World Records Fall in Bunches on Days 2 and 3 Masters Worlds

by Ethan Cooke 12

August 18th, 2017 Masters, News

2017 FINA World Masters Championships

Days 2 and 3 of the FINA World Masters Swimming Championships saw the establishment of new world records and numerous former Olympians competing in a variety of events and age groups.

Day 2 Highlights:

There were two world records in the 200 meter backstrokes on Tuesday morning. In the men’s events, Italy’s Luca Vigneri set a world and championship record in the 50-54 age bracket in 2:16.87. Another WR-CR followed for Tim Shead of South Africa and the 65-69 bracket as he touched in 2:39.69. The two fastest women were 35-39 year old Noriko Inada (USA) swum in 2:19.98, a new championship record. Noriko represented Japan during her olympic career, making the team three times. Great Britain’s Sophie Casson reappeared to claim the 30-34 year old title in 2:20.37. Casson will look to add to her masters career which already includes a 1500 free world record set in June.

The 100 free did not disappoint either as 2 new world records were set, 1 man and 1 woman. The first came in the men’s 45-49 year old age group from Hungary’s own Valter Kalaus in 53.66. Kalaus was an olympian in 1988, representing team Hungary. The women’s record was set in the 65-69 category as Laura Val (USA) dashed to a 1:05.00, winning the race by over 4 seconds. Val already owns many masters world records and will be heard from again this week.

The last world record of the day was set in the men’s 100 breast. Bela Fabian, also of Hungary, claimed his title in the men’s 80-84 category in a close race in 1:34.44.


Day 3 Highlights

No world records were broken in the first event of the session, the 400 IM. One standout swim in this event was Patrick Moreau of France as he won the 65-69 age group in 5:46.70, over 20 seconds ahead of second place. Moreau picked up his second medal and CR with that swim.

A handful of records fell in the 200 free, including 2 new men’s WRs. The youngest age group showcased Spain’s David Durango Alcolado who won the 25-29 bracket easily with a new world record of 1:50.70. The other world record was set by USA’s Dan Stephenson in the 60-64 age group in a time of 2:08.05. Great Britain’s Sophie Casson returned after her title in the 800 last night to claim the 30-35 women’s age group in 2:05.67, her second CR of the meet.

The final event of the day was the 50 fly in which 2 more men broke world records. The first was Serkan Atasay of Turkey who swam a 25.48 in the 45-49 age group. Atasay was a three time Olympian for Ukraine and now represents Turkey. Russia’s Alexey Markovskiy set the other in the 60-64 age group in 27.91.

More to come bi-daily on masters recaps and world records.

Other Notable Swims:

  • 40-45 men’s 200 back: Italy’s Maurizio Tersar, 2:11.54, CR
  • Mikel Bildosola (ESP) outdueled heavy favorite Darien Townsend (USA) in the men’s 30-34 100 free. Bildosola finished in 51.43, Townsend in 51.56. Both will be heard from again this week.
  • CR was set in the 55-59 age group by Ahmet Nakkas of Turkey with a time of 56.59.
  • Zuzana Mimovicova swam the fastest time in the women’s breaststroke events as the 28-year-old swam to a new CR of 1:13.03.
  • Pia Thulstrup of Denmark won the 55-59 women’s breaststroke by over 5 seconds, posting a new CR of 1:22.14
  • Brigitte Merten of Germany won her age bracket, 70-74 women, by over 15 seconds in the 400 IM in a time of 7:16.13
  • 39-year-old Noriko Inada of the US swam to the fastest 50 fly time in 28.04

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5 years ago

Amazing pools, incredibly fast swimmers, beautiful city. I can’t stop eating Hungarian dumplings.

Pam Reynecke
5 years ago

Tim Shead is from South Africa not Russia

5 years ago

Tim Shead is from South Africa…fyi

5 years ago

Want to point out that 66 year old Olympian Rick Colella swam a 5:13.36 in the 400m IM in Minneapolis a couple of weeks ago, over 33 seconds faster than the winning time in Budapest, beating Patrick Moreau by nearly 50 meters. At Masters Nationals his program also included the 200 and 400 free, 100 and 200 fly, and the 100 breast. The only world record he missed (narrowly) was in the 200 fly, which he swam about an hour after smashing the the 400 free WR (4:37.7), a truly ridiculous double. Colella regularly tackles a slew of the toughest events over a single weekend, crushing the records in all of them. There’s no one even close. His achievements are… Read more »

Reply to  fluidg
5 years ago

Both those 400 im and free times are incredible for a 66 year old

5 years ago

Something is not right here: First the article states, “There was one lone world record in the 200 meter backstrokes on Tuesday morning. In the men’s events, Italy’s Luca Vigneri set a world and championship record in the 50-54 age bracket in 2:28.33.”, but then it states, “Another WR-CR followed for Tim Shead of Russia and the 65-69 bracket as he touched in 2:39.69.” That’s two not one.
Moreover, the 2:28.33 was for the 55-59 bracket and was a CR. The WR did indeed go down in the 50-54 bracket, but it was by VIGNERI Luca in a time of 2:16.87.

From results posted here:

Reply to  Noflykick
5 years ago

Nicolas Granger now owns the 50-54 200m Back WR (2:14.53) which he set at the USMS Nationals a couple of weeks ago, along with a bunch of other WRs. (100-200-400 Free, 200-400 IM, and 100 Back) Dude is FAST.

Reply to  Noflykick
5 years ago

Also, RSA is South Africa, not Russia (Tim Shead)

5 years ago

27 for 50 fly long aged 60-64 is ridiculous.

Masters swimmers are awesome

Brad Flood
5 years ago

FELICITACIONES & CONGRATULATIONS to Oscar Carril Pereiro, University of Bridgeport graduate and 4-time NCAA Division II Men’s 100-yd Backstroke Champion, on his MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP in the Men’s 25-29 50-mtr Freestyle in a time of 23.24, the overall fastest time swum at the Championships!!!

5 years ago

1.34 on 100 breast in 80-84 category wow !!!