Start Lists Released (Finally) for 2013 World Championships

At long last, about a week after most of us would have liked to see them, FINA has released the start lists for swimming at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain which begins on Sunday, July 28th in Barcelona Spain.

The delay is on the basis of FINA rules that allow teams to make substitutions into events through the Technical Meeting (coaches’ meeting) just prior to the start of the meet.

Not the best scenario for fans, but fans always have long been treated as the bottom-rung on the swimming ladder. Onward!

See full start lists here on

Katinka Hosszu still has a crazy schedule, as she has all year, but it’s not quite as bad as it could be. For example, on day one, she won’t be swimming the 100 fly, and instead will swim just the 200 IM. She’ll add to that entries in the 200 free, 200 fly, 400 IM, 100 back, and 200 backstroke. Here’s the twist though: the Hungarians, shockingly, will swim no relays.

The hometown favorite, and Spanish Olympic swimming hero, Mireia Belmonte has Hosszu matched in insanity of schedule. She’ll swim the 400, 800, and 1500 freestyles, the 200 fly, and the 200 and 400 IM, plus Spain has three relays entered (of which Belmonte is likely to be a part of at a bare minimum two, but probably all three).

Japan’s Kosuke Hagino joins the 6-individual-swim club, as he’ll be swimming the 200/400 free; 200/400IM’; and the 100.200 backstroke.

In the women’s 200 back, there were some question-marks as well. Canadian Sinead Russell will swim the race, but China’s Shiwen Ye, who was so good at their National Championships (but said at the time she was just using it to get in shape) will not.

Cesar Cielo, despite not technically hitting the Brazilian qualifying time, will be swimming the 50 fly at Worlds; he’s the defending champion in that event.

South Africa’s Chad le Clos will focus strictly on the butterfly races, swimming the 50, 100, and 200 butterflies. That means no swim in the 400 IM for him, where he was 5th in London.

Russia’s Vlad Morozov ended up dropping both the 50 breaststroke and 50 backstroke from his schedule, as well as the 100 backstroke, and will focus entirely on the 50 and 100 freestyles where his biggest chance to medal lies. Expect him to still swim the backstroke leg on Russia’s medley relay.

As far as we could tell, the Americans’ entries stayed pat. Individual names have still not been added for relays.

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The 2 last heats of the men’s 100 breast are just packed with Big guns !!! owesome

bobo gigi

Stay quiet Mr Belgium! Keep your energy for Sunday. 🙂


Looks like Vlad listened to you Bobo 🙂

bobo gigi

I’ve just written that below! 🙂


I am not interested in your opinions regarding how i live and cheer swimming .

Philip Johnson

Ledecky is not entered in the 200 as expected.


Ledecky dropped the 200 right after trials ended. Vreeland inherited the individual spot and Bispo came on as a relay alternate. Not sure if Ledecky is still planning to swim the relay or not.


I’m sure it’s still her plan, and that her 1:56 from Grand Prix season will hold up well enough for her to be put onto the finals squad.


400 free relay Men : Usa will battle with the Aussies and Italians in prelims …… The French with Russia , Belgium and South Africa . Great prelims indeed .

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