FINA 2015 World Cup Dubai: Day One Finals Live Recap


Men’s 100 freestyle

The first event of the final World Cup stop in Dubai was an exciting one. South African Chad le Clos led at the 50 meter mark turning in a time of 23.29, but was not able to hold off Frenchman Jeremy Stravius in the second half of the race. Stravius swam the first 50 in a time of 23.45 and returned in a 24.89 winning the event in a time of 48.34, four one-hundredths of a second ahead of le Clos.

Both men were under the world’s top time of 48.55 posted by Katsumi Nakamura of Japan in September.

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Serbian Velimir Stepanovic took the bronze in a time of 48.86 while Yannick Agnel of France finished fourth in a time of 49.33.

Women’s 200 freestyle

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu won the women’s 200 freestyle with relative ease posting a 1:55.41 finishing over two seconds ahead of Italian Federica Pellegrini who hit the wall in a time of 1:57.42. Hosszu beats her own season’s best and world leading time of 1:55.81 which she put up in Hong Kong in September.

With her time Pellegrini now moves into third place in the world rankings.

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Jaz Carlin of Great Britain finished third in a time of 1:58.45.

Men’s 50 breaststroke

The rivlary between South African Cameron van der Burgh and Adam Peaty of Great Britain continued today in Dubai. van der Burgh took the men’s 50 breaststroke in an impressive 26.77 followed by Peaty who touched in a time of 27.16. Giulio Zorzi of South Africa finished third in a time of 27.45.

van der Burgh is only 11 one-hundredths of a second off the time he posted in Kazan to win the World Championship silver medal in the event. He also beat his own season’s best and world’s top ranked time of 26.96.

With their times Peaty and Zorzi now sit second and third in the world rankings.

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Women’s 100 breaststroke

Jamaican Alia Atkinson‘s took control of the women’s 100 breaststroke from the second she entered the water hitting the halfway mark in a time of 30.55 over a second ahead of the field. She eventually won the event in a time of 1:05.93.

Atkinson beat her previous lifetime best and Jamaican national record of 1:06.21 which she posted in the semi-final of the World Championships this summer. Her time now puts her second in the world rankings.

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Atkinson’s split in the first half tied her season’s best and world leading time for the 50 meter breaststroke.

American Molly Hannis finished second in a season’s best of 1:06.60 followed by Viktoria Gunes of Turkey who posted a 1:06.96.

Women’s 100 butterfly

In Doha American Felicia Lee took the women’s 100 butterfly followed by Hungarian Zsuzsanna Jakabos and fellow American Cassidy Bayer. The placings would be the same today in Dubai.

Lee won the event in a time of 58.57 while Jakabos recorded a 58.75 and Bayer posted a 59.09.

Lee’s winning time now puts her fifth in the world rankings.

Men’s 100 backstroke

Australian Mitch Larkin keeps inching his way closer and closer to Aaron Peirsol‘s 100 backstroke world record of 51.94. Just as he did in Doha Larkin took the first 50 meters out ahead of world record pace, but was not able to match Peirsol’s second half, winning the event in a time of 52.11.

With that time he once again sets new Australian and Commonwealth records in the event beating his own time of 52.26 which he posted in a Doha.

  • Peirsol (2009) – 25.35/51.94 (26.59)
  • Larkin (Dubai) – 25.24/52.11 (26.87)
  • Larkin (Doha) – 25.32/52.26 (26.94) 

In Dubai Larkin was pushed a little harder by American David Plummer who put up an impressive time of 52.51. Plummer bettered his lifetime best of 52.98.

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Masaki Kaneko of Japan finished third in a time of 54.37.

Women’s 50 backstroke

Australian Emily Seebohm racked up another World Cup win in the women’s 50 breaststroke recording a time of 27.57, just off her season’s best of 27.49.

Katinka Hosszu finished second in a time of 27.99 breaking her own Hungarian national record of 28.16. Felicia Lee collected the bronze in a time of 28.32.

Men’s 200 butterfly

Heading into the final 50 meters of the men’s 200 butterfly Quah Zheng Wen of Singapore led both Viktor Bromer of Denmark and Chad le Clos by over a second and a half, a lead that evaporated quickly. Bromer overtook Quah and managed to hold off a fast charging le Clos, taking the event in a time of 1:55.98.

Once again le Clos earned a silver in a battle that ended with less than a tenth of second separating first and second, posting a time of 1:56.03. Quah finished third in a time of 1:56.26.

Women’s 200 IM

Katinka Hosszu is having a pretty good start to her competition. In her first two events she set new Hungarian national records and although she did not match that accomplishment in the 200 IM posting a time of 2:08.61 is fairly impressive.

Going into the final 50 meters American Caitlin Leverenz led Hosszu by a tenth of second, but would fall behind by close to two seconds in the freestyle leg of the event hitting the wall in a time of 2:10.35. Sakiko Shimizu of Japan took the bronze in a time of 2:10.76.

Men’s 400 freestyle

James Guy of Great Britain took the men’s 400 freestyle in a time of 3:46.91. Velimir Stepanovic won his second medal of the evening finishing second in a time of 3:47.75 followed by Stephen Milne of Great Britain who hit the wall in a time of 3:48.61.

Women’s 50 freestyle

Australian Melanie Wright took the women’s 50 freestyle in a time of 24.72. Wright beat her season’s best of 24.92 which puts her third in the world rankings behind fellow country women Cate and Bronte Campbell.

American Marta Ciesla finished second in a time of 25.31 followed by Anna Kolarova of the Czech Republic who touched in a time of 25.35.

Men’s 200 breaststroke

Hungarian Daniel Gyurta won the men’s 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:10.43. Craig Benson of Great Britain finished second in a time of 2:11.34 followed by American Kevin Cordes who hit the wall in a time of 2:11.51.

Women’s 200 backstroke

Emily Seebohm and Katinka Hosszu had an incredible race in the women’s 200 backstroke. At the 150 meter mark Hosszu turned in a time of 1:35.23 followed by Seebohm who split a 1:36.05. The Hungarian could not hold off the Australian in the final 50 meters.

Seebohm won the event in a time of 2:06.94 followed by Hosszu who posted a 2:07.13.

The two were already ranked first and second in the world, but both improved their season’s best by over a second.

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Daryna Zevina of the Ukraine finished third in a time of 2:11.07.

Men’s 50 butterfly

After finishing second in his first two events Chad le Clos took home gold in the men’s 50 butterfly posting a season’s best of 23.31. le Clos now moves into the second place position in the world rankings.

American Giles Smith finished second in a time of 23.67 followed by Ivan Lendjer of Serbia who recorded a 23.74.

Women’s 800 freestyle

Lauren Boyle of New Zealand, Jaz Carlin of Great Britain and German Sarah Koehler finished first, second and third in and Doha and would do the same in Dubai.

The three women were only separated by five tenths of a second at the 400 meter mark. Boyle turning in a time of 4:18.15, Carlin in a 4:18.33 and Koehler in a 4:18.65. All three women negative split their races, some just a little more than others.

Boyle took the event in a time of 8:25.96 followed by Carlin who touched in a time of 8:30.79 and Koehler who recorded an 8:35.16.

Men’s 400 IM

Hungarian David Verraszto took the men’s 400 IM in a time of 4:16.71 followed by Keita Sunama of Japan who posted a 4:17.58. South African Michael Meyer finished third in a time of 4:18.58.

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Joel Lin
8 years ago

Just making a little joke of it Bobo. Although as a Phelps fan, I do think the “come at me bro” stuff just fires him up. And, selfishly I want to see a 49.6 and a 1:50 point in the flys and a 1:53 in the IM next year. Phelps is the only guy in the world who has those swims in him. That’s not a slight to the other guys. Phelps is truly one of a kind and I am psyched for his last rodeo.

8 years ago

Right now, australian swimmers are the best in the world: Seebohm, Larkin, Mcevoy, Magnussen, Horton, Mckeon, Campbell sisters.. Very deep roster for the Olympics. After the terrible 2012 Olympics, they bounce back.

Reply to  Javi
8 years ago

Magnussen? Let’s hope he’s able to get back into form physically, and that he’s able to find his mental edge again. I think there’s still time for it to happen, but not a lot of wiggle room. It’s 50/50 right now, in my mind.

Reply to  sven
8 years ago

And I wanna make it clear that I’m not trying to say anything bad about him, but there’s a very real chance that he won’t qualify individually for the OG’s. I’d be surprised if he didn’t make it on the 4×100 relay, but Chalmers and McEvoy are hot right now and Magnussen has a lot of ground to make up in order to secure a spot in the individual 100. We’ll see what happens.

Reply to  sven
8 years ago

You are absolutely correct in pointing out that it is far from certain that Magnussen will be able to return to a competitive level. Whether he swims at any of the earlier state meets during the season, and his performance level will tell us a lot. Fit and healthy, it is he and McEvoy who should take the two individual spots.

I DO think that you are overstating Chalmers who whilst he has had an excellent year; has only been south of 48.5 once. Again, his form in the various state meets may tell us how he is tracking. Predicting sub 48s …. doubtful.

Where Magnussen IS vital is with regards to the M4X100 relay. Due to the heats debacle… Read more »

bobo gigi
Reply to  Javi
8 years ago

Ok for the 2 backstrokers and the Campbell sisters. The rest has to prove it.
Overall, with Chalmers, Magnussen, McEvoy, Campbell sisters, Seebohm and Larkin, they are very strong on sprint and backstroke, yes. And their 4X100 free and medley relays will be tough to beat. Even if I continue to pick France for the men’s 4X100 free. 🙂 But if they can find a decent 100 fly swimmer on the men’s side and a decent breaststroker on the women’s side before Rio, their medley relays can win the gold.
The question is: was 2015 just a preview of what Australia will do in Rio or have they peaked one year too early? I’m sure some Americans have… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

Well, US have the two best swimmers in Ledecky and Phelps, and I’m also sure some guys like Adrian, Cordes, Grevers, Murphy, Jaeger, Worrell, DiRado, Meili, Schmidt… will work hard and will peak in Rio. And don’t forget Missy or Lochte! The competition at OG’s will be tough and thrilling.

Joel Lin
8 years ago

Not trying to stir the pot or talk any trash here, but Michael Phelps has never gone a 48 mid in the 100 free or gone a 1:55 200 fly in Dubai. Michael Phelps has never won a World Cup race in Dubai. Michael Phelps has never won any prize money in Dubai either.

Reply to  Joel Lin
8 years ago

Who cares..?

bobo gigi
Reply to  Joel Lin
8 years ago

Sorry if I’ve missed the irony but maybe you can explain to me.
If that’s another contribution to the useless debate about Chad le Clos and Michael Phelps, I don’t see too much the interest because, and with all the respect due to the South African champion, comparing these 2 swimmers and their accomplishments is like comparing Hosszu to Ledecky, or comparing Bieber to Pavarotti, or comparing One Direction to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, or comparing Call of Duty 12 (or 46, sorry, pretty hard to count 😆 ) to Super Mario Bros and Tetris or obviously comparing swimming world to swimswam.
Some have good careers, even very good careers. Others make history and… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

I’m guessing that JL is being tongue-in-cheek with his comments. I don’t think he would seriously put down Phelps over the location of his swims.

Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

I basically agree, though that’s a bit unfair to Hosszu, who took down a major, super-suited WR and has incredible range. I do worry that it’s an advantage for Le Clos to do so much more racing than Phelps, as he did in the run-up to London.

8 years ago

I’m glad David Plummer was there to push Larkin and give him some “world class” competition which may have helped pushed him to that new PB time

8 years ago

Where did Meili go 1:05.3? I thought she was swimming SCM in Italy this past weekend.

Reply to  Konner
8 years ago

wondered that as well..

bobo gigi
8 years ago

Hosszu back to routine.
1.55 in the 200 free
2.08 in the 200 IM
2.07 in the 200 back

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

And I forgot the 27.99 in the 50 back! 😆
New Hungarian record!

8 years ago

Sweet baby Jesus, what month is it? November? Either we’re in for some unbelievably spectacular times next summer or someone gave these fine young swimmers a wrong calendar.

On an unrelated note, I’m optimistic for Cordes. 2:11 at this point bodes very well for his future swims. Normally he’d still be swimming in the tiny little short course pool in Arizona the past few years, instead he’s right with Gyurta and the rest training LC.

8 years ago

Please Larkin, I hope you have a plan to peak IN Rio. Not before. He keeps gettingnsomclose, I’m scared he’s not gonna be able to peak properly in Rio.

Reply to  Pvdh
8 years ago

They might be chasing the WR right now and focus on the gold at Olympics.

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