Mare Nostrum – Monaco: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


The final session of action at the Mare Nostrum stop in Monaco is set to get underway, with a total of eleven finals on the scheduled followed by the head-to-head matchups in all eight 50s in the Sprint Tournament.

Men’s 400 IM Timed Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 4:07.96, Laszlo Cseh (HUN), 2008
  • Mare Nostrum – Monaco Record: 4:10.58, Daiya Seto (JPN), 2015
  1. Daiya Seto, JPN, 4:10.30
  2. David Verraszto, HUN, 4:13.61
  3. Gergely Gyurta, HUN, 4:17.31

Former World Champion Daiya Seto of Japan dominated the men’s 400 IM wire-to-wire en route to a decisive win in a time of 4:10.30, lowering his Monaco Meet Record of 4:10.58 set in 2015. Seto currently is the only swimmer in the world this year who has been under 4:10, having been 4:09.25 back in January. This swim was also faster than the next-fastest man (Max Litchfield, 4:10.94) in 2019.

David Verraszto, who ranks third in the world with his 4:12.65 in March, was less than a second off of that time to place second.

Women’s 400 Free Timed Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 4:02.84, Camille Muffat (FRA), 2013
  • Mare Nostrum – Monaco Record: 4:02.84, Camille Muffat (FRA), 2013
  1. Delfina Pignatiello, ARG, 4:08.34
  2. Miyu Namba, JPN, 4:08.44
  3. Valeria Salamatina, RUS, 4:08.54

In a barn burner of a race, Argentine Delfina Pignatiello led the entire way in the women’s 400 free but felt the pressure coming down the last length from both Valeria Salamatina of Russia and Miyu Namba of Japan.

In the end, Pignatiello narrowly held on to win in a time of 4:08.34, just .01 off of her National Record set two years ago. Namba closed in 1:00.51 over the last 100 metres to snag second in 4:08.44, and Salamatina had the fastest closing 50 in the field at 29.71 to take third in 4:08.54.

Men’s 100 Fly Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 51.56, Chad Le Clos (RSA), 2016
  • Mare Nostrum – Monaco Record: 51.58, Chad Le Clos (RSA), 2016
  1. Andrey Zhilkin, RUS, 52.18
  2. James Guy, GBR, 52.31
  3. Yauhen Tsurkin, BLR, 52.65

After turning sixth at the 50 in 24.80, Russian Andrey Zhilkin closed in a quick 27.38 to pull out the victory in the men’s 100 fly in a new best time of 52.18.

James Guy of Great Britain was the only other swimmer in the field to close sub-28 as he placed second in 52.31, and Yauhen Tsurkin of Belarus got himself on the podium in third (52.65).

Women’s 200 Fly Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 2:06.70, Suzuka Hasegawa (JPN), 2017
  • Mare Nostrum – Monaco Record: 2:06.70, Suzuka Hasegawa (JPN), 2017
  1. Katinka Hosszu, HUN, 2:07.56
  2. Svetlana Chimrova, RUS, 2:08.73
  3. Zsuzsanna Jakabos, HUN, 2:09.25

Katinka Hosszu opened her three-event session with a bang in the women’s 200 fly, using a blazing final 50 to clinch the win in a time of 2:07.56. She currently ranks second in the world this year with her 2:06.62 from the Budapest stop of the FINA Champions Series.

Svetlana Chimrova slipped under her season-best time by .02 to take second in 2:08.73, and Zsuzsanna Jakabos made it two Hungarians on the podium in third in 2:09.25.

Men’s 200 Back Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 1:54.34, Ryosuke Irie (JPN), 2011
  • Mare Nostrum – Monaco Record: 1:54.34, Ryosuke Irie (JPN), 2011
  1. Martin Binedell, RSA, 1:59.18
  2. Christophe Brun, FRA, 2:00.47
  3. Bernard Reitshammer, AUT, 2:00.93

Martin Binedell of South Africa successfully defended his #1 seed from the heats in the men’s 200 back, going a few tenths better in 1:59.18.

Christophe Brun of France picked up second in 2:00.47, just two-tenths outside of his lifetime best.

Women’s 100 Back Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 58.77, Kathleen Baker (USA), 2018
  • Mare Nostrum – Monaco Record: 59.23, Emily Seebohm (AUS), 2017
  1. Katinka Hosszu, HUN, 1:00.22
  2. Maria Kameneva, RUS, 1:00.41
  3. Stephanie Au, HKG, 1:00.93

In a quick turnaround after her 200 fly win, Katinka Hosszu pulled off her second victory of the session in the women’s 100 back, holding off the hard-charging Maria Kameneva in 1:00.22.

Hosszu is the seventh fastest swimmer in the world this year with a season-best of 59.58.

Stephanie Au of Hong Kong was the leader at the 50 in 29.19, but Hosszu blew by her on the way home. Kameneva closed four-tenths better than Hosszu in 30.27 but ran out of room to catch her as she settles for second in 1:00.41. Au was just off her prelim swim for third in 1:00.93.

Men’s 100 Breast Final

  1. Ilya Shymanovich, BLR, 59.43
  2. Yasuhiro Koseki, JPN, 1:00.00
  3. Michael Andrew, USA, 1:00.80

Belarusian Ilya Shymanovich was the fastest swimmer on both the opening (27.48) and closing (31.95) 50s to win the men’s 100 breast in a time of 59.43. Shymanovich is ranked second in the world this year with his 58.29 from March.

Mare Nostrum Record holder Yasuhiro Koseki had a strong back-half of 31.99 to take the runner-up spot in 1:00.00, and Michael Andrew (1:00.80) narrowly held off countryman Nic Fink (1:00.82) for third.

Women’s 200 Breast Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 2:19.67, Rikke Moeller Pedersen (DEN), 2014
  • Mare Nostrum – Monaco Record: 2:22.02, Rikke Moeller Pedersen (DEN), 2014
  1. Yuliya Efimova, RUS, 2:24.09
  2. Julia Sebastian, ARG, 2:26.78
  3. Maria Temnikova, RUS, 2:27.44

Yuliya Efimova took over control of the women’s 200 breast on the second 50 and ran away with the title, cruising to a final time of 2:24.09. Efimova ranks third in the world this year having been 2:21.59 last week in Indianapolis.

Argentina got their second medal of the session after Julia Sebastian charged home to take second in 2:26.78, taking out Russian Maria Temnikova (2:27.44).

Men’s 200 Free Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 1:44.88, Paul Biedermann (GER), 2009
  • Mare Nostrum – Monaco Record: 1:44.88, Paul Biedermann (GER), 2009
  1. Martin Malyutin, RUS, 1:46.49
  2. James Guy, GBR, 1:46.90
  3. Aleksandr Krasnykh, RUS, 1:47.44

Martin Malyutin incredibly negative-split the men’s 200 free to move up from sixth at the 100 into first by the finish, closing in 52.88 (26.84/26.04) after opening up in 53.61. His final time of 1:46.49 is just over a second outside of his top-ranked 1:45.46 from April.

2015 World Champion James Guy put together a strong performance to place second in 1:46.90, just over half a second off of his season-best 1:46.34 from the British Championships. Aleksandr Krasnykh was also about half a second off his 2019 best for third in 1:47.44.

Women’s 100 Free Final

  • Mare Nostrum Record: 52.08, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017
  • Mare Nostrum – Monaco Record: 52.60, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017
  1. Siobhan Haughey, HKG, 53.32
  2. Natalie Hinds, USA / Barbora Seemanova, CZE, 54.68

Siobhan Haughey continued her incredible performance here in Monaco with a massive win in the women’s 100 free, lowering her Hong Kong National Record in 53.32. She had previously been 53.59 in April of this year. She now ranks sixth in the world for 2019.

American Natalie Hinds clocked another personal best in 54.68, tying for second with Barbora Seemanova of the Czech Republic.

Women’s 200 IM Final

  1. Katinka Hosszu, HUN, 2:09.19
  2. Madisyn Cox, USA, 2:10.18
  3. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, GBR, 2:11.57

Katinka Hosszu finished off her incredible triple with another win tonight in the women’s 200 IM, clocking 2:09.19 to come less than six-tenths off of her world-leading 2:08.55 from March. She finishes the meet with five wins and one second place finish.

American Madisyn Cox earned her runner-up placing to Hosszu in the IM events, clocking 2:10.18 to edge past her season-best of 2:10.27 from the Richmond PSS.


In today’s semis, Bruno Fratus broke the 10-year-old Mare Nostrum Record previously held by Cullen Jones (21.58) in the men’s 50 free in a time of 21.56.

In the women’s 50 free, Siobhan Haughey broke her Hong Kong National Record for the second straight time to qualify second in 24.87.


  1. Szebasztian Szabo, HUN, 23.27
  2. Andrii Govorov, UKR, 23.41

Hungary’s Szebasztian Szabo saved his best swim for last as he edges out Andrii Govorov to win the men’s 50 fly, timing his finish a little better than the world record holder for a time of 23.27 to Govorov’s 23.41. Both men have been sub-23 this year.


  • Mare Nostrum Record: 24.76, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017
  • Mare Nostrum – Monaco Record: 24.90, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017
  1. Anastasiya Shkurdai, BLR, 26.06
  2. Arina Surkova, RUS, 26.26

Anastasiya Shkurdai of Belarus picks up the women’s 50 fly victory in a time of 26.06, edging out Russian Arina Surkova (26.26). Shkurdai ranks fifth in the world this year with a best of 25.87.


  • Mare Nostrum Record: 24.61, Jeremy Stravius (FRA), 2013
  • Mare Nostrum – Monaco Record: 24.61, Jeremy Stravius (FRA), 2013
  1. Michael Andrew, USA, 24.45
  2. Evgeny Rylov, RUS, 24.78

Michael Andrew smashes the Mare Nostrum Record to win the men’s 50 back, registering a swift 24.45 to take out the 24.61 set by Jeremy Stravius in 2013. The swim is also a new personal best for Andrew, improving on his 24.49 from the Kazan stop of the World Cup last year, and elevates him up into second in the world this year behind only Kliment Kolesnikov (24.40).

Evgeny Rylov placed second in 24.78, putting him into a tie for seventh in the world.


  • Mare Nostrum Record: 27.37, Anastasia Fesikova (RUS), 2018
  • Mare Nostrum – Monaco Record: 27.37, Anastasia Fesikova (RUS), 2018
  1. Caroline Pilhatsch, AUT, 27.85
  2. Mimosa Jallow, FIN, 27.94

Caroline Pilhatsch edged out Mimosa Jallow to win the women’s 50 back, clocking a new Austrian Record in 27.85. She had previously been 27.93 in the event yesterday, which broke her 28.01 record set in April.

Jallow put up a season-best by .02 in 27.94.


  • Mare Nostrum Record: 26.68, Adam Peaty (GBR), 2016
  • Mare Nostrum – Monaco Record: 26.79, Felipe Lima (BRA), 2019
  1. Felipe Lima, BRA, 26.33
  2. Ilya Shymanovich, BLR, 27.00

Felipe Lima threw down of the fastest swims in history in the men’s 50 breast, touching in a time of 26.33 for a new South American and Mare Nostrum Record. The South American Record was lowered earlier this year by Joao Gomes in 26.42, and he now surpasses that time and moves past Gomes for the top spot in the world this year.


  • Mare Nostrum Record: 29.88, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 2015
  • Mare Nostrum – Monaco Record: 30.11, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 2013
  1. Yuliya Efimova, RUS, 30.04
  2. Jhennifer Conceicao, BRA, 30.42

Yuliya Efimova completes the women’s breaststroke sweep in style, lowering the Monaco Meet Record in a time of 30.04. She sits second in the world this year with a 29.93.

Jhennifer Conceicao elevates herself into a tie for fourth in the world with a new South American Record of 30.42, lowering her previous mark of 30.47.


  1. Bruno Fratus, BRA, 21.31
  2. Kristian Gkolomeev, GRE, 21.54

Just a few hours after breaking the 10-year-old Meet Record in 21.56, Bruno Fratus chopped another quarter of a second off that time to win the men’s 50 free in a blazing 21.31. He improves his world-leading time of 21.47, and fell just .04 short of his lifetime best of 21.27.

Kristian Gkolomeev also went under the old record in 21.54, just a tenth off his PB. He moves into fourth in the world this year.


  • Mare Nostrum Record: 23.85, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017
  • Mare Nostrum – Monaco Record: 23.95, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017
  1. Maria Kameneva, RUS, 24.51
  2. Siobhan Haughey, HKG, 24.85

Maria Kameneva edges out Siobhan Haughey to prevent the 50/100/200 sweep, clocking a time of 24.51. Haughey lowers her National Record for a third time by .02 in 24.85.

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Cheatin Vlad
4 years ago

It’s Lima Time!….an old Jim Rome reference for those of you who didn’t know 😉

4 years ago

How are some swimmers swimming significantly faster (and in Fratus’s case, multiple times in a relatively short amount of time) at this meet one week removed from another meet on the other side of the world?

13 % Chinese person
Reply to  DrSwimPhil
4 years ago

I thought he had shoulder surgery too . Maybe it someone else . I should take more notice but I just start thinking Portuguese chikken & PEDs & of course that is very wrong.

4 years ago

Impressive triple by Katinka

4 years ago

W400FR was a real pleasure to watch when the dynamic of the race has been constantly changing and at the end four swimmers were in contention. If ISL manages to make such a show regardless times shown it will have the future.

4 years ago

Bruno looking like the 10 second car he is; him, proud and dressel won’t disappoint this summer, it’s anyones race

Prison MIke
Reply to  Ragnar
4 years ago

Everybody is sleeping on manaudou smh

Reply to  Prison MIke
4 years ago

I don’t believe Manaudou is racing this summer, he’s training solely for the Olympics.

4 years ago

All Hosszu’s medals were earned in hard labor and therefore are well deserved. That is what we have to welcome in swimming competition. Not that I’m being sadistic but it is immoral from my point of view to get paid money for doing no job.
Some attention deserves Hosszu’s finish. She did it several times at FINA Champs Series and repeated it today. It is either her opponents were dying at the very end of the race or Hosszu was very fast at the finish or both factors took place but winning about 0.7sec at last 15-20 meters looks very unusual. We don’t have splits meter by meter that’s why it is hard to be conclusive about what actually… Read more »

Reply to  Yozhik
4 years ago

She’ll do it in Paris, too 😉

Reply to  Brownish
4 years ago

I wish us both to be still well by that time to see pigs flying 😀

Ol’ Gator
4 years ago

That 50 back from Andrew kind of excites me, I’m obviously a Dressel guy but they’re both looking pretty good for the summer

Samuel Huntington
4 years ago

Some fast 50s!!

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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