Brits Take Two, Records Tumble on Day 3 of World University Games

By Josh Jeffrey

DAEGU, South Korea, August 26. THE fastest-ever edition of the World University Games continued this evening with magnificent performances and some big wins by Chinese and British swimmers.

Rebecca Cooke of Great Britain, who won the 800m freestyle in Universiade record time earlier this week, took the top spot again in the 400m freestyle this evening.

This time, Cooke pulled from behind to win as China's Chen Hua, silver in the 800, was out nearly a second faster than Cooke by 200 meters. Over the last 100, Chen saw that lead diminish to mere hundredths before being reeled in during the final strokes. Cooke touched first at 4:11.23, ahead of Chen for silver (4:11.94), while Magda Dyskewicz of the USA (4:12.52) picked up bronze.

Great Britain made it two for two when James Gibson, to the surprise of no one, took the 100m breaststroke. Though Brenton Rickard of Australia set the Universiade record in preliminaries with a time of 1:01.52, it was apparent that Gibson was saving his best for the final. Out in 28.28, he sizzled to a gold medal in 1:00.71, smashing the newly-minted Universiade record set by Rickard. British teammate Chris Cook took silver (1:01.28) also under the previous mark, while Ukraine's Oleg Lisogor (1:01.69) took bronze.

The USA men's team matched last night's gold by Demerae Christianson when Dan Westcott claimed a win in the men's 50m backstroke today. In a thriller of a finish, Westcott edged China's Ouyang Kunpeng, winner and Universiade record-holder in the 200m back, by just two hundredths of a second.

Westcott touched at 25.80 to Ouyang's 25.82. Just six hundredths behind Ouyang was Vyacheslav Shyrshov of Ukraine, picking up his team's second bronze of the evening with a time of 25.88.

China's deadly duo of Qi Hui and Luo Xuejuan destroyed the competition in the women's 200m breaststroke final. After the first 50, it was clear that no one else could challenge. Instead, Luo built up a half-second lead on Qi at the 100, taking the race out in a very fast 1:09.70, but after the turn at the 150, Qi used her devastating finishing speed to leave a faltering Luo behind.

At the wall, Qi touched in a new Universiade record of 2:26.25, with teammate Luo second at 2:26.99, just a hundredth over the previous mark. More than four seconds in arrears, Japan's Fumiko Kawanabe touched at 2:31.06 for bronze.

Russia's Andrei Kaoralov was the surprise winner of the men's 100 freestyle, and it looked as though he would even break Matt Biondi's long-standing Universiade mark of 49.14. Kaoralov tired in the last few meters to miss the record, but nonetheless won in 49.36 to silver medalist Chris Cozens of Great Britain's time of 49.94. Ukraine won its third bronze of the session with Yuriy Yegoshi touching in 50.02.

The USA's Joe Bruckart led qualifiers during preliminaries of the men's 200m individual medley, and for the first 100 of the final he led the race. Entering the breaststroke leg, Bruckart was ahead by a half second over Japan's Takahiro Mori. But Mori uncorked a 34.55 breaststroke split, more than a second faster than Bruckart, to surge into the lead. His final split of 28.90 to Bruckart's 29.34 sealed the race.

Mori touched in a scorching 2:00.59, obliterating the long-standing Universiade mark of 2:02.29 set by 1984 Olympic winner Alex Baumann. Bruckart took second, also well under the former record with a time of 2:01.57, while Australia's Adam Lucas notched his team's first medal of the session with a 2:03.06 for bronze.

China's women's 800m freestyle relay asserted their dominance this evening with a three second lead on the field. Xu Yanwei got things started early as her 2:01.03 opening leg was 1.5 seconds ahead of Russia, and 2+ seconds ahead of the United States.

China's next two swimmers, breaststroker Qi Hui, and middle-distance ace Chen Hua both clocked 2:02-low to extend the lead set by Xu. Unless a US or Russian swimmer could anchor in 1:57, China would win handily. As it turns out, the only anchor faster than China's Jiaying Pang (2:00.41), was France's Solenne Figues (2:00.28), and thus, China was golden by three body lengths. Their time of 8:05.86 was within a second of the Universiade record.

The USA finished for silver with 8:08.84, while Russia had a dogfight with France for bronze. In the end, Russia prevailed, 8:13.99 to 8:14.14.

Finals continue Thursday in Daegu after a one day break in competition.

World University Games
Daegu, South Korea
August 24-30, 2003

50 meter pool

RESULTS
Day Three: August 26, 2003

WOMEN

400 METRES FREESTYLE
Final
1 4:11.23*Cooke Rebecca,83,GBR
2 4:11.94 Chen Hua,82,CHN
3 4:12.52 Dyszkiewicz Magda,81,USA
4 4:15.47 Beresnyeva Olga,85,UKR
5 4:15.58 Shibata Ai,82,JPN
6 4:15.80 McCullough Amy,83,USA
7 4:17.16 Goffi Sara,81,ITA
8 4:23.91 Pang Jiaying,85,CHN

B Final
1 4:16.60 Pechanova Jana,81,CZE
2 4:18.74 Korovina Irina,83,RUS
3 4:18.85 Pasini Elisa,81,ITA
4 4:20.68 Fujita Sawami,84,JPN
5 4:22.70 Kynerova Kristina,79,CZE
6 4:23.02 Ware Catherine,81,AUS
7 4:27.32 Oufimtseva Irina,85,RUS
8 4:31.03 Potec Camelia,82,ROM

Prelims
1 4:12.80 Dyszkiewicz Magda,81,USA
2 4:15.13 Cooke Rebecca,83,GBR
3 4:15.31 McCullough Amy,83,USA
4 4:16.15 Beresnyeva Olga,85,UKR
5 4:16.30 Chen Hua,82,CHN
6 4:17.70 Pang Jiaying,85,CHN
7 4:18.04 Shibata Ai,82,JPN
8 4:18.56 Goffi Sara,81,ITA

9 4:18.74 Korovina Irina,83,RUS
10 4:19.14 Pasini Elisa,81,ITA
11 4:19.19 Fujita Sawami,84,JPN
12 4:19.22 Pechanova Jana,81,CZE
13 4:21.41 Kynerova Kristina,79,CZE
14 4:22.34 Potec Camelia,82,ROM
15 4:23.13 Ware Catherine,81,AUS
16 4:24.22 Oufimtseva Irina,85,RUS

17 4:25.81 Thompson Stephanie,84,AUS
18 4:25.90 Kiss Annamaria,81,HUN
19 4:25.97 Perrotin Marion,83,FRA
20 4:26.06 Cervantes Paula,83,ESP
21 4:27.34 Park Sun-Hyun,84,KOR
22 4:27.52 Klochkova Ganna,85,UKR
23 4:28.78 Choompol Chorkaew,84,THA
24 4:29.06 Oliveira Denise,80,BRA

200 METRES BREASTSTROKE
Final
1 2:26.25*Qi Hui,85,CHN
2 2:26.99 Luo Xuejuan,84,CHN
3 2:31.06 Kawanabe Fumiko,84,JPN
4 2:31.48 Balfour Kirsty,84,GBR
5 2:31.49 Steven Birte,80,GER
6 2:32.06 Hehn Keri,81,USA
7 2:33.50 Kormacheva Ekaterina,82,RUS
8 2:34.15 Waite Kelli,85,AUS

B Final
1 2:31.95 Petelski Christin,77,CAN
2 2:36.45 Bogata Olexandra,85,UKR
3 2:37.11 Akagi Yukako,85,JPN
4 2:37.63 Spooner Emma,83,CAN
5 2:38.60 Horakova Jana,84,CZE
6 2:39.09 Byun Hye-Young,83,KOR
7 2:39.11 Kaminska Beata,80,POL
8 2:40.09 Wheatley Amy,84,USA

Prelims
1 2:30.64 Steven Birte,80,GER
2 2:30.72 Kawanabe Fumiko,84,JPN
3 2:31.14 Balfour Kirsty,84,GBR
4 2:32.69 Hehn Keri,81,USA
5 2:33.37 Luo Xuejuan,84,CHN
6 2:33.49 Waite Kelli,85,AUS
7 2:33.64 Qi Hui,85,CHN
8 2:33.78 Kormacheva Ekaterina,82,RUS

9 2:34.10 Petelski Christin,77,CAN
10 2:35.04 Akagi Yukako,85,JPN
11 2:35.97 Bogata Olexandra,85,UKR
12 2:36.99 Kaminska Beata,80,POL
13 2:37.48 Horakova Jana,84,CZE
14 2:38.51 Spooner Emma,83,CAN
15 2:39.05 Wheatley Amy,84,USA
16 2:39.52 Edmistone Jade,82,AUS

17 2:41.23 Byun Hye-Young,83,KOR
18 2:43.76 Bogomazova Elena,82,RUS
19 2:45.19 Csomova Katarina,85,SVK
20 2:46.06 Baillod Celine,78,SUI

4X200 FREE RELAY
Final
1 8:05.86*China,CHN
2:01.03 Xu Yanwei
2:02.14 Qi Hui
2:02.28 Chen Hua
2:00.41 Pang Jiaying

2 8:08.84 United States,USA
2:03.64 Dyszkiewicz Magdalena
2:02.14 Kemp Heather
2:01.99 Perruquet Jessica
2:01.07 Williams Stephanie

3 8:13.99 Russia,RUS
2:02.63 Shalagina Natalia
2:03.75 Korovina Irina
2:04.87 Oufimtseva Irina
2:02.74 Nasyrova Ekaterina

4 8:14.14 France,FRA
5 8:14.32 Japan,JPN
6 8:17.60 Italy,ITA
7 8:21.56 Canada,CAN
8 8:26.66 Australia,AUS

Prelims
1 8:12.10 United States,USA
2 8:17.24 Japan,JPN
3 8:18.28 China,CHN
4 8:23.38 Russia,RUS
5 8:24.09 France,FRA
6 8:25.55 Great Britain,GBR
7 8:26.67 Canada,CAN
8 8:28.08 Australia,AUS

9 8:29.88 Italy,ITA
10 8:45.38 Ukraine,UKR
11 8:49.73 Korea,KOR
12 8:52.76 Thailand,THA

MEN

100 METRES FREESTYLE
Final
1 49.36 Kapralov Andrei,80,RUS
2 49.94 Cozens Chris,82,GBR
3 50.02 Yegoshin Yuri,85,UKR
4 50.14 Mankoc Peter,78,SLO
5 50.45 Kidd Matthew,79,GBR
6 50.56 Chen Zuo,82,CHN
7 50.71 Sapucaia Marco A.,83,BRA
8 50.76 Vassanelli Giacomo,83,ITA

B Final
1 50.80 Usov Ivan,77,RUS
2 50.96 Okumura Yoshihiro,83,JPN
3 51.10 Lequeux Sebastien,77,FRA
4 51.11 Mewing Andrew,81,AUS
5 51.27 Dyson Andrew,82,AUS
6 51.30 Benda Ivo,75,CZE
7 51.45 Lanzarini Klaus,77,ITA
8 51.47 Kirkland Clay,83,USA

Prelims
1 50.04 Cozens Chris,82,GBR
2 50.22 Yegoshin Yuri,85,UKR
3 50.22 Mankoc Peter,78,SLO
4 50.38 Kidd Matthew,79,GBR
5 50.65 Vassanelli Giacomo,83,ITA
6 50.65 Chen Zuo,82,CHN
7 50.84 Kapralov Andrei,80,RUS
8 50.91 Sapucaia Marco A.,83,BRA

9 50.96 Okumura Yoshihiro,83,JPN
10 50.98 Usov Ivan,77,RUS
11 51.09 Dyson Andrew,82,AUS
12 51.12 Mewing Andrew,81,AUS
13 51.29 Lequeux Sebastien,77,FRA
14 51.33 Kirkland Clay,83,USA
15 51.35 Benda Ivo,75,CZE
16 51.38 Lanzarini Klaus,77,ITA

17 51.51 Gonzalez Hugo,82,POR
18 51.57 Hankewich Chad,81,CAN
19 51.58 Schnell Andrew,82,USA
20 51.74 Liu Yu,82,CHN
21 52.13 Cayette Germain,83,FRA
22 52.27 Gutsu Octavian,82,MDA
23 52.42 Binevicius Saulius,79,LTU
24 52.43 Hwang In-Kyu,83,KOR
25 52.43 Maestru Felix,81,ROM
26 52.45 Shyrshov Vyacheslav,79,UKR
27 52.53 Friedrich Fabian,80,GER
28 52.57 Noriega Javier,80,ESP
29 52.80 Kim Min-Suk,79,KOR
30 52.96 Pichette Alexandre,77,CAN
31 52.97 Gaffuri Alessandro,81,SUI

50 METRES BACKSTROKE
Final
1 25.80 Westcott James D.,80,USA
2 25.82 Ouyang Kunpeng,82,CHN
3 25.88 Shyrshov Vyacheslav,79,UKR
4 25.92 Sung Min,82,KOR
5 26.06 Lin Yi,82,CHN
6 26.12 Grigalionis Darius,77,LTU
7 26.20 Nikolaychuk Volodymyr,75,UKR
8 26.34 Talbot-Cameron Scott,81,NZL

B Final
1 26.28 Miyashita Jyunichi,83,JPN
2 26.30 Taylor Joshua,84,AUS
3 26.36 Smirnov Dimitri,83,RUS
4 26.59 DeJong Chris,84,USA
5 26.67 Freitas Bruno,82,POR
6 26.74 Pichette Alexandre,77,CAN
7 26.75 Krizko Lubos,79,SVK
8 26.96 Aminov Vladislav,77,RUS

Prelims
1 25.67 Westcott James D.,80,USA
2 25.84 Ouyang Kunpeng,82,CHN
3 25.86 Shyrshov Vyacheslav,79,UKR
4 25.92 Grigalionis Darius,77,LTU
5 26.19 Nikolaychuk Volodymyr,75,UKR
6 26.31 Lin Yi,82,CHN
7 26.42 Sung Min,82,KOR
8 26.43 Talbot-Cameron Scott,81,NZL

9 26.48 Smirnov Dimitri,83,RUS
10 26.49 Miyashita Jyunichi,83,JPN
11 26.57 DeJong Chris,84,USA
12 26.63 Krizko Lubos,79,SVK
13 26.73 Taylor Joshua,84,AUS
14 26.80 Aminov Vladislav,77,RUS
15 26.84 Freitas Bruno,82,POR
16 26.88 Pichette Alexandre,77,CAN

17 27.02 Catalano Enrico,83,ITA
18 27.10 Schmich Oliver,79,AUT
19 27.17 Murphy Patrick,84,AUS
20 27.19 Rodela Juan,79,MEX
21 27.19 Oral Orel,79,TUR
22 27.26 Ivlev Alexander,81,MDA
23 27.36 Ostermaier Lukas,83,AUT
24 27.42 Garuglieri Alessandro,81,ITA
25 27.48 Massacand Jonathan,84,SUI
26 27.59 Schmitz Pierre,83,LUX
27 27.68 O'Neill Donal,80,IRL
28 27.82 O'Riada Muiris,81,IRL

100 METRES BREASTSTROKE
Final
1 1:00.71*Gibson James,79,GBR
2 1:01.28 Cook Chris,79,GBR
3 1:01.69 Lisogor Oleg,79,UKR
4 1:01.94 Rickard Brenton,84,AUS
5 1:02.11 Bodor Richard,79,HUN
6 1:02.45 Brandt Wilson,83,USA
7 1:02.60 Tahirovic Emil,79,SLO
8 1:02.91 Riley Mark,82,AUS

B Final
1 1:02.62 Ivanovski Roman,77,RUS
2 1:02.68 Flaskay Mihaly,82,HUN
3 1:03.03 Dymo Valeriy,85,UKR
4 1:03.07 Yamashita Makoto,83,JPN
5 1:03.32 Schurr Christian,84,USA
6 1:03.37 Cortesi Matteo,80,ITA
7 1:03.43 Sakimoto Hiromasa,84,JPN
8 1:04.06 Boulianne Michel,78,CAN

Prelims
1 1:01.52 Rickard Brenton,84,AUS
2 1:01.67 Gibson James,79,GBR
3 1:02.05 Brandt Wilson,83,USA
4 1:02.23 Cook Chris,79,GBR
5 1:02.36 Lisogor Oleg,79,UKR
6 1:02.38 Tahirovic Emil,79,SLO
7 1:02.54 Bodor Richard,79,HUN
8 1:02.57 Riley Mark,82,AUS

9 1:02.67 Yamashita Makoto,83,JPN
10 1:02.74 Sakimoto Hiromasa,84,JPN
11 1:02.83 Ivanovski Roman,77,RUS
12 1:02.83 Dymo Valeriy,85,UKR
13 1:03.12 Schurr Christian,84,USA
14 1:03.13 Flaskay Mihaly,82,HUN
15 1:03.33 Cortesi Matteo,80,ITA
16 1:03.60 Boulianne Michel,78,CAN

17 1:03.88 Gerasimov Sergei,80,RUS
18 1:04.08 Melnik Dov,78,ISR
19 1:04.24 Williamson Michael,81,IRL
20 1:04.46 Wang Haibou,82,CHN
21 1:04.50 Sirisanont Ratapong,76,THA
22 1:04.53 Jacobo Alfredo,82,MEX
23 1:04.55 Perrot Stephan,77,FRA
24 1:04.64 Dos Santos Felipe,79,BRA
25 1:04.69 Bree Andrew,81,IRL
26 1:04.79 Daly Kieran,81,NZL
27 1:04.96 Nodari Dario,83,ITA
28 1:04.99 You Seung-Hun,83,KOR
29 1:05.20 Lopes Helder,82,POR
30 1:05.60 Boral Lukasz,84,POL
31 1:05.64 Pernat Matiaz,84,SLO
32 1:05.95 Nasution M. Akbar,83,INA
33 1:05.97 Son Sung-Wook,83,KOR

200 METRES IND.MEDLEY
Final
1 2:00.59*Mori Takahiro,80,JPN
2 2:01.57 Bruckart Joe,81,USA
3 2:03.06 Lucas Adam,83,AUS
4 2:03.51 Knowles Jeremy,81,BAH
5 2:04.30 Nazarenko Dmytro,80,UKR
6 2:04.65 Halika Michael,78,ISR
7 2:05.11 Bacon Mitchell,83,AUS
8 2:05.82 Sano Hidemasa,84,JPN

B Final
1 2:03.81 Janusaitis Vytautas,81,LTU
2 2:04.24 Zatsepin Alexei,84,RUS
3 2:04.46 Ciancarini Simone,79,ITA
4 2:05.43 Badita Cezar,79,ROM
5 2:05.71 Zaharov Andrei,75,MDA
6 2:06.03 Jiracek Jakub,79,CZE
7 2:06.12 Kim Bang-Hyun,79,KOR
7 2:06.12 Kuzvard Tomas,79,CZE

Prelims
1 2:02.68 Bruckart Joe,81,USA
2 2:03.56 Mori Takahiro,80,JPN
3 2:03.58 Lucas Adam,83,AUS
4 2:04.03 Halika Michael,78,ISR
5 2:04.43 Bacon Mitchell,83,AUS
6 2:04.46 Sano Hidemasa,84,JPN
7 2:04.82 Nazarenko Dmytro,80,UKR
8 2:05.18 Zatsepin Alexei,84,RUS

9 2:05.22 Ciancarini Simone,79,ITA
10 2:05.23 Zaharov Andrei,75,MDA
11 2:05.39 Kerekjarto Tamas,79,HUN
12 2:05.43 Kim Bang-Hyun,79,KOR
13 2:05.61 Janusaitis Vytautas,81,LTU
14 2:05.68 Badita Cezar,79,ROM
15 2:05.73 Jiracek Jakub,79,CZE
16 2:05.77 Kuzvard Tomas,79,CZE

17 2:06.13 Cabello Brenton,81,ESP
18 2:06.22 Liscinsky Mark,81,USA
19 2:06.33 Urreta Diego,81,MEX
20 2:06.96 Sirigu Lorenzo,81,ITA
21 2:07.06 Hanz Jochen,77,GER
22 2:07.53 Wolfgarten Jan,82,GER
23 2:07.59 Massacand Jonathan,84,SUI
24 2:07.78 Zoldak Kryzsztof,84,POL
25 2:07.81 Skrydlov Ilya,82,RUS
26 2:07.94 Kim Seong-Tae,83,KOR
27 2:07.95 Mourao Duarte,84,POR
28 2:08.51 Van der Kraay Anthony,80,NZL
29 2:08.53 Lapshyn Andriy,83,UKR
30 2:09.26 Diaz Javier,79,MEX
31 2:09.58 Goncalves Rafael,80,BRA
32 2:10.68 Saia Margus,81,EST
33 2:11.17 Williamson Michael,81,IRL

*: World University Games record

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