FINA 2015 World Cup Dubai: Day One Finals Live Recap

2015 FINA WORLD CUP: DUBAI

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.

2015-2016 LCM Men 100 Free

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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.

2015-2016 LCM Women 200 Free

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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.

2015-2016 LCM Men 50 BREAST

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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.

2015-2016 LCM Women 100 BREAST

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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.

2015-2016 LCM Men 100 BACK

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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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john26

PBs for Katinka and Alia as well… wow what a fast session so far

Rafael

And Larkin did it again, 52,11

anonymoose

and plummer with a lifetime best by .4 seconds! at age 30!

bobo gigi

Crazy fast times so far!
Stravius 48.34 Remember he has given up backstroke to focus exclusively on freestyle for Rio.
Better Agnel in 49.33
Larkin 52.11 closer and closer to the world record
Hosszu 1.55.41
Atkinson 1.05.93 Hannis 1.06.60

bobo gigi

I forgot Plummer in 52.51!

BoboGigiSuperfan

What is Plummer’s secret of going almost half second faster PB after years of stagnation?

swimdoc

Backstroke ledge.

mcgillrocks

Only 0.03 of the TWR! Amazing swim for him.

Is is just me, or do the World Cups seem to be getting faster? The first few, the times seemed distinctly pedestrian, with some very weak performances sometimes winning events.

But the past few, and especially this one, it’s taking World-finaling level times to win events almost invariably. And a distinct few are medal-worthy, or even gold medal worthy in Larkin’s case.

Perhaps being in long course showed swimmers how slow the World Cups were, and they rose to the occasion to swim faster.

anonymoose

its probably you ^^ the first world cups were actually partly even faster. CVB swam sub 59 in 100 breast, le clos a 48.1 in 100 free. but then yeah they got much slower and now the level rises again

mcgillrocks

You’re correct.

Looking at the results, Moscow was fast, but Chartres/Paris was a drop off and Hong-Kong was just lethargic (the 100 fly was won in 53.6, the 200 breast in 2:13, the 1500 in 15:28 and the 200 back in 1:58). And if I remember correctly, some of the silver and bronze medal times were big drop-offs even from those already mediocre-at-best performances.

Doha, though may be the 2nd fastest yet behind Moscow on the end of a Kazan taper.

anonymoose

oh and dont forget camerons 26.77 in the 50 breast

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