2013mncaaVladimir Morozov wins the 50 freestyle.
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
KAZAN, Russia, July 14. NO one could touch the Sizzling Siberian this evening as Vlad Morozov showed signs of absolute dominance in his scheduled events at the World University Games. Not only did he smoke semis of the 50 breast, he moved to within a fingernail of the top time in the world in the 100 free.

FINALS
Men's 800 free

Japan's Kohei Yamamoto put up an impressive swim after taking over the lead halfway through the swim en route to a seventh-ranked effort in the men's 800-meter freestyle.

Swimming out in lane two, Yamamoto blasted a time of 7:49.96 to jump to seventh in the world behind Gabriele Detti's 7:48.43. The time bettered Yamamoto's ninth-ranked season best of 7:54.59 from Japanese Nationals.

Ukraine's Sergii Frolov paced himself off Yamamoto from lane one, and managed to pull off a silver-winning time of 7:51.02 with that strategy. He remained on Yamamoto's hip throughout the entire race, and it certainly paid off with the hardware.

Canada's Eric Hedlin, the top seed heading into today, moved into third behind Yamamoto and Frolov and never relinquished the spot en route to a bronze-winning effort of 7:53.78. Men's 1500-meter free winner Sean Ryan of the USA did not have enough in the tank to make a run for the medals with a fourth-place time of 7:55.67.

Russia's Evgeny Kulikov nabbed fifth in 7:56.78, while Japan's Fumiya Hidaka took sixth in 7:59.31. Ryan Feeley of the U.S. attempted to push the pace early, hoping the likes of Yamamoto would make an early charge, as Feeley went out in 1:55.23 at the 200, but faded badly down the stretch to seventh in 8:04.04. Russia's Evgeny Eliseev picked up the final spot in the finale with an eighth-place 8:04.05.

Women's 200 breast
Russia's Yuliya Efimova bettered her season best of 2:24.31 with a winning time of 2:24.10 in the women's 200-meter breaststroke for her second breaststroke victory of the meet. The Olympic bronze medalist powered home with a 37.33 final 50 meters to collect the gold medal.

USA's Laura Sogar went out hard in 1:09.09 and held on for silver with a second-place time of 2:25.33, just missing her ninth-ranked season best of 2:24.86 from the U.S. World Championship Trials. Japan's Mio Motegi touched third in 2:25.73, nearly catching Sogar down the stretch with a 37.94 final split.

Italy's Giulia De Ascentis (2:27.10), South Korea's Suyeon Back (2:27.25), Canada's Tera Van Beilen (2:27.64), Japan's Satori Hosokoshi (2:28.64) and USA's Andrea Kropp (2:29.29) also vied for the championship title.

Men's 100 free
The Sizzling Siberian Vlad Morozov blistered the men's 100-meter freestyle finale with a 47.62 to demolish the meet record in the event.

Morozov's time crushed the meet record of 47.98 set by Andrey Grechin as part of Russia's amazing 400-meter free relay earlier in the competition. Morozov also nearly clipped the Russian record of 47.59 owned by Grechin since he first set it at the Russian Nationals back in 2009. Morozov's performance is certainly the top textile time for a Russian man in the event.

Morozov already was the second-fastest swimmer in the world with a 47.93 from Russian Nationals earlier this year, but he moved much closer to James Magnussen, who leads the world with a 47.53 from Australian Nationals. The two, along with Nathan Adrian, are on a crash course for the FINA World Championships in Barcelona.

Russia managed a 1-2 in the finale as Nikita Lobintsev finished second in 48.54, while Italy's Michele Santucci posted a third-place time of 49.30.

Australia's Andrew Abood (49.36), Italy's Lorenzo Benatti (49.78), Japan's Katsumi Nakamura (49.81), USA's Michael Wynalda (49.93) and Estonia's Pjotr Degtjarjov (50.19) completed the top eight. Benatti had a pretty strong push in the final to move up to fifth considering he had to beat Vinicius Waked to make the final in a swimoff.

Women's 100 fly
Canada's Katerine Savard had no peer tonight in the women's 100-meter fly as she scorched the meet mark in the process of winning the event. She touched in at 57.53 to obliterate the previous standard of 57.86 owned by China's Lu Ying.

Savard, however, seemed a bit unhappy after the win as she missed her Canadian record of 57.40 set at the TYR Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions earlier this summer. That swim vaulted her to second in the world behind only Alicia Coutts' sizzling 57.18 from Australian Nationals.

China's Guo Fan placed a distant second in 58.98, while Japan's Nao Kobayashi finished third in 58.99 to round out the podium.

Russia's Darya Tsetkova (59.10), Italy's Elena Di Liddo (59.38), Slovakia's Katarina Listopadova (59.57), Austria's Birgit Koschischek (59.96) and USA's Kelsey Floyd (1:00.43) also competed in the finale.

SEMIFINALS
Women's 200 free
Russia's Veronika Popova turned in a superb 29.44 final 50 meters to snare the top seed heading into the finale with a time of 1:58.72. She's likely going to be gunning for Federica Pellegrini's swift 2007 meet record of 1:57.67 from Bangkok during the finale tomorrow night.

Great Britain's Caitlin McClatchey went out hard with a 58.45 at the 100-meter mark, and held on for the second seed out of semis with a time of 1:58.99, while USA's Chelsea Chenault, one of the heroes of the women's 800-meter free relay, qualified third in 1:59.46.

Canada's Brittany Maclean won the first semifinal for the fourth seed in 1:59.68, while Great Britain's Rebecca Turner also cleared 2:00 with a fifth-place time of 1:59.86.

Italy's Martina De Memme (2:00.00) and Russia's Viktoriya Andreeva (2:00.24) qualified sixth and seventh, while USA's Megan Romano, one of the top relay swimmers on the planet, snuck in with an eighth-place time of 2:00.45.

Men's 100 fly
Belarus' Yauhen Tsurkin blazed his way to the top seed in the men's 100-meter fly, and managed to move into seventh in the world rankings in the men's 100-meter fly with a 51.75. He trails Olympic star Ryan Lochte (51.71) in the rankings for sixth overall in the world this year.

Grizzled veteran Pawel Korzeniowski raced his way to second in the finale with a 52.20, just outside of the top 10 in the world, while USA's Jack Conger picked up third in 52.51 as he is focusing his attention soon on the collegiate game as the top recruit in the nation heading to the University of Texas.

Russia's Nikita Konovalov (52.62), Switzerland's Nico Van Duijn (52.69), Japan's Masayuki Umemoto (52.69), Russia's Evgeny Koptelov (52.70) and Poland's Oskar Krupecki (52.72) earned the other transfer spots into the championship finale.

Women's 50 back
Belarus' Aliaksandra Herasimenia continued her strong meet with a top seed in the women's sprint backstroke event. The Olympic silver medalist closed out the first semifinal with a winning time of 28.35, while Russia's Anastasia Zueva placed second just behind her and overall with a 28.39.

Australia's Madison Wilson took home the third seed in the splash-and-dash backstroke event with a 28.59 to lead the second semifinal. USA's Cindy Tran (28.72) and Poland's Klaudia Nazieblo (28.81) qualified fourth and fifth.

Italy's Elena Gemo (28.82), Hong Kong's Stephanie Au (28.96) and Ukraine's Daryna Zevina (29.04) also managed to make the championship finale tomorrow night.

Men's 200 back
If this evening is any indications, it is going to be a battle in the finale of the men's distance dorsal event. Japan's Yuki Shirai won the first semifinal with a top-seeded time of 1:57.43, while USA's Jack Conger took second overall by winning the second semifinal in 1:57.82. Both swims are only a second outside of the top 10 in the world, and the duo could put up some special swims tomorrow during the finale.

USA's Jacob Pebley (1:58.71) and France's Eric Ress (1:58.77) qualified third and fourth, and both could easily challenge for the overall title as well.

Japan's Hayate Matsubara (1:58.80), France's Ben Stasiulis (1:59.01), Great Britain's Ryan Bennet (1:59.72) and Russia's Anton Anchin (2:00.01) qualified fifth through eighth to comprise the rest of the championship field tomorrow evening.

Men's 50 breast
Fresh off an amazing 100 free, the Sizzling Siberian Vlad Morozov popped a smoking 27.34 in the sprint breaststroke event. That swim skyrocketed him to seventh in the world rankings in the event. With his medal in the sprint backstroke event as well as his superiority in the freestyle, it's only a matter of time before Morozov begins adding the medley to his schedule. With the 100 IM on the schedule of the FINA World Cup, the newly-professional swimmer could make some significant money on the circuit this fall.

South Africa's Giulio Zorzi finished second overall in 27.67, while Italy's Andrea Toniato posted a 27.80 to qualify third while winning semifinal 1.

Belarus' Yury Klemparski (27.86), Russia's Oleg Utekhin (27.90), USA's Mike Alexandrov (27.94), Switzerland's Martin Schweizer (28.00) and Finland's Eetu Karvonen (28.04) made up the rest of the championship eight.



Results: World University Games: Day Five Finals

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