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