Heat Sheets Now Available For Day 4 Prelims of 2017 FINA World Championships

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The fourth day of the 2017 FINA World Championships is almost here and the heat sheets for prelims have officially been released.


Schedule of Events:

  • Women’s 50 Back
  • Men’s 100 Free
  • Women’s 200 Fly
  • Men’s 200 IM
  • Mixed 400 Medley Relay

China’s Fu Yuanhui enters the women’s 50 back as the top seed with a time of 27.36. Newly minted World Champion Kylie Masse is also entered among the circle seeded heats, as is Fu’s teammate Wang Xueer and Belarusian sprinter Aliaksandra Herasimenia.

The men’s 100 free plays host to 12 heats of athletes led by Aussie Cameron McEvoy at 47.04. American Nathan Adrian holds the second fastest seed time at a 47.72, followed by Belgium’s Pieter Timmers’ 47.80.

Mireia Belmonte of Spain leads a short four heats of the women’s 200 fly with a top seed time of 2:04.85. Franziska Hentke of Germany enters as the second quickest seed, just ahead of Japan’s Suzuka Hasegawa.

The men’s 200 IM feature IM all-stars Chase KaliszDaiya Seto, and Kosuke Hagino as the three highlight the fifth of five heats.

The morning will include with four heats of the mixed 400 medley relay.

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LumaLanes Performance of the Week: Sarah Sjostrom Adds Another World Record

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This week’s Performance Of The Week, sponsored by LumaLanes, goes Swedish Olympic gold medalist Sarah Sjostrom, who broke the world record in the 100 freestyle. Sjostrom led off the Swedish 4 x 100 freestyle relay in 51.71 on the first night of finals, adding to her world record collection. She already owns the world records in the 50 and 100 butterflies.

The sprint specialist broke the 2016 world record that was previously held by Australia’s Cate Campbell, who opted out of these World Championships to focus on the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Looking at the splits, Sjostrom was out just under Campbell’s pace (24.83 to Campbell’s 24.89), but really separated herself on the second 50 with a lightning fast closing split of 26.88.

That swim makes Sjostrom the first women ever to break 52 seconds from a flat start and makes her the fastest woman in history by more than 3-tenths of a second. That continues with the incredible year that Sjostrom has been putting together which has her at the top of the world rankings in the 50 and 100 butterflies and 50 and 100 freestyles.

While the Swedish relay would finish 5th with a time of 3:33.94, Sjostrom has a full event slate ahead of her that could conceivably have her challenging for four individual World Championship titles.

Congratulations Sarah Sjostrom on earning Swimming World’s Performance of the Week!

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Daiya Seto Leads 200 Fly Semis

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Daiya Seto of Japan led the 200 semis on Tuesday night in Budapest with a 1:54.03 to lead the Hungarian duo of Laszlo Cseh (1:54.22) and Tamas Kenderesi (1:54.98) into Wednesday’s final. Cseh and Kenderesi got big cheers in their semi-final as they will certainly get the cheers in the final tomorrow from the Budapest crowd.

South African Chad Le Clos (1:55.09) and American Jack Conger (1:55.30) could also be spoilers for medals in a much anticipated final. Denmark’s Viktor Bromer (1:55.39), Japan’s Masato Sakai (1:55.57) and Bulgaria’s Antani Ivanov (1:55.58) will swim in tomorrow’s final.

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Lilly King Stuns with 1:04.13 100 Breast World Record; Meili Second

Lilly King of the USA blazed ahead of the competition in the women’s 100 breast, over-turning Ruta Meilutyte’s World Record en route to gold. Tonight’s 100 breast swim was one of the most anticipated events of the schedule as King went head-to-head with Russian rival Yulia Efimova.

Efimova neared the world record .01 seconds in semi-finals, but it was King who would take gold and the world record. King delivered a sizzling time of 1:04.13 to finish well ahead of the previous 1:04.35, set in 2013 by Meilutyte.

Comparative splits:

  • King (2017): 29.80, 34.33 = 1:04.13
  • Meilutyte (2013): 29.97, 34.38 = 1:04.35

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Katie Ledecky Leads 200 Free Semis Less Than An Hour After 1500 Gold

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Katie Ledecky will have a chance to defend her 200 free world title from 2015 as she enters Wednesday’s final as the top seed. Ledecky went 1:54.69 less than an hour after she won the gold medal in the 1500. Ledecky leads a quick final ahead of Australia’s Emma McKeon (1:54.99) and Russia’s Veronika Popova (1:55.08).

McKeon is having herself quite a meet after she won the silver in the 100 fly in a new Australian record and anchored the 4×100 free relay silver medal team with a 52.20 anchor split. Can McKeon do the unthinkable and chase down Ledecky?

Italy’s Federica Pellegrini (1:55.58) has the fourth seed into Wednesday’s final as she looks for her sixth straight medal in the 200 at the World Championships. Pellegrini is the current world record holder and has medaled at every Worlds since 2007 in the 200.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (1:55.98), Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey (1:56.21), France’s Charlotte Bonnet (1:56.28) and United States’ Leah Smith (1:56.34) will swim in the 200 free final.

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Kylie Masse Finally Breaks Vaunted 100 Back World Record; Kathleen Baker Silver

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It was the oldest world record on the women’s side and it was finally broken Tuesday night at the 2017 FINA World Championships. Canadian Kylie Masse finally got under the women’s 100 back world record, a record that so many had gotten close to, but no one had gotten under. Masse swam a 58.10 to get under Gemma Spofforth’s world record of 58.12 from 2009. It is Canada’s first world record in the women’s 100 back since 1974 when Wendy Cook held the record for a short period.

Masse beat American Kathleen Baker who finished second at 58.58 for her first World Championship medal. Australia’s Emily Seebohm won the bronze with a 58.59 for her fourth 100 back world championship medal.

USA’s Olivia Smoliga (58.77), Russia’s Anastasia Fesikova (58.83), Daria Ustinova (59.50), Czech Republic’s Simona Baumrtova (59.71) and Great Britain’s Kathleen Dawson (59.90) also competed in the A-final.

Canada has never won a gold medal in the women’s 100 back at World Championships and Masse’s gold is the first medal for Canada since Cheryl Gibson won bronze in 1978.

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Adam Peaty Unleashes 25.95 50 Breast World Record in Budapest

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Adam Peaty unleashed his sprinting abilities in semi-finals of the men’s 50 breast, once again lowering the World Record to astounding new lows.

Peaty jumped to a quick start, registering a reaction time of .64 and propelled to an immediate lead. He stopped the clock at a final time of 25.95, becoming the first man to ever swim beneath the 26-second mark.

His newest World Record comes on the heels of a swift 26.10 from this morning’s prelims and marks the fourth time he has now downed the record.

50 Breast World Record Progression – Peaty Edition: 

  • 2014 – 26.62 (European Championships)
  • 2015 – 26.42 (FINA World Championships in Kazan)
  • 2017 – 26.10 (FINA World Championships in Budapest)
  • 2017 – 25.95 (FINA World Championships in Budapest)

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Katie Ledecky Untouched for 1500 Free Gold Medal

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In really no surprise, Katie Ledecky ran away with the 1500 free gold medal. Ledecky led the race from start to finish for her third straight world title in the 1500 with a 15:31.82, a little off her 15:25 world record from 2015. Ledecky will be in action later on in the session in the 200 free semi-final.

The gold medal is Ledecky’s 12th overall World Championship gold medal, the most of all-time for a woman, breaking a tie with fellow American Missy Franklin.

Mireia Belmonte Garcia won the silver medal with a 15:50.89 ahead of Italian Simona Quadarella in bronze with a 15:53.86.

Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas (16:06.27), China’s Hou Yawen (16:08.10), Chile’s Kristel Kobrich (16:13.46), Liechtenstein’s Julia Hassler (16:14.86) and Hungary’s Ajna Kesely (16:22.87) also competed in the A-final.

The win is the fifth in the women’s 1500 at the World Championships for the United States. It is Ledecky’s third straight (2013, 2015) and adds on to Kate Ziegler’s golds from 2005 and 2007.

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Sun Yang Wins Second Gold of Meet in 200 Free

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In the men’s 200 free final, Sun Yang of China won his first 200 free World Title with a 1:44.39 to out pace the field over the second half. Sun ran away from the field to have the fastest last 50 in the field with a 26.94. American Townley Haas finished in second for his first individual medal in a major competition with a 1:45.04 for silver. Russian Alexandr Krasnykh won the bronze medal with a 1:45.23.

One of the surprises of the meet was the British duo of Duncan Scott (1:45.27) and James Guy (1:45.36) finishing off the medals stand in fourth and fifth. They will still be tough to beat in the 4×200 free relay later in the week.

Hungarian Dominik Kozma (1:45.54), Russian Mikhail Dovgalyuk (1:46.02) and Korean Park Tae Hwan (1:47.11) also competed in the A-final.

This is the first World Title for China in the men’s 200 free at the World Championships. It is the second medal for Sun in the Worlds in the 200 as he won silver in 2015.

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Claudia Cretti starts long recovery from Giro Rosa crash after waking from coma

The young Italian rider is awake after a horror crash in this year’s Giro Rosa

Claudia Cretti has started on her long road of recovery from her horror crash at this year’s Giro Rosa after her mother has confirmed that she is awake.

The Valcar-PBM rider had to be airlifted to hospital after crashing at 90kph, leaving her in a critical condition. She was placed into a medically-induced coma after it was feared she would suffer from permanent brain damage due to the injuries that she received to her head.

Originally the doctors reported that she as in a “critical but stable neurological condition” but in a recent Facebook post her mother, Laura Bianchi, confirmed that she was awake and interacting.

“Claudia is moving very well and observes everything with curiosity. She’s listening to audio messages. Looks at photos on her cellphone” she said. “Doctors say it’s going well.”

The Italian star will soon be moved to a rehabilitation centre that will be closer to her home. There’s no set return date as the rider is still in the early days of her recovery but these are encouraging signs for someone who was initially feared to have been on the end of permanent brain damage.

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