Day 3 Finals Preview: Three or More World Records on the Bullseye for Tuesday

The story of the finals on day 2 is record watches; with 8 total races, there could be as many as four different World Records broken. First, the schedule for tonight:

Men’s 200 free FINAL
Women’s 100 back FINAL
Men’s 50 breast SEMIFINAL
Women’s 1500 free FINAL
Men’s 100 back FINAL
Women’s 200 free SEMIFINAL
Men’ 200 fly SEMIFINAL
Women’s 100 breast FINAL

A reminder of all the links you need to follow the meet.

The most obvious World Record on notice is Ruta Meilutyte’s in the 100 breaststroke; though as many have pointed out, breaking it in the semi-finals and then repeating it in finals can be a challenge. Note, though, that Rebecca Soni did just that in the 200 breast at the Olympics, so it wouldn’t be unprecedented.

It might be more of a stretch, but both Katie Ledecky and Lotte Friis looked comfortable to their 15:49’s in prelims of the women’s 1500 freestyle. That’s still 7 seconds away from the 15:42.54 set by Kate Ziegler in 2007, now the only long course World Record from before the supersuit era, but expect them both to at least make a run at the mark.

In the men’s 50 breaststroke, South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh was a 26.78 in prelims. As he seems to gain more confidence in his ailing knee with every swim, that’s within a tenth of the World record he set at the 2009 World Championships in 26.67.

There’s also an outside shot of Missy Franklin or Emily Seebohm taking a run at the 100 backstroke World Record. They were both very close in London in 2012, but nobody has been great through two rounds of this event (59.3 is the closest we’ve seen, which is over a second away from Gemma Spofforth’s 58.12).

One event where it doesn’t look like anybody’s going to get close to a record is the men’s 100 backstroke, but it could be the most exciting final of the night. Every single one of the eight finalists has a legitimate chance to take gold, and I don’t say that lightly.

Another eye will be on an intriguing women’s 200 free semifinal that comes later in the session. That will see Missy Franklin, Katinka Hosszu, Camille Muffat, and Melanie Costa-Schmid, who have had different levels of success so far in this meet, as well as some intriguing names like Bronte Barratt, Charlotte Bonnet, and Femke Heemskerk. My biggest question is around Sarah Sjostrom from Sweden. After winning the World title in the 100 fly on Monday, she expended a ton of emotional energy. She implied on her Twitter account this morning that she wasn’t exactly thrilled with her prelims swim in the 200 free (1:57.64), but felt that she could be better in the semi-finals.

So, the question then becomes will having the weight off of her shoulders in that 100 fly free her to have some good swims in the rest of her events? Or did she put so much into that win that she will be spent? As of now, she’ll have to be better tonight if she wants the chance to find out in Wednesday’s finals.

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8 years ago

Ledecky goes sub 15:40. My bet is 15:38.25, to put a firm stake in the sand.

Sean Justice
Reply to  Patrick W. Brundage
8 years ago

I agree Patrick, after the 3:59, under 15:40 is what I am guessing. Also it will be fun because she really attacks her race!!

Philip Johnson
8 years ago

I have a feeling something special will happen in the 1500. Ledecky swam a phenomenal 1500 at Nationals swimming dead tired, but still managed to put up a fantastic swim. We already had one 16-year-old break a record, now it’s time for another!

tea
Reply to  Philip Johnson
8 years ago

I wouldn’t be surprised to see her go out under 8:20… maybe 8:17 or so.

WHOKNOWS
8 years ago

For those who might be interested in a compressed update of 2013 World Rankings (Top 50) check out this link. USA Swimmers are bold faced.
http://www.teamunify.com/pnws2/__doc__/2013_WORLD_RANKINGS_50.pdf

beachmouse
8 years ago

In other Road to Rio notes, Joseph Schooling gets a second swim as #14 guy in the 200 fly prelims.

HulkSwim
8 years ago

Katie Ledecky will smash a 15:36.

Sean Justice
Reply to  Braden Keith
8 years ago

Like!!! I really hope that she does!!

Sean Justice
Reply to  Braden Keith
8 years ago

Make it so!! I would have given anything to been on the deck for that race!! What a great swim by three people. Congrats to them all!! Fantastic!!!!!!

Reply to  Braden Keith
8 years ago

I am so glad to be wrong in my prediction. Braden, we need to see the Twitter page updated tonight. Best 1500 race by three swimmers ever, IMHO.

Ellen
Reply to  Braden Keith
8 years ago

You’d best get on that, Braden. A-freaking-mazing!

HulkSwim
Reply to  Braden Keith
8 years ago

Get it done.

DanishSwimFan
8 years ago

Dear Eurosport, please start the swimming on time today, otherwise I shall revert to my viking ancestry and do some pillaging.

Philip Johnson
Reply to  DanishSwimFan
8 years ago

Haha I know right!

SwimFanFinland
Reply to  DanishSwimFan
8 years ago

I’m sure they will as there is no fifth division soccer going on but “just” water polo. There seem to be nice audience so it got better from the first matches. Spaniards have played well.

john26
8 years ago

Does BBC 2 not show it live? I’m on the tv schedule and it says it starts at 7:00 local.

Phil
8 years ago

Anyone got a link to a stream? We don’t get universal here and the one stream I found yesterday didn’t work all that well

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Phil
8 years ago

google usagoals.

Phil
Reply to  Philip Johnson
8 years ago

Got it. Thanks!

beachmouse
Reply to  Phil
8 years ago

You may have to refresh a few times to get advertising that you can actually red X off the screen.

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