Izotov Posts a World’s Best of 1:44.87 Leading off the Russian Relay

Another night of great racing at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia concluded with the most impressive swim of the competition so far.

Women’s 800 freestyle

American Stephanie Peacock, who won the 1500 freestyle in a new World University Games record time of 16:04.44, had the lead at the halfway mark turning in a time of 4:16.20, she held that lead until the final 100 meters when Italian Martina De Memme surged into the lead with 50 meters to go. De Memme who was a second and a half behind Peacock at the 600 meter mark went on to win the event in a time of 8:28.09.

De Memme’s win gives the Italians their first gold medal of the swimming competition.

Peacock finished second in a time of 8:28.21, which is a season’s best by more than eight seconds.

American Ashley Steenvoorden finished third in a lifetime best time of 8:29.79, collecting her second medal of the competition after finishing second to Peacock in the 1500 freestyle.

Julia Hassler of Liechtenstein finished fourth in a time of 8:37.05, Australian Katie Goldman finished fifth in a time of 8:37.10, Italian Aurora Ponsele finished sixth in a time of 8:38.54, Asaumi Chida of Japan finished seventh in a time of 8:39.61 and Canadian Savannah King was eighth in a time of 8:43.15.

Men’s 100 butterfly

Pawel Korzeniowski of Poland had an incredible final five meters of the men’s 100 butterfly to steal the win from Yauhen Tsurkin of Belarus touching in a time of 51.75. Tsurkin led at the 50 meter mark in a time of 24.05 and looked to have the race won when heading under the flags, but Korzeniowski had a perfectly timed touch for the win.

That is a season’s and lifetime best for Korzeniowski and puts him seventh in the world.

For Tsurkin who has already won already won the 50 butterfly, put up a life time best of 51.80.

Russian Evgeny Koptelov finished followed suit finishing in third in a lifetime best time of 52.04 falling just outside of the world’s top ten.

Fellow Russian Nikita Konovalov was fourth in a time of 52.10.

Swiss swimmer Nico Van Duijn finished fifth in a time of 52.52, over half a second faster than his own national record of 53.05, which he set in 2012.

American Jack Conger finished sixth in a time of 52.61, Masayuki Umemoto of Japan was seventh in a time of 52.91 and Oskar Krupecki of Poland finished eighth in a time of 53.08.

Women’s 200 freestyle

Viktoriiya Andreeva and Veronika Popova are used to battling for top position on home soil and that is exactly what they did in the women’s 200 freestyle. The last time the two Russian women met in Kazan Popova got the best of Andreeva, winning the Russian Nationals in a time of 1:57.41 with Andreeva finishing second in a time of 1:58.54, but that was than and this is now. Swimming out of lane one Andreeva took the event in a time of 1:57.31 with Popova finishing second in a time of 1:57.40.

Coming into the competition Andreeva’s season’s best of 1:58.54 was also her lifetime best.

Caitlin McClatchey of Great Britain picked up her country’s first medal of the competition finishing third in a time of 1:58.20.

Canadian Brittany MacLean was fourth in a time of 1:58.53, British swimmer Rebecca Turner was fifth in a time of 1:59.08, American Chelsea Chenault was sixth in a time of 1:59.24 followed by fellow American Megan Romano who was eighth posting a time of 2:00.67.

At the end of this race there was a very concerning moment for the 800 freestyle champion Martina De Memme of Italy. Literally minutes after winning the 800 freestyle she swam in the 200 freestyle final placing eighth in a time of 2:07.25. After the race she needed immediate medical attention, but fortunately recovered without harm.

Women’s 50 backstroke

Russian Anastasia Zueva, who has already collected gold in the 100 backstroke, showed once again that she healthy on her way back to pre-surgery form by winning the women’s 50 backstroke in a time of 27.89, breaking American Jennifer Connolly’s games record time of 27.92. Zueva’s winning time is currently ranked sixth in the world.

Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus continues to have a very strong meet finishing second in a season’s best time of 28.01.

Australian Madison Wilson collected the bronze in a time of 28.33, adding to the her gold from the 200 backstroke and bronze from the 100 backstroke.

American Cindy Tran was fourth in a time of 28.45, Ukrainian Daryna Zevina was fifth in a time of 28.58, Italian Elena Gemo was sixth in a tim eof 28.70, Stephanie Au of Hong Kong was seventh in a time of 28.83 with Klaudia Nazieblo of Poland finishing eighth in a time of 28.84.

Men’s 200 backstroke

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Jack Conger (Photo Credit: Tim BInning, theswimpictures)

American teenager Jack Conger took the men’s 200 backstroke in a time of 1:55.47, which is currently the fourth ranked time in the world. The 18 year old Conger, who will be attending the University of Texas in the fall, had posted a lifetime best time of 1:56.82 at the American World Championship trials.

Conger’s time is only 32 one-hundredths of a second away from Longhorn alum Aaron Peirsol’s 17 & 18 NAG record time of 1:55.15.

Conger’s splits:

27.64/56.89 (29.25)/1:26.56 (29.67)/1:55.47 (28.91)

Yuki Sharai of Japan finished second in a time of 1:56.95, which is a season’s best by almost a second.

Conger’s American teammate Jacob Pebley finished third in a time of 1:57.43.

Hayate Matsubara of Japan was fourth in a time of 1:57.72, Eric Ress of France was fifth in a time of 1:58.83, Ben Stasiulis was sixth in a time of 1:59.25, Russian Anton Anchin was seventh in a time of 1:59.47 with Ryan Bennett of Great Britain finishing eighth in a time of 1:59.80.

Men’s 50 breaststroke

South Africa’s Gliulio Zorzi, training partner of Olympic champion Cameron van de Burgh, won the men’s 50 breaststroke in a time of 27.44, which is a season’s best.

Italian Andrea Toniato finished second in a time of 27.53, followed by Russian Vlad Morozov who finished third in a time of 27.70.

Oleg Utekhin of Russia and American Mike Alexandrov tied for fourth in a time of 27.84, Swiss swimmer Martin Schweizer was sixth in a time of 27.90, Eetu Karvonen, the only Finnish swimmer at the competition, tied for sixth in a time of 27.90 with Yury Kelmparski of Belarus finishing eighth in a time of 27.96.

Semi-finals

Men’s 50 freestyle

In the biggest semi-final on Monday evening, Russia’s Vlad Morozov got well under the Meet Record with a 21.81 for the top seed. That broke the 22.02 set by his fellow Russian Sergey Feiskov in 2009.

Morozov is really becoming good at his “Cielo” multi-round skills, where he bides his energy through lower rounds.

His countrymate Andrey Grechin was the 2nd seed in 22.07, but unlike the 100 free, the Russians should get challenged for the top two medals in this 50. The Ukraine’s Andrey Govorov was 3rd in 22.17; he was a semi-finalist at the Olympics last year, and is close enough to warrant consideration for the finals at Worlds this year.

Australia’s Andrew Abood is 4th in 22.27, Italy’s Federico Bocchia was 5th in 22.32, and Derek Toomey and Adam Small are 6th and 7th, respectively.

Women’s 50 breaststroke

In the women’s 50 breaststroke final, nobody was better than the Meet Record set by the Czech Republic’s Petra Chocova in prelims, but this field did tighten up considerably at the top. It was Russia’s Yulia Efimova, the favorite, who took the top seed in 30.72, and Chocova who was 2nd in 30.75. Ukraine’s Mariia Liver took 3rd in 31.16, before the times started dropping off to Valentina Artemeva, the other Russian, in 31.41.

Both Americans, Laura Sogar and Emily McClellan, made the final, but will occupy the two outside lanes as the 7th and 8th seeds, respectively.

Women’s 200 butterfly

In the women’s 200 fly, Japan’s Kona Fujita jumped to the top-of-the-class with a 2:09.68 with the top seed headed for finals, followed by Yana Martynova from Russia in 2:10.63.

Switzerland’s Martina van Berkel was 3rd in 2:11.61, and Australian Amy Smith was 4th in 2:11.82.

Katerine Savard, the top seed coming out of prelims, added almost a second from her morning swim, but still was able to squeeze through as the 5th seed in 2:12.29. There will be no Americans in the final, as Jasmine Tosky scratched this semi-final and Kelsey Floyd finished 11th in the semis in 2:18.39.

Women’s 50 freestyle

France’s Anna Santamans went a lifetime best of 24.83 to take the top seed in the women’s 50 free ahead of the defending Olympic silver medalist Aleksandra Herasimenia, who was 2nd in 24.94.

American Megan Romano was the 3rd seed in 25.13.

Men’s 800 Free Relay

The Russians laid another bomb in the men’s 800 free relay, crushing the Meet Record by more than 6 seconds and winning the men’s 800 free relay in 7:05.49. The team of Danila Izotov (1:44.87), Nikita Lobintsev (1:46.74), Artem Lobuzov (1:47.50), and Alexander Sukhorukov (1:46.38) combined for the win

Danila Izotov, who won the men’s 200 freestyle earlier in the competition in a time of 1:45.48, posted a world’s best time of 1:44.87 leading off the Russian 4 x 200 freestyle relay. Izotov’s time leap frogs him ahead of Sun Yang who had recorded a 1:44.99 in April. Coming into the meet Izotov’s lifetime best (textile) was a 1:46.14, which he swam in 2011.

That overall time for the Russians would have taken bronze at the Olympics last year, but a prelims stumble (which the Russians have been prone to the last few years) couldn’t even make it out of prelims.

The Americans were much better than in prelims, and with a 1:47.6 leadoff from Wisconsin’s MIchael Weiss they took 2nd in 7:13.58. Australia was 3rd in 7:15.50.

Full results can be found here.

Medal Table

The Russians continue to run away with the medal table, though the Americans have come on late to sit 2nd with 4 golds and a lot of silver to boot.

Rank CC Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank by Total
1 RUS RUS – Russian Federation 13 6 2 21 1
2 USA USA – United States of America 4 9 6 19 2
3 AUS AUS – Australia 4 2 4 10 5
4 JPN JPN – Japan 3 6 5 14 3
5 BLR BLR – Belarus 3 2 5 6
6 UKR UKR – Ukraine 1 2 1 4 8
7 ITA ITA – Italy 1 1 9 11 4
8 CAN CAN – Canada 1 1 3 5 6
9 POL POL – Poland 1 1 2 9
10 HUN HUN – Hungary 1 1 10
10 RSA RSA – South Africa 1 1 10
12 CHN CHN – P.R. China 1 1 10
12 IRL IRL – Ireland 1 1 10
14 GBR GBR – United Kingdom 1 1 10
14 GRE GRE – Greece 1 1 10
Total: 33 31 33 97

 

 

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Lane Four
8 years ago

The Russians are swimming great. But will they be able to carry this over to the World Championships? On another note, did anyone else read about Tyson Gay testing positive? His A sample came back positive and the wait is now on for the B sample. On the same day (I apologize for not remembering her name), a Jamaican T&F Olympic gold medalist also tested positive. Personally, I am saddened. Slowly I am beginning to doubt the legitimacy of T&F as well as swimming. First the Russian swimmers and now this.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Lane Four
8 years ago

Read the articles of yesterday! Doping was one of the main subjects.
Yesterday was a big day in world sport. Gay, Powell, Simpson positive. Chris Froome who rides a motorbike in a cycling race.

Philip Johnson
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

Froome, from what I know, hasn’t tested positive for any substance. So his name shouldn’t be thrown around with the aforementioned people.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Philip Johnson
8 years ago

I haven’t said he has cheated. But if you are tested negative, it doesn’t mean anything. Cheaters are stronger than the guys who test them.
You must admit his attack was crazy to watch.

Klorn8d
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

You’re just salty because there are no French guys in contention.

aswimfan
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

I remember few years back when the french accused lance Armstrong of cheating, and Armstrong supporters called the french salty and jealous and bitter.

Jack
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

I agree with Klorn8D,

At the Olympics last year Gregory Bauge (A famous French track cyclist) accused the British of cheating. His accusation was based purely on the fact that Britain yet again dominated the cycling medal table.

To give you some numbers – In the last 2 Olympics 36 cycling gold medals have been won, 16 of those golds were won by British cyclists, the next best nation is France with 3 golds.

However, It is not only the French who are riled by this domination. At the 2012 Olympics, the cycling programme was altered dramatically meaning that each nation could enter only one athlete per event in the Track competition (Many commentators felt that this was because in… Read more »

Reply to  Philip Johnson
8 years ago

Pussieldi made an article about the 100 dash if we take out all the Dopers how the IAAF ranking would look like

http://sportv.globo.com/platb/blogdocoach/2013/07/14/o-ranking-dos-homens-mais-rapidos-do-mundo-no-atletismo-sem-os-trapaceiros/#comments

from the 26 fastests (9.88 being the last time) 11 would be taken out because of Doping..

Barry
Reply to  Rafael Teixeira
8 years ago

And he’s even missing Ben Johnson’s 9.79… wow…

Reply to  Rafael Teixeira
8 years ago

Ben Jonhson Times were erased by IAAF the moment he got caught.. they are non valid at all..

Reply to  Rafael Teixeira
8 years ago

And Greene And Burrel are also doping suspects.. but not proven..

Klorn8d
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

Stop saying Chris froome cheated, no he didn’t. He just rode well

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Lane Four
8 years ago

Just assume they’re all on something. I stopped caring about a decade ago.

pvk
8 years ago

Jack Conger was phenomenal in the 200 back. Does anyone know if he is competing again this summer????

Mr Krabbs
Reply to  pvk
8 years ago

He didn’t qualify for the World Championships.

ZouTiger
8 years ago

Izotov is one of only 3 to break 1:44 correct? Great swim here, hopefully he can carry this into Barcelona…

aswimfan
Reply to  ZouTiger
8 years ago

no.

on top of my head, swimmers who have gone under 1:45 in textile:

Thorpe, van Der Hoogenband, Phelps, Yang, Lochte, Park, Agnel, Izotov,

john26
Reply to  aswimfan
8 years ago

He meant people who’ve gone under 144.00,
which includes Biedermann, Phelps, Agnel and Izotov

aswimfan
Reply to  john26
8 years ago

oh ok.

Biedermann and Izotov did it in rubber suit though.

Reid
Reply to  aswimfan
8 years ago

Biedermann has also been 1:44 textile.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

3 big swims in my opinion today.

1. Jack Conger wins the 200 back in 1.55.47! 40 minutes afer his 100 fly final! 😯
I’m beginning to believe perhaps he will be better than Ryan Murphy in the next years. He still hasn’t many muscles. When he will go more often in the weight room, this guy will be amazing on backstroke but also on fly and freestyle.
2. 1.44.87 for Izotov. I doubt he will repeat that in Barcelona but it’s a great time.
3. And finally a good news for French swimming this month with Anna Santamans in the 50 free. She has won her semi-final in 24.83 ahead of Herasimenia! 🙂

PsychoDad
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

Being a huge Longhorn fan I certainly hope so. However, after recent bulking up of Dax, Clay, and Surhoff (after his breakout freshman season when he “hasn’t muscles”) and subsequent dismal seasons, I have doubts bulking up works for everyone (I know Surhoff had a good last year, but he was gone for 2).

don
Reply to  PsychoDad
8 years ago

Conger does have muscles, he just isn’t jacked and shouldn’t be. Look at what Piersol and Crocker looked like when they swam their incredible times; strong yes but nothing like some of the muscle bound (and slower) swimmers of today.

jean Michel
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

Conger is part of that sensational bunch of young talents coming up fast . Happy to hear he won today in a best life time . Congrats to him .

ZYNG43
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

It’ll be interesting to see how training at Cal works out for Murphy because he and Pebley will be training with each other. What backstrokers will Conger be training with at Texas? I feel like he may develop in other events in his college years. He is undoubtedly good in backstroke but I feel like Ryan will be taking this one over soon as he’s going from not having a backstroke training partner to being paired with another one of the best up and comers

Reply to  ZYNG43
8 years ago

it’ll be fun too watch for sure, but I think Ryan has much better training partners down at Bolles, with Caleb, santo, joseph schooling to name a few guys that are pretty good. Conger probably has some quick kids to train with…but no one of that caliber. Id give the edge to Conger when it comes to being able to train with faster guys come the fall

C Martin
Reply to  ZYNG43
8 years ago

I can’t think of any school off the top of my head that has such a strong stroke program as Cal does with their backstrokers (male and female).

Anonymous
Reply to  C Martin
8 years ago

Georgia and freestyle.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

Jack Conger has swum 1.56.82 in Indianapolis. Too bad he didn’t swim his best there. Perhaps a taper problem or the bigger pressure of the US championships.

Bright Lights
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

Jack always seems to do well in Consolation or bonus finals. Maybe he puts pressure on himself when a big meet like Nationals is selecting the World Team. So Glad his nerves or pressure didn’t get to him at WUGS. Great for Team USA! Congrats to Jack!

john26
8 years ago

Izotov becomes favorite for WC.. it was 4 years in the making, but still very surprising.

Philip Johnson
Reply to  john26
8 years ago

It’s great to see him finally hit his stride. I still remember his 1:43 in jammers at the 2009 Champs as a 18-year-old.

Josh
8 years ago

Russia had a girl go 1:57 at European Juniors as well. That’s three 1:57s. Who is their fourth? They could be a medal threat in the 800 free relay.

aswimfan
Reply to  Josh
8 years ago

two 1:57s wouldn’t cut it at the world championships level.

that means they have to likely beat France for bronze. France has a 1:54, 1:56, two 1:57s

USA and Australia are at another level.

Philip Johnson
8 years ago

Very unusual for Izotov to post a faster time in the relay than in the individual event. History tells us swimmers typically go faster in the individual 200 vice the relay. that is, as a lead-off.

aswimfan
Reply to  Philip Johnson
8 years ago

yes, very very unusual.

even all the greats swam slower in the 4×200: Thorpe, Hackett, Phelps, etc.

I’d be extremely surprised if these russian swimmers can maintain their level all the way to Barcelona.

PsychoDad
Reply to  aswimfan
8 years ago

Level of form or level of dopes? Just kiddin’ off course. I want to believe their results are legal. Strong Russian swimming good for swimming in general and good for USA swimming as well. We need someone else to replace those damn French.

aswimfan
Reply to  PsychoDad
8 years ago

well, the doped russian swimmers have been given ban/warning, so no more doped russian swimmer in their team.

I hope.

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