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NANJING, China, August 18. PRELIMS are underway on day three of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, with seven events on the schedule for the morning session. Prelims begin at 10 a.m. local time. Hit refresh for the latest coverage.
- Women’s 50 Fly
- Men’s 50 Back
- Women’s 100 Breast
- Men’s 50 Free
- Women’s 200 Back
- Men’s 400 Free Relay
- Women’s 800 Free
Women’s 50 Fly
Svenja Stoffel of Switzerland topped this morning’s heats with a 26.93, just .05 ahead of Russian Rozaliya Nasretdinova (26.98). Lucie Svecena of the Czech Republic and Nastja Govejsek of Slovenia posted matching 27.09s for the third seed. Maaike de Waard of The Netherlands (27.10), Liliana Szilagy of Hungary (27.11) and Brianna Throssell of Australia (27.14) qualified in the fifth through seventh spots. Elise Naess Olsen of Norway and Barbora Misendova of Slovakia are tied at eighth with 27.29s.
Lena Kreundl (27.34), Giovanna Tomanik Diamante (27.53), Nur Marina Shi Min Chan (27.54), Kim Busch (27.61), Danika Huizinga (27.90), Dorian Maria Grayce McMenemy Taylor (28.06) and Nida Eliz Ustundag (28.09) made up the remaining semi-finalists.
Men’s 50 Back
Romania’s Robert Andrei Glinta posted the fastest time in the men’s 50 back this morning, touching first in 25.63. Russia’s Evgeny Rylov followed closely in 25.66, with Italy’s Simone Sabbioni in third at 25.90. Greece’s Apostolos Christou will be the fourth seed in semis at 25.96, while Latvia’s Janis Saltans came in at 26.03 for fifth. Vitor Nascimento of Brazil touched sixth in 26.13, while Russia’s Filipp Shopin (26.20) and The Netherlands’ Laurent Bams (26.21) qualified seventh and eighth.
Venezuela’s Robinson Molina (26.22), Germany’s Marek Ulrich (26.28), Estonia’s Karl Johann Luht (26.46), Ukraine’s Andrii Khloptsov (26.53), Norway’s Armin Porobic (26.60), South Africa’s Christopher Patrick Reid (26.71), Sweden’s Petter Fredriksson (26.72) and Vietnam’s Khoi Tran Duy (26.73) will also race in the semi-finals.
Women’s 100 Breast
Ukraine’s Anastasia Malyavina topped the women’s 100 breast prelims in 1:08.91, just .06 in front of Lithuanian Olympic champion and world record-holder Ruta Meilutyte (1:08.97). Finland’s Silja Kansakoski qualified third for the semi-finals with a time of 1:09.23, while China’s He Yun came in fourth at 1:09.51. Great Britain’s Georgina Evans will be the fifth seed after touching in 1:09.59, just ahead of Hungary’s Anna Sztankovics (1:09.68). Germany’s Julia Willers (1:10.16) and Hungary’s Dalma Sebestyen (1:10.44) also finished in the top eight.
Switzerland’s Lisa Mamie also swam a 1:10.44 to tie for eighth, while Poland’s Dominika Anna Sztandera came in 10th at 1:10.73. Belarus’ Alina Zmushka (1:10.81), Korea’s Yang Jiwon (1:10.96), Sweden’s Sophie Hansson (1:11.32), South Africa’s Justine Ann MacFarlane (1:11.37), Canada’s Kelsey Wog (1:11.67) and Singapore’s Samantha Yeo (1:11.98) will also compete for a spot in the final.
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Men’s 50 Free
The semi-final heats of the men’s 50 free will feature a tightly bunched field, with Brazil’s Matheus Paulo de Santana leading the way in 22.55. He finished a tenth ahead of Trinidad & Tobago’s Dylan Carter, who posted a 22.65 for the second seed. China’s Yu Hexin will be the third seed after putting up a 22.79, while Italy’s Alessandro Bori qualified fourth at 22.93. Poland’s Jan Krzysztof Holub also broke 23 with a 22.98, as did Great Britain’s Miles Munro (22.99). Munro’s teammate, Duncan Scott, and Zimbabwe’s Chad Idensohn qualified seventh and eighth in times of 23.08 and 23.12, respectively.
Greece’s Fotios Mylonas (23.14), Germany’s Damian Wierling (23.19), Latvia’s Janis Saltans (23.22), Sweden’s Isak Eliasson (23.37), Australia’s Kyle Chalmers (23.38), Slovakia’s Tomas Puchly (23.42), Canada’s Javier Acevedo (23.49) and Romania’s Robert Andre Glinta (23.56) will also compete in the two semi-final heats.
Women’s 200 Back
American Hannah Moore led all qualifiers in the women’s 200 back this morning, posting a 2:11.02 to lead the field by a sizable amount. Australian Amy Forrester qualified second at 2:12.85, followed by Italian Ambra Esposito in 2:13.00. Russia’s Irina Prikhodko (2:14.16), Spain’s Africa Zamorano Sanz (2:14.47), Canada’s Mackenzie Glover (2:14.74) and Danielle Hanus (2:15.38) and Greece’s Eleni Anna Koutsouveli (2:15.46) will also race for gold in the final.
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Men’s 400 Free Relay
The final of the men’s 400 free relay is shaping up to be a great battle, as three countries finished within less than half a second of each other in prelims. Russia’s Filipp Shopin, Aleksandr Sadovnikov, Anton Chupkov and Evgeny Rylov led the way in 3:24.95, only three one-hundredths ahead of Italy’s Alessandro Bori, Nicolangelo di Fabio, Giacomo Carini and Simone Sabbioni (3:24.98). Germany, represented by Marek Ulrich, Damian Wierling, Alexander Kunert and Maximilian Pilger, qualified third in 3:25.33. Great Britain (3:26.37), Spain (3:27.61), Australia (3:28.25), South Africa (3:29.24) and the United States (3:29.80) rounded out the remaining top eight qualifiers for the championship final.
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24.23, 50.67 (1:41.25)
24.18, 51.05 (2:32.30)
25.03, 52.65 (3:24.95)
Women’s 800 Free
The first three heats of the women’s 800 free were held this morning, with Simona Quadarella of Italy leading the way in 8:35.39. Joanna Evans of the Bahamas recorded the second-best time of the day at 8:39.75, followed by Mexico’s Natalia Jaspeado Becerra in 8:49.76. The fastest heat will swim in the finals session, where Spain’s Jimena Perez Blanco is the top seed at 8:42.06. She’ll need a great swim to overtake the top time posted by Quadarella this morning.
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