ISTANBUL, Turkey, December 16. RYAN Lochte might have suffered an upset in the 200 back, but he still managed to finish the meet with six golds and eight medals overall at the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships. Meanwhile, three meet records tumbled on the final night.
Men's 100 free
Russia's Vlad Morozov put together a scorching time of 45.65 to win the 100 free going away, and double up on gold having already topped the 50 free. That swim bettered his 45.68 from the European Short Course Championships and jumped him to seventh all time by himself. He previously shared seventh with Danila Izotov with his 45.68. Australia's Tommaso D'Orsogna (46.80) and Russia's Evgeny Lagunov (46.81) rounded out the podium.
“Before the race, I thought I had to break the world record to win a gold medal here,” Morozov said. “That was not really possible for me today. I already broke my personal best time, and it is already improved by 1.7 seconds since last year. I tried to begin very fast, but I think it was a bit too fast, so I was not able to speed up in the last meters.”
Morozov and Lagunov gave Russia a pair of medalwinners, only the third time it has happened in meet history. Brazil (1993, 195) and Sweden (2000) have done so previously.
Italy's Luca Dotto (46.84), USA's Matt Grevers (47.05), USA's Jimmy Feigen (47.11), Cuba's Hanser Garcia (47.19) and China's Lu Zhiwu (47.35) also swam in the finale.
Women's 50 back
China's Zhao Jing raced to victory in the sprint back with a time of 25.95. That swim eclipsed the meet record of 26.11 Zhao set earlier in the meet, and rattled the world record of 25.70 set by Sanja Jovanovic in 2009. Zhao came close to her second-ranked all time lifetime best of 25.82 set in 2009 at the Stockholm stop of the World Cup.
“Today I'm over the moon,” Zhao said. “Since I stopped using the textile swimming suit, this is my personal best. The opponents were very strong. I was very nervous before the race, maybe that's how I beat them.”
Zhao is the first person to ever win this event more than once, having defended her title.
Olivia Smoliga downed her American record yet again with a silver-winning time of 26.13. She set the American record in successive performances with a 26.95 in prelims and a 26.56 in semis before dropping the hammer tonight. She now stands tied with Aya Terakawa for sixth all time in the event. Poland's Aleksandra Urbanczyk took bronze in 26.50.
“I am so happy,” Smoliga said. “Honestly, I came into this meet and I knew I had to compete in the 100m and the 50m (backstroke) swim, but then there was also the relay and the preliminary so this is a nice surprise. It's great to be on the podium twice for the USA. Everything is perfect.”
Smoliga, at 18 years and 65 days, is the second youngest medalist in the history of this event. Gao Chang of China holds the record with silver in 2004 at 17 years and 256 days.
Great Britain's Georgia Davies (26.56), Czech's Simona Baumrtova (26.61), Australia's Rachel Goh (26.91), Brazil's Fabiola Molina (26.97) and Australia's Grace Loh (27.45) rounded out the championship heat.
Men's 200 back
Poland's Radoslaw Kawecki pulled the upset in the distance dorsal with a 1:48.48 to 1:48.50 touchout victory over Ryan Lochte, as he dropped a 27.24 final split compared to Lochte's 27.61. Meanwhile, USA's Ryan Murphy grabbed bronze in 1:48.86 for an extremely close finale. Even though it wasn't a win, Lochte still moved to six medals thus far.
“I think both of us had pretty much the same tactic,” Kawecki said. “We both wanted to wait until the final 50-75m and start pushing really hard. I am happy I came out on top and proved that I was better prepared than Lochte. It will give me a positive boost. It is always great to be better than a world record holder.”
The swim was Kawecki's lifetime best, shaving a bit off his 1:48.51 from the European Short Course Championships, while Murphy jumped into eighth all time. Lochte, who had already set two world records had been looking to get after Arkady Vyatchanin's global standard of 1:46.11 but could not hold off Kawecki. Kawecki is the first world short course champion in Poland's history. Previously, Poland had won 17 other medals before taking home a title.
“I am pretty tired. I did not expect to win anything here. I was really surprised that I was still quite close to Ryan Lochte after 150m,” Murphy said. “I tried to dig deep the last 50 meters, and I am happy to win this medal, especially because I had my first short course meters today.”
Lochte's medal represented his fourth career medal in the event, breaking a tie with Markus Rogan of Austria for most career medals in the 200 back. Murphy, meanwhile, became the youngest medalist in the 200 back at 17 years and 167 days. Wang Wei of China had the previous record with a silver at 18 years and 35 days in 1997. Additionally, Lochte and Murphy produced the second time the U.S. has had two men on the podium, equalling the effort from 2010.
Japan's Kosuke Hagino (1:51.00), Hungary's Peter Bernek (1:51.24), Australia's Ashley Delaney (1:51.51), Australia's Travis Mahoney (1:52.09) and Germany's Christian Diener (1:52.48) also vied for the world title.
Women's 200 breast
Denmark's Rikke Moeller Pedersen scorched the third 50 with a 34.61 to put away the swim with a winning time of 2:16.08. That swim took down Rebecca Soni's meet record of 2:16.39 set in 2010, and cleared Pedersen's national record of 2:16.66 set at the 2009 European Short Coure Championships. She's already the third fastest behind Soni (2:14.57) and Leisel Jones (2:15.42).
“It's awesome, It's everything to me,” Pedersen said. “It's my first gold at a world championships, I'm a world champion. I swam faster than the textile record. My goal was to improve my European championships record and I did. Just to be brave and aggressive and to think that I could be the first. I told myself to risk it all. To trust myself and all the work I've done.”
Pedersen is just the second double-gold medalist for Denmark in meet history, joining Mette Jacobsen, who finished with three career golds.
USA's Laura Sogar, who led at one point of the race, smoked the rest of the field with a sizzling 2:16.93. That effort vaulted her to sixth all time, as she overtook Katy Freeman (2:17.50) as the second fastest American all time in the event. Japan's Kanako Watanabe placed third in 2:19.39 to clinch bronze. Watanabe, at 16 years and 31 days, is the youngest Japanese medalist in meet history regardless of gender. The previous record had stood to Ayari Aoyama, who took bronze in the 100 fly at 17 years and 53 days in 1999.
“I was kind of nervous in the hours before but then I took a step back and I remembered that I swim for fun and that I had to enjoy the race,” Sogar said. “Then it wasn't so intense and I had fun in the ready room.”
Russia's Maria Temnikova (2:19.76), USA's Andrea Kropp (2:20.08), Canada's Martha McCabe (2:20.70), Canada's Tera Van Beilen (2:21.11) and Jamaica's Alia Atkinson (2:21.64) placed fourth through eighth in the rest of the championship heat.
Men's 100 IM
FINA World Cup King Kenneth To made Ryan Lochte work for it, touching first at the 50-meter mark with a 22.90, but Lochte had more than enough with a 27.69 down the stretch for the win in 51.21. That's Lochte's seventh medal and fifth gold of the meet thus far. He already set the world record in this event during semis with a 50.71.
Lochte is the first person to win the men's 100 IM three times, breaking a tie with Peter Mankoc, who won in 2002 and 2004. Lochte's fifth gold medal gave him two of the three times a man has won five or more golds in meet history. He won six in 2010, while Neil Walker claimed five in 2000. Lochte also put himself in position to break the record for most medals, now with seven. That equalled the tally from Walker and Lochte in 2000 and 2010, respectively.
To, meanwhile, held onto silver with a 51.38, while Trinidad and Tobago's George Bovell checked in with a bronze in 51.66. To cleared his Australian record of 51.43 from the Dubai stop of the World Cup, but could not overcome Duje Draganja and Bovell for fifth all time with matching 51.20s. Bovell's bronze is his nation's first medal of any kind in meet history.
“It's a bit unfortunate because I performed poorly on a few skills and I could have done better, so I am a bit disappointed,” To said. “I didn't do the best breaststroke leg and I could have fixed the freestyle. I gave everything I got but I could do those few skills a bit better.”
Slovenia's Peter Mankoc (52.51), Sweden's Simon Sjodin (52.63), USA's Conor Dwyer (52.83), Japan's Takuro Fujii (53.11) and Japan's Daiya Seto (53.15) claimed the rest of the finishes in the finale.
Women's 100 fly
Italy's Ilaria Bianchi won by about half-a-second with a sterling time of 56.13, coming home in 29.37. That swim jumped her to 12th in the all time rankings, tied with China's Liu Zige. Liu, meanwhile, earned silver tonight in 56.58, while Great Britain's Jemma Lowe snared bronze in 56.66. Canada's Noemie Thomas finished fourth overall in 56.92 to round out the sub-57s.
“I've been thinking about the race all day, it is the first time I've been really nervous before a race,” Bianchi said. “I've been thinking about it since yesterday actually. I told myself I shouldn't think about it, but what can I say, I'm stupid. It went well. I had weak legs at the start and wanted to swim faster. I came too late at the 50m, so at the turn I told myself to give it all.”
Bianchi is the first Italian woman to win a world title at this met, and is the fourth Italian woman to win a medal of any kind. Team USA missed the podium in this event for the first time in five iterations of the meet.
USA's Claire Donahue went out hard, 26.30 at the 50 to lead the field, but died on the way home to take fifth in 57.00. USA's Kathleen Hersey (57.35), Italy's Silvia Di Pietro (58.14) and Brazil's Daynara De Paula (59.64) wrapped up the other times in the finale.
Men's 50 breast
With Italy's Fabio Scozzoli scratching the rest of the meet after coming down with a particularly nasty fever this morning, Norway's Alex Hetland touched out Slovenia's Damir Dugonjic and France's Florent Manaudou in a three-dance for the title, 26.30 to 26.32 and 26.33. Hetland just missed his lifetime best of 26.19, while Dugonjic (26.24) and Manaudou (26.29) have also been faster in their careers.
“I just cannot believe it. Beforehand, I thought maybe I can get a medal. Ten years ago, it was my dream to reach the final in the European championships, and now I win gold in the world championships,” Hetland said. “This was what I was dreaming of when I was a kid. I always told my parents I wanted to become a gold medal winner.”
The win is Norway's first world title in meet history, and just the third medal of any kind. Manaudou's bronze gave France its first medal in this event in meet history.
Brazil's Joao Gomes Jr. (26.50), South Africa's Giulio Zorzi (26.64), Brazil's Felipe Lima (26.68), USA's Kevin Cordes (26.79) and Russia's Sergei Geibel (26.87) were the rest of the swimmers in the championship finale.
Women's 50 free
Belarus' Aliaksandra Herasimenia raced her way to victory in the event with a sterling time of 23.64, while Great Britain's Fran Halsall touched second in 23.87. Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen Gray touched out Germany's Britta Steffen, 24.00 to 24.04, for the last spot on the podium. Herasimenia trumped her lifetime best of 23.85 to jump to seventh all time in the event. Halsall already has a 23.44 to her credit, while Ottesen Gray clipped her personal record of 24.03 in the process.
“I do not have a good start, but I have a very good racing speed. I am the fastest,” Herasimenia said. “Like usual, I came to the arena, warmed-up a bit, listened to some music, talked to everyone around, had a good laugh and I was ready to compete.”
Herasimenia became her nation's first female gold medalist in meet history. Alexander Goukov is the only other winner for Belarus, having topped the men's 200 breast in 1997. Ottesen Gray's bronze gave her a fifth career medal in short course worlds history, joining Mette Jacobsen for the Danish record.
Australia's Marieke Guehrer (24.36), USA's Christine Magnuson (24.42), Russia's Svetlana Kniaginina (24.58) and Brazil's Flavia Cazziolato (24.83) placed fifth through eighth in the splash-and-dash.
Men's 200 fly
Out under world-record pace at the 100-meter mark, Japan's Kazuya Kineda held on to break the meet record with a winning time of 1:51.01. The performance undercut Moss Burmester's meet standard of 1:51.05 from 2008 in Manchester, which also happened to be Kineda's personal best as well. He now owns 10th all time by himself, ahead of Burmester's previous meet record.
Hungary's Laszlo Cseh took his third medal and second silver of the meet with a 1:51.66, off his ninth-ranked personal best of 1:50.87 from the 2011 European Short Course Championships. Russia's Nikolay Skvortsov picked up bronze in 1:52.33. Skvortsov, who has previously won gold and silver in this event, is only the second man to win all three in a career. James Hickman of Great Britain is the first. With the U.S. not winning a medal, it is the only event in which the U.S. men have never been on the podium.
Japans' Yuki Kobori (1:53.14), The Netherlands' Joeri Verlinden (1:53.49), USA's Bobby Bollier (1:53.85), Australia's Grant Irvine (1:54.11) and Poland's Michal Poprawa (1:54.20) also competed in the finale. Meanwhile, the heavy favorite Chad Le Clos of South Africa chose to scratch and was rumored to have attended the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in London. Le Clos, however, countered the rumor stating later that he tweaked his shoulder.
Men's 1500 free
Denmark's Mads Glaesner improved on his silver from 2010 in an exciting finale with a time of 14:30.01, while Italy's Gregorio Paltrinieri turned in a silver-winning 14:31.13. Faroe Islands' Pal Joensen rounded out the podium with a bronze-winning 14:36.93. Glaesner (14:26.74), Paltrinieri (14:27.78) and Joensen (14:32.15) have all been faster.
“I knew it was going to be painful and it was. I tried to stick to the Italian guy and it worked,” Glaesner said. “The (2012) Olympic Games were disappointing for [Denmark], so it's good we are doing so great here.”
Glaesner joined Jacob Carstensen as the only men from Denmark to win a title in this meet's history. Carstensen won the 400 free in 1997. Joensen, meanwhile, is the first medalist in short course worlds history for Faroe Islands.
Poland's Mateusz Sawrymowicz (14:38.29), Australia's Matt Levings (14:40.05), USA's Ryan Feeley (14:40.06), Japan's Yohei Takiguchi (14:40.16) and Australia's Jordan Harrison (14:43.62) picked up the rest of the top eight finishes.
Women's 200 free
USA's Allison Schmitt went out extremely fast, under world-record pace at the 100 with a 54.78, but wound up fading a bit. She still managed to capture the gold medal with a 1:53.59, even though she didn't get a chance to take down her American record of 1:52.08 from last October. The gold is Schmitt's third of the meet, but first individual. Schmitt finished as the only female to win three golds at this meet.
“I was just into racing and I can't complain about coming out with gold,” Schmitt said.
Hungary's Katinka Hosszu raced to silver in 1:54.31, claiming her fifth medal of the meet and second silver, while Spain's Melanie Costa Schmid placed third in 1:54.45 for bronze. Hosszu isthe first Hungarian swimmer to ever win five medals at this meet.
“It was pretty good, but I'm glad it is over,” Hosszu said. “I got pretty tired. I'm happy with my performance. It all went well.”
Australia's Angie Bainbridge (1:54.66), Russia's Veronika Popova (1:54.68), Japan's Haruka Ueda (1:55.05), Hungary's Zsuzsanna Jakabos (1:55.13) and New Zealand's Lauren Boyle (1:57.27) placed fourth through eighth in the finale.
Men's 400 medley relay
Team USA could not be stopped in the final event of the meet as Matt Grevers (50.00), Kevin Cordes (57.15), Tom Shields (48.66) and Ryan Lochte (45.22) ripped off a 3:21.03 for the victory. That gave Lochte a sixth gold medal this week and a record eighth medal overall as he put together an astonishing meet this week.
Lochte's six golds matches the record for most golds by Brooke Hanson of Australia in 2004 and Lochte in 2010. His eighth medal overall is a record, beating the seven set by Neil Walker of the U.S. in 2000 and Lochte in 2010.
Russia's Stanislav Donets (50.10), Viatcheslav Sinkevich (57.54), Nikolay Skvortsov (50.27) and Vlad Morozov (44.95) took second in 3:22.86, while Australia's Robert Hurley (50.44), Kenneth To (57.44), Grant Irvine (50.75) and Tommaso D'Orsogna (46.14) placed third in 3:24.77.
Brazil (3:25.73), China (3:27.44) and Japan (3:27.48) all finished their swims legally, while Hungary and Italy both drew disqualifications for early exchanges.
PRIZE MONEY BREAKDOWN
Ryan Lochte, easily the top swimmer of the meet with eight medals and six golds as well as a pair of world records, earned $53,750 during his time in Istanbul. Hungary's Katinka Hosszu, who picked up more than $150,000 as the Queen of the FINA World Cup tour this year, topped the women with $18,000 this week from two golds, two silvers and a bronze.
Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte ($13,000), Russia's Vlad Morozov ($10,750) and USA's Matt Grevers ($10,500) were the other five-figure winners as FINA awarded $430,000 in prize money this week. First place won $5,000, while second place earned $3,000 and third place pocketed $2,000 for $10,000 per finale.
Each national federation decides the relay split, but for simplicity sake Swimming World listed the money earned as those in finals. Meanwhile, $15,000 is awarded for each world record performance with two checks being cut to Lochte. Due to NCAA eligibility issues, we are only reporting what has been earned, and not what has been accepted.
|Gender||Name||Country||1st||1st $||2nd||2nd $||3rd||3rd $||Total|
|Female||Rikke Moeller Pedersen||DEN||1.25||$6,250||0||$0||1||$2,000||$8,250|
|Male||Chad Le Clos||RSA||1||$5,000||1||$3,000||0||$0||$8,000|
|Female||Melanie Costa Schmid||ESP||1||$5,000||0||$0||1||$2,000||$7,000|
|Female||Jeanette Ottesen Gray||DEN||0.25||$1,250||0||$0||2.25||$4,500||$5,750|
|Female||Duane Da Rocha||ESP||0||$0||0||$0||1||$2,000||$2,000|