PHOENIX, Arizona, July 11. THE second day of competition at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, wasn't as electrifying as the first day, but still had plenty of highlights. We had a tie for gold in the men's 50 butterfly between Andrey Govorov and Yauhen Tsurkin, with both hitting the wall in 23.28. And in a close battle for gold in the 100 back, Japan's Yuki Shirai took the win by six hundredths of a second over Ben Treffers, with American Jacob Pebley winning the bronze medal.
Japan also celebrated a bittersweet victory in the men's 100 breast, with Yasuhiro Koseki claiming gold in 1:00.00, as close as you can get to breaking the 1:00 barrier without breaking it. He came back from third at the turn to beat Mike Alexandrov, who was second with a 1:00.30. Alexandrov has never broken a minute in this event, hovering in the low- to mid-1:00 for the past four years.
Tomorrow's final of the women's 100 free should be interesting. Aliaksandra Herasimenia, the reigning co-world champion, will be in the final, as will Megan Romano, who had a great relay swim last night. Another event that should be exciting is the women's 100 breast, where Olympian Yulia Efimova will use the race as prep for the upcoming world championships.
The United States managed to secure their first medals in diving at the world championships, with Meghan Houston and Laura Ryan taking bronze in the synchronized 3-meter event. Naturally, it was China that won the gold medal in the event, followed by Australia. There's one more day of diving left, and it will feature the women's synchro platform and men's synchro 3-meter events.
It won't be live every day, but NBC and Universal Sports will bring American audiences coverage of the world championships each day beginning July 20. Swimming will be broadcast live on five of the eight days on Universal Sports, while the other three days will be on tape delay on NBC. Universal Sports will carry live many of the other sports, including the new high diving event as well as many of the water polo matches. Go to our USA channel on swimmingworld.com to see the complete schedule and times.