Without the benefit of a live stream of the 2015 BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series, swim enthusiasts outside of TV-viewing countries relied on social media for live reports of the action taking place in Perth, Australia last weekend. Below are several race videos to recapture some of the thrilling finishes to select races on Day Two of the event.
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Men’s 100m breaststroke: USA’s Cody Miller surged to the finish to out-touch Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki, by a mere three one-hundredths in the men’s 100m breaststroke. Miller finished in 1:00.39 to Koseki’s 1:00.42. Only Great Britain’s Adam Peaty has been faster than Miller this year and is still the only swimmer to have dipped beneath the minute-mark.
Men’s 100m butterfly: American Tim Phillips overcame a closer-than-close clash at the wall, as he cleared first place in the men’s 100m butterfly by just one one-hundredth over second-place finisher, Jayden Hadler from Australia. Phillips touched in 52.34 and Hadler was 52.35.
Men’s 50m freestyle: USA’s Josh Schneider (22.38) pulled off somewhat of an upset in the 50m freestyle race, beating both Australian speedsters, James Magnussen (22.49) and Cameron McEvoy (22.51), as well as his own countryman, Cullen Jones (22.52).
Men’s 200m freestyle: Daiya Seto of Japan earned four individual event wins on the meet, the most of any swimmer in attendance (200m fly, 400m IM, 200m free, 200m IM). Seto swam away with the 200m freestyle win extremely narrowly, as all of the top five swimmers finished within a little over half a second of one another. He led the field in 1:48.35, followed by Australia’s Cameron McEvoy in 1:48.58 and China’s Keyuan Shang in 1:48.72. Just a few one hundredths made the difference between 3-4-5th place, asThomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS) just out-touched Ryan Lochte for fourth and fifth places in 1:48.74 and 1:48.78, respectively.
Men’s 200m IM: Seto and Lochte would go head-to-head once again before the session was through, as their 200m IM battle went down to the very end. Seto came away with the win, but only by a slim margin – Seto at 1:58.27 and Lochte at 1:58.57. Japan’s Hiromasa Fujimori cleaned up third place in 1:59.89.
Men’s 200m backstroke: Japan’s Ryosuke Irie reminded the world why he is considered one of the discipline’s best ever, winning day two’s 200m backstroke race in 1:54.62. Irie now sits atop the throne of the world rankings, with second place finisher Mitch Larkin (AUS) directly behind with his time of 1:56.05. China’s Jiayu Xu rounded out the top three, touching the wall in 1:57.18.
Women’s 200m butterfly: SwimMAC Elite’s Cammile Adams took the 200m butterfly event in 2:07.61, while Japan’s Suzuka Hasegawa, at only 15 years old of age, was right on her heels, finishing closely behind in a time of 2:07.89. It was a two-horse race between these athletes, as Australia’s Madeline Groves’ 2:09.49 earned her third. For Hasegawa‘s efforts, her time should earn her a new Junior World Record, pending FINA’s confirmation.
Women’s 100m backstroke: Emily Seebohm (Australia) vaulted to the top of the world’s rankings in the women’s 100m backstroke, essentially crushing the field in Perth. She was the only swimmer under the 1:00.00-mark…as well as the only swimmer under the 59.0 mark; In fact Seebohm’s 58.89 was so swift, it is within the realm of striking distance of Gemma Spofforth’s legendary super suit record of 58.12 set in 2009.
Women’s 200m breaststroke: Micah Lawrence, (USA) put up a fight in the 200m breaststroke race, but ultimately fell short to Kanako Watanabe, giving the Japanese swimmer a sweep of both breaststroke events. Watanabe won comfortably with a time of 2:23.43 to Lawrence’s 2:25.19.