Wang’s WR, Hosszu’s Double Highlights Day 1 Of Budapest World Cup


The first finals session of the 2018 FINA World Cup stop in Budapest produced plenty of impressive results, including a new world record from China’s Wang Jianjiahe in the women’s 400 freestyle (SCM).

Wang, who narrowly missed the record at the last stop in Eindhoven, shattered Mireia Belmonte‘s 2013 mark of 3:54.52 in a time of 3:53.97. The 16-year-old won the first stop in a time of 3:54.63.

American Leah Smith finished 2nd for a second consecutive meet, improving her Eindhoven showing by over two seconds in 3:58.94, and Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands was 3rd in 4:00.03. You can read more about the world record here.

A few other records went down during the session, as Vlad Morozov broke Roland Schoeman‘s World Cup Record from 2009 in the men’s 50 freestyle in 20.51, Georgia Davies broke her own British Record in the women’s 50 back, and Kathleen Baker tied Katie Meili‘s American Record in the women’s 100 IM in 58.02.

Morozov’s swim took out Schoeman’s record of 20.57, with Ben Proud taking 2nd in 20.89 and Brad Tandy 3rd in 21.06.

Earlier in the session, Morozov rattled his world record in the 100 IM, clocking 50.32 to just miss his 50.26 from Eindhoven. Michael Andrew shaved a few tenths off his swim from the last stop for 2nd in 51.55, and Japan’s Kosuke Matsui was 3rd in 53.08.

In the women’s event, Katinka Hosszu repeated as the winner in 57.64, running down runner-up Sarah Sjostrom (57.75) on the back half. Baker was 3rd with her 58.02, and Emily Seebohm was 4th in 58.33.

Minutes later Baker and Seebohm were back in the water in the 50 back final, with the Australian prevailing with the gold in 26.05. Davies took 2nd in her British Record breaking performance of 26.13, and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (26.19), Baker (26.30) and Eindhoven winner Etiene Medeiros (26.34) were 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Hosszu went on to complete the session double with a victory in the women’s 200 fly, winning a close battle in 2:03.14 over Zhang Yufei (2:03.29) and Kelsi Dahlia (2:03.33) for almost the exact same outcome as the Eindhoven meet. There, the top-3 was exactly the same, with all three swimmers slightly faster (Hosszu’s winning time was 2:02.87).


  • Mack Horton repeated as the winner in the men’s 400 freestyle, splitting 1:50.93/1:50.85 for a time of 3:41.78. Blake Pieroni negative split the race by a much wider margin in taking 2nd, splitting 1:52.33/1:50.41 for a 3:42.74.
  • Mitch Larkin went wire-to-wire in winning the men’s 200 back in 1:49.52, .25 better than he was in Eindhoven. Ryosuke Irie (1:50.97) and Radoslaw Kawecki (1:53.00) took 2nd and 3rd, both a little slower than Eindhoven.
  • South African Chad Le Clos was sub-50 once again in winning the men’s 100 fly, clocking 49.22 to improve his 49.56 from last week. Mehdy Metella was a full six tenths faster than he was in Eindhoven to take 2nd in 49.71.
  • Yuliya Efimova was over two seconds slower than she was in Eindhoven, but still won the women’s 200 breast handily in 2:17.88 over countrymate Vitalina Simonova (2:19.43). American Melanie Margalis snuck in for 3rd in 2:20.30.
  • Brazilian Felipe Lima (56.69) topped Anton Chupkov (56.97), Wang Lizhuo (57.03) and Kirill Prigoda (57.23) to win a close battle in the men’s 100 breast.
  • Ranomi Kromowidjojo took down Sarah Sjostrom for a second straight meet in the women’s 50 free, taking off .03 from the last stop in 23.23. Sjostrom improved by three-tenths, but still had to settle for 2nd in 23.36. Femke Heemskerk (23.67) and Pernille Blume (23.75) were 3rd and 4th.

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Does anyone have a video of the world record race?


I like Femke Heemsmerk. She is a unique swimmer. Being an elite swimmer by any means she has no individual medals of any kind in major international competitions. She has 51.9 relay split under her belt. Not long time ago ( Franklin’s time) she was #3 all-time in 200. And still no medals. Unique indeed. At the age of 31 she is still at competitive level (that is almost unique) in the very wide range of events from 50 through 400. That’s is unique, my friends. Iron Hosszu (29yo) being two years younger swims 400 free when there is scavenging opportunity only.

SUM Ting Wong

Femke enjoys her life as a pro swimmer. She seems personable , friendly & supportive in her .


I agree with Femke being a great swimmer and would deserve some international medals of her own.

On your point on Hosszu though, I disagree that she only swims 400 free when there is scavenging opportunity. The 400 free for her is a practice event (despite her silver at European Championships) and she has put up many many 7th and 8th place finishes at the very end of the sessions at meets to just practice and stay true to her program. So actually at the 400 free she usually has no real chance, and on top of it must hurt like hell, but she still gets it done when 90% of the swimmers would pull out of it.


Ok, it was unnecessary to mention Hosszu. But I don’t buy this ‘practice’ stuff.


You’re probably talking LC only, but Femke is an individual world champion in SC. Still it’s pretty weird that she’s never taken a single LC gold medal, but she’s competing in a very tough era.

She’s a bit of a choker imo. At least when she was at her best she could’ve achieved more. But I honestly think she’s improved as a racer lately, so who knows maybe her best days are ahead of her and she can grab an individual medal in Tokyo.

Kristiina A

Nicolas Santos is 38 years old finished third 100m fly. Time was 50,12 seconds in short course. This is incredible. He will first male swimmer who made Olympic team in forty’s.

SUM Ting Wong

What does Wang have to do to get her pic as the header?


Sum Ting IS Wong, Isn’t it?

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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