The 2016 Short Course World Champion in the men’s 100m freestyle, Simonas Bilis of Lithuania, has already surpassed the time it took him to win this event 2 years ago.
Pellegrini split 1:52.66 to lead Italy to another National Record in the 4×200 free relay.
A total of 5 Italian Records fell on night 5 of the 2018 FINA Short Course World Championships, including an individual women’s 200m IM mark, courtesy of Ilaria Cusinato.
Ariarne Titmus’ lead-off leg of 1:52.22 was the fastest in the field.
Erika Brown anchored the Americans in a blazing 1:52.86.
Li Bingjie swam the lead-off leg for China’s Asian Record setting 800 free relay.
South African Erin Gallagher got under the Continental mark for the second straight time in 24.38.
Fabio Scozzoli split 25.51 on breast as the Italians broke their National Record in the 4×50 medley relay.
Zhu Menghui clocked 23.95 to tie Rikako Ikee’s Asian Record.
Smoliga has now won six gold medals at the Championships.
Etiene Medeiros got under her 2016 record of 23.88 in 23.82.
Santos clocked 21.81 to break Chad Le Clos’ 2014 Championship Record of 21.95.
Di Liddo’s 56.06 broke Ilaria Bianchi’s 56.13 from 2012.
That marks Russia’s 6th National Relay Record at the 2018 Short Course World Swimming Championships. (Above: relay anchor Veronika Andrusenko).
Melanie Margalis broke the American Record in 2:04.62, winning silver behind Katinka Hosszu.