2023 WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- July 23 to 30, 2023
- Fukuoka, Japan
- Marine Messe Fukuoka
- LCM (50m)
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- Day 1 Prelims Live Recap | Day 1 Finals Live Recap
- Day 2 Prelims Live Recap | Day 2 Finals Live Recap
- Day 3 Prelims Live Recap | Day 3 Finals Live Recap
- Day 4 Prelims Live Recap | Day 4 Finals Live Recap
- Day 5 Prelims Live Recap | Day 5 Finals Live Recap
- Day 6 Prelims Live Recap | Day 6 Finals Live Recap
- Day 7 Prelims Live Recap | Day 7 Finals Live Recap
- Day 8 Prelims Live Recap
Men’s 4×100 Medley RELAY — PRELIMS
- World Record: United States – 3:26.78 (2021)
- Championship Record: United States – 3:27.28 (2009)
- World Junior Record: Russian Federation – 3:33.19 (2019)
- 2022 Winning Time: Italy – 3:27.51
- 2022 Top 8 Time: 3:34.06
Top 8 from prelims:
- United States – 3:30.51
- France – 3:31.61
- Australia – 3:31.75
- China – 3:31.89
- Germany – 3:32.11 (TIE)
- Canada – 3:32.11 (TIE)
- Japan – 3:32.36
- Great Britain – 3:33.27
SwimSwam went seven for eight on the predictions for this event. Italy, the defending World Champion, missed the final, finishing in 9th with 100 back world record holder Thomas Ceccon splitting 53.67, and their butterflier Piero Codia swimming 51.81. Canada jumped into that spot, tying for 5th with Germany, who, by the way, have quietly put together a strong meet.
In the prelims, the United States went with the 2nd best swimmer in the individual 100 for each stroke, with the exception of the 100 free. Hunter Armstrong is expected to be replaced by the gold medal-winning Ryan Murphy. Josh Matheny will be replaced by the silver medalist in the 100 breast, Nic Fink. Dare Rose, the bronze medalist in the 100 fly, will come in for Thomas Heilman.
The abnormality in following this pattern is the freestyle, where Matt King got the nod over individual 100 swimmer Chris Guiliano. Jack Alexy, the 2nd fastest American ever in the 100, will anchor the USA team.
The USA will put up a strong quartet with one gold, two silvers, and one bronze between the four in their respective 100s of stroke. A feat that no other team comes close to. The Italians would have two silvers but failed to make the final. The French also have two medals, but since the same swimmer holds both of them, it doesn’t really count.
Projected Finals Roster for the USA: Murphy, Fink, Rose, Alexy
Second into the final tonight and occupying lane five will be the team from France. The French are unlikely to swap out any of the middle two legs: Leon Marchand and 100 fly gold medalist Maxime Grousset are the best they can muster. For the free, the French used Hadrien Salvan, who split 48.17. Florent Manaudou anchored their men’s 4×100 free relay in 48.28 and did not have a great 50 free individually, finishing just 12th in the semis (21.96). Salvan seems to be the safer bet, Manaudou is “the risk it for the biscuit.”
Projected Finals Roster for France: Ndoye-Brouard, Marchand, Grousset, Salvan
The Australians will bring in “King Kyle” for the freestyle and most likely Zac Stubblety-Cook in the breaststroke (in the mixed medley, they used Sam Williamson in the prelims, then ZSC in the finals). Matt Temple seems to be a lock in the fly leg, with the only question remaining: who will be the backstroker?
One would believe that using Bradley Woodward would suggest that the Aussie kept Isaac Cooper in reserve for tonight, but Cooper missed making the semifinals of the 100 back and finished outside of the top eight in the 50. Woodward, on the other hand, made the semifinals of the 100 back and just posted his 2nd fastest 100 of the meet, 53.64 (he was 53.63 in the prelims of the mixed medley). Based on current times, go with Woodward over Cooper.
Projected Finals Roster for Aussies: Woodward, Stubblety-Cook, Temple, Chalmers
China will swap out all of the legs, save Xu Jiayu in the backstroke. Yan Zibei split a respectable 59.04 in the breaststroke but will be replaced by Qin Haiyang, who, with a good relay start, could swim close to two seconds faster. China failed to qualify a swimmer into the semifinals of the 100 fly, but will bring in Wang Changhao, who finished 18th. To anchor, expect to see Pan Zhanle, who, despite finishing 4th in the 100 free, set a new Asian record of 47.43, (his time of 47.22 has yet to be ratified).
Projected Finals Roster for China: Xu, Qin, Wang, Pan
The remaining four squads of Germany, Canada, Japan, and Great Britain seem unlikely to have changes that will shake up the top four.
Team GB will most likely swap in Matt Richards, their new national record holder, for Tom Dean in the free, but will unlikely be able to make up much difference. Without the game-changer that is Adam Peaty, the Brits will have to rely on James Wilby, who had the 2nd slowest breast split among the teams that made the final.