Women’s 100 freestyle
Australia’s Marieke Guehrer qualified first in a time of 53.26. Yi Tang of China qualified second in a time of 53.32 with the United State’s Jessica Hardy and Germany’s Britta Steffan both posting the third fastest time of 53.42.
“It was a good swim, it was a good time. But I definitely have more to give tomorrow night. I just wanted to get out there and swim a good race,” said Guehrer.
“I do not want to expect too much, then I might end up with nothing.”
Men’s 400 IM
Leading up the World Championships Daiya Seto of Japan and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary had swum the two fastest in the world; 4:00.02 and 4:00.99 respectively.
In the preliminaries of the 400 IM they would qualify in that same order. Seto qualified first in a time of 4:04.28 with Cseh qualifying second with a time of 4:04.61.
Seto who collected five titles on the World Cup circuit earlier this year was happy with his morning swim, “I’m looking really good this time. I’m just going to enjoy the competition tonight (Thursday).”
“I am going to be aggressive in the first 200 metres. Breaststroke is my biggest strength, so I am going to swim really fast in the breaststroke leg.”
Gal Nevo of Israel qualified third in a time of 4:05.99.
Women’s 50 butterfly
16 year old Noemie Thomas of Canada qualified first in a time of 25.76. Christine Magnuson of the United State’s qualified second in a time of 25.83 with China’s Ying Lu qualifying third in a time of 25.87.
European Champion and the fastest women in the world this year (25.21) Jeanette Ottesen Gray of Denmark qualified fourth in a time of 26.02.
Men’s 50 freestyle
The top two finishers from European Championships were the top two qualifiers. Russia’s Vladimir Morozov, who won silver at the European Championships, qualified first in a time of 20.98 with Florent Manaudou of France, who won the European Championships qualified second in a time of 21.06.
Heading into the World Championships Manaudou and Morozov had also posted the top two times in the world this year; 20.70 and 20.79 respectively.
Marco Orsi of Italy qualified third in a time of 21.36.
Women’s 100 IM
20 year old Sophie Allen of Britain qualified first in a time of 59.20. Earlier in the year Allen won gold on the World Cup circuit in Tokyo and posted the third fastest time in the world, 59.50.
Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte qualified second in a time of 59.33 with Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu qualifying third in a time of 59.37.
Men’s 4 x 200 freestyle relay
The German men qualified first in a time of 6:58.67. The Russians qualified second in a time of 6:59.73 with the Aussies qualifying third in a time of 7:01.77.