RACE VIDEO: Watch Belmonte Win World Championships in 800 Free scm

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As reported by SwimSwam / Braden Keith

WOMEN’S 800 FREESTYLE – PRELIMS

2012 World Champ: 8:08.62 – Lauren Boyle – New Zealand
2010 World Champ: 8:11.61 – Erika Villacija – Spain
Meet Record: 8:08.25 – Rebecca Adlington – Great Britain – 2008 8:03.41 – Mireia Belmonte – Spain – 2014
World Record: 7:59.34 – Mireia Belmonte Garcia – Spain – 2013

At the halfway point Mireia Belmonte of Spain and Jazz Carlin of Great Britain were only separated by half a second, but the second half of the event was dominated by Belmonte who won the event in a time of 8:03.41. With that times she sets a new competition record breaking Rebecca Adlington‘s mark of 8:08.25 which was set in 2008.

Belmonte, the world record holder in the event, took the first 400 meters out in a time of 4:03.08 and record a second half split of 4:00.33.
Carlin managed to hold off a fast charging Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands. Carlin touched in a time of 8:08.16 followed by van Rouwendaal who finished in a time of 8:08.17.

Carlin’s time breaks Rebecca Adlington’s national record of 8:08.25.

van Rouwendaal destroyed her own national record of 8:17.44 which she set earlier this year.

Hungarian Boglarka Kapas finished fourth in a time of 8:16.32 followed by Sarah Kohler of Germany who touched in a time of 8:17.08.
Maria Vilas Vidal of Spain finished sixth in a time of 8:18.82 followed by American Lindsay Vrooman who posted a 8:19.36 and Hannah Miley of Great Britain who recorded a 8:20.09.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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