August 6th, 2015


MEN’S 100M FREESTYLE – Semi-finals

Australia’s Cameron McEvoy found his stride in the first semi-final heat of the men’s 100 freestyle, earning the top seed with his time of 47.94. McEvoy was the only swimmer to break 48 seconds, but that doesn’t mean the field was far behind.

Ning Zetao of China finished second with a time of 48.13, just ahead of Argentina’s Federico Grabich at 48.20.

The rest of the top 8 was very tight with fourth through eighth all finishing under 48.49.

Pieters Timmers of Belgium finished fourth, just ahead of Nathan Adrian of the United States. Adrian was supposed to swim in the finals of the 4×100 freestyle relay earlier in the week, but never had a chance to swim. He is fifth at 48.36.

Also joining them in the final will be Marcelo Chierighini (BRA), Alexandr Sukhorukov (RUS), and Santo Condorelli (CAN).

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WOMEN’S 50M BACKSTROKE – Semi-finals

  • 2013 World Champion: Zhao Jing, CHN – 27.29
  • World Record: 27.06 – Zhao Jing, CHN – 2009
  • Championship Record: 27.06 – Zhao Jing, CHN – 2009

It was almost a World Record for Fu Yuanhui of China, claiming the top seed in the women’s 50 backstroke with her time of 27.18. She finished just ahead of the Brazilian sprinter Etiene Medeiros who qualified second at 27.41.

Mie Nielsen, the bronze medalist in the 100 backstroke from Denmark, had the third fastest time in the semi-final with a 27.67.

Almost the entire final finished under 28 seconds to qualify. Liu Xiang was fourth at 27.67, finishing just ahead of the 100 backstroke Gold medalist, Emily Seebohm, at 27.70.

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  • 2013 World Champion: Chad le Clos, RSA – 1:54.32
  • World Record: 1:51.51 – Michael Phelps, USA – 2009
  • Championship Record: 1:51.51 – Michael Phelps, USA – 2009

GOLD: Laszlo Cseh, HUN – 1:53.48
SILVER: Chad Le Clos, RSA – 1:53.68
BRONZE: Jan Switkowski, POL – 1:54.10

Laszlo Cseh held of Chad Le Clos to win the men’s 200 butterfly by .20 seconds. Cseh touched the wall at 1:53.48 ahead of Le Clos’ 1:53.68. The Bronze medal went to Jan Switkowski of Poland with a 1:54.10.

Masato Sakai of Japan just missed the podium with his time of 1:54.24. Viktor Bromer (DEN) was the final swimmer under 1:55, finishing fifth.

Daiya Seto and Louis Croenen finished sixth and seventh at 1:55’s, while American Tom Shields finished eighth at 1:56.17.

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  • 2013 World Champion: Missy Franklin, USA – 1:54.81
  • World Record: 1:52.98 – Federica Pellegrini, ITA – 2009
  • Championship Record: 1:52.98 – Federica Pellegrini, ITA – 2009

GOLD: Katie Ledecky, USA – 1:55.16
SILVER: Federica Pellegrini, ITA – 1:55.32
BRONZE: Missy Franklin, USA – 1:55.49

Katie Ledecky continues to impress every time she dives in the water. Ledecky hammered through the second half of her 200 freestyle to pull out the win and take home another gold medal. She touched the wall first with a time of 1:55.16, finishing just ahead of the silver medalist and world record holder, Federica Pellegrini. Pellegrini touched second with a 1:55.32. The 2013 World Champion, Missy Franklin, earned the bronze medal with her time of 1:55.49.

The entire podium finished under 1:56, while the rest of the field remained above the barrier. Russia’s Veronika Popova just missed the podium, finishing in fourth at 1:56.16.

Katinka Hosszu (HUN), Shen Duo (CHN), Emma McKeon (AUS), and Femke Heemskerk (NED) all finished fifth through eighth, respectively, with 1:56’s.

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  • 2013 World Champion: Cameron Van Der Burgh, RSA – 26.77
  • World Record: 26.42 – Adam Peaty, GBR – 2015
  • Championship Record: 26.42 – Adam Peaty, GBR – 2015

GOLD: Adam Peaty, GBR – 26.51
SILVER: Cameron Van Der Burgh, RSA – 26.66
BRONZE: Kevin Cordes, USA – 26.86

Adam Peaty continues to push the boundaries of reaction time with a legal .57 off the blocks en route to a 26.51 in the men’s 50 breaststroke final.

While the swim didn’t break his semi-finals World Record of 26.42, it is the second-fastest swim in history. This is the same pattern we saw from him at last year’s European Championships, his big break-through, where he broke the record in the semi’s, then back-slid on time, but still won gold, in the finals.

The swim beat out South African and defending champion Cameron van der Burgh (26.66) for the victory.

American Kevin Cordes earned bronze with a 26.86, which is a tenth slower than his American Record swim in the semi-finals. In eight editions of the 50 breaststroke at the World Championships, since 2001, the Americans have now won four minor medals, but not a single gold.

With two of the three defending medalists (Rickard and Zorzi were the others beside van der Burgh) not participating, this final was a reset of the global sprint breaststroke field, with the young Peaty at the top. The rest of the A-final, though, was mostly by chalk. Brazil’s Felipe Franca palced 4th in 26.87 He’s the 2011 champ), and then there was a big drop-off to Damir Dugonjic and Giedrius Titenis, who tied for 5th in 27.23.

New Zealand’s Glenn Snyders (27.36) and Serbia’s Caba Siladi (27.45) took 8th.

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WOMEN’S 200M BUTTERFLY – Semi-finals

  • 2013 World Champion: Liu Zige, CHN – 2:04.59
  • World Record: 2:01.81 – Liu Zige, CHN – 2009
  • Championship Record: 2:03.41 – Jessicah Schipper, AUS – 2009

Natsumi Hoshi of Japan put up a big 2:06.36 to earn the top seed heading into finals of the women’s 200 butterfly. She pulled away from the field with Franziska Hentke of Germany, who was the only other qualifier to finish under 2:07.

The second semi-final heat was much faster that the first with the top four swimmers from heat two qualifying first through fourth tomorrow. Lillian Szilagyi of Hungary qualified third at 2:07.05 and Yufei Zhang is fourth at 2:07.08.

This morning during the prelims session, Zhang broke the Jr World Record with her time of 2:06.92.

Katie McLaughlin and Cammile Adams faired will in the first semi-final heat, finishing first and second at 2:07.52 and 2:07.57, respectively. Brianna Throssell of Australia also tied Adams for sixth at 2:07.57.

China’s Zhou Yilin earned the final spot in finals with her time of 2:07.69.

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MEN’S 200M IM – Semi-finals

  • 2013 World Champion: Ryan Lochte, USA – 1:54.98
  • World Record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte, USA – 2011
  • Championship Record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte, USA – 2011

American Ryan Lochte earned the top seed in the men’s 200 IM with a 1:56.91 during the semi-final heats. He was the only swimmer under 1:57, but he’s not in the clear yet. Wang Shun of China qualified second with a 1:57.07 and Thiago Pereira touched third at 1:57.33.

Dan Wallace broke the Scottish record en route to qualifying in fourth with a time of 1:57.77.

Simon Sjodin (SWE), Marcin Cieslak (POL), and Henrique Rodrigues (BRA) all secured their spots with 1:58’s, but Conor Dwyer (USA) and Roberto Pavoni (GBR) can’t relay yet.

Dwyer and Pavoni both tied at 1:58.54 during the first semi-final heat, and now are tied for eighth. A swim-off will be required to determine who will advance to the final.

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Men’s 800m Freestyle – FINALS

  • 2013 World Champion: Sun Yang, CHN – 7:41.36
  • World Record: 7:32.12 – Zhang Lin, CHN – 2009
  • Championship Record: 7:32.12 – Zhang Lin, CHN – 2009

GOLD: Sun Yang, CHN – 7:39.96
SILVER: Gregorio Paltrinieri, ITA – 7:40.81
BRONZE: Mack Horton, AUS – 7:44.02

Sun Yang was the only swimmer in the field to break 7:40, winning the Gold medal. Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy earned his spot in the history books, breaking the European record to win the silver medal with his time of 7:40.81.

Mack Horton and Connor Jaeger were in a dead-locked race for the bronze medal, but it was Horton that got his hand on the wall first for third place, touching with a time of 7:44.02. Jaeger finished fourth with his time of 7:44.51, just missing the podium.

Henrik Christiansen of Norway and Wojciech Wojdak of Poland finished together in fifth and sixth with 7:45’s.

Stephen Milne of Great Britain finished seventh at 7:49.86 and Michael McBroom topped of the final with his time of 7:55.30.

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MIXED 4×100 Medley Relay – FINALS

  • 2013 World Champion: N/A
  • World Record: 3:42.33 – United States – 2015
  • Championship Record: 3:42.33 – United States – 2015

GOLD: Great Britain – 3:41.71 WR
SILVER: United States – 3:43.27
BRONZE: Germany – 3:44.13

The British team of Chris Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty, Siobhan Marie O’Connor, and Francesca Halsall combined to win the first ever mixed medley relay world title, breaking the world record with their time of 3:41.71.


  • Walker-Hebborn – 52.94
  • Peaty – 57.98
  • O’Connor – 57.02
  • Halsall – 53.77

Every relay team lead off their two male swimmers and let the female swimmers swim butterfly and freestyle except for Russia. Russia led off with Anastasiia Fesikova and Yuliya Efimova, which let Vlad Morozov finish the relay as the anchor. The strategy didn’t work as well as they had hoped, however. The Russian’s missed the podium by .70 despite Morozov’s 47.29 split.

The United States were a second slower than there time from prelims this morning, but even if they had repeated their time, they still would have finished in the same position.

Finishing order:

  1. Great Britain – 3:41.71
  2. United States – 3:43.27
  3. Germany – 3:44.13
  4. China – 3:44.65
  5. Russia – 3:44.83
  6. Italy – 3:45.59
  7. Canada – 3:46.23
  8. Hungary – 3:50.06

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Dwyer Vs. Pavoni – 200 IM Swim-off

American Conor Dwyer won a tight swim off to earn the eighth spot in the final of the men’s 200 IM. He topped Roberto Pavoni (GBR) with a time of 1:58.18 to Pavoni’s 1:58.26.

Dwyer gained an early lead after the butterfly and backstroke, but Pavoni started creeping back up on the breaststroke leg. Pavoni nearly ran down Dwyer in the final 50 but ran out of room before Dwyer beat him to the wall.


  • Dwyer
    • 25.27
    • 29.61
    • 34.67
    • 28.63
  • Pavoni
    • 25.81
    • 30.28
    • 33.75
    • 28.42

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Source : Swim Swam