Day 7 Finals Preview at the 2013 World Championships

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 18

August 03rd, 2013 News

It’s day 7 at the swimming portion of the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, and it’s time to start tying up some loose ends. There’s another 5 finals Saturday, but only three semi-finals to go with them.

Women’s 50 fly FINAL
Men’s 50 free FINAL
Women’s 200 back FINAL
Women’s 50 breast SEMIFINALS
Men’s 100 fly FINAL
Women’s 50 free SEMIFINALS
Men’s 50 back SEMIFINALS
Women’s 800 free FINAL

As a reminder, here’s all the links you need to follow tonight’s action at the World Championships.

The story is all going to be about the women’s 800 free, where everyone around sees no way that either Katie Ledecky, Lotte Friis, or both come up short of the World Record.

The two will be head-to-head in lane 4 (Ledecky) and lane 3 (Friis), after going in the low 8:20’s in prelims on Friday, but also right there witht hem will be New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle, who was the 2nd-best in prelims with an 8:21.00 in a new Oceania Record, and was the 4th-fastest in history in that 1500 battle.

And keep in mind that this final will also feature Spain’s Mireia Belmonte-Garcia, who was the silver medalist in this event at last year’s Olympics.

The focus will all be on those middle two lanes, but there is plenty of quality to go around in this race.

That’s one of two World Record opportunities in the session, with the other coming in the women’s 50 breaststroke. In prelims of that race, Russia’s Yulia Efimova broke the record in 29.78, but with her and Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte both swimming so well at this meet, it’s hard to see only .02 going off of that record. Meilutyte, for example, was only 30.07 in prelims: slower than she started her 100 breaststroke.

Jessica Hardy also is in the hunt to reclaim the record that she lost on Saturday morning, having gone 29.99 in prelims. These are the only three women to ever go under 30 seconds in this race.

Other interesting stories on the day include watching to see if Ryan Lochte can recover from that triple that he did on Friday (and did very well) in the men’s 100 fly final, and watching the disgusting men’s 50 free final that was deep enough even to make the participants say “wow”.

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my prediction for ledecky:

4:04 – 408 for final 8:12 or 8:13 NWR

Lane Four

I am thinking a little faster…..I could see an 8:10. With Lotti taking this out and Katie staying with her, this is going to be as fast as the 1500 if not faster since it is half the distance. Then again, I could be all wrong. LOL

Lane Four

*Sorry, I meant to spell Lotte and not Lotti.


So my prediction is around the mark, although the split is different.


my hope for tonight is I will be able to focus on the correct winner at the finish of men 50 free

Women’s 50 fly FINAL
– Ottesen Gray SMASH. Kromowidjojo and Vollmer to medal.

Men’s 50 free FINAL
– Manadou SMASH. Morozov and Adrian to medal.

Women’s 200 back FINAL
– Franklin SMASH. Pelton and Caldwell to medal.

Men’s 100 fly FINAL
– Le Clos SMASH. Lochte and Karotyshkin to medal.

Women’s 800 free FINAL
– Ledecky SMASH. Friis and Belmonte Garcia to medal.


Men’s 50m free FINAL
– Ervin and Adrian to medal.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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