2016 FINA Short Course World Championships: Day 4 Finals Recap

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Day four finals of the 2016 FINA Short Course World Championships have come to a conclusion, but not without posting some exciting results! The men of the Russian Federation delivered powerful anchor legs to claim gold in both relays, while Jesse Puts of the Netherlands posted a surprise top showing in the men’s 50 freestyle.

Read below to learn all about the results of day four finals!

Heat Sheets

Final Results


  • Men’s 4×50 Freestyle Relay FINAL
  • Women’s 50 Butterfly FINAL
  • Men’s 100 Individual Medley FINAL
  • Women’s Individual Medley FINAL
  • Men’s 50 Butterfly Semi-Finals
  • Women’s 400 Freestyle FINAL
  • Men’s 50 Freestyle FINAL
  • Women’s 50 Backstroke Semi-Finals
  • Men’s 50 Backstroke FINAL
  • Women’s 100 Breaststroke Semi-Finals
  • Men’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay

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Men’s 4×50 Freestyle Relay:

It was close to anyone’s race as the anchors for the men’s 200 free relay dove in, but a strong anchor leg from Vladimir Morozov powered the Russian Federation to victory. The group of Aleksei Brianskii (21.70), Nikita Lobintsev (21.06), Aleksandr Popkov (20.85), and Morozov (20.71) posted a combined time of 1:24.32 for the gold.

The USA took a close silver with a combined time of 1:24.47. The relay team consisted of Paul Powers (21.73), Blake Pieroni (21.14), Michael Chadwick (21.02), and Tom Shields (20.58).

Japan’s Kosuke Matsui (21.81), Kenta Ito (20.96), Shinri Shioura (20.60), and Junya Koga (21.14) finished third overall with a time of 1:24.51.

France picked up a fourth place finish with a time of 1:24.69, followed by the Netherlands’ 1:25.22.

South Africa (1:25.61), Belarus (1:26.52), and China (1:26.76) completed the heat.

Women’s 50 Fly:

Jeanette Ottesen of Denmark finally grabbed her elusive gold medal after finishing silver in the women’s 50 fly for several World Championships. Ottesen powered ahead of the USA’s Kelsi Worrell in the final fifteen meters to touch first in a 24.92 and be the only athlete beneath the 25-second mark in finals.

Worrell settled for the silver and a final time of 25.27, just off the American record of 24.94 she uncorked in prelims of the event.

Japan’s Rikako Ikee picked up the bronze medal with a final time of 25.32, while France’s Melanie Henique finished fourth overall with a close 25.33.

Silvia di Pietro of Italy touched fifth with a time of 25.35, followed by Canada’s Katerine Savard’s 25.51.

Denmark’s Emilie Beckmann and the Netherlands’ Maaike de Waard finished seventh and eighth respectively with times of 25.54 and 25.66.

Men’s 100 IM:

It was a tight race to the finish, but the USA’s Michael Andrew arrived ready to race for the finals of the men’s 100 individual medley. Andrew jumped to an early, turning first at the 50-meter mark before topping the competition with a time of 51.84. Andrew’s time was the only sub-52 second swim of the night.

The Japanese duo of Daiya Seto and Shinri Shioura completed the podium with silver and bronze finishes. Both swimmers moved up in the second 50-meters as they turned fifth and sixth respectively after the backstroke leg. Seto finished second with a 52.01, while Shioura was third with a 52.17.

China’s Wang Shun picked up a close fourth with a final time of 52.21, while Germany’s Philip Heintz finished fifth with  a52.78.

World record holder Vladimir Morozov of Russia faded to sixth after a strong anchor leg in the men’s 200 free relay. Morozov tied with Sweden’s Simon Sjodin for sixth with matching times of 52.83.

Kyle Stolk of the Netherlands was eighth with a time of 53.31.

Women’s 100 IM:

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary added the 100 individual medley gold medal to her collection with a strong showing in finals. Hosszu was not without competition, however, as Australia’s Emily Seebohm and Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson hung close by, working their respective specialty strokes.

Hosszu managed to pull away from Seebohm in the breaststroke leg to finish first with a time of 57.24, leaving it a competition for the remaining spots on the podium. Meanwhile Atkinson used the breaststroke leg to close the distance on Seebohm, closing the gap to a difference of .07 seconds.

Seebohm took second overall with a 57.97 over Atkinson’s 58.04.

Marrit Steenburgen of the Netherlands finished fourth overall with a time of 58.81, while Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen was fifth with a 59.00.

Austria’s Lena Kreundl (59.67), Norway’s Susann Bjornsen (59.89), and the USA’s Ella Eastin (59.97) completed the top eight.

Men’s 50 Fly Semi-Finals:

Tom Shields of the USA and Chad le Clos of South Africa have set themselves up for yet another sprint butterfly showdown as the two posted the top two times in semi-finals of the men’s 50 butterfly.

Shields returns tomorrow night as the top qualifier with a time of 22.38 from semi-final two, while le Clos takes the second place seed with a 22.41 from semi-final one.

Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago picked up the third place seed with a 22.53, while fourth went to Australia’s David Morgan and his time of 22.62.

Russia’s Aleksandr Popkov delivered a fifth place qualifying time of 22.69, just ahead Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov’s 22.70.

Takeshi Kawamoto of Japan and Albert Subirats of Venezuela posted times of 22.74 and 22.76 to return as seventh and eighth respectively.

Women’s 400 Free:

Leah Smith of the USA powered to her second gold medal finish in the women’s 400 free, holding off a charging Veronika Popova throughout the entirety of the race. Smith stopped the clock at a final time of 3:57.78, while Popova of Russia finished second overall with a 3:58.90.

Japan’s Chihiro Igarashi and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu kept pace with each other throughout most of the race as the two battled for the bronze medal. Igarashi had more gas in the tank as she pushed forward to the wall to stop the clock at a final time of 3:59.41 over Hosszu’s 3:59.89.

Zhang Yuhan of China claimed fifth overall with a time of 4:02.61, just ahead of Australia’s Ariarne Titmus’ 4:02.70.

The Netherlands’ Sharon van Rouwendaal finished seventh overall with a 4:03.69, while Japan’s Ayo Takano was eighth with a time of 4:05.95.

Men’s 50 Free:

Going into the men’s 50 free final all eyes were on top seeds Vladimir Morozov of Russia and Simonas Bilis of Lithuania, but it was Jesse Puts of the Netherlands who stole the show! Puts splashed and dashed his way to victory from lane seven, stopping the clock at a 21.10.

Morozov finished a close second with a time of 21.14, while Bilis settled for the bronze medal and a time of 21.23.

France’s Clement Mignon took fourth overall with a time of 21.28, just ahead of Finland’s Ari-Pekka Liukkonen’s 21.29.

Italy’s Luca Dotto (21.39), the USA’s Paul Powers (21.43), and Russia’s Alrksei Brianskii (21.46) rounded out the top eight.

Women’s 50 Back Semi-Finals:

Etiene Medeiros of Brazil  delivered the top time in semi-finals of the women’s 50 backstroke to return for tomorrow night’s final in lane four. Medeiros, the world record holder in this event, posted a 26.00 to finish .12 seconds ahead of the second place qualifier.

The USA’s Ali DeLoof held tight with Medeiros throughout semi-final two, stopping the clock at a 26.12 to qualify second overall.

Mariia Kamaneva of Russia turned in a time of 26.29 to qualify third, while Australia’s Emily Seebohm grabbed the fourth place seed with a 26.33.

Hometown favorite Kylie Masse earned her spot in the final heat with a time of 26.34, followed by Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu’s 26.37.

Kathleen Dawson of Great Britain and Daryna Zevina of Ukraine qualified seventh and eighth with times of 26.44 and 26.45 respectively.

Men’s 50 Back:

Japan’s Junya Koga continued to dominate the men’s 50 backstroke with a first place showing in finals. Koga, who reset the Asian Record in the event twice on night three, stopped the clock at a 22.85, just off his record of 22.74.

Jeremy Stravius of France grabbed second with a time of 22.99 to be the only other athlete beneath the 23-second mark.

Belarus’ Pavel Yankovich turned in a final time of 23.03 for the bronze medal, while Venezuela’s Albert Subirats finished fourth overall with a time of 23.26.

Bobby Hurley of Australia grabbed fifth with a time of 22.32, followed by a tie for sixth place between Spain’s Miguel Ortiz-Canavate and Poland’s Tomasz Polewka. the two posted matching times of 23.40 from lanes two and eight respectively.

China’s Xu Jiayu rounded out the top eight with a time of 23.54.

Women’s 100 Breast Semi-Final:

Lilly King and Molly Hannis of the USA propelled to the top two seeds in semi-final two of the women’s 100 breaststroke. King led the way with a qualifying time of 1:04.06, with Hannis finishing close behind with a 1:04.50.

Co-world record holder for this event Alia Atkinson of Jamaica qualified third overall from the same heat with a time of 1:04.72.

Japan’s Miho Teramura picked up the fourth place seed with a 1:05.03 showing from semi-final one, while Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen took fifth with a 1:05.09.

Canada’s Rachel Nicol (1:05.15), Finland’s Silja Kansakoski (1:05.17), and Great Britain’s Chloe Tutton (1:05.20) rounded out the top eight qualifiers.

Men’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay:

The Russian Federation ended the meet with a second gold medal showing, topping the competition in the men’s 800 freestyle relay. When anchor leg Aleksandr Krasnykh dove in for the final 200 meters Russia was sitting at fourth, but Krasnykh unleashed a split of 1:40.93 to overcome the USA, Japan, and Australia.

Russia’s Mikhail Dovgalyuk (1:44.27), Mikhail Vekovishchev (1:42.86), Artem Lobuzov (1:44.04), and Krasnykh (1:40.93) posted a combined time of 6:52.10 for the gold.

The USA’s Blake Pieroni (1:43.14), Jacob Pebley (1:43.38), Pace Clark (1:44.16), and Zane Grothe (1:42.66) battled Japan’s Yuki Kobori (1:43.97), Daiya Seto (1:42.54), Tsubasa Amai (1:44.11), and Katsuhiro Matsumoto (1:42.92) to the very finish, touching a shy .20 seconds apart.

At the touch it was the USA picking up silver with a 6:53.34 over Japan’s 6:53.54.

Australia finished fourth overall with a time of 6:53.72, while Denmark picked up fifth with a time of 6:54.49.

The Netherlands (6:59.10), China (7:01.57), and Belgium (7:02.36) were sixth through eighth respectively.