2015 FINA World Cup Dubai: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

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Everything you need to follow along with finals live during the 2015 2015 FINA World Cup Dubai. Hit refresh for the latest coverage.

Men’s 100 free

France’s Jeremy Stravius opened up the night with a winning time of 48.34 in the 100 free. That swim vaulted him to 13th in the world rankings.

South Africa’s Chad le Clos, already ranked sixth in the world with a 48.16 from the Moscow stop, took second tonight in 48.38 in a close race.

Serbia’s Velimir Stjepanovic clinched the final paycheck with a third-place time of 48.86.

France’s Yannick Agnel (49.33), Italy’s Luca Leonardi (49.53), Argentina’s Federico Grabich (49.58), South Africa’s Doug Erasmus (49.78) and South Africa’s Caydon Muller (49.78) rounded out the heat.

Women’s 200 free

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu turned up the heat in the 200 free with a 1:55.41 for the win.  That swim beat her previous season best, a Hungarian record of 1:55.81 from the Hong Kong stop as she leapfrogged Missy Franklin’s 1:55.49 into fifth in the world this year.

Italy’s Federica Pellegrini, ranked third in the world with a 1:55.00 from the French Open, took second tonight in 1:57.42, while Great Britain’s Jaz Carlin earned third in 1:58.45.

New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle (1:59.24), Italy’s Chiara Masini Luccetti (2:00.57), Germany’s Sarah Kohler (2:00.80), Italy’s Diletta Carli (2:01.82) and Austria’s Lisa Zaiser (2:02.89) placed fourth through eighth.

Men’s 50 breast

In a true heavyweight matchup, South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh looked at home as a veteran of the FINA World Cup as he blitzed the sprint breaststroke field including world-record holder Adam Peaty.

Van der Burgh won the event in 26.77, not far off his second-ranked 26.62 from Worlds.  That time is just outside the top 10 swims of all time in the event, primarily dominated by both Peaty and van der Burgh.

Peaty, meanwhile, wound up taking second overall in 27.16 with South Africa’s Giulio Zorzi claiming third in 27.45.

Panama’s Edgar Crespo took fourth in 27.49 with Uzbekistan’s Vlad Mustafin placing fifth in 27.85.

Paraguay’s Renato Prono (27.94), USA’s Kevin Cordes (28.02) and USA’s Michael Andrew (28.57) also swam in the finale.

Women’s 100 breast

Alia Atkinson broke her Jamaican record in the women’s 100 breast with a sizzler against a loaded field at the 2015 FINA World Cup Dubai.

Atkinson threw down a 1:05.93 for the win, breaking her previous mark of 1:06.21 from the World Championships in Kazan.  That swim had ranked fourth in the world this year, and tonight’s effort still left her in fourth overall.

World Rankings 100 Breast

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USA’s Molly Hannis hit the wall second in 1:06.60 to jump into seventh in the world, while Turkey’s Viktoria Zeynep Gunes wound up third in 1:06.96 to finish just off her 12th-ranked 1:06.77 from an amazing World Junior Championships.

Australia’s Leiston Pickett (1:07.81), Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen (1:08.03), Japan’s Rie Kaneto (1:08.14), Japan’s Runa Imai (1:08.16) and South Africa’s Kaylene Corbett (1:10.20) closed out the heat.

Women’s 100 fly

USA’s Felicia Lee powered her way to another first-place paycheck as she won the 100 fly tonight.

Lee stopped the clock in a time of 58.57 for the win, while Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos finished second overall in 58.75.  USA’s Cassidy Bayer wound up third in 59.09.

Switzerland’s Svenja Stoffel (59.43), Great Britain’s Jemma Lowe (59.56), Switzerland’s Sasha Touretski (59.62), Switzerland’s Maria Ugolkova (1:00.43) and Switzerland’s Danielle Villars (1:00.57) also competed in the championship heat.

Men’s 100 back

Australia’s Mitch Larkin stunned the crowd with a world-best time in the men’s 100-meter back at the 2015 FINA World Cup Dubai.

Larkin uncorked a blistering time of 52.11 to break his Australian and Commonwealth record of 52.26 set at the Doha stop earlier this week.  That time also cleared Ryan Murphy’s 52.18 from the World Championships in Kazan as the top ranked effort in the world this year.

Larkin’s time tied him for third all time in the event’s history as well as he just missed the world record and textile bests in the event.

All Time 100 Back

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Larkin had some company as USA’s David Plummer also put up a sizzler with a second-place 52.51 to vault to fourth in the world rankings this year.

Japan’s Masaki Kaneko took third this evening in 54.37, while Australia’s Ashley Delaney finished outside the money with a fourth-place 54.69.

USA’s Michael Andrew (55.12), Romania’s Robert Glinta (55.36), USA’s Michael Reilman (55.98) and Japan’s Keita Sunama (56.36) finished fifth through eighth.

Women’s 50 back

Australia’s Emily Seebohm picked up a victory in the sprint backstroke against Katinka Hosszu.

Seebohm put up a time of 27.57 for the win, just off her third-ranked 27.47 from the Australian Nationals.

Hosszu took home silver in a time of 27.99, breaking another Hungarian record.  She set the previous mark with a 28.16 at the Bergen Swim Festival earlier this year.

USA’s Felicia Lee collected another medal with a third-place time of 28.32.

Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina (28.42), Great Britain’s Harriet Cooper (28.43), Japan’s Emi Moronuki (28.74), France’s Pauline Mahieu (29.58) and Argentina’s Andrea Berrino (30.01) placed fourth through eighth.

Men’s 200 fly

Denmark’s Viktor Bromer won the men’s 200 fly in a close battle with South Africa’s Chad le Clos.

Bromer won in 1:55.98, well off his seventh-ranked season best of 1:54.47 from Worlds.  Le Clos, meanwhile, checked in with a 1:56.03 for second as he did not come close to replicating his top-end speed of 1:53.68 from Worlds that ranks his third this year.

Singapore’s Zheng Wen Quah picked up third overall in 1:56.26, while Hungary’s Bence Biczo took fourth in 1:56.43.

Australia’s Christopher Wright (1:58.18), Switzerland’s Nils Liess (1:58.83), South Africa’s Michael Meyer (1:59.92) and New Zealand’s Isaac Foote (2:00.27) comprised the rest of the heat.

Women’s 200 IM

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu earned another medal, this time gold in the 200 IM with a clear victory in the event.

Hosszu put up a 2:08.61 for the win.  She wasn’t near her amazing world record time of 2:06.12 from Worlds earlier this summer, but she had plenty in the tank for the win.

USA’s Caitlin Leverenz threw down a 2:10.35 for second to better her eighth-ranked season best of 2:10.51 from the Pan American Games.  But, it wasn’t enough to move past Melanie Margalis’ seventh-ranked 2:10.26 from Sectionals in Georgia.

Japan’s Sakiko Shimizu placed third in 2:10.76 to move to 10th in the world rankings in what proved to be a strong top three.

Great Britain’s Aimee Willmott (2:12.65), Uzbekistan’s Ranokhon Amanova (2:12.93), USA’s Meghan Small (2:13.47), Austria’s Lisa Zaiser (2:14.44) and Argentina’s Virginia Bardach (2:15.93) placed fourth through eighth.

Men’s 400 free

Great Britain’s James Guy, the third-ranked 400 freestyler in the world with a 3:43.75 from Worlds, topped the middle distance event in Dubai.

Guy won this evening in 3:46.91, while Serbia’s Velimir Stjepanovic picked up a silver in a time of 3:47.75.

Great Britain’s Stephen Milne closed out a GBR 1-3 with a third-place 3:48.61.

Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk (3:48.83), Czech’s Jan Micka (3:49.22), Ukraine’s Sergii Frolov (3:51.45), Hungary’s Gergo Kis (3:52.24) and Austria’s David Brandl (4:00.81) also put up times in the finale.

Women’s 50 free

Australia’s Melanie Wright put up a 24.72 to win the women’s splash-and-dash.  That time fell short of her 12th-ranked season best of 24.63 from the Australian Nationals.

USA’s Marta Ciesla raced her way to silver in a 25.31 with Czech’s Anna Kolarova earning third in 25.35.

Russia’s Elizaveta Bazarova (25.36), Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos (25.37), Great Britain’s Harriet Cooper (25.66), Luxembourg’s Julie Meynen (25.70) and Switzerland’s Sasha Touretski (26.13) also competed in the championship.

Men’s 200 breast

Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta clinched the men’s 200-meter breaststroke title with a time of 2:10.43. He’s been much faster this year with a fourth-ranked 2:08.10 from Worlds, but he didn’t need that speed for the first-place paycheck tonight.

Great Britain’s Craig Benson took second in 2:11.34 with USA’s Kevin Cordes claiming third overall in 2:11.51.

Great Britain’s Ross Murdoch (2:12.26), Luxembourg’s Laurent Carnol (2:14.47), Great Britain’s Adam Peaty (2:14.67), South Africa’s Ayrton Sweeney (2:15.09) and Slovakia’s Tomas Klobucnik (2:17.01) finished fourth through eighth.

Women’s 200 back

Australia’s Emily Seebohm turned in another backstroke blast as she won the 200 back in a time of 2:06.94.  That’s just a second back of her top-ranked 2:05.81 from the World Championships.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu collected more World Cup points with a second-place time of 2:07.13, while Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina touched third in 2:11.07.

Germany’s Jenny Mensing (2:11.50), Canada’s Mackenzie Glover (2:12.62), Great Britain’s Rosie Rudin (2:12.70), USA’s Erin Earley (2:13.73) and Austria’s Jordis Steinegger (2:15.81) rounded out the heat.

Men’s 50 fly

South Africa’s Chad le Clos picked up the gold medal in the men’s sprint fly after a pair of silvers earlier in the night.

Le Clos clocked a top time of 23.31 for the win, just off his eighth-ranked season best of 23.23 from the Chartres stop of the World Cup.

USA’s Giles Smith took second in 23.67 with Serbia’s Ivan Lender taking third in 23.74.

Russia’s Nikolay Skvortsov (23.87), Japan’s Takuro Fujii (23.87), USA’s Michael Andrew (23.97), Argentina’s Santiago Grassi (24.31) and South Africa’s Johannes Du Rand (24.37) claimed fourth through eighth.

Women’s 800 free

New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle cruised her way to victory in the distance event for the day.

Boyle clocked an 8:25.96 for gold-medal money, while Great Britain’s Jaz Carlin took second in 8:30.79.

Germany’s Sarah Kohler collected the third-place paycheck with an 8:35.16.

Italy’s Aurora Ponsele (8:35.97), Italy’s Diletta Carli (8:39.06), Italy’s Erica Musso (8:40.96), USA’s Courtney Harnish (8:43.03) and Liechtenstein’s Julia Hassler (8:50.51) closed out the rest of the top eight in the timed final event.

Men’s 400 IM

Hungary’s David Verraszto snared the final gold medal of the night with a 4:16.71 in the distance medley.

Japan’s Keita Sunama took second in 4:17.58 with South Africa’s Michael Meyer earning third in 4:18.58.

USA’s Sean Grieshop (4:18.95), South Africa’s Ayrton Sweeney (4:31.89), South Africa’s Joshua Dannhauser (4:33.40), South Africa’s Jordan Le Clos (4:36.28) and Syria’s Ayman Kelzi (4:36.62) also made the top eight in the timed final.


  • Men’s 100 free
  • Women’s 200 free
  • Men’s 50 breast
  • Women’s 100 breast
  • Women’s 100 fly
  • Men’s 100 back
  • Women’s 50 back
  • Men’s 200 fly
  • Women’s 200 IM
  • Men’s 400 free
  • Women’s 50 free
  • Men’s 200 breast
  • Women’s 200 back
  • Men’s 50 fly
  • Women’s 800 free
  • Men’s 400 IM
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