2022 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- June 18-25, 2022 (pool swimming)
- Budapest, Hungary
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Australia’s Elijah Winnington and Australia’s Felix Aubock, who are seeded sixth and seventh in the men’s 800 free with times of 7:45.30 and 7:45.32 respectively, both no-showed the prelims of the event at the 2022 World Championships. Both of them are scheduled to swim in the 200 free final later in Monday’s evening session, which is likely the reason why they decided not to swim the 800 in the morning.
By contrast, Lukas Märtens, who is also set to appear in the 200 free final, did swim the 800 free prelims. However, he ended up finishing fifteenth in a time of 7:55.21, well off his entry time of 7:41.43 that had him seeded first.
Winnington is coming off of a win in the 400 free, where he became the fifth-fastest performer in the history of the event by clocking a time of 3:41.22. Yesterday, in the semifinals of the 200 free, he set a new best time of 1:45.53 and finished fifth overall. Aubock also competed in the 400 free finals, finishing fourth in a time of 3:43.58 and setting a new Austrian record. In the 200 free semifinals, he finished second in 1:45.17, just behind top seed David Popovici’s 1:44.40.
While Winnington did not swim the 800 free at the Olympics last year, Aubock did so, finishing seventh in the finals with a time of 7:49.14.
Both Winnington and Aubock continue the trend of big-name swimmers no-showing heats at Worlds instead of scratching before the session started. For example, Chad Le Clos did not appear 200 fly earlier in Monday’s prelims session, and top seed Kaylee McKeown wasn’t present in the women’s 100 back the day before as well.