2016 SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
- December 6th – December 11th, 2016
- Windsor, Ontario, Canada
- WFCU Centre
- SCM (25m)
- Prelims: 9:30 AM EST/Finals: 6:30 PM EST
- Start Lists/Results
- Live Stream ($)
WOMEN’S 800 FREESTYLE – PRELIMS
- 2014 World Champion – Mireia Belmonte (ESP), 8:03.41, CR
- World Record – Mireia Belmonte (ESP), 7:59.34, 2013
- Championship Record – Mireia Belmonte (ESP), 8:03.41, 2014
Leah Smith put on a clinic in heat four of the 800m freestyle, winning her heat by over an entire 25 in order to claim the top spot heading into finals and drop the fastest 80 ever swum by an American woman.
Smith was averaging 30-points the entire race. She was way out in front at the 150-meter mark and never let go of her lead, extending it constantly throughout the race.
At the 200-meter wall Smith was a 1:59.05, backing that up with a halfway split of 4:02.25. She was a 6:06.07 at the 600 before charging home in a 2:01.60 over the last 200 to clock in a 8:07.67.
Smith’s time makes her the top seed by just over eight seconds, putting her in an amazing position to win her first individual world championship title.
Ashley Twichell could make it a one-two punch for the Americans after her 8:16.08 this morning to win heat number three. Kiah Melverton of Australia and Olivia Anderson of Canada are going into the final third and fourth respectfully.
Hungary’s Iron Lady, Katinka Hosszu, will also be in the final after putting up an 8:25.00 in Smith’s heat. Hosszu has the toughest schedule of all competitors here.