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Great Britain’s Adam Peaty set the first men’s world record of the 2017 FINA World Championships during the third day of prelims when he took down his old global standard in the men’s 50 breast by three tenths of a second.
Elsewhere, Italy took two top seeds as Federica Pellegrini qualified first in the women’s 200 free and Gregorio Paltrinieri did the same in the men’s 800 free, while Hungary’s own Laszlo Cseh topped heats of the men’s 200 fly.
Read below for full coverage of each event.
Men’s 50 Breast
Adam Peaty scorched the competition in prelims of the men’s 50 breast, finishing more than three hundredths ahead of the previous World Record of 26.42 with a 26.10.
The previous World Record was owned by Peaty and posted at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia and doubled as the Championship Record.
Today’s new record marks the third time that Peaty has set the World Record in the 50 meter breast:
- 2014 – 26.62 (European Championships)
- 2015 – 26.42 (FINA World Championships in Kazan)
- 2017 – 26.10 (FINA World Championships in Budapest)
He now leads the top 16 qualifiers going into tonight’s semi-finals heats.
South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh picked up the second place swim with a record-breaking swim of his own. His time of 26.54 bests the South African National Record in the 50 breast. The previous record, owned by van der Burgh, was a 26.62 from the 2015 FINA World Championships.
Brazil’s Joao Gomes Junior grabbed the third place seed with a time of 26.67, followed closely by the USA’s Kevin Cordes and his time of 26.83.
Kirill Prigoda of Russia took fifth in prelims with a 26.91, just ahead of Brazil’s Felipe Lima’s 26.93.
Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich and Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli were seventh and eighth in prelims with times of 27.01 and 27.04 respectively.
Also qualifying for tonight’s semi-finals were Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi (27.08), Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki (27.21), Lithuania’s Giedrius Titenis (27.24), China’s Yan Zibei (27.25), Serbia’s Caba Siladi (27.27), Sweden’s Johannes Skagius (27.27), and the USA’s Cody Miller (27.31).
A swim-off took place for the sixteenth spot as Russia’s Vsevolod Zanko, the Netherlands’ Arno Kamminga and Slovenia’s Peter Stevens delivered matching times of 27.39.
Stevens in the three-way swim off and will move on to semi-finals of the men’s 50 breast. Stevens led the swift 50-meters from start-to-finish, posting the fastest time of the trio at a 27.38 over Zanko’s 27.41 and Kamminga’s 27.43.
Women’s 200 Free
Italy’s Federica Pellegrini, the 2009 and 2011 World Champion in the women’s 200 free as well as the world record-holder, laid down the time to beat in the event’s morning prelims. She came in at 1:56.07 to finish two tenths ahead of Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky.
Ledecky, already a winner in Budapest in the 400 free, qualified second in 1:56.27, and hometown favorite Katinka Hosszu qualified third in 1:56.43. Australia’s Emma McKeon, the 100 fly silver medalist, and Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey both broke 1:57 as well, finishing with respective times of 1:56.61 and 1:56.62.
American Leah Smith took sixth in 1:57.04, and she was followed closely by the Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk (1:57.06), Russia’s Veronika Popova (1:57.06), Sweden’s Michelle Coleman (1:57.15) and France’s Charlotte Bonnet (1:57.34).
Also making the semi-finals were Japan’s Chihiro Igarashi (1:57.67), China’s Li Bingjie (1:57.79) and Ai Yanhan (1:58.04), Canada’s Katerine Savard (1:58.16) and Mary-Sophie Harvey (1:58.38) and the Netherlands’ Robin Neumann (1:58.66).
Men’s 200 Fly
Laszlo Cseh of Hungary charged ahead of the competition in prelims of the men’s 200 fly to a roaring home crowd. Cseh grabbed the top qualifying time out of prelims with a time of 1:54.08.
Japan’s Daiya Seto picked up the second place seed with a time of 1:54.89, followed by denmark’s Viktor Bromer and his time of 1:55.13.
Antani Ivanov of Bulgaria turned in a fourth place qualifying time of 1:55.55, while South Africa’s Chad le Clos grabbed the fifth place seed with a 1:55.90.
Japan’s Masato Sakai qualified sixth overall close on le Clos’ heels with a time of 1:55.94, just ahead of Hungary’s Tamas Kenderesi’s 1:55.96.
Jack Conger of the USA rounded out the top eight qualifiers.
Also returning for tonight’s semi-finals will be Russia’s Daniil Pakhomov (1:56.07), Poland’s Jan Switkowski (1:56.20), the USA’s Pace Clark (1:56.23), Italy’s Giacomo Carini (1:56.52), Australia’s David Morgan (1:56.57), Colombia’s Jonathan Gomez (1:56.60), Australia’s Grant Irvine (1:56.61), and Brazil’s (Leonardo de Deus (1:56.71).
Men’s 800 Free
Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri posted the top time coming out of prelims in the men’s 800 free. He won his heat in 7:45.31, about one second ahead of Poland’s Wojciech Wojdak.
Wojdak ended up qualifying second in 7:46.39, and third went to Norway’s Henrik Christiansen in 7:47.61. The No. 4 seed also came from that same heat as Austria’s Felix Auboeck touched in 7:49.24.
In the final heat of the event, China’s Sun Yang finished just ahead of Italy’s Gabriele Detti. Sun touched in 7:49.28, while Detti came in at 7:49.67. The duo won gold and bronze, respectively, in Sunday’s 400 free.
Germany’s Florian Wellbrock qualified seventh for the final in 7:50.89, and the United States’ Zane Grothe took eighth in 7:50.97.
Just missing the final were Egypt’s Akram Mahmoud (7:51.41) and the USA’s Clark Smith (7:51.83), while Australia’s Mack Horton, the silver medalist in the 400 free Sunday, scratched out of the event to rest up for the 800 free relay and 1500 free later in the week.
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