KAZAN, Russia, July 13, 2013. THIS morning there was an unexpected upset in the women's 4x200m free relay qualifying with Team Hong Kong (8:31.36) beating out Team China (8:38.05) for eigth place in the finals of the women's 4x200m free relay.
Hong Kong has one of the smallest federations on the planet, right up there with Liechtenstein, Monaco, and Palau. Knocking off cross town rival and sport-giant China, caused delirium for a few moments in a small section of the stands at the swimming venue of the WUGs.
For the fourth day, all swimmers from Team USA advance from the prelims into the semis and finals. Laura Sogar, USA and Andrea Kropp, USA qualified 1-2 in the 200m breaststroke. And Wynalda and Reed went through in the men's 100 free with 49.87 and 50.10.
Japan, Italy, Russian and Canada all advanced also.
Women's 200m Breast
Laura Sogar, USA and Andrea Kropp, USA qualified 1-2 in the 200m Breaststroke. Kropp, USA, hit the wall first in qualifying, winning Heat 2 in a time of 2:27.86, leading the morning prelims for a brief moment until friend and team mate Laura Sogar, USA stepped on the blocks. In Heat 3, Sogar, USA touched first with a 2:26.17 leading the morning qualification rounds giving the USA the top 2 slots. Satori Hosokoshi, JPN, qualified third at 2:28.29. And Mio Motegi, JPN, hit the wall in fourth place with a time of 2:28.48. Canada, Japan, Italy, Russia, and the USA all advanced both athletes. The Czech Republic cheering section pushed Martina Moravcikova, CZE, into the semis with a 2:30.13 and Argentina got Mijal Asis, ARG in the semis with a 2:35.33.
Men's 100m Free
The men's 100 free seemed to be a cool affair with all 16 operating on cruise control saving most of the gas, doing just enough to make semis. Nikita Lobintsev, RUS, put hand-to-the-wall first with a 49.13. Second was 400 free relay standout, Andrew Abood, AUS, 49.57 and Vladdy Morozov, RUS, touched in at 49.60, well off his "47 plus" performances. Poland's Kacpar Majchrzak, POL, nabbed fourth posting a 49.66.
Michael Wynalda, USA, qualified in 49.87 and Tyler Reed, USA, put up a 50.10, qualifying in 15th place, nearly missing out.
Women's 100m Fly
Team Canada took first this morning with a quick 100 with Katerine Savard, CAN, qualifying first in 58.21. Second was Fan Guo, CHN, at 59.16, and Nao Kobayashi, JPN, putting up a 59.37 for the top three spots. Jasmine Tosky, USA hit the wall in 1:00.35 and Kelsey Floyd, USA, put up a 1:00.19 to qualify. Nicole Mee, AUS, is expected to make semis and finals, posting a 1:00.14.
Someone to keep an eye on is Italy's Elena Di Liddo, ITA, qualifying at 59.59.
Men's 800m Free
In the 800, Eric Hedlin, CAN, posted the fastest morning qualifying time of 7:56.68 followed by 1500 champion, Sean Ryan, USA, with a 7:58.41. In third was Evgeny Kulikov, RUS, at 8:00.55. Ryan Feeley, USA, made finals wrapping up the fourth spot in 8:00.92. Fifth went to Kohei Yamamoto, JPN, 8:01.01, sixth Fumiya Hidaka, JPN, 8:01.02, and seventh was Sergi Frolov, UKR, with an identical time of 8:01.02. Securing his ticket to the final in eighth place was Evgeny Eliseev, RUS, at 8:05.53.
Women's 4x200m Free Relay
The women's 800 free relay had a pleasant surprise this morning with Team Hong Kong (Cheng, Chan, Lau, Tang) qualifying 8th, 8:31.36, knocking out Team China (Wang, Lau, Xu, Zhang), finishing in 8:38.05.
In first place was the USA (Murez, Margalis, Acker, Chenault) at 8:00.74, followed by Russia, 8:03.37 and Canada in third with a 8:04.68. Chenault, USA, popped the fastest split of the morning with a 1:59.77 anchor leg for the USA. Sweden, Japan and Italy round out the teams in the evening finals.
Evening finals resume at 1900 hours (7:00pm) local time +4:00 hours GMT / MSK (Moscow Central Time).
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