2015 FINA World Championships, Swimming: Day 5 Prelims Live Recap

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Women’s 100 free

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom and Australia’s Cate Campbell tied for the top seed in the women’s 100-meter free prelims at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

Sjostrom and Campbell both hit the wall in 53.22s.  Campbell is tied with Femke Heemskerk for the top-ranked times in the world as they share 52.69s.  Sjostrom is a close third with a 52.97 – the only other sub-53 of the year.

Australia’s Bronte Campbell qualified third today in 53.50, off her fourth-ranked 53.04 from this year as well.

The Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo (53.85) and Heemskerk (53.89) qualified fourth and fifth, while China’s Shen Duo posted a sixth-seeded 53.93.

USA’s Simone Manuel rounded out the sub-54s with a seventh-seeded time of 53.99.

France’s Charlotte Bonnet (54.01), Sweden’s Michelle Coleman (54.10), USA’s Missy Franklin (54.22) and Japan’s Miki Uchida (54.22) are among the top 11 to make the semis.

China’s Zhu Menghui (54.41), Canada’s Chantal Van Landeghem (54.54), Russia’s Natalia Lovtcova (54.68) and Denmark’s Pernille Blume (54.72) rounded out the top 15.

Russia’s Veronika Popova and Belarus’ Aliaksandra Herasimenia set up a 16th-place swimoff with matching 54.90s.

Men’s 200 back

Australia’s Mitch Larkin clinched the top seed in the men’s 200-meter back prelims at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

Larkin clocked the only 1:55 of the day with a 1:55.88. That’s a bit off his second-ranked time fo 1:55.52.

Japan’s Ryosuke Irie, the top-ranked swimmer in the world with a 1:54.62 from January, qualified second in the event with a 1:56.68.

USA’s Ryan Murphy, a definite rising star for the American, qualified third in 1:56.71 to move just outside the top 10 in the world rankings.

Russia’s Evgeny Rylov (1:56.78), China’s Xu Jiayu (1:56.90) and USA’s Tyler Clary (1:56.92) also posted 1:56s to rounded out the top six.

Germany’s Christian Diener (1:57.42), Australia’s Josh Beavers (1:57.62), Japan’s Masaki Kaneko (1:57.63), Brazil’s Leonardo De Deus (1:57.73) and Russia’s Grigory Tarasevich (1:57.77) qualified seventh through 11th in the 1:57 range.

China’s Li Guangyuan (1:58.02), Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki (1:58.09), New Zealand’s Corey Main (1:58.22), Italy’s Luca Mencarini (1:58.31) and Hungary’s Gabor Balog (1:58.55) also earned spots in the semifinal heats.

Women’s 200 breast

Japan’s Kanako Watanabe turned in the top seed in the women’s 200-meter breast prelims at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

Watanabe, the top-ranked swimmer in the world with a 2:20.90 from Japanese Nationals, cruised to the top seed in a time of 2:23.29.

The most stunning storyline, however, proved to be Russian favorite Yuliya Efimova, the 2013 gold medal winner, missing semis completely with a 17th-place time of 2:26.11.

Efimova, who won the 100 breast already this week, touched four seconds back of her fifth-seeded season best of 2:22.12 from Russian Nationals. She is one of a few swimmers who have played with fire in not putting up a fast enough swim in prelims to lock down a semifinal berth.

USA’s Micah Lawrence qualified second in 2:23.32 to move to eighth in the world rankings.  Iceland’s Hilda Luthersdottir earned the third seed in 2:23.54.

Belgium’s Fanny Lecluyse (2:23.77), Turkey’s Viktoria Gunes (2:23.81), Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen (2:23.90), Spain’s Jessica Vall (2:23.97) and Russia’s Vitalina Simonova (2:23.99) also cleared 2:24 to round out the top eight.

Australia’s Taylor McKeown (2:24.02), China’s Shi Jinglin (2:24.09), Canada’s Kierra Smith (2:24.12), Australia’s Tessa Wallace (2:24.88), Spain’s Marina Garcia (2:25.32), Germany’s Vanessa Grimberg (2:25.74), Japan’s Rie Kaneto (2:25.75) and Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen (2:25.91) closed out the rest of the semifinal heats.

USA’s Breeja Larson joined Efimova outside the top 16 with a 19th-place 2:26.38.

Men’s 200 breast

Marco Koch led a handful of swimmers under 2:10 in the men’s 200-meter breast prelims at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

Koch clocked a top time of 2:09.12, just a bit off his third-ranked time of 2:08.57.

In a truly shocking occurrence, following in line with Yuliya Efimova missing the women’s 200-meter breast semis, Great Britain’s Adam Peaty finished 26th overall in 2:13.24.  He entered the day ranked second in the world with a 2:08.34 and was unable to summon that type of speed this morning.

Great Britain’s Andrew Willis claimed the second seed in 2:09.35, just off his fifth-ranked 2:08.59, while China’s Mao Feilian picked up third in 2:09.56.

Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Balandin qualified fourth in 2:09.75, while three-time defending champion Daniel Gyurta made his way into semis with a 2:09.81.

Finland’s Matti Mattsson (2:09.89), USA’s Kevin Cordes (2:09.94) and Russia’s Anton Chupkov (2:09.97) also broke 2:10 to make the top eight.

Russia’s Ilya Khomenko (2:10.13), Iceland’s Anton McKee (2:10.21), Sweden’s Erik Persson (2:10.51), USA’s Nic Fink (2:10.43), Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki (2:10.47), Germany’s Christian Vom Lehn (2:10.71), Italy’s Luca Pizzini (2:11.00) and Lithuania’s Giedrius Titenis (2:11.11) rounded out the semifinal heats.

Cameron van der Burgh (21st/2:12.37) and Glenn Snyders (23rd/2:12.71) were among other big names like Peaty to miss semis.

Women’s 800 free relay

Federica Pellegrini led Italy to the top seed in the women’s 800-meter free relay at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

Pellegrini posted a 1:56.60 anchor as Alice Mizzau (1:58.78), Erica Musso (1:58.05), Chiara Masini Luccetti (1:59.08) and Pellegrini posted a 7:52.51 for the top seed heading into finals.

USA’s Leah Smith (1:57.52), Cierra Runge (1:58.65), Chelsea Chenault (1:58.04) and Shannon Vreeland (1:58.40) qualified second in 7:52.61.

Australia’s Bronte Barratt (1:57.67), Jessica Ashwood (1:58.98), Leah Neale (1:57.69) and Emma McKeon (1:58.32) snared third for the Aussies in 7:52.66.

Sarah Sjostrom blasted the anchor leg for Sweden with a 1:55.69.  Louise Hansson (1:58.45), Michelle Coleman (1:58.18), Stina Gardell (2:01.25) and Sjostrom grabbed fourth in 7:53.57.

China (7:54.31), Japan (7:54.58), Great Britain (7:54.99) and France (7:55.08) also made finals, while Russia continued its tough morning of qualifying by missing finals with a ninth-place 7:55.19.

2015 FINA World Championships, Swimming: Day 5 Prelims – Results


  • Women’s 100 free
  • Men’s 200 back
  • Women’s 200 breast
  • Men’s 200 breast
  • Women’s 800 free relay