August 5th, 2015


FINA’s website provides a live info feed with a bunch of facts and notes on different records being broken throughout the world championships. Here’s a look at some of the more interesting ones, along with some of my own points as we have reached the halfway mark of these championships.

  • Sun Yang has won his 6th and 7th gold medals at the world championships, surpassing Luo Xuejuan (who had 5) as the most successful Chinese swimmer ever
  • Coming into the competition Ryan Cochrane had 6 world championship medals, but won his first in the 400 free in Kazan
  • Katie Ledecky won USA’s 100th gold medal won by women at the world aquatic championships
  • Marrit Steenbergen won a silver medal on the Dutch 4x100m freestyle relay team, becoming the first swimming world championship medalist in history to be born in the 2000’s (January 11, 2000)
  • France became the second nation in history to win the men’s 4x100m free relay at three consecutive Olympic/world championships. First time done was the US, who accomplished the feat multiple times.
  • After missing the final, the USA was shut out from gold in the men’s 4x100m free relay for three consecutive World Championships for the first time ever
  • Fabien Gilot equalled the record set by Michael Phelps, Natalie Coughlin, Kosuke Kitajima and Laszlo Cseh, by winning a medal at six different world championships with his medal in the 4x100m free relay
  • In the next finals session, Laszlo Cseh won a medal to make it his 7th world championships with a medal, a new record
  • Cameron van der Burgh became the first man to ever win four medals in the men’s 100 breastroke, surpassing Kosuke Kitajima and Brendan Hansen who each had 3
  • Sarah Sjostrom became the first woman to win the same individual event three times with her title in the 100 butterfly
  • Katinka Hosszu became the second woman to win the 200 IM twice (2013, 2015) after Katie Hoff did so (2005, 2007)
  • Hosszu became the first woman to win three medals in the 200 IM
  • Hosszu became first female swimmer from Hungary to break a long course world record since 1991
  • With his silver in the 200 free, Sun Yang becomes the second man to ever win a medal in the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 at the world championships (Grant Hackett managed to do it at a single championships in 2005, and Sun could very well do it with a medal in the 1500)
  • Emily Seebohm and Madison Wilson’s performance in the 100 backstroke marks the first time since 2007 that two Australian women were both on the podium for the same event (Schipper & Trickett 100 Fly, 2007)
  • Katie Ledecky had the largest winning gap ever in the 1500 free, winning by 15 seconds over Lauren Boyle
  • Ledecky ties Kate Ziegler and Hannah Stockbauer with two titles in the women’s 1500
  • Lauren Boyle wins her 4th medal at the world championships becoming the most successful swimmer from New Zealand ever
  • Alia Atkinson’s bronze medal in the 100 breastroke is the first ever swimming medal for Jamaica at the world championships
  • Yuliya Efimova became the first male or female with gold medals in the 50, 100 and 200 breastrokes at the world championships
  • Laszlo Cseh became the oldest male winner of the 200 fly ever (29 years, 130 days)
  • Cseh also won his 11th swimming medal at a world championships, the most ever by a Hungarian
  • Federica Pellegrini won her 6th straight medal in the women’s 200 freestyle, becoming the first swimmer to win six medals in an individual event at six different world championships
  • Cameron van der Burgh became the first swimmer from South Africa to win 5 medals in any specific event (50m breastroke)
  • Surprisingly, Adam Peaty is the first male to win the 50 and 100 breastroke at a single world championships. Ledecky did it earlier in the day when she won the 200 free.
  • Laszlo Cseh wins his second world championship title 10 years and 5 days after he won his first, the largest gap ever. The previous record was shared by Oleg Lisogor and Natalie Coughlin at 5 years 242 days
  • Sun Yang wins his third gold medal in the 800 freestyle, the most ever
  • With Great Britain’s victory in the mixed medley relay, Adam Peaty is the first male swimmer to win three gold medals at these championships
  • At the 2013 world championships, Spain set the most national records of anyone with 16. So far at these championships they have 0
  • Of any country with more than 10 swims so far, Poland has by far the highest percentage of swims faster than their entry times (75%)
  • At the 2013 world championships USA had 41 more finals appearances than Great Britain. So far Great Britain has 1 more than the US
  • 12th in finals per country in 2013, Canada is in 5th so far this year
  • We have already seen 7 world records in Kazan, more than the final tally in Barcelona (6)

Source : Swim Swam