Worrell Crashes 100 Fly Party On Day 1 of FINA World Cup – Tokyo


The third cluster of the 2016 FINA World Cup series is underway, with day 1 of the Tokyo stop of the series taking place today.

Up until this point of the series, the women’s 100 fly has been dominated by Jeanette Ottesen and Katinka Hosszu. Ottesen had a streak of 5 World Cup wins over Hosszu until last week, when Hosszu pulled off the victory. In Tokyo, however, Team USA’s Kelsi Worrell took control of the race, picking up her first gold of the 2016 World Cup series in 55.84 ahead of Ottesen (55.91) and Hosszu (56.02).

While she missed out on the medals, Japan’s Rikako Ikee set a new Junior World Record in the 100 fly with her 4th place finish. Ikee cleared the “world best time” mark that FINA set at 56.64, knocking it down a couple tenths with her 56.42.

Despite falling short in the 100 fly, Iron lady Hosszu was decorated in gold by the end of the day. Throughout the session, she won 4 events to bring her day 1 medal total to 5.

  • 200 free- 1:53.34
  • 50 back- 26.23
  • 200 IM- 2:04.56
  • 200 back- 2:01.72

Another streak went down during today’s this session, this time on the men’s side. Vlad Morozov has been dominant in the men’s 100 free, but Australian Olympic champ Kyle Chalmers was the fastest man in the pool today. Chalmers broke his own Junior World Record to win the race in 46.12, just a few hundredths ahead of Russia’s Morozov (46.15).

Morozov returned to the pool for the 100 IM, where he closed in on his own World Record to bring home a gold medal. His winning time of 50.55 was just a couple tenths away from his record of 55.30, which he set back at the 2016 FINA World Cup stop in Berlin.

Host country Japan saw local star Daiya Seto bring home multiple golds from today’s session. Seto first took on World Record holder Chad Le Clos (RSA) in the 200 fly, winning the race in 1:49.93 to Le Clos’ 1:50.35. Set followed that up with a victory in the 400 IM, where he clocked a 4:03.42.

Additional Event Winners

  • Jeanette Ottesen and Alia Atkinson, who have consistently ranked in the top 5 in the women’s overall standings, each won a gold today. Atkinson won the 100 breast in 1:02.91, while Ottesen won the 50 free in 23.80.
  • Brazilian breaststroke speedster Felipe Lima took the 50 breast gold with his winning time of 26.25.
  • Mitch Larkin was slightly faster than he was last week, winning his 2nd 100 back gold of this cluster with his 50.23 in the 100 back.
  • South African Chad Le Clos popped another 22-low 50 fly, winning today’s race in 22.30.
  • Distance standouts Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR) and Boglarka Kapas (HUN) picked up their 2nd consecutive gold in their respective races. Romanchuk won the 400 free in 3:39.67, while Kapas won the 800 free in 8:12.79.
  • Germany’s Marco Koch won the 200 breast by over 2 seconds, touching the wall in 2:01.43 for the gold.

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6 years ago

FINA should open up all world cups to international club swimmers!

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Sprintdude9000
6 years ago

Eh.. All world cups are already open to international club swimmers.

Reply to  Attila the Hunt
6 years ago

Actually, it depends on the federation as they have the power to limit those who enter. Remove those restrictions (but set appropriate qualification times) and the series will flourish imho

Reply to  Sprintdude9000
6 years ago

Who, besides Arkady Vyatchanin, is affected by this?

6 years ago

She rocks

6 years ago

It is good to see a well attended World Cup meet. (Thanks to Japanese club swimmers). It is a shame that the others aren’t as competitive…..or more so.

6 years ago

Team Worrell!!

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