Look Who Did NOT Make the Men’s 100 Free Top 16 In Budapest


A marquis event at any swim meet is the big boys’ 100m freestyle, as athletic and technical prowess combine into a fast fury of pure power for two lengths of the 50m pool. The race is also one of the most anticipated due to its unpredictability – play it too safe in the prelims and you miss a spot, go out too aggressively and you don’t have much left for the semifinal later on the same day.

Such was the case this morning in Budapest, where 2 of SwimSwam’s predicted top 8 finishers didn’t even make it into the top 16. Dropping the 200m fly event, Singapore’s Joseph Schooling looked to be focusing on this 100m free event, using his speed he’s shown so often in his Olympic gold medal-winning 100m fly race. But the Texas swimmer managed just 48.86 to fall to 17th and be rendered first reserve for tonight’s semifinal, a spot in which he relinquished to Trinidad & Tobago’s Dylan Carter.

Perhaps even more surprising is the fact Russia’s Vladimir Morozov was as far back as 24th after this morning’s heats. For the man who carries a season-best of 48.28 and a personal best of 47.62, one would expect the former USC Trojan to make it into the top 16 at the very least. We positioned him as 5th in our top 8 predictions and that seemed to be a safe prediction based on his 4×100 free split of 47.52 from night 1 here in Budapest.

Finally, the bronze medalist from this same event in 2015, Argentina’s Federico Grabich checked in this morning with just the 27th fastest time, also rendering him out of the final. His AM swim of 49.09 is a far cry from the 48.12 produced in Kazan for 3rd place behind China’s Ning Zetao (not present here in Budapest) and Cameron McEvoy‘s 47.95.

Reminder of the top 16 from this morning’s semifinal:

  1. Cameron McEvoy (AUS) – 47.97
  2. Mehdy Metella (FRA) – 48.18
  3. Caeleb Dressel (USA) – 48.26
  4. Jack Cartwright (AUS) – 48.43
  5. Shinri Shioura (JPN) / Marcelo Chierighini (BRA) / Nathan Adrian (USA) – 48.46
  6. Danila Izotov (RUS) / Yuri Kisil (CAN) – 48.56
  7. Sergeii Shevtsov (UKR) – 48.60
  8. Gabriel Santos (BRA) – 48.64
  9. Pieter Timmers (BEL) – 48.67
  10. Oussama Sahnoune (ALG) – 48.75
  11. Ivano Sahnoune (ITA) – 48.78
  12. Velimir Stejpanovic (SRB) – 48.80


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5 years ago

I don’t get morozov. He was so good but seems that can’t perform in big meets. I don’t get it.

Steve Nolan
5 years ago

Uh, isn’t Timmers not making the final kind of a surprise? He was the silver medalist in Rio last year.

Justin Thompson
5 years ago

Bodes well for Schooling’s 100 fly ?

5 years ago

Not a surprise from Schooling. He just started swimming in June

5 years ago

Loretta, the family name of the Italian swimmer is Vendrame, not Sahnoune

tea rex
5 years ago

Where is Vladimir Morozov training these days? Is he with Dave Salo, or training in Russia?

E Gamble
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5 years ago


5 years ago

FYI – Duncan Scott was the other swimmer tied for 5th at 48.46 – you got Shioura, Chierighini, and Adrian and left a spot for Scott, but just didn’t list him.

5 years ago

Vlad is focusing on the 50

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