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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, September 12. THE final session of short course meter racing at the FINA World Cup held in Rio took place this morning with a Brazilian national record taking a tumble.
Men's 1500 free
Brazil's Lucas Kanieski won the metric mile in 14:53.19, moving to fourth in the early world rankings this year. Samuel Pizzetti (14:41.29), Robert Hurley (14:41.80) and Federico Colbertaldo (14:50.56) are the top three swimmers so far. Brazil's Luiz Rogerio Arapiraca took second in 15:11.55, while Japan's Kenichi Doki placed third in 15:12.73.
Women's 100 free
Brazil went 1-2 in the sprint free with Tatiana Lemos Barbosa taking the title in 54.20, while Flavia Delaroli picked up second in 54.52. Lemos Barbosa matched her prelim time, which put her ninth in the early world rankings. Sweden's Magdalena Kuras earned third-place honors in 54.88.
Men's 200 free
Brazil's Thiago Pereira captured the crown in the event with a 1:45.28, while compatriot Rodrigo Castro finished second in 1:46.65. Pereira moved to third in the early world rankings, with Nicholas Ffrost (1:45.12) and Tommaso D'Orsogna (1:45.22) are the only other swimmers to go faster. China's Jiang Yuhui touched third in 1:47.08.
Women's 50 breast
Sweden's Joline Hostman snatched the sprint breast title in 31.38, while Germany's Kerstin Vogel earned second in 31.82. Hostman jumped into the early top 10 in the world rankings. Brazil's Ana Carla Carvalho wound up third in 32.03.
Men's 100 breast
Brazil swept the top four spots in the event with Felipe Silva clocked the top-ranked time in the world with a 57.64. Cameron van der Burgh was the previous holder of the top spot with a 58.28 from last month. Henrique Barbosa took second in 58.40, moving to fourth in the early rankings, while Tales Cerdeira placed third in 58.52, unable to match his prelim time of 58.38. Joao Gomes Jr. grabbed fourth in 58.79.
Women's 400 IM
Brazil's Joanna Maranhao Melo cruised to victory in the distance medley with a winning effort of 4:40.20. Compatriot Larissa Cieslak finished second in 4:50.56, while fellow Brazilian Julia Siqueira took third overall in 4:58.12.
Men's 100 fly
Germany's Steffen Deibler became the first man under 51 seconds this year with a scorching time of 50.67. He far surpassed the previous top time of 51.17 set by Chris Wright in July. Brazil's Glauber Henrique Silva took second in 51.94, improving upon his sixth-ranked season best of 51.98 from prelims. Russia's Nikolay Skvortsov completed the podium with a third-place 52.03.
Women's 100 back
Japan's Miyuki Takemura won the event going away with a 58.01. That swim jumped her into fifth in the early world rankings. Brazil's Fabiola Molina took second in 59.31, an early top 10 time, while Sweden's Therese Svendsen placed third overall in 1:00.19.
Men's 50 back
Randall Bal of the U.S. dominated his specialty event with a 23.46 for the win. That effort cleared the previous top-ranked time of 23.78 set by Guilherme Guido during prelims. Guido, meanwhile, took second in 23.85 – falling short of his qualifying time. Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin earned third overall in 23.87, while Peter Marshall of the U.S. also cleared 24 seconds with a fourth-place 23.93.
Women's 200 fly
Brazil's Joanna Maranhao Melo moved into the early top 10 in the world with a 2:09.72 for the win. Japan's Nao Kobayashi finished second in 2:11.26, while Brazil's Yana Medeiros placed third in 2:18.55.
Men's 200 IM
Thiago Pereira blazed to the win in the event with a 1:52.72, moving to seventh all time in the event with a Brazilian national record. His previous national record had been a 1:53.14 set during the Berlin stop of the 2008 FINA World Cup. Pereira became just the ninth swimmer to ever break 1:53. Pereira absolutely crushed the previous top time this year of 1:55.40 set by Federio Turrini last month in Italy. Brazil's Henrique Rodrigues also cleared Turrini with a second-place 1:54.07 today, while teammate Diogo Yabe took third in 1:58.68.
Women's 400 free
Japan's Sakiko Nakamura claimed the middle distance crown with a 4:06.73, while Argentina's Cecilia Biagioli finished second in 4:08.33. Nakamura moved just outside the early top 10 in the world rankings. Brazil's Poliana Okimoto took third overall in 4:10.06.
Men's 50 free
Brazil's Cesar Cielo did enough to win the sprint free in 21.16, but could not replicate his top-ranked prelim time of 21.08 in the process. Germany's Steffen Deibler took second in 21.23 to move to second in the early world rankings, while Brazil's Nicholas Santos posted a 21.76 to move to seventh in the same rankings.
Women's 200 breast
Sweden's Joline Hostman doubled up with a 2:26.51 after winning the sprint breast earlier in the morning. Brazil's Carolina Mussi took second in 2:30.79, while teammate Tatiane Sakemi placed third in 2:31.95.
Women's 100 IM
The Netherlands' Hinkelien Schreuder won the sprint medley with a time of 1:00.65. That clocking pushed her to third in the early world rankings behind Emily Seebohm (59.29) and Tessa Wallace (1:00.36). Brazil's Fabiola Molina took second in 1:01.41, while teammate Julyana Kury snared third in 1:01.50.
Men's 200 back
Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin posted a winning time of 1:51.92, shooting to the top of the early world rankings. Ashley Delaney held the previous top-ranked time with a 1:52.55 set in July. Colombia's Omar Pinzon placed second in 1:53.70, while Brazil's Fabio Santi finished third in 1:55.82.
Women's 50 fly
Sweden's Therese Alshammar captured the sprint fly title in 25.35 to close down the first stop of the 2010 FINA World Cup circuit. Alshammar moved to the top of the early world rankings in the event, trumping Felicity Galvez's 25.65 set in July. Brazil's Gabriella Silva finished second in 25.93 to take fourth in the rankings, while teammate Daniele De Jesus wound up third in 26.47.