2024 World Championships: Day 5 Finals Live Recap


Well, folks, we are more than halfway through the meet so far, and after tonight, there will just be three days of racing left at these 2024 World Champs. Before we jump into the live recap, take a perusal of the order of events and the start lists.


  • Women’s 200 Butterfly Final
  • Women’s 100 Freestyle Semifinals
  • Men’s 100 Freestyle Final
  • Women’s 50 Backstroke Final
  • Men’s 200 Breaststroke Semifinal
  • Men’s 200 IM Final
  • Women’s 200 Breaststroke Semifinal
  • Men’s 200 Backstroke Semifinal
  • Women’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay

Night 5 Start Lists

Relay Line-ups

There are a couple of big questions that we will all have the answer to in several, hopefully exciting, hours. Chief among them is what will Pan Zhanle do in the 100 free? After setting a new World Record in the finals of the 4×100 Free Relay, can Pan go faster? If he stumbles, Alessandro Miressi and Hwang Sunwoo will be looking to pounce.

While seeded to make the finals in both the 100 free and 200 breast, American Kate Douglass will have to tackle both events again after doubling up this morning and faces a tough field in the 100 free headlined by Shayna Jack, Marrit Steenbergen and Siobhan Haughey, who has already claimed medals in the freestyle and breaststroke events.

While the Chmielewski brothers swam together in the 200 fly semifinals, the Foster brothers both will tackle different events. Carson Foster will look to finally strike gold in the finals of the 200 IM, where he is the top seed and will be flanked by Duncan Scott and the ever-mercurial Shaine Casas. Meanwhile, Jake Foster will look to try to make the final after swimming himself into the 9th seed in the 200 breast.

The session wraps up with the final of the Women’s 4×200 free relay, where China will look to hold off a depleted but still World Record holding squad from Australia as well as surprise 2nd seed New Zealand, whose team set a new National Record in the prelims.


  • World Record: Liu Zige, China – 2:01.81 (2009)
  • World Junior Record: Summer McIntosh, Canada – 2:04.06 (2023)
  • Championship Record: Jess Schipper, Australia – 2:03.41 (2009)
  • 2023 World Champion: Summer McIntosh, Canada – 2:04.06
  • Olympic ‘A’ Qualifying Time: 2:08.43, Olympic ‘B’ Qualifying Time: 2:09.07


  1. Laura Stephens (GBR) – 2:07.35
  2. Helena Rosendahl Bach (DEN) – 2:07.44
  3. Lana Pudar (BIH) – 2:07.92
  4. Rachel Klinker (USA) – 2:08.19
  5. Ma Yonghui (CHN) – 2:08.77
  6. Boglarka Kapas (HUN) – 2:08.81
  7. Dalma Sebestyen (HUN) – 2:09.80
  8. Park Sujin (KOR) – 2:10.09

Less than two seconds separated the final eight heading into the final and it was close at the 100 mark, as just .03 separated early leader Laura Stephens from Helena Rosendahl Bach and Rachel Klinker. The Brit, a 200 specialist, used her back half to extend that lead at the 150 to .30 but Bach and lane one’s Lana Pudar surged hard to close the gap. All three earned their first ever individual medal by virtue of their placing tonight.

American Rachel Klinker was in third through the 150 mark but couldn’t keep up eventually fading to 4th.

WOMEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – Semifinals

  • World Record: Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden – 51.71 (2017)
  • World Junior Record: Penny Oleksiak, Canada – 52.70 (2016)
  • Championship Record: Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden – 51.71 (2017)
  • 2023 World Champion: Mollie O’Callaghan, Australia – 52.16
  • Olympic ‘A’ Qualifying Time: 53.61, Olympic ‘B’ Qualifying Time: 53.88

Top 8:

  1. Marrit Steenbergen (NED) – 52.53
  2. Siobhan Haughey (HKG) – 52.92
  3. Anna Hopkin (GBR) – 53.12
  4. Shayna Jack (AUS) – 53.16
  5. Kate Douglass (USA) – 53.31
  6. Barbora Seemanova (CZE) – 53.76
  7. Kornelia Fiedkiewicz (POL) – 54.01
  8. Stephanie Balduccuni (BRA) – 54.07

The first semifinal saw some blazing speed from an inspired Brit Anna Hopkin. Hopkin led at the 50, splitting a time of 25.41, leading out Barbora Seemanova and Marrit Steenbergern by over .30. The Dutch star surged in the last 50 to take control of the heat, touching first in a time of 52.52, coming home in a speedy 26.7. Hopkin would hang on to 2nd, with the Czech freestyler 3rd. Sitting in the uncomfortable 4th and 5th spots are Stephanie Balduccini (54.07) and Chiara Tarantino (54.51).

Siobhan Haughey went out fast. At the 50, Haughey was 25.1 and led Shanya Jack and Kate Douglass by over half a second. Haughey, who won the 200 free earlier in the meet, appeared to cruise into the finish, touching the wall in a time of 52.92, coming home over a full second slower than Steenbergen. Jack and Douglass, who both have 200s later this session, did enough to qualify through in 4th and 5th overall.


  • World Record: Pan ZhanleChina – 46.80 (2024)
  • World Junior Record: David Popovici, Romania – 46.86 (2022)
  • Championship Record: Cesar Cielo, Brazil – 46.91 (2009)
  • 2023 World Champion: Kyle Chalmers, Australia – 47.15
  • Olympic ‘A’ Qualifying Time: 48.34, Olympic ‘B’ Qualifying Time: 48.58


  1. Pan Zhanle (CHN) – 47.53
  2. Alessandro Miressi (ITA) – 47.72
  3. Nandor Nemeth (HUN) – 47.78
  4. Matthew Richards (GBR) – 47.82
  5. Hwang Sunwoo (KOR) – 47.93
  6. Andrej Barna (SRB) – 48.02
  7. Matt King (USA)/ Wang Haoyu (CHN) – 48.06

Some of the loudest cheering before the start of a race, the men’s 100 free started off with the newly minted World Record holder leading the field out in a comparatively slow 22.55. Pan Zhanle, on the relay, split a 22.26 on the way to his record time of 46.80. Hungarian Nandor Nemeth was just .11 behind in the 100 but had to settle for the bronze medal as Italy’s Alessandro Miressi, who was t-4th at the 50, closed in a speedy 24.90 to nab the silver medal in a time of 47.72.

Both Pan and Nemeth earned their first individual medals as each only had podiumed in relay events, Pan both this year and last summer and Nemeth back in 2017.

American Matt King finished t-7th after sitting in 3rd at 50. It appeared that King faded over the last 5 meters, as he was up in medal contention until that point.


  • World Record: Kaylee McKeown, Australia – 26.86 (2023)
  • World Junior Record: Minna Atherton, Australia – 27.49 (2016)
  • Championship Record: Zhao Ling, China – 27.06 (2009)
  • 2023 World Champion: Kaylee McKeown, Australia – 27.08


  1. Claire Curzan (USA) – 27.43
  2. Iona Anderson (AUS) – 27.45
  3. Ingrid Wilm (CAN) – 27.61
  4. Lauren Cox (GBR) – 27.65
  5. Theodora Drakou (GRE) – 27.84
  6. Adela Piskorska (POL) – 28.099
  7. Kira Toussaint (NED) – 28.18
  8. Louise Hansson (SWE) – 28.32

Showing off the vital necessity of a strong start in the 50, American Claire Curzan earned her second gold medal of the meet after winning the 100 back earlier in the week. Curzan was strong throughout the first 25 meters but seemed to veer towards the lane-line at the finish.

Still, Curzan did enough to grab the gold ahead of Australian Iona Anderson, who finished just .02 behind in a time of 27.45, a time considerably faster than the 28.01 she won junior worlds in.

Keeping the podium the same from the 100, Canadian Ingrid Wilm nabbed the bronze, finishing behind the pair of teenagers, hitting the wall in 27.61.

MEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE – Semifinals

  • World Record: Qin Haiyang, China – 2:05.48 (2023)
  • World Junior Record: Dong Zhihao, China – 2:08.83 (2023)
  • Championship Record: Qin Haiyang, China – 2:05.48 (2023)
  • 2023 World Champion: Qin Haiyang, China – 2:05.48
  • Olympic ‘A’ Qualifying Time: 2:09.68, Olympic ‘B’ Qualifying Time: 2:10.33

Top 8: 

  1. Jake Foster (USA) – 2:08.78
  2. Dong Zhihao (CHN) – 2:09.16
  3. Caspar Corbeau (NED) – 2:09.34
  4. Matti Mattsson (FIN) / Ikuru Hiroshima (JPN) – 2:09.43
  5. Nic Fink (USA) – 2:09.87
  6. Erik Persson (SWE) – 2:10.04
  7. Arno Kamminga (NED) – 2:10.30

Nic Fink showed off a great start, but it was Caspar Corbeau who led at the 100 (1:01.83) ahead of countryman Arno Kamminga and Fink. The trio remained in front of the field with the Texas Longhorn, Corbeau, ultimately taking the head in a time of 2:09.34. Fink, the winner of the 100, would wind up sandwiched between the Dutch breaststrokers, as Kamminga held onto 3rd, finishing in 2:10.30. On the hot seats are Carles Coll Marti of Spain (2:10.77) and Denis Petrashov of Kyrgyzstan (2:10.81).

Jake Foster certainly did not want a repeat of his 9th place finish in the 100 and went out hard, hitting the 100 wall in 1:01.27. The American, who built a lead of nearly a second at the 150 had to hold on for dear life as China’s Dong Zhihao closed in 32.00 to move up from 5th to 2nd in the head, erasing almost two full seconds in just the last 50.

The second semifinal was a much faster affair as the two fastest times came from the heat, and it saw five swimmers advance.


  • World Record: Ryan Lochte, United States – 1:54.00 (2011)
  • World Junior Record: Hubert Kos, Hungary – 1:56.99 (2021)
  • Championship Record: Ryan Lochte, United States – 1:54.00 (2011)
  • 2023 World Champion: Leon Marchand, France – 1:54.82
  • Olympic ‘A’ Qualifying Time: 1:57.94, Olympic ‘B’ Qualifying Time: 1:58.53


  1. Finlay Knox (CAN) – 1:56.64
  2. Carson Foster (USA) – 1:56.97
  3. Alberto Razzetti (ITA) – 1:57.42
  4. Daiya Seto (JPN) – 1:57.54
  5. Shaine Casas (USA) – 1:57.73
  6. Duncan Scott (GBR) – 1:57.75
  7. Lewis Clareburt (NZL) – 1:58.66
  8.  Zhang Zhanshuo (CHN) – 1:59.17

American Shaine Casas showed off his sprinting ability, getting off of the blocks and to the first turn quickest, leading out fellow American Carson Foster, 24.31 to 24.66. The backstroke leg saw Foster move past Casas and had a lead of .50 going into the back half. Foster managed to stay in front of the group into the last turn, but the field made up ground as Foster posted just the 6th fasted split with Alberto Razzetti and Daiya Seto gaining over a second on him.

Sitting in 3rd behind the two Americans, Canada’s Finlay Knox surged to the finish, passing both a lagging Casas (29.04) and Foster (28.63), splitting 27.79 on the freestyle leg. With the win, Knox not only crushed his own National Record but also won Canada’s first gold medal of the meet.


  • World Record: Evgeniia Chikunova, Russia – 2:17.55 (2023)
  • World Junior Record: Viktoria Gunes, Turkey – 2:19.64 (2015)
  • Championship Record: Rikke Pedersen, Denmark – 2:19.11 (2013)
  • 2023 World Champion: Tatjana Schoenmaker, South Africa – 2:20.80
  • Olympic ‘A’ Qualifying Time: 2:23.91, Olympic ‘B’ Qualifying Time: 2:24.63

Top 8: 

  1. Tes Schouten (NED) – 2:21.50
  2. Kate Douglass (USA) – 2:23.17
  3. Sydney Pickrem (CAN) – 2:23.77
  4. Alina Zmushka (NIA) – 2:24.14
  5. Lisa Mamie (SUI) – 2:24.62
  6. Kotryna Teterevkova (LTU) – 2:24.69
  7. Mona McSharry (IRL) – 2:25.13
  8. Kristyna Horska (CZE) – 2:25.34

Leading out the first semifinal was lane 6’s Alina Zmushka. Touching in 1:08.36, the Belarussian competing as a neutral athlete was over a second clear of Canada’s Sydney Pickrem and Singapore’s Letitia Tran. Pickrem closed the gap to less than .3 and used a strong pull-out to gain the lead, ultimately touching first in a time of 2:23.77 ahead of Zmushka’s 2:24.14. Ireland and University of Tennesse swimmer Mona McSharry surged in the back half to nab 3rd (2:25.13).

On the hot seats are Italy’s Francesca Fangio (2:26.39) and Sua Moon of Korea (2:26.76).

At the 50 mark of the 2nd semifinal, Dutch breastroker Tes Schouten was under the World Record pace, but she fell off that by the 100, splitting 1:07.79, ahead of American Kate Douglass by 1.46. Schouten, the silver medalist in the 100 cruised to the top time of the evening, finishing in 2:21.50, body lengths ahead of Douglass and good for a new personal best.

Douglass, on the back of a double, finished second in 2:23.17 ahead of Swiss star Lisa Mamie (2:24.62). Overall, the 2nd semifinal was faster, having the two fastest times and advancing five swimmers into tomorrow night’s final.

MEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – Semifinals

  • World Record: Aaron Peirsol, United States – 1:51.92 (2009)
  • World Junior Record: Kliment Kolesnikov, Russia – 1:55.14 (2017)
  • Championship Record: Aaron Peirsol, United States – 1:51.92 (2009)
  • 2023 World Champion: Hubert Kos, Hungary – 1:54.14
  • Olympic ‘A’ Qualifying Time: 1:57.50, Olympic ‘B’ Qualifying Time: 1:58.09

Top 8: 

  1. Jack Aikins (USA) – 1:56.32
  2. Hugo Gonzalez (ESP) – 1:56.38
  3. Lee Juho (KOR) – 1:56.40
  4. Adam Telegdy (HUN) – 1:56.65
  5. Roman Mityukov (SUI) – 1:56.72
  6. Apsotolos Siskos (GRE) – 1:56.82
  7. Kai van Westering (NED) – 1:56.91
  8. Pieter Coetze (RSA) – 1:57.07

Swiss backstroker and Fukuoka medalist Roman Mityukov lead at the 100, splitting 56.60 ahead of surprise backstroker Lukas Martens. Martens, who has medaled in the 400 free at the last three World Champs, was just .36 off the lead, (he actually lead at the 50) but would ultimately fade to finish in 7th.

Moving up through the field over the last 100 was Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez. Swimming out of lane 1, the silver medalist in the 100 won the semifinal, finishing in a new PB of 1:56.38, ahead of Mityukov’s 1:56.72 and Kai van Westering‘s 1:56.91.

American Jack Aikins left nothing behind, posting the fastest time in the 2nd semifinal to grab lane 4 for tomorrow night’s final. Out of 56.18, the American led from start to finish, posting a time of 1:56.32. Aikins, who is redshirting from UVA, faded on the last 50, posting one of only two time splits above:30 among the top eight.


  • World Record: Australia – 7:37.50 (2023)
  • Championship Record: Australia – 7:37.50 (2023)
  • 2023 World Champion: Australia – 7:37.50


  1. China (Ai, Gong, Li, Yang) – 7:47.26
  2. Great Britain (Colbert, Wood, Hope, Harris) – 7:50.90
  3. Australia (Throssell, Jack, Harkin, Melverton) – 7:51.41
  4. Brazil – 7:52.71
  5. New Zealand – 7:53.02
  6. Canada – 7:55.71
  7. Netherlands – 7:55.84
  8. Hungary – 7:56.58

Team New Zealand led through the first leg of the race, courtesy of Erika Fairweather’s 1:56.37, giving the Kiwis the lead over the Australian team, who qualified only 7th into the final. Shayna Jack closed the gap on the New Zealand team, but it was Great Britain’s Abbie Wood (1:56.65) who surged into the lead at the halfway mark.

Much like Team GB taking the lead over at the 400 mark, China, with Li Bingjie, took the lead into the 600-meter mark. Li posted a speedy time of 1:54.5, more than four seconds ahead of all the other third legs.

China built upon their lead over the last leg with their anchor, Yang Peiqi (1:56.18) bringing the team home in a time of 7:47.26. Great Britain, who used Medi Harris (1:58.40) on the last leg, finished 2nd in a time of 7:50.90, with the Australian anchor Kiah Melverton (1:58.01) bringing her team into the wall in a time of 7:51.41, which was good enough for bronze.

Team Canada brought in some new legs, in the form of Taylor Ruck and Rebecca Smith, but finished just 6th with Smith leading of in 1:58.70 and Ruck anchoring in 1:59.59.

And just like that, we are down to three more days of these World Champs. Thanks, and see you all later.

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1 month ago

OK – THERE is still a lot of competition to go, but:
have Michael Andrew and Shaine Casas both done a kind of ‘belly flop’ regarding the meet and
expectations concerning their respective performances?
NOT a criticism; just asking for non-hostile comments

McIntosh McKeown McKeon McEvoy
1 month ago

This meet is the perfect meet for both MA and Casas to make a statement and capitalize.

So far, no statement is issued and nothing is capitalized.

1 month ago

I know it’s not a loaded field compared to normal, but Knox winning a race like this is fantastic.

1 month ago

In an interview Pan said he got way too excited after breaking the WR on Day 1 and didn’t get enough rest, probably the reason why he tossed the 200 prelims. In another interview he said there was a lot of pressure and he was pretty nervous before the final but claimed it’ll get better from here.

Last edited 1 month ago by Tencor
McIntosh McKeown McKeon McEvoy
Reply to  Tencor
1 month ago

100 freestylers who broke WR (or textile WR) in the lead off of 4×100 free usually swam slower in the individual 100 a few days later. Examples:

Klim 2000, Magnussen in 2011, Cate Campbell in 2013, Sjostrom in 2017, Pan in 2024

2008-2009 don’t count because of rubber suits effect.

Last edited 1 month ago by McIntosh McKeown McKeon McEvoy
Reply to  McIntosh McKeown McKeon McEvoy
1 month ago

Not sure C1 in 2013 is a good example.

McIntosh McKeown McKeon McEvoy
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

You’re right. I thought C1 was significantly slower in individual 100, but she was just 0.01 second slower.

Joshua Liendo-Edwards-Smith
Reply to  McIntosh McKeown McKeon McEvoy
1 month ago

C1 swam a 52.33 to break the textile WR and then a few days later swam a 52.34 to win gold. That doesn’t seem like it belongs on this list.

Reply to  Joshua Liendo-Edwards-Smith
1 month ago

52.03 to break the WR

Reply to  Madge
1 month ago

Wrong year

1 month ago

pick em updates?

1 month ago

Does this performance from China in W 4x200m relay give them hope of winning gold in Paris or beat Canada or USA

Reply to  Timeout
1 month ago

Based on what we know currently they’ll need Australia to underperform to win gold and the silver and bronze are between USA and China but lots can change between now and Paris.

Reply to  Timeout
1 month ago

Australia is still by far the favorite to win Gold, but in the battle for Silver, China has two potential 1:54 splits in Yang Junxuan and Li Bingjie, as well as a 1:55 split and a 1:56 split, plus we don’t know whether national record holder Tang Muhan who just returned from a hiatus will be in form by Paris. The US has Ledecky’s 1:54-low/1:53-high split, with more evened out with 1:55 splits for the rest of the squad. Weinstein hasn’t delivered in the 200 since nationals, but if she can return to 1:55 form then I’d say the US will be a more clear favorite for the silver.

Reply to  Tencor
1 month ago

Sims is a consistent 1:54 split.

Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

Don’t get the downvotes, she literally is.

Reply to  Tencor
1 month ago

I agree that Australia is still the favourite, but I would pick China for silver, ahead of the US. Sadly, I think Canada is not in medal contention in this event. They’ve had the talent, but they’ve not been firing at the same time. I think Ruck will improve considerably before Paris, although very likely not to her best times. Oleksiak is a huge question mark. It seems highly unlikely she will return to top form. Then there’s the question of the fourth swimmer. McIntosh can’t do it on her own.

Reply to  CanSwimFan
1 month ago

I wouldn’t expect much from Ruck if she’s focussing on the 50 and 100.

McIntosh McKeown McKeon McEvoy
Reply to  Timeout
1 month ago

They’re not beating Australia. They could beat USA.

And Canada is not in the conversation for w4x200 medal unless Oleksiak returns to 2021-2021 form.

Reply to  McIntosh McKeown McKeon McEvoy
1 month ago

Yes, not when you can bookend two 1.52s either end & lots of consistent 1.55s in the middle & a possibility of a Jack going 1.54s.

Reply to  Robbos
1 month ago

Funny that the new schedule made so Ledecky doesn’t have to do any doubles might just allow Australia to take another chunk of time off the 4×2 world record (no 100 earlier in the session for Mollie).

McIntosh McKeown McKeon McEvoy
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

I wonder if there has ever been a 200 free WR in a 4×200 WR race? So two WR in one race.

When was the last time 200 free WR in the lead off of 4×200?

Smimming fan
1 month ago
1 month ago

It’s so hard to know what to take, if anything, from this meet. You’ve got some swimmers like Steenbergen and Curzan who are setting PBs. Then others who are clearly off and/or not rested. Then a few who have had some monster swims but then other swims quite off their best (eg Haughey and Pan).

Have to be honest that having finals while I’m asleep definitely lowers the excitement. Watching every single final live in Fukuoka added so much. Now it’s like wake up, check SwimSwam, “oh that’s cool” and that’s kind of it haha.

I’m going to just have to make the sacrifice during Paris and ruin my sleep

Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

In my humble opinion as a fan & not a ex swimmer or experienced coach is that you can see who is swimming fast. Swimmers like Haughey, Pan & Steenbergen are swimming fast & will be a threat come Paris, others are using this meet to test their skills & race against international swimmers & may not be peaking now. Plus the possibility of seeing some young potential international swimmers like Iona Anderson.
So I’m just looking at the fast swimmers & ignoring poor swims.

McIntosh McKeown McKeon McEvoy
1 month ago

As someone said yesterday, Haughey’s mastery of energy conservation throughout the rounds is underrated.

Some swimmers could learn from her.

Reply to  McIntosh McKeown McKeon McEvoy
1 month ago

She is brilliant. I remember a certain Libby Trickett in 2 Olympics, first one, 2004 actually as World record holder, missed the final totally, the 2nd, 2008 at least one of the top favourites, she finished 9th in semis, but for a disqualification, got 8th spot in final & ended up with silver medal.

Haughey goes out hard & eases on the way home when she feels safe, just brilliant.

Reply to  McIntosh McKeown McKeon McEvoy
1 month ago

Maggie MacNeil is also very good at conserving energy through the rounds, while not taking unnecessary risks.