For Japan, taking Gwangju gold carries extra significance, as these World Championships represent a qualifying opportunity for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
After breaking the Bulgarian national record in the 200 back at Euro Juniors, Levterov broke the 15-17 NAG in the 50 back at the 2019 Bulgarian Open
Ryan Murphy beat Xu Jiayu in 2016. Xu won in 2017. Murphy had the fastest time in 2018. Xu leads the world so far this season.
Germany’s Florian Wellbrock won an exciting battle in the 10km race to open the top 10 Olympic-qualifying wave for the men.
Sarah Sjostrom enters as a massive -1000 betting favorite in the women’s 50 fly for the upcoming World Championships in Gwangju.
With two more gold medals on Monday, China remains a perfect 7-for-7 in diving events at the 2019 World Championships – and the meet is already half-over.
Stay up to date on all of our event-by-event previews for the 2019 World Championships here – we’ll link to previews and compile medalists on this story.
Licon only swam one other event at the meet – the 200 breast, where he stunned with an impressive 2:08.
The men’s 200 breast holds the fastest performers in history with the defending World champ (Chupkov) and world record holder (Watanabe) in contention.
Carly Novelline (NASA Wildcat) won another freestyle event after winning the 200 free on Friday and 50 free on Saturday.
After winning the 800 free on the first night, Wiltsey completed his sweep of both of the longest distances with his victory in the 1500 on the final night.
The 47-year-old has done it again, recording a new PB of 1:04.77 in the event to re-break his own master’s world record.
National team member Devon Nowicki swam top 10 US times in both the 50 and 100 breast at the West Michigan Classic.
Caitlin Brooks swam a monster lifetime best in the 200 back and is the 11th-fastest US woman this year to close the Gainesville Sectionals.
Katie Ledecky is the World #1 this season at 8:10.70 — that’s already faster than the time she went to win the last Worlds title in 2017.