Day 4 finals of the 2013 FINA World Championships, swimming portion, begin at Noon Eastern Time in the United States on Wednesday, July 31st at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain. Here’s a look at the events that we’ll see in tonight’s finals session:
Men’s 100 free (SEMIFINALS)
Women’s 50 backstroke (SEMIFINALS)
Men’s 200 fly (FINALS)
Women’s 200 free (FINALS)
Men’s 50 breast (FINALS)
Women’s 200 fly (SEMIFINALS)
Men’s 200 IM (SEMIFINALS)
Men’s 800 free (FINALS)
There are some really great races tonight, not the least of which will be the women’s 200 freestyle. A revitalized Federica Pellegrini leads the way; a more-rested-than-expected Missy Franklin (after scratching the women’s 50 back semi); Camille Muffat looking more relaxed than in her first few races; and Shannon Vreeland looking like she’s saved up some steam to close her 200 free well.
The men’s 50 breaststroke final should be quite the race as well, though hopefully this time the times don’t plummet like they did in the 50 fly final. After the semi’s, the World Record is still in play, but Cameron van der Burgh won’t be swimming alone. Slovenia’s Damir Dugonjic will be right next to him.
The men’s 800 free suddenly doesn’t look like as much of a ‘sure thing’ for Sun Yang as it once did, with Canadian Ryan Cochrane swimming well and Sun not swimming as well as he did in London. Still, though, the reality is that Sun is a big favorite, and Cochrane winning that race would be a significant upset.
The women’s 200 fly is as of yet without any spectacular swims, but it is a very tight field, with 7 swimmers all sitting within 6-tenths of each other. Look for the true favorites to emerge from tonight’s semifinals, especially with the Chinese overall not swimming great at this meet so far. The most likely candidates to start to pull away are Spain’s Mireia Belmonte and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, but then again they both have a lot of meters under their belts already at this meet as compared to someone like American Cammile Adams.
There’s also a potential for heartbreak in the men’s 100 free, as James Magnussen was the top seed by an astonishing 8-tenths of a second, but Nathan Adrian was only 12th in 48.93.Marcelo Chierighini from Brazil, Adam Brown from Great Britain, and Sebastiaan Verschuern from the Netherlands are other guys who are on the cusp of elimination headed into the semis, as they all held seeds between 9th and 16th place after prelims.