Morozov wins the 100 freestyle at WUG in a time of 47.62

After seeing the Russian 4 x 100 freestyle win in dominating fashion, it was predictable that the 100 freestyle would be owned by Russian swimmers, which was exactly what happened with Vlad Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev going one, two in the individual event. Morozov who has a breakout year, first at the World Short Course Championships where he won the both the 50 and 100 freestyle, than at the NCAA Championships where he won the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events, setting a NCAA record of 40.76 in the 100 and now at the World University Games where he took the 100 freestyle in a time of 47.62, the second fastest time in the world this year.

Morozov took the first 50 meters out in a blazing 22.66 finishing with a second 50 split of 24.96, breaking the games record of 47.98 set by his Russian teammate Andrey Grechin who lead off the 4 x 100 freestyle relay.

Lobintsev finished second posting a time of 48.54. For the second time in the competition Lobintsev finishes as the runner up to a fellow countryman. Earlier in the competition he earned a silver in the 200 freestyle behind Danila Izotov.

Italian Michel Santucci finished third in a time of 49.30, collecting Italy’s ninth bronze of the competition.

Australian Andrew Abood was fourth in a time of 49.36, Italian Lorenzo Benatti was fifth in a time of 49.78, Katsumi Nakamura was sixth in a time of 49.81, American Michael Wynalda was seventh in a time of 49.93 and Pjotr Degtjarjov of Estonian was eighth in a time of 50.19.

Men’s 800 freestyle

In the men’s 1500 freestyle Kohei Yamamoto of Japan lead for the majority of the first 750 meters, but eventually got run down and overtaken by American Sean Ryan, who won the event in a time of 14:57.33. In the 800 freestyle Yamamoto made sure that we didn’t see that happen again. At the 400 meter mark the Japanese swimmer turned first in a time of 3:54.82, half a second ahead of Ukrainian Sergii Frolov, who finished third in the 1500 freestyle and almost two seconds ahead of Ryan.

Yamamoto swam an extremely strong second 400 meters splitting 3:55.14 to win the event in a new season’s best time of 7:49.96, which is currently the seventh fastest time in the world this year.

Frolov finished second in a time of 7:51.02, which is a lifetime best. After finishing outside of the medals with a disappointing 1500 freestyle Canadian Eric Hedlin collected his country’s first medal in a men’s event at the games, finishing third in a time of 7:53.78.

Ryan finished fourth in a time of 7:55.67.

Russian Evgeny Kulikov was fifth in a time of 7:56.78, Fumiya Hidaka of Japan was sixth in a time of 7:59.31, American Ryan Feeley was seventh in a time of 8:04.04 just ahead of Russian Evgeny Eliseev who finished eighth in a time of 8:04.05.

Women’s 200 breaststroke

Russian Yulia Efimova took the women’s 200 breaststroke in a season’s best time of 2:24.10, which is currently the fifth ranked time in the world this year. Efimova, who won the 100 breaststroke earlier in the meet in a time of 1:05.48, which ranks second in the world, had a great second half where she was up to the task of catching and passing American Laura Sogar who led at the 100 mark of the race going out in a time of 1:09.09.

Efimova whose split a 1:10.41 at the 100 finished finished the second half of the race in a time of 1:13.69, having more then enough speed to overtake the American who finished second in a time of 2:25.33. Mio Motegi of Japan finished third in a time of 2:25.73.

Italian Giulia de Ascentis was fourth in a time of 2:27.10, Korean Suyeon Back was fifth in a time of 2:27.25, Canadian Tera Van Beilen was sixth in a time of 2:27.64, Satori Hosokoshi was seventh in a time of 2:28.64 and American Andrea Kropp finished eighth in a time of 2:29.29.

Women’s 100 butterfly

Canadian Katerine Savard, who earlier in the competition finished second in the 50 butterfly, setting a new Canadian record of 26.05, won the 100 butterfly in a time of 57.63.  Savard has had a great season setting both the 50 (26.05) and 100 butterfly (57.40) Canadian records and is currently ranked second in the world with a season’s best time of 57.40.

With the win she collected Canada’s first gold of the competition and broke the WUG record of 57.86 set by Lu Ying of China.

The race for second was exciting with Fan Guo of China out touching Nao Kobayashi of Japan by one one-hundredth of a second. Guo touched in a time of 58.98 while Kobayashi posted a time of 58.99.

Russian Darya Tsvetkova finished fourth in a time of 59.10, Italian Elena di Liddo finished fifth in a time of 59.38, Katarina Listopadova of Slovakia finished sixth in a time of 59.57, Austrian Birgit Koschischek finished seventh in a time of 59.96 and American Kelsey Floyd finished eighth in a time of 1:00.43.

Semi-Finals

Women’s 200 freestyle

Russia’s Veronika Popova took the top seed in the women’s 200 free in 1:58.72, though she still sits shy of the time with which her young countrymate Maria Baklakova won the European Junior Championship in Poznan a day prior. Sitting behind her is a very strong field of swimmers, including 2012 Olympic finalist Caitlin McClatchey (1:58.99), American Chelsea Chentault (1:59.46), Canadian Brittany MacLean (1:59.68), and the 2nd British swimmer Rebecca Turner (1:59.86).

Also sneaking into the A-Final is American Megan Romano with a 2:00.45, and if there’s one thing we know about Romano, it’s that if she has a lane, she has a chance at a medal.

Men’s 100 butterfly

Belarus’ Yauhen Tsurkin took the top seed in the men’s 100 fly in 51.75, which cuts three-tenths of a second off of his National Record. That swim ranks him 7th in the world this year. Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski, recovering from some poor swims earlier in the meet, was a 52.20 for the 2nd seed, and American Jack Conger swam a personal best of 52.51 for 3rd headed toward finals.

American-trained Swiss butterflier Nico van Duijn (52.69) also made the finals, though Australia’s Daniel Lester from Wisconsin (52.81) and American Kyler Van Swol from Minnesota (52.80) did not.

Women’s 50 backstroke

Shortly thereafter, Tsurkin’s countrymate Aliaksandra Herasimenia took the top seed in the women’s 50 back in 28.35 ahead of Russia’s Anastasia Zueva and Australia’s Madison Wilson.

American Cindy Tran took 4th in 28.72

Men’s 200 backstroke

Japan’s Yuki Shirai took the top seed in the men’s 200 backstroke, but 2nd behind him (as the two separated from most of the field) was American Jack Conger in 1:57.82. Swimming about half-an-hour apart, Conger handled the double very well, but in Monday’s finals session, his races could be bunched even more closely together with only the women’s 50 backstroke and a single medal ceremony separating the two finals.

Two other Americans, Jacob Pebley (1:58.71) and Eric Ress (1:58.77 – a dual citizen representing France) are 3rd and 4th.

Men’s 50 breaststroke

Russia’s Vlad Morozov took the top seed in the men’s 50 breaststroke, showing off his versatility (and perhaps a bit of endurance on a second swim of the session) in 27.34.That’s a best time for him, and ranks him 6th in the world this year.

South Africa’s Giulio Zorzi, training partner of Cameron van der Burgh, took the 2nd seed in 27.67, and Italian Andrea Toniato was 3rd in 27.80.

Mike Alexandrov, the only American swimmer to get out of prelims, took 6th and moved on to the finals in 27.94.

 

Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
Russia 10 5 0 15
Australia 4 2 2 8
United States 3 7 4 14
Japan 3 5 5 13
Belarus 3 0 0 3
Ukraine 1 2 1 4
Canada 1 1 3 5
Hungary 1 0 0 1
Ireland 0 1 0 1
China 0 1 0 1
Italy 0 0 9 9
Poland 0 0 1 1
Greece 0 0 1 1

 

Complete results can be found here

 

 

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C Martin
8 years ago

Anyone have the video of Morozov’s race? (I’m looking at you, Bobo)

bobo gigi
Reply to  C Martin
8 years ago

When the day 5 will be on youtube I will post it on swimswam.

Sprinter
Reply to  C Martin
8 years ago

Go to WatchEspn and you can find a replay of all of day 5 where you can find the 100 free.

Kris
8 years ago

What a great time for Morozov. The 100 free in Barcelona will be epic.

suzzie2012
Reply to  Kris
8 years ago

I thought I posted earlier.. Dave Salo is the most decorated coach at WUG.. Martinova, Efimova, Hawthorn, Morozov, Lobintsev, Aleksandrov… If Kendyl Stewart swims medley relay tomorrow in prelims another swimmer coming home with a medal..

FOOD4THOUGHT
Reply to  suzzie2012
8 years ago

Well, my previous & rather verbose comment was intended to be an entirely make-believe satire (if poorly penned!), and bears no resemblance to reality in any form whatsoever! I also posted to the wrong thread below (SUZZIE2012’s comment on the doping), sorry!

Anyway, apologies are in order to Efimova upon re-reading my original post, I’m sure her English is probably much better than mine – so here’s how her imaginary conversation may have gone down instead:

Iulia batting her eyelashes cutely at Dave: “Ah you’re my very bestest and my top favourite, Mr. Salo, you’ve been so instrumental in bringing out my full potential since I came over specially to learn from you *the Master* in your No. 1… Read more »

Philip Johnson
Reply to  FOOD4THOUGHT
8 years ago

This is very odd..

SWIMPHILE
Reply to  Philip Johnson
8 years ago

Don’t get it either…

Maybe a failed dig at Salo for a potential conflict of interest at Worlds?

aswimfan
Reply to  Philip Johnson
8 years ago

Even with Soni out of picture, can’t see Efimova upgrading her hardware.

And Breeja Larson for gold?
What about Pedersen?

H2Opinion
Reply to  FOOD4THOUGHT
8 years ago

This is clearly stranger than the Gary Hall Jr. posts.

C Martin
Reply to  FOOD4THOUGHT
8 years ago

Sounds like the back of one of those suductive books. What is this?!?

Philip Johnson
8 years ago

I take back everything I said about Morozov’s height limiting him on the 100.

NoLochteFan
Reply to  Philip Johnson
8 years ago

Impressive time for a guy who stands 5’11”! Unbelievable how fast the 100m free has become this year and will be the highlight of the races in Barcelona.

H2Opinion
Reply to  NoLochteFan
8 years ago

Rowdy was pretty good. How tall did he stand at the time of his accomplishments?

aswimfan
Reply to  Philip Johnson
8 years ago

He is slowly changing my mind. I had him for bronze, but maybe I have to upgrade him to silver.

This complicates my prediction for Barcelona. Let’s see how he does there.
The big question is how much taper does he have in Kazan?

Steve Nolan
Reply to  aswimfan
8 years ago

You were predicting he was gonna take bronze, but was gonna be SHOCKED if he won? BOO.

aswimfan
Reply to  Steve Nolan
8 years ago

Because the difference in time) between gold and bronze is HUGE in men 100 free, witness last year, and especially this year.

Wouldn’t you be shocked if Harrison, whom many if not most pick for bronze, wins gold and beating Sun Yang in the 1,500? I would.

BOO right back at you.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

Wow! What a day in the world sport! Tyson Gay positive, 5 more Jamaican athletes positive, Chris Froome who rides a motorbike in a cycling race. It’s definitely quieter in swimming.

NoLochteFan
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

Really bummed about Tyson Gay. He was running really well this year and was hoping for a good showdown with Bolt, but alas it was too good to be true.

liquidassets
Reply to  NoLochteFan
8 years ago

Me too. Gay’s public persona had always been that of a humble winner and gracious loser. It goes to show that anyone is susceptible to the temptation of cheating and each positive test in any sport makes it less enjoyable for the fans as we always have to keep skepticism in the back of our minds.

H2Opinion
Reply to  NoLochteFan
8 years ago

In the ESPN article, Gay takes the blame for the positive test, but does acknowledge that he trusted someone he should not have. It also said that he is good friends with the three time Jamaican Olympic gold medalist.

jean Michel
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

Froome is certianly not completely clean ….. in what i saw today !

bobo gigi
Reply to  jean Michel
8 years ago

Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson also positive now. What a day of cleaning in the sport! 🙂

suzzie2012
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

And all claiming they did not take anything knowingly.. Same old sam old.. and we believe them because they are not Russian or Chinese. Very sad day for track and field.

bobo gigi
Reply to  suzzie2012
8 years ago

I disagree. Great day for sport. Every time we caught a cheater it’s a good news. But there are still many who are not caught.

Philip Johnson
Reply to  suzzie2012
8 years ago

Hell no I don’t believe them! Not sure what’s your obsession with this east vs. west rhetoric, a cheat is a cheat period. Why are you trying to turn this into some nationalistic argument? The cold war is over … move on and open your eyes.

FOOD4THOUGHT
Reply to  suzzie2012
8 years ago

A Coach’s Quandary

Hey what do you all think Dave Salo will advise his charge if Vlad strolls over to him poolside at the Palau Sant Jordi pleading so forlornly with puppy eyes, “Hey coach, Nikita and I were chatting among ourselves, seems like we’re both really suffering from a lack of self confidence having to face the great Nathan Adrian & legendary Anthony Ervin in the relay tonight… Can you give us a few harmless tips on how the pair has been racing in training camp, oh and while you’re at it, maybe the order of the US lineup for finals so we can better prepare my temporary team to finish behind you guys for silver and beat… Read more »

NoLochteFan
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

I am surprised we don’t see more of it in swimming since all these endurance athletes take supplements and may not know exactly what’s in them, but I think it goes to show the level of testing is paying off.

aswimfan
Reply to  NoLochteFan
8 years ago

5 russian swimmers tested positive in the month of March. You want more?

beachmouse
Reply to  NoLochteFan
8 years ago

The bigger the financial stakes, the larger the incentive there is to cheat, and cycling and athletics/track & field all offer far more in prize money and sponsorship dollars than swimming does outside of a Phelps/Thorpe/Sun endorsement extravaganza.

aswimfan
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

And FIVE russian SWIMMERS in the month of March!

aswimfan
Reply to  aswimfan
8 years ago

and 43 Russian track and field athletes are currently being suspended for PED offenses.

beachmouse
Reply to  aswimfan
8 years ago

There are also supposed to be ‘up to 30’ Turkish track & field athletes with doping positives in 2013- announcement on more details coming at some point in the near future. This does not include their one-time women’s 1500M London Olympic champion who had previously gotten her second doping offense.

Philip Johnson
8 years ago

I guess all that hype was rational … he continues to amaze.

And all of a sudden Morozov is a gold medal contender in the 100 … this is deepest the 100 field has been in awhile, even more so than last year. Vlad and Magnussen swimming 47 mid, Adrian capable of 47 mid, and a slew of guys flirting with that 47 second barrier. Cannot wait until Barcelona!

Reply to  Philip Johnson
8 years ago

Mcevoy
Chiereguinni
Garcia

I bet this 3 will break the 48 barrier.. Verschuren I do not know if he will swim as last year..

Grechin is out, for now I would not bet on Lobintsev/Feigen breaking 48 already..

Reply to  Rafael Teixeira
8 years ago

They said Grechin can replace Fesikov in Barselona.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

If Mr Morozov swam for USA, as he wanted it first, the US relay would be unbeatable. Imagine if on a crazy change of mind, he swims for USA in 2015 in Russia. It would be a new cold war! He would be protected by about 10 bodyguards until he dives in the pool!

Philip Johnson
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

The US really let one get away didn’t they? lol

EmilyR
Reply to  Philip Johnson
8 years ago

yes we did. and this may come back and bite us as soon as in just 2 weeks time!

btw Bobo great minds think alike .. i had posted my thoughts below before reading your comment haha

beachmouse
Reply to  Philip Johnson
8 years ago

Stupid modern day congressional gridlock. In years past, both sides of the aisle were pretty reliable putting through rush citizenship requests for half a pairs or dance team in figure skating so that the duo could represent the USA in international competition.

As much as he loves living and training in Southern California, I suspect that the sponsorship money Vlad is getting from Russian businesses now is way too good for him to change his flag of competition any time soon.

jean Michel
Reply to  beachmouse
8 years ago

What u are explaining here seems to be the real reason why he will not change his mind and swim for Usa in any future .

SwimFanFinland
Reply to  beachmouse
8 years ago

Yes,

As Russia is constantly hosting major competitions in different sports these days, also money flows in the context of sport are becoming substantial, and they are remarkable already. Considering the fact that FINA’s major venue will be held in 2015 Russia, Morozov possesses a good chance to get his fraction if he plays his cards wisely.

NoLochteFan
Reply to  Philip Johnson
8 years ago

I wasn’t aware the US had any say in the matter of what country Morozov swam for? But yes, you figure he lives and trains in the US since he was 14, but Russia enjoys the spoils of that labor.

aswimfan
Reply to  NoLochteFan
8 years ago

And Morozov enjoys his sponsorship deals, and Salo may also get some spoils too. win win.

Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

I don´t think Morozov will ever change mind.. now that Russia assembled such a strong relay.. and they still have Sedov for the future..

C Martin
Reply to  Rafael Teixeira
8 years ago

While we don’t know who he would rather swim for if given the choice, right now his only option is to swim for Russia. An American relay with him on it would probably beat the Russian one without him (or even with him, if we had an outstanding performance).

EmilyR
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

if that was to ever happen (i wish!), Vlad will definitely need more than 10 bodyguards lol

he would prob need a pair of bodyguards in the pool as well during the 100 free individual & relay, to protect him from his former teammates haha

C Martin
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

I wouldn’t say that a “change of mind” would be the determining factor in whether or not Vlad swims for us down the road. While he has lots of pride in his home country, as you said he first wanted to swim for America. After training here for almost four years I can’t see why that would change. The only factor preventing him from swimming for the USA is that he hasn’t been a citizen for five years.

For a more in-depth explanation, see the August 2010 issue of Swimming World Magazine.

jean Michel
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

Ohhhhhhhhhhh yes , Usa can have some regrets on that !!!! But Caeleb will be there in 2 years .

EmilyR
8 years ago

wow im soooo happy for Vlad!!!

but in a selfish tho patriotic way, just wish our officials could have expedited his eligibility to represent the US as that was originally his first choice… 🙁

oh well guess I can only dream now of a relay that will never be – Vlad leading off for us, Nathan handling the anchor position ~sigh~

SwimFanFinland
8 years ago

Morozov’s best shot is at 50m free in which the sky’s the limit.

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