FINA WORLD CUP – BERLIN
- Tuesday, August 30 – Wednesday, August 31, 2016
- Berlin, Germany – Schwimm- und Sprunghalle im Europa-Sportpark
- Short Course – 25 m
- Series Points after Paris
- Current Money Lists through Paris
- Start Lists
- Live stream
- Live results
On Day 1 of the 2016 FINA World Cup stop in Berlin, Team USA’s Katie Meili secured gold in the women’s 100 SCM breaststroke in American Record fashion. Meili won the race in 1:02.92, beating out World Record holder Alia Atkinson and Olympic medalist Yuliya Efimova at the finish.
Atkinson wound up in 2nd with her 1:03.10, while Efimova was a close 3rd in 1:03.17. Check out the video of the race below, courtesy of FINA’s YouTube channel.
Meili’s performance tied her as the 4th fastest performer in history, and broke her own former American Record of 1:03.20 from the 2015 Duel in the Pool in Indianapolis. In addition to the gold medal, Meili earned $1,500 for her event win.
Notably, however, Melie’s swim wasn’t the fastest time ever done by an American, as Rebecca Soni clocked a 1:02.70 in 2009. Soni’s time was done in a polyurethane suit when the suits were still allowed by FINA, but banned by USA Swimming, so it didn’t count as the American Record.