MOSCOW, Russia, October 14. A trio of world records was set at the FINA World Cup stop this weekend in Moscow. Here’s video of all three performances:
Ruta Meilutyte Downs 100 Breast World Record
Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte threw down the first world record of the stop in an epic women’s 100-meter breaststroke finale, earning herself a $10,000 world-record bonus. Meilutyte, who joined Yuliya Efimova and Rikke Moller Pedersen to rewrite all three women’s long course breaststroke world records in Barcelona this summer, returned to form tonight with a sizzling 1:02.36. That swim blasted Rebecca Soni’s world record of 1:02.70 from 2009, and also beat Leisel Jones’ World Cup mark of 1:03.00 from the 2009 Berlin stop.
Soni: 30.08, 1:02.70 (32.62)
Meilutyte: 29.56, 1:02.36 (32.80)
There may not be another better all-around breaststroke talent on the planet than the youngster Meilutyte as the Olympic gold medalist continues to put up stunning times.
Meilutyte, just 16, already has put together one of the finest breaststroke careers in history. At 15, she became the youngest Lithuanian to win an Olympic gold medal with her win in the 100 breast. She defended that standing with a win in the 100 in Barcelona this summer, and also took home silver in the 50 breast for good measure.
Now, she owns three world records. She holds both the 50 (29.48) and 100 (1:04.35) records in long course competition from her efforts at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona.
Efimova raced to silver in the finale with a 1:03.53, while Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson took third in 1:04.64.
Japan’s Kanako Watanabe (1:06.82), Great Britain’s Sophie Allen (1:07.42), Russia’s Maria Temnikova (1:07.5), Japan’s Miyu Otsuka (1:07.76) and Croatia’s Ana Radic (1:09.06) also vied for the title in the historic finale.
Russia Sets Mixed 200 Medley Relay Record
With all the hullabaloo at the end of last month when the IU Hoosiers decided to take advantage of newly recognized FINA event to try to set eight world records, today began the process to close out that blip on swimming’s history. While FINA rejected six of the records, the organizations decided to keep the short course meter mixed 200 medley and freestyle times from Indiana.
IU’s James Wells, Cody Miller, Gia Dalesandro and Olivia Barker clocked a 1:49.87 in the event on Sept. 26 as part of the IU Fall Frenzy. Although the best time ever in the event actually stands to France’s Jeremy Stravius, Florent Manaudou, Melanie Henique and Anna Santamans, who posted a 1:38.74 November of last year before FINA began officially recognizing the event this past summer.
This evening, Russia’s Sergey Makov (23.98), Andrey Grechin (26.90), Daria Tcvetkova (25.97) and Ekaterina Borovikova (24.85) demolished IU’s world record with a time of 1:41.70. They are still well off the best time ever by France, but the world record is now much closer to the top time expected in the event.
Russia’s B team of Vitaly Borisov (24.36), Oleg Utekhin (26.93), Olga Klyuchnikova (27.02) and Viktoriia Andreeva (24.85) took second in 1:43.16, while Japan’s Sayaka Akase (27.66), Kanako Watanabe (31.24), Shinri Sioura (23.10) and Kenta Ito (21.36) took third in 1:43.36.
Brazil (1:46.58), China (1:48.72), Singapore A (1:50.13) and Singapore B (1:54.08) also competed in the finale.
Russia Sets Mixed 200 Free Relay Record
Now, the second IU Hoosiers mixed relay record has been struck down. At the end of last month when the Indiana decided to take advantage of newly recognized FINA event to try to set eight world records, this weekend began the process to close out that blip on swimming’s history. While FINA rejected six of the records, the organizations decided to keep the short course meter mixed 200 medley and freestyle times from Indiana.
Last night, Russia wiped out the mixed 200 medley relay record with a 1:41.70. Albeit, that’s not the fastest legal time in the event as France has a 1:38.74 from last year prior to FINA recognizing the event officially.
Tonight, IU’s mixed 200 free relay record of 1:41.16 set by Bailey Pressey, Stephanie Armstrong, Tanner Kurz and Cody Miller fell to Russia’s Rozaliya Nasretdinova (24.56), Dmitry Efmakov (21.97), Artem Lobuzov (22.06) and Maria Reznikova (24.42), who clocked a 1:33.01.
Notably, Australia’s Matt Abood, James Magnussen, Brittany Elmslie and Emma McKeon still have the fastest legal swim on record with a world best 1:29.31 from the Eindhoven stop of the World Cup this summer.
Brazil’s Felipe De Souza (21.99), Gustavo Braga Godoy (21.49), Roberta Albino (25.21) and Carolina Bergamaschi (24.74) finished second in 1:33.43, while Japan’s Kenta Ito (21.78), Shinri Shioura (21.07), Sayaka Akase (25.61) and Kanako Watanabe (25.02) took third in 1:33.48 in an exciting race to determine who would hold the record.
Singapore B (1:42.06), Armenia (1:43.08) and Singapore A (1:44.19) also fielded teams.