany – 1:42.00 (2009)
  • 2023 World Champion: Matthew Richards, Great Britain – 1:44.30
  • Olympic ‘A’ Qualifying Time: 1:46.26, Olympic ‘B’ Qualifying Time: 1:46.79


  1. Hwang Sunwoo (KOR), 1:44.75
  2. Danas Rapsys (LTU), 1:45.05
  3. Luke Hobson (USA), 1:45.26
  4. Lukas Martens (GER), 1:45.33
  5. Rafael Miroslaw (GER), 1:45.84
  6. Duncan Scott (GBR), 1:45.86
  7. Elijah Winnington (AUS), 1:46.20
  8. Guilherme Costa (BRA), 1:46.87

Whelp, that was a fast start to the day. Hwang Sunwoo went out at it hard, leading at the 100 by nearly .50 over the USA’s Luke Hobson. Hobson made his move on the 3rd 50 to take the lead, by the Korean fought back to take the win in 1:44.75, just off his PB from the Asian Games last year. With the win, Korea has won both the 200 and 400 freestyle events, leading one to speculate they may have a great 4×200 free relay.

Silver went to Danas Rapsys, who bided his time and sat in 4th at the 100 but moved up on the field and passed Hobson and Rafael Martens to touch .30 behind the Korean. Hobson had the slowest last 50 of the field (27.81) but managed to hang on to win the bronze.


  • World Record: Katie Ledecky, United States – 15:20.48 (2018)
  • World Junior Record: Katie Ledecky, United States – 15:28.36 (2014)
  • Championship Record: Katie Ledecky, United States – 15:25.48 (2015)
  • 2023 World Champion: Katie Ledecky, United States – 15:26.27
  • Olympic ‘A’ Qualifying Time: 16:09.09, Olympic ‘B’ Qualifying Time: 16:13.94


  1.  Simona Quadarella (ITA) – 15:46.99
  2.  Li Bingjie (CHN) – 15:56.62
  3.  Isabel Gose (GER) – 15:57.55
  4.  Eve Thomas (NZL) – 16:09.43
  5.  Anastasiia Kirpichnikova (FRA) – 16:12.98
  6.  Yang Peiqi (CHN) – 16:13.08
  7.  Maddy Gough (AUS) – 16:16.85
  8.  Kristel Kobrich (CHI) – 16:18.90

Simona Quadarella did not want to have to fight for the gold medal and dropped her competition early into the race and claimed gold in a time of 15:46.99, Italy’s first of the meet. At the 400 mark, she had a lead of under a second on Isabel Gose, but by the 500, she had more than doubled it. It was a dominant performance, winning by over nine seconds over China’s Li Bingjie.

The top three separated themselves and were the only finishers under the 16-minute barrier, but New Zealand’s Eve Thomas‘s 4th place finish represents a new personal best and a great performance after entering the meet as the 10th seed.


  • 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)
  • 2023 World Champion: Qin Haiyang, China – 26.29

Top 8

  1.  Sam Williamson (AUS) – 26.41
  2.  Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA) – 26.66
  3.  Nic Fink (USA) – 26.77
  4.  Adam Peaty (GBR) – 26.85
  5.  Simone Cerasuolo (ITA) – 26.98
  6.  Lucas Matzerath (GER) – 27.01
  7.  Peter Stevens (SLO) – 27.04
  8.  Mikel Schreuders (ARU) – 27.05

The first semifinal saw a tight field with the World Record holder, Adam Peaty, swimming out of lane 7. Peaty’s time of 26.85 was much faster than this morning’s swim but not enough to get past Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi, who won the semifinal with a strong final 15 meters in 26.65. Top seed in the heat, Ilya Shymanovich faded after the early lead to finish in 4th and must wait to see if he is safe, though.

The second semi was a faster affair, with Australian Sam Williams qualifying into the final in first in a new personal best and Australian record. His time of 26.41 breaks the old record by .10 and clear of Nic Fink by over .30. Five swimmers from the 2nd semifinal qualified through, meaning that Shymanovich will not make it back. Fink’s teammate, Michael Andrew, finished tied for 11th in a time of 27.18, .13 off of 8th-placed Mikel Schreuders.


  • World Record: Kaylee McKeown, Australia – 57.33 (2023)
  • World Junior Record: Regan Smith, United States – 57.57 (2019)
  • Championship Record: Kaylee McKeown, Australia – 57.53 (2023)
  • 2023 World Champion: Kaylee McKeown, Australia – 57.53
  • Olympic ‘A’ Qualifying Time: 59.99, Olympic ‘B’ Qualifying Time: 1:00.29


  1.  Claire Curzan (USA) – 58.29
  2.  Iona Anderson (AUS) – 59.12
  3.  Ingrid Wilm (CAN) – 59.18
  4.  Jaclyn Barclay (AUS) – 59.28
  5. Lauren Cox (GBR) – 59.60
  6. Kathleen Dawson (GBR) -1:00.42
  7.  Maaike de Waard (NED) – 1:00.64
  8.  Kira Toussaint (NED) – 1:00.73

Claire Curzan 2.0 is here. In personal best fashion, American Claire Curzan took the win in convincing fashion. Showing off a great start, with a reaction time of .56, the teenager lead at the 50 by over .25 and extended that lead to win by .83 over fellow teenager Iona Anderson.

The Australian youngster set a new PB as well, touching in 59.12. This is a result that makes the 2nd 100 back roster spot for the Australians more competitive. Nabbing third in 59.18 was Canada’s Ingrid Wilm. Often behind fellow Canadian and former World Record holder Kylie Masse, Wilm earned her first individual world medal by virtue of her 59.18. The other Australia entrant, Jaclyn Barclay, was just .10 off the podium, swimming a strong 59.28.


  • World Record: Thomas Ceccon, Italy – 51.60 (2022)
  • World Junior Record: Kliment Kolesnikov, Russia – 52.53 (2018)
  • Championship Record: Thomas Ceccon, Italy – 51.60 (2022)
  • 2023 World Champion: Ryan Murphy, United States – 52.22
  • Olympic ‘A’ Qualifying Time: 53.74, Olympic ‘B’ Qualifying Time: 54.01


  1.  Hunter Armstrong (USA) – 52.68
  2.  Hugo Gonzalez (ESP) – 52.70
  3.  Apostolos Christou (GRE) – 53.36
  4.  Evangelos Makrygiannis (GRE) – 53.38
  5.  Pieter Coetze (RSA) – 53.51
  6.  Roman Mityukov (SUI) – 53.64
  7.  Miroslav Knedla (CZE) – 53.74
  8.  Jack Aikins (USA) – 54.60

After claiming bronze in Fukuoka, American Hunter Armstrong made it back-to-back tonight for Team USA by winning the gold medal. Well off his personal best of 51.98, the American still got it done this evening, winning by just .02. Armstrong trailed at the 50 but used a strong turn and his long arms to pull past Cal training partner Hugo Gonzalez.

Gonzalez, winning his first medal of any kind on the world stage, hit a new PB en route to Spain’s first medal. Second seed Pieter Coetzee struggled to replicate his success from last night, finishing nearly half a second slower.


  • World Record: Mollie O’Callaghan, Australia – 1:52.85 (2023)
  • World Junior Record: Summer McIntosh, Canada – 1:53.65 (2023)
  • Championship Record: Mollie O’Callaghan, Australia – 1:52.85 (2023)
  • 2023 World Champion: Mollie O’Callaghan, Australia – 1:52.85
  • Olympic ‘A’ Qualifying Time: 1:57.26, Olympic ‘B’ Qualifying Time: 1:57.85

Top 8:

  1.  Erika Fairweather (NZL) – 1:55.75
  2.  Siobhan Haughey (HKG) – 1:56.04
  3.  Shayna Jack (AUS) – 1:56.80
  4.  Barbora Seemanova (CZE) – 1:57.00
  5.  Brianna Throssell (AUS) – 1:57.09
  6.  M.F. de Olivera (BRA) – 1:57.11
  7.  Li Bingjie (CHN)/ Nikolett Padar (HUN) – 1:57.13

Did somebody forget to tell Siobhan Haughey that she has the 100 breast to swim? For the first 125  meters, the Olympic silver medalist in this event was out like a bat, splitting 55.52 at the 100 mark and under the world record pace by .40. Haughey would be passed by the 400 free gold medalist Erika Fairweather at the finish winning the heat in a time of 1:55.75, over Haughey, Barbora Seemanova (1:57.00) and Marrit Steenbergen (1:57.30). American Addison Sauickie finished 5th in the heat in a time of 1:58.51.

Showing off her sprinting prowess, Shayna Jack led the second semifinal at the 100 mark and managed to hold on to win the second heat in a time of 1:56.80. Jack’s teammate Brianna Throssell surged in the last 50 to finish just behind her teammate in a time of 1:57.09. Li Bingjie, fresh off of a silver medal in the 1500, tied for 4th in the heat, but managed to avoid a swim-off by qualifying into the final tied for 7th.


  • 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)
  • 2023 World Champion: Leon Marchand, France – 1:52.43
  • Olympic ‘A’ Qualifying Time: 1:55.78, Olympic ‘B’ Qualifying Time: 1:56.36

Top 8

  1. Alberto Razzetti (ITA) – 1:55.09
  2. Tomoru Honda (JPN) – 1:55.20
  3. Michal Chmielewski (POL) – 1:55.38
  4. Martin Espernberger (AUT) – 1:55.40
  5. Kregor Zirk (EST) – 1:55.64
  6. Lewis Clareburt (NZL) – 1:55.82
  7. Matthew Sates (RSA) – 1:55.88
  8. Richard Marton (HUN) – 1:56.04

Hoping to emulate countryman Kristof Milak, Hungarian Richard Marton took out the 100 fast, being the only swimmer under 55.00 hitting the wall in 54,77, but would lose the lead by a strong backhalf by one of two Polish brothers in the event. Micha Chmielwski got his hands onto the wall first in 1:55.38, just .02 ahead of a fast-charging Martin Espernberger. Joining the pair with sub 1:56 times are Lewis Clareburt and Matt Sates.

It was going to be double trouble tomorrow night as Micha’s twin, Krzystof Chimielewski, took the win in the second semifinal in a time of 1:54.52, but a Video Review ultimately disqualified him. Taking the win and the top seed tomorrow will be Italian Alberto Razzetti, who will have Japan’s Tomoru Honda hot on his heels.

America’s Zach Harting‘s slow start (26.37 at the 50) landed him a tough hole, finishing 11th overall in a time of 1:56.81.


  • World Record: Lilly King, United States – 1:04.13 (2017)
  • World Junior Record: Ruta Meilutyte, Lithuania – 1:04.35 (2013)
  • Championship Record: Lilly King, United States – 1:04.13 (2017)
  • 2023 World Champion: Ruta Meilutyte, Lithuania – 1:04.62
  • Olympic ‘A’ Qualifying Time: 1:06.79, Olympic ‘B’ Qualifying Time: 1:07.12


  1. Tang Qianting (CHN) – 1:05.27
  2. Tes Schouten (NED) – 1:05.82
  3. Siobhan Haughey (HKG) – 1:05.92
  4. Kotryna Teterevkova (LTU) – 1:06.02
  5.  Mona McSharry (IRL) – 1:06.42
  6. Alina Zmushka (NIA) – 1:06.58
  7. Yang Chang (CHN) – 1:06.75
  8. Sophie Angus (CAN) – 1:07.09

What a great race to end the night, another teenager claiming a gold medal, showcasing the names of the future (or perhaps even Paris). China’s Tang Qianting took the race out hard and fast. Touching at the 50 in 30,25, one of only two under 31, Tang held the lead from start to finish to add another gold medal to the haul for China.

Swimming a very different race, Dutch star Tes Schouten was 6th at the 50 (31.46) but closed fastest amongst the field in 34.36 to win the silver medal. A couple of minutes after the 200 free, Siobhan Haughey swam her way to a bronze medal in a time of 1:05.92, a new personal best and Hong Kong record. Haughey, who is known for her freestyle prowess, has had her dabbling in this event pay off, landing her a spot on the podium.

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17 days ago

Does anyone have any news about Qin, his preparation and the dates of the Chinese selections for the 2024 Olympics?

Brett Davies
2 months ago

I don’t trust these chinese swimmers

Reply to  Brett Davies
17 days ago

agree with you : Does anyone have any news about Qin, his preparation and the dates of the Chinese selections for the 2024 Olympics?

Slow Swimmer X
2 months ago

There goes Michael Andrew’s 4 individual medal in 4 events…..

2 months ago

curzan on top of the podium!! YAY!!! X3

2 months ago

So glad to see Sunwoo win the men’s 200m free. The Korean men having a nice meet here.

Also credit to Bingjie for making the 200m free final 50 minutes after her 1500m race.

Reply to  Jasmine
2 months ago

With the two surprise medals they won in diving and Woomin’s gold, they broke their record for most medals won at a Worlds, and now with Sunwoo’s win and the 4×2 still to come, they may more than double it. Woomin was 7:46 at Asian Games in the 800 and would have very much been in the mix for the medals here, but he pulled out. South Korea is taking that 4×2 very seriously. The kids that started swimming because of Tae-Hwan are coming of age now, and the Hallyu wave in swimming has only just begun.

2 months ago

I just cant defend MA anymore, its ridiculous how he is a worse swimmer in every posible aspect than he was at 2021. His breaststroke wasnt the nicest, but at least It worked for him. Now its a mess. 3 years ago he couldt close a 200im, now even a 50 is too mucho for him.

Reply to  Mclovineta
2 months ago

I agree at this point, and I used to think I was one of Andrew’s biggest fans just cause I’ve been following his career extensively since he went pro in 2013. He just hasn’t had it the last two years and he’s flopped at every international meet I’ve seen him compete in since the junior days. Yes he’s talented, yes he’s an Olympic gold medalist, but what he’s failed to do is capitalize on the hype he’s had as genuinely one of the most talented swimmers in the world and being unable to do the big times when they count. As a fan, it’s just morale killing and disappointing to see. I hope trials shock me though.

Sapiens Ursus
Reply to  Mclovineta
2 months ago

Desperately grasping at positives from this performance, it’s clear MA anticipated doing well here as a confidence boost heading into Trials.

This is bitterly disappointing but perhaps the underperformance once again at this stage will prompt some much needed sober reflection that what he’s doing now isn’t working. Maybe this poor trajectory could inspire some risk taking?

And given who we’re talking about that means perhaps just giving traditional techniques a chance? Sometimes everyone’s doing the same thing for a reason.

Fat chance I know. But MA’s saga of self inflicted struggle is painful to witness

Last edited 2 months ago by Sapiens Ursus
Reply to  Mclovineta
2 months ago

Michael Andrew peaked at the 2021 US Olympic Trials. In the semis.

Slow Swimmer X
Reply to  Jonathan
2 months ago

You’re not wrong

Reply to  Mclovineta
2 months ago

Then quit posting negative comments about MA. He is swimming all the 50’s because that is what he qualified for. He was like 0.2 slower in the semis than prelims. He was 0.1 from making the final and you are all hysterical as if the world is ending. At the time he couldn’t “close out the IM” he became the 3rd fastest American in the 200 meter IM ever.

Slow Swimmer X
Reply to  Anonymous
2 months ago

When you’re incredibly hyped….

Reply to  Slow Swimmer X
2 months ago

The Superbowl is incredibly hyped not swimming.

ACC fan
Reply to  Mclovineta
2 months ago

MA is great for our sport, love his approach or hate it. With all the pressure and expectations he’s been under from a young age, I think he’s done amazingly well to become an Olympic Champion. Most talented, promising age groupers in his shoes never even get to the Olympics. MA is /was one of the all time greatest swimmers. Period. What the future holds for him is a bonus if it’s great and not tragic, if it’s not.

Reply to  ACC fan
2 months ago

What in the world makes him “great for our sport”?

Slow Swimmer X
Reply to  Chucky
2 months ago


He whined and slammed USAS on his social media because they didn’t take him to Fukuoka when it was him who didn’t understand the qualification procedure.

Reply to  Chucky
2 months ago

well he does drive engagement

Reply to  ACC fan
2 months ago

This is satire, right ?

2 months ago

„passed Hobson and Rafael Martens to touch .30 behind the Korean.“


Reply to  Winkelschleifer
2 months ago

Hobson, Rafael and Maertens

Reply to  Winkelschleifer
2 months ago

the guy that won was Korean

Sherry Smit
2 months ago

Curzan is beginning to become a better backstroke than butterflier. At this point, she should just put all focus on the 100/200 back, and begin to fizzle out of the 100 fly.

Reply to  Sherry Smit
2 months ago

If she put focus on the backstroke events she could very well qualify for the 2024 Olympic Team.

Reply to  Alice
2 months ago

Or could well completely miss out given the depth of US women backstroke right now

Reply to  Alice
2 months ago

All of her events are super competitive, but I think her best shot at the Olympics is on the 400 free relay. It’s very possible that she makes zero individual events for Paris but that they use her on the medley relays in prelims to rest multi-eventers.

Swim Observer
Reply to  aquajosh
2 months ago

And breaks WR as a relay only leadoff… lol

Bill Lumberg
Reply to  Sherry Smit
2 months ago

Besides Regan, there are 2 very dangerous 2 backstrokers named Phoebe Bacon and Rhyan White that can easily cancel those plans. Claire is still very dangerous in the 100 fly though she could be beaten by at least 3 other US swimmers at trials.

Reply to  Bill Lumberg
2 months ago

And Katherine Berkoff in the 100

Reply to  SMV
2 months ago

And Olivia Smoliga continues to swim well; Curzan just passed her by 0.02 on the all-time performer list, :58.29(new Curzan) to :58.31(Smoliga).

Reply to  mds
2 months ago

Smoliga has seemed to put all her focus on the sprint frees leading up to this year. I doubt she even swims the 100 back at trials.

Reply to  Sherry Smit
2 months ago

She also needs to keep focusing on 100 free as a relay spot is the safest bet for a spot on the team.

Reply to  CanSwimFan
2 months ago

Her 100 free has become very mediocre at the elite level for some time now

Reply to  CanSwimFan
2 months ago

She’ll probably need a PB to make top six this year so I don’t think it’s safer than her other events.

Reply to  Sherry Smit
2 months ago

Agreed, but with Smith and Berkoff in 100 and Smith, White, Bacon, and Stadden and more young talent in pipelines in 200 she needs strong 2nd event as plan B. Plus training for butterfly should help your backstroke as well.

Last edited 2 months ago by Tomek