The final day of competition at the FINA World Championships are finally upon us, and today’s prelim session will be a rather short one. The only individual events being contested are the men’s and women’s 400 Individual Medley, and the 4×100 Medley Relays from both the men and women will conclude the action for the day.
In the men’s race, Chase Kalisz of the United States will finally get a chance to swim at these World Championships, and he is no stranger to the international scene in this event. Just two years ago, Kalisz scored a silver medal in the 400 IM en route to dipping under 4:10 for the first time in his career. The man who beat him, Daiya Seto of Japan, is also competing today, and though he has not been quite as brilliant as he was two years ago, he does still come in with the 4th-fastest seed time in the field. The other American, Tyler Clary, has had an up-and-down week at the World Championships, and behind the 200 back, this event was anticipated to be his second-best opportunity to medal at these Championships. He will need to be at his very best if he plans to leave Kazan with an individual medal.
For the women, iron lady Katinka Hosszu will try to go out with a bang after having a tremendous World Championships already. It will not be easy for her as both Hannah Miley out of Great Britain and Elizabeth Beisel are also entered with 4:31’s just like the Hungarian, and this might be one of the tighter races we see on the women’s side all week. Miley swam fairly well in the 200 IM earlier this week, but she will need to have her ‘A’ game ready for the final day of competition if she wants to topple the defending World Champion.
It is very likely that both the men’s and women’s relays will come down to a battle between the United States and Australia, and it will be intriguing to see how the morning rosters are set. The United States have typically reserved their ace backstroker Matt Grevers for finals in the past, but given how good Ryan Murphy was on the lead-off of the Mixed 4×100 Medley relay earlier this week (52.18), an important decision will need to be made this morning to determine who will take the opening leg for the Americans.
2015 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Pool swimming: Sunday, August 2nd – Sunday, August 9th
- Prelims 9:30AM/Finals 5:30PM (Local Time)
- Kazan Arena Stadium
- Kazan, Russia (UTC+3 hours)
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- Schedule and Results
MEN’S 400M INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – PRELIMS
- 2013 World Champion: Daiya Seto, JPN – 4:08.69
- World Record: 4:03.84 – Michael Phelps, USA – 2008
- Championship Record: 4:06.22 – Michael Phelps, USA – 2007
Chase Kalisz used a tremendous back half to set the pace this morning at a 4:11.83. He was a 1:10.63 on his breast and a 1:00.01 on his freestyle, and that sort of speed at the end of the race was more than enough to secure him a heat win and a middle lane for finals tonight. Right behind him was Hungary’s David Verraszto at a 4:11.99, and as he is known for being a fantastic racer, it should be expected that he will be faster tonight as well.
There was a tight race for third following the two leaders with Daiya Seto (4:12.17), Tyler Clary (4:12.22), Daniel Wallace (4:13.07) filing in right after one another in the final heat of this morning’s swim. In total, only 1.24 seconds separate the top 5 swimmers, so there are no clear favorites right away for finals.
Top 8: Kalisz, USA; Verraszto, HUN; Seto, JPN; Clary, USA: Wallace, GBR; Heidtmann, GER; Pavoni, GBR; Zhixian, CHN
WOMEN’S 400M INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – PRELIMS
- 2013 World Champion: Katinka Hosszu, HUN – 4:30.41
- World Record: 4:28.43 – Ye Shiwen, CHN – 2012
- Championship Record: 4:30.31 – Katinka Hosszu, HUN – 2009
Katinka Hosszu shut it down early but was still quick enough to post the top time this morning with a 4:32.78. Given how far ahead of the rest of her heat she was, it would be a safe bet to assume that the Hungarian will be able to drop a bit more tonight and possibly dip under 4:30. She has a nearly three second lead over the rest of the competition.
Following behind Hosszu are the Czech Republic’s Barbora Zavadova (4:35.80) and Canada’s Emily Overholt (4:35.86). Zavadova actually broke her own national record in the process while Overholt just barely missed the Canadian record of 4:35.84.
Maya Di Rado swam a strong preliminary race to tie for the win in the first circle-seeded heat with a 4:36.11. She was just 0.74 seconds off of her entry time, and her superior backstroke and freestyle legs helped her compensate for Miley’s superb breaststroke leg, and the two will enter tonight neck-and-neck.
Unfortunately, Elizabeth Beisel of the United States failed to make finals with a 12th-placed 4:38.96 this morning.
Top 8: Hosszu, HUN; Zavadova, CZE; Overholt, CAN; Di Rado, USA; Miley, GBR; Shimizu, JPN; Willmot, GBR; Willmott, FRA
MEN’S 4x100M MEDLEY RELAY – PRELIMS
- 2013 World Champion: FRA – 3:31.51
- World Record: 3:27.28 – USA – 2009
- Championship Record: 3:27.28 – USA – 2009
The United States will lead all teams into finals with a 3:31.06. The foursome of Matt Grevers (52.85), Cody Miller (59.23), Tim Phillips (51.03), and Ryan Lochte (47.95) teamed up for the effort, and we will very likely see that Kevin Cordes, Tom Shields, and Nathan Adrian are all available for finals, that should be the expected roster for the Americans tonight.
Australia got a huge leadoff leg from Mitch Larkin (52.37) and they also got a solid anchor from Kyle Chalmers (47.86) to post the top time out of Heat 2 with a 3:31.86. They will have a few options when it comes to finals, especially when it comes to the butterfly and freestyle legs. It is almost certain that Cameron McEvoy would take over freestyle duties to help the Australian cause at night.
Also, although they suffered a DQ due to an early jump by Daniel Gyurta (-0.18 second reaction time), it is worthwhile to mention that Laszlo Cseh recorded a 50.19 butterfly leg for the Hungarians on their relay.
Top 8:USA, AUS, FRA, JPN, GER, GBR, POL, RUS
WOMEN’S 4x100M MEDLEY RELAY – PRELIMS
- 2013 World Champion: USA – 3:53.23
- World Record: 3:52.05 – USA – 2012
- Championship Record: 3:52.19 – CHN – 2009
China was the class of the field this morning with a 3:57.02. They got a big first half from Fu Yuanhui (59.24) and Shi Jinglin (1:06.35) to give the nation a lead they would never relinquish in the first heat.
After Kathleen Baker (59.98) and Micah Lawrence (1:07.10) gave the Americans an early lead, Kendyl Stewart blasted a 56.86 on the fly leg to make it easy for Margo Geer (53.18) to secure an American win in heat 2 of the 4×100 Medley Relay (3:57.12). Stewart’s leg was definitely the most eye-popping leg this morning, and for comparison’s sake, world record holder Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom was a 56.10 on Sweden’s third-placed relay (3:57.29).
Australia got a big anchor leg from Melanie Wright (52.87) to also dip under 3:58 at a 3:57.95. This relay has a ton of potential with both Bronte Campbell and Cate Campbell being available for tonight while Emily Seebohm will be another valuable asset for the Australians.
Shockingly, Russia failed to final again with a 10th placed 4:01.12. Considering that Japan’s 8th-placed time of 4:00.43 was only just faster, it is likely that the Russians could have snuck into the final had they utilized Yuliya Efimova on the breaststroke leg instead of Vitalina Simonova.
Top 8: CHN, USA, SWE, AUS, DEN, CAN, GBR, JPN