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BARCELONA, Spain, July 31. HUNGARY’s Laszlo Cseh, a world champion in the 400-meter IM back in 2005, is still making waves as he led preliminary qualifying in the men’s 200-meter IM this morning at the FINA World Championships.
Cseh clocked a 1:57.70 to lead the way and move to seventh in the world rankings this year. Cseh has had an illustrious career, and just keeps on swimming. He’s already picked up five Olympic medals with three silver and two bronze, all in the shadow of Michael Phelps. With Phelps’ retirement, Cseh looks to have a chance for some breakthrough swims during the next few years.
Japan’s Kosuke Hagino, who ranks second in the world this year with a 1:55.74 from Japanese Nationals, cruised into semis with a 1:57.73, while China’s Wang Shun clocked a third-seeded 1:57.83 in the same heat as Hagino. Sweden’s Simon Sjodin took down the Swedish record in the event with a fourth-place 1:58.02, while world-leading Ryan Lochte eased into semis with a fifth-place 1:58.46 as he powered past Brazil’s Thiago Pereira (1:58.54) in the final heat.
Brazil’s Henrique Rodrigues (1:58.73), Australia’s Daniel Tranter (1:1:58.76), Germany’s Markus Deibler (1:58.76), USA’s Conor Dwyer (1:58.78), Australia’s Kenneth To (1:59.21), Japan’s Daiya Seto (1:59.25), Portugal’s Diogo Carvalho (1:59.39), Great Britain’s Roberto Pavoni (1:59.41), China’s Mao Feilian (1:59.68) and Singapore’s Joseph Schooling (1:59.99) all made the semifinals as well. Schooling did so with a Singapore national record as the first man from his nation to break 2:00.
Demonstrating just how frustratingly close this sport can be measured down to the hundredths, Jeremy Stravius (2:00.00), Gal Nevo (2:00.01) and Federico Turrini (2:00.02) all missed semis in successive order.