Today is the last day of competition at the Short Course World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
2014 Short Course World Championships
- Meet website
- Doha, Qatar
- December 3-7, 2014 (Wednesday through Sunday)
- Prelims 9:30 am / Finals 6:00 pm (local time)
- Start Lists
- Live results
- Live photo stream
WOMEN’S 4 x 50 FREESTYLE RELAY – PRELIMS
- World Record:
1:37.04 – Denmark – 20131:35.64 – Netherlands – 2014
Nothing seems to be able to stop the tear that the Dutch women have been on in these Championships, especially in the relays. In the very first race of the morning, Esmee Vermeulen (25.09), Ranomi Kromowidjojo (23.01), Maud van der Meer (23.89), and Inge Dekker (23.75) combined to go a 1:35.74 and absolutely obliterate the old standard of 1:37.04 set by Denmark last year.
What’s especially impressive about this relay is that the Dutch broke the record with the third-slowest lead-off leg of the top 8 finishers. With the addition of Femke Heemskerk, this relay should run away with this relay without the slightest challenge whatsoever. Additionally, the Dutch were the only relay to have any of its swimmers break 24 seconds this morning, and they had three members do it.
Following behind them are France (1:37.76), the United States (1:37.87), Italy (1:38.47), Denmark (1:38.55), China (1:38.67), Japan (1:39.92), and Brazil at 1:40.12
MEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – PRELIMS
- 2012 World Champ: 1:48.48 – Radoslaw Kawecki – Poland
- 2010 World Champ: 1:46.68 – Ryan Lochte – United States
- Meet Record: 1:46.68 – Ryan Lochte – United States – 2012
- World Record: 1:46.11 – Arkady Vyatchanin – Russia – 2009
Japan’s Ryosuke Irie was the sole competitor to break 1:50 this morning as he touched the wall in a 1:49.57. He was out in a 53.03, the fastest of all competitors, and looked comfortable on the back half with a 56.54 second 100.
He has two Americans right on his tail though, as Tyler Clary (1:50.05) and Ryan Lochte (1:50.35) follow in order behind Irie. Clary’s last 50 of 27.84 was the second fastest of all competitors and his second 10o split of 56.10 was the overall fastest split of all morning swimmers.
Rounding out the top 8 are Israel’s David Gamburg and Japan’s Yuki Shirai at 1:53.83, Australia’s Mitch Larkin (1:51.11), Columbia’s Omar Pinzon (1:51.29), and Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki (1:51.44).
Kawecki is the reigning world champion in this event, and he was dangerously close to not making it back for a final swim. Only 0.15 seconds separated him from Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys. However, despite a slightly slower morning swim, Kawecki can not be taken for granted in the final swim, even from an outside lane, as he has run down the likes of Lochte before in large championship meets.
WOMEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE – PRELIMS
- 2012 World Champ: 2:16.08 – Rikke Moller Pedersen – Denmark
- 2010 World Champ: 2:16.39 – Rebecca Soni – United States
- Meet Record: 2:16.08 – Rikke Moeller Pedersen – Denmark – 2012
- World Record: 2:14.57 – Rebecca Soni – United States – 2009
Japanese swimmers went back to back this morning as Kanako Watanabe cruised to the top time in the 200 breast at a 2:18.45. Notably, she did not have the fastest split on any of her legs, but rather just put together a very solid four 50’s to post the top time.
It gets a little bit tight behind her as Russia’s Vitalina Simonova (2:18.80), Canada’s Kierra Smith (2:18.95), China’s Shi Jinglin(2:18.98), Japan’s Rie Kaneto (2:19.16), Denmark’s Rikke Moeller Pedersen (2:19.24), Canada’s Martha McCabe (2:19.49), and Russia’s Mariia Astashkina (2:19.71) follow for 2nd-8th.
Pedersen, the reigning World Champ in this event, looked to take the race out nice and strong before easing off the pedal. She was out in a 1:06.99, second to only Watanabe amongst qualifiers, but turned in two 35 second splits to fall back slightly from the early morning leaders.
Notably, Russia’s Astashkina is only 15 years old, and will be the youngest competitor in the final by three years. Very impressive for the young teenager.
MEN’S 200 BUTTERFLY – PRELIMS
- 2012 World Champ: 1:51.01 – Kazuya Kaneda -Japan
- 2010 World Champ: 1:51.56 – Chad le Clos – South Africa
- Meet Record:
1:51.01 – Kazuya Kaneda -Japan1:50.82 – Daiya Seto – 2014
- World Record: 1:48.56 – Chad le Clos – South Africa – 2013
The Japanese continued their hot streak this morning as Daiya Seto blitzed the field to a new meet record in a 1:50.82. The swim eclipsed the standard set by his own countryman, Kazuya Kaneda, back in 2014. Seto was particularly good in his 2nd 100, with the fastest 3rd and 4th 50’s of all competitors in the event this morning. Seto is known more for his IM prowess, but it’s not surprising to see him deliver a record-setting performance after how good he has been all week. He also has a personal best of 1:49.68 from the Tokyo stop of the World Cup circuit just one month ago.
Following behind Seto are Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski (1:51.24), South Africa’s Chad le Clos (1:51.37), Denmark’s Viktor Bromer (1:51.81), Australia’s Grant Irvine (1:52.12), the United States’ Tom Shields (1:52.64), Russia’s Aleksandr Kudashev (1:52.66), and Russia’s Nikolay Skvortsvov (1:52.67).
Despite how good Seto was this morning, it’ll be far from an easy race for him tonight. Le Clos and Shields have both had fantastic weeks here in Doha, and Le Clos set a new world record in the 100 meter fly three days ago. Expect it to be a very close race tonight.
Notably missing the final heat was the United States’ Tyler Clary as he had to settle for 13th with a 1:53.39. Clary was coming off his 200 back though, so it’s very likely the fatigue caught up with him, especially on the last day of competition at these Championships.
WOMEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – PRELIMS
- 2012 World Champ: 1:53.59 – Allison Schmitt – United States
- 2010 World Champ: 1:52.29 – Camille Muffat – France
- Meet Record: 1:52.29 – Camille Muffat – France
- World Record: 1:51.17 – Federica Pellegrini – Italy – 2009
The women’s 200 free is shaping up to be just as exciting as expected as the three circle-seeded heat winners all turned in times within a half second of the meet record.
Touching in first was the Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk (1:52.54), but she only holds a very narrow margin over Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom (1:52.60) and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (1:52.81). All three swimmers have a legitimate chance of breaking the world record in this event as well since they are three swimmers this year that have broken into the 1 minute 51 second range already this year.
Rounding out the top 8 are the United States’ Shannon Vreeland (1:53.81), Italy’s Federica Pellegrini (1:54.04), France’s Charlotte Bonnet (1:54.48), Russia’s Veronika Popova (1:54.63), and Sweden’s Michelle Coleman (1:54.85).
This may be the race to watch tonight, and we could very well see the fastest 200 free heat in history in the process.
MEN’S 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY – PRELIMS
- 2012 World Champ: 3:21.03 – United States
- 2010 World Champ: 3:20.99 – United States
- Meet Record: 3:20.99 – United States – 2010
- World Record: 3:19.16 – Russia – 2009
France posted the top time this morning as Benjamin Stasiulis (50.89), Giacomo Perez-Dortona (57.01), Mehdy Metella (50.15), and Clement Mignon (45.92) combined to go a 3:23.97. Perez-Dortona and Mignon posted the fastest splits for their respective legs amongst all swimmers, with Mignon being the only swimmer to dip under 46 seconds on the freestyle leg amongst morning swimmers. They are just 0.37 seconds off the French national record of 3:23.60 that was set back in 2010.
Following behind them were Australia (3:24.62), Russia (3:25.02), Germany (3:25.79), the United States (3:26.29), Japan (3:26.39), Brazil (3:26.52), and Great Britain (3:26.81).
WOMEN’S 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY – PRELIMS
- 2012 World Champ: 3:49.87 – Denmark
- 2010 World Champ: 3:48.29 – China
- Meet Record: 3:48.29 – China – 2010
- World Record: 3:45.56 – United States – 2011
Denmark grabbed the top time in the 4×100 Medley Relay this morning as Mie Nielsen (57.38), Rikke Moeller Pedersen (1:05.90), Jeanette Ottesen (56.91), and Pernille Blume (52.71) teamed up to go a 3:52.90. Nielsen’s split was the only one of the four that led all competitors for her respective leg.
The rest of the top 8 are Japan (3:53.14), Australia (3:53.66), Sweden (3:53.70), Italy (3:54.32), Finland (3:55.35), Germany (3:55.69), and Russia (3:55.77).
Notably, the United States did not qualify for the final heat as they touched in 9th for a 3:56.39.