Who’s Hot And Who’s Not On Day 1 Of Short Course World Championships


Day 1 Live Recap Post

Swimmers wasted no time getting the 2022 FINA Short Course World Championships started off with a bang, as we saw two relay World Records fall in addition to numerous national records.

While the Australian women, Italian men and a sprinkling of others kicked off the competition with big-time performances, a few notables didn’t quite see their swims go as planned.

Who’s Hot

Emma McKeon

The most decorated Australian Olympian ever did not disappoint, with 28-year-old Emma McKeon producing the fastest SCM 100 freestyle split ever.

While anchoring her Aussie women’s 4x100m freestyle relay, McKeon crushed a split of 49.96 to become the first woman in history to get under the 50-second threshold.

Along with teammates Mollie O’Callaghan (52.19), Madi Wilson (51.28), and Meg Harris (52.00), McKeon helped establish a new World Record in the event. They collectively clocked a result of 3:25.43 to take the gold and overtake the previous WR of 3:26.53 set by The Netherlands 8 years ago.

Kate Douglass

Versatile American Kate Douglass raced her way to gold in the women’s 200m IM, producing a monster effort of 2:02.12.

Her time beat a stacked field by over a second, giving her the gold against the likes of fellow American Alex Walsh and multi-Olympic gold medalist Kaylee McKeown.

But 21-year-old Douglass’ result also clocked a new American record, surpassing the 2:04.06 Melanie Margalis put on the books in 2020. In doing so Douglass became the #2 performer of all time in this 2IM event, sitting only behind Hungarian Katinka Hosszu’s World Record of 2:01.86.

Matt Sates

The South African World Cup dynamo proved once again he is a formidable force in short course, taking the men’s 200m IM this evening in a new national and continental record.

Sates stopped the clock in a personal best of 1:50.15, beating out the likes of runner-up Carson Foster and bronze medalist Finlay Knox of Canada in the process.

With his performance, Sates becomes the #2 performer in history while also putting American Ryan Lochte’s World Record of 1:49.63 on notice.

Thomas Ceccon

The men’s edition of the 4x100m freestyle relay also saw a World Record go down, as the combination of Alessandro Miressi, Paolo Bonin, Leonardo Deplano and Thomas Ceccon produced a victorious 3:02.75.

Their time tonight captured the first-ever sub-3:03 result in history, overwriting the previous WR of 3:03.03 the Americans put up in 2018.

Ceccon, the reigning long course World Record holder in the men’s 100m back, scorched a final split of 45.13 to help his squad top the podium.

That was not only the quickest leg of his own team but it was also the 2nd fastest split of the entire field. Only Aussie Kyle Chalmers‘ 44.98 anchor was quicker.

Who’s Not

American Men

Yes, Carson Foster took silver in the men’s 200m IM event this evening. But, on the whole, the American men did not perform up to expectations on night one.

In the 2IM, Shaine Casas entered the competition as the favorite, having become the 2nd fastest performer of all time after producing a time of 1:50.37 at the FINA World Cup Series top in Toronto. Instead, Casas settled for a 4th place finish in a time of 1:51.31.

Also, the American men had to settle for bronze in the 400m free relay, instead watching Italy take the gold and Australia snag silver. Anchor Kieran Smith logged the quickest split of the stars n’ stripes squad in 45.77, but their overall time of 3:05.09 failed to upgrade the same bronze medal position from Abu Dhabi.

Ryan Murphy posted a strong showing in the men’s 100m back, claiming the top seed out of the semi-final in 49.17. However, his compatriot Hunter Armstrong didn’t make it out of the heats, placing 17th.

Finally, with Michael Andrew finishing 14th in the men’s 50m fly, the Americans will be without representation in that event’s final on day two.

Daiya Seto

Once again Japanese Olympic medalist Daiya Seto entered an international competition as one of the medal favorites in this 200m IM event and the 28-year-old missed the mark.

Seto entered the competition ranked 3rd in the world with a season-best of 1:51.83. Despite getting under the 1:51 threshold twice in his short course career, Seto clocked 1:51.39 tonight to ultimately place 5th.

The Podiums

Women’s 400m Free

  1. GOLD: Lani Pallister (Australia) – 3:55.04
  2. SILVER: Erika Fairweather (New Zealand) – 3:56.00
  3. BRONZE: Leah Smith (USA) – 3:59.78

Women’s 200m IM

  1. GOLD: Kate Douglass (USA) – 2:02.12
  2. SILVER: Alex Walsh (USA) – 2:03.37
  3. BRONZE: Kaylee McKeown (Australia) – 2:03.57

Men’s 200m IM

  1. GOLD: Matt Sates (South Africa) – 1:50.15
  2. SILVER: Carson Foster (USA) – 1:50.96
  3. BRONZE: Finlay Knox (Canada) – 1:51.04

Men’s 1500m Free

  1. GOLD: Gregorio Paltrinieri (Italy) – 14:16.88
  2. SILVER: Damien Joly (France) – 14:19.62
  3. BRONZE: Henrik Christiansen (Norway) – 14:24.08

Women’s 400m Free Relay

  1. GOLD: Australia – 3:25.43 (WR)
  2. SILVER: United States – 3:26.29
  3. BRONZE: Canada – 3:28.06

Men’s 400m Free Relay

  1. GOLD: Italy – 3:02.75 (WR)
  2. SILVER: Australia – 3:04.63
  3. BRONZE: United States – 3:05.09

Day 1 World Records

Day 1 World Junior Records

Day 1 National Records – Relays

Day 1 National Records – Individual Women’s

Day 1 National Records – Individual Men’s

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1 year ago

“Had to settle for bronze” give me a break

1 year ago

Less big names.
Hot – Junevik, Ruck, Steenbergen
Not – Acevedo (at least individually), Wood, Yang

Reply to  Splash
1 year ago

Yang not being on form is another blow for the Chinese 4×2. Will they even make the podium now after looking like the favourites before the meet started?

1 year ago

Manaudou is simultaneously too hot, and sadly not hot enough

1 year ago

You’d have to think that Ceccon could’ve contended for gold in the 100 back but I guess the team was prioritising getting a WR record in the 4×100.

1 year ago

New Zealand also got two national records – Helena Gasson 50m butterfly and the mens relay. Why werent they included?

1 year ago

Steenbergen’s 200 IM was a Dutch record

Reply to  ISL
1 year ago

And second fastest split behind Emma!!

1 year ago

Didn’t the Aussie mens relay set a national record?

1 year ago

Pretty negative assessment of the US men on day one. . .. . time will tell.

1 year ago

i mean it says “on day one” literally in the title

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