2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Sunday, July 23rd – Sunday, July 30th
- Budapest, Hungary
- LCM (50m)
- Full Competition Schedule
- Meet Info
- Psych Sheets
- Omega Results
- Pick ’em Contest
- Event-by-Event Previews
2016 Olympic gold medalist Penny Oleksiak looked strong this morning in the 100 free preliminaries, qualifying 4th overall in 53.18, including the fastest back-half split of 27.21.
Afterwards Oleksiak sounded confident, indicating she has more in the tank.
“It felt pretty good, it was decently easy. I have a bit more going into tonight and finals hopefully,” said Oleksiak.
She also mentioned that she doesn’t feel additional pressure as the Olympic champion, and recognizes this event is shaping up to be much faster than it was last year.
“I don’t feel extra pressure at all honestly. I know coming into this it’s a lot faster than it was last year, so yet again I have no expectations going into tonight or finals. I’m just excited to race.”
Oleksiak won the final in Rio in a time of 52.70, tying American Simone Manuel. Leading off the 400 free relay on day 1, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom broke the world in a time of 51.71. Sjostrom’s dominance in the event this year shifts more of the focus to her, allowing Manuel, Oleksiak and others to swim a little more under the radar.
The 17-year-old will swim in the first semi-final, side-by-side with 50 free Olympic gold medalist Pernille Blume and defending world champion Bronte Campbell.