World University Games: Yana Klochkova Excels During Fourth Night of Swimming

BANGKOK, Thailand, August 12. UKRAINE's Yana Klochkova put on a show in the women's 400 IM to highlight the fourth night of swimming at the World University Games.

Men's 400 freestyle
Romania's Dragos Coman went out fast enough to be able to hold off a late surge by the United States' Michael Klueh when Coman touched in a Games-record time of 3:48.29. Klueh wrapped up second place in 3:49.10.

Coman pushed his lead out to nearly four seconds at the 300-meter mark, 2:49.89 to 2:53.31, but Klueh made a mad dash to get back into it with splits of 28.87 and 26.92 in the final two 50s.

Russia's Yury Prilukov closed out the top three in 3:49.19.

Women's 400 IM
Ukraine's Yana Klochkova cut two seconds off her previous season-best with a Games-record time of 4:37.50. That moved her into third in the world this year and all-time behind only Katie Hoff (4:32.89) and Alessia Filippi (4:37.03).

Meanwhile, the United States' Kaitlin Sandeno grabbed second in 4:41.57, while China's Zhang Xin placed third in 4:42.49.

Men's 100 butterfly
Canada's Darryl Rudolf put together a strong overall race to win in 52.89. Japan's Takashi Tomiyama finished second in 52.97, while Ukraine's Sergiy Breus took third in 53.01.

While Rudolf did not own the fastest split going out or coming home, he had the most consistent with times of 24.84 and 28.05. Breus went out the quickest with a 24.34 split, while fifth-place Corney Swanepoel of New Zealand recorded the quickest back half with a 27.78 en route to a 53.14.

Women's 100 backstroke
Japan's Aya Terakawa surfaced from a competitive top three in the women's 100 back. She clocked a winning time of 1:01.50, while Ukraine's Kateryna Zubkova finished second in 1:01.67. China's Chen Yanyan wound up third in 1:01.89.

Notably, Brooke Bishop stopped the clock fourth in 1:02.11 for the United States.

Men's 100 backstroke
Germany's Helge Meeuw touched out Austria's Markus Rogan, 54.21 to 54.27, to claim the men's 100 back title. However, Meeuw set the Universiade record with a time of 54.06 during prelims to move into ninth in the world this year.

The United States' Nicholas Thoman completed the top three with a time of 54.62.

Women's 200 freestyle
Italy's Federica Pellegrini captured the women's 200 free title with a readout of 1:57.67. While the time now stands as a Games record, it still remains a bit off Pellegrini's top time this year of 1:56.47, which is the fourth-best in the world.

Slovenia's Sara Isakovic touched just behind Pellegrini with a second-place 1:58.19, while the United States' Kate Dwelley finished third in 1:59.35. Additionally, Erin Reilly turned in a fifth-place 2:00.03 for the United States.

Men's 800 freestyle relay
The United States' squad of Matt McGinnis (1:49.14), Adam Ritter (1:47.44), Doug Van Wie (1:48.46) and Michael Klueh (1:48.68) set a Universiade record with a time of 7:13.72.

Russia's foursome of Evgeniy Lagunov, Sergey Perunin, Nikita Lobintsev and Yury Prilukov finished second in 7:16.20, while Italy's team of Andrea Busato, Michele Cosentino, Andrea Giavi and Nicola Cassio took third in 7:17.93.

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