Sjostrom’s World Record Highlights First Day of FINA World Cup Moscow

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Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom posted a world record in the women’s 50 free during the first day of short course meters competition at the FINA World Cup stop in Moscow. The swim marked her third global standard set in the span of 11 days, going back to the start of the FINA World Championships in Budapest.

Several other top performers from Budapest were also in action in Moscow, and both Chad Le Clos and Katinka Hosszu opened up their World Cup campaigns with multiple victories.

Read below for full event-by-event coverage of the finals session.

Full results

Women’s 100 Back

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu skipped the 100 back at the World Championships last week but returned to the event in short course to in the first victory of the World Cup. She touched in 55.65, just about a half-second off her own world record of 55.03 and plenty quick enough to beat out Australia’s Emily Seebohm.

Seebohm, who knocked off Hosszu to win the World title in the 100 back, took second in 56.60, and Russia’s Maria Kameneva was third in 57.09.

The Netherlands’ Maaike De Waard grabbed fourth in 58.15, a tenth ahead of Poland’s Alicja Tchorz (58.25). Also swimming in the final were Colombia’s Isabella Arcila (58.40) and Russians Polina Lapshina (58.83) and Irina Prikhodko (59.63).

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Men’s 200 Free

South Africa’s Chad Le Clos came from behind on the last 50 to overtake Russia’s Aleksandr Krashnykh and take the win. Le Clos split 25.71 on the way home to come in first at 1:42.54, while Krashnykh, the bronze medalist in the event at the World Championships, touched second in 1:42.69.

Le Clos was the Olympic silver medalist in the 200 free last summer but did not compete in the event in Budapest.

Russia’s Mikhail Vekovishchev finished third in 1:43.26, and countryman Nikita Lobintsev was fourth in 1:44.11. Italy’s Gabrielle Detti, more known for his efforts in the longer distances, took fifth in 1:44.75.

Others in the final included Norway’s Markus Lie (1:45.13), Russia’s Danila Izotov (1:45.79), Poland’s Wojciech Wojdak (1:45.82) and Norway’s Henrik Christiansen.

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Women’s 50 Breast

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson touched out Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte to pick up the win, 29.46 to 29.51. Russia’s Natalia Ivaneeva picked up third-place honors in 29.87.

Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen took fourth in 30.18, followed closely by Poland’s Dominika Sztandera (30.25). Others competing in the final included Denmarks’ Rikke Moeller Pedersen (30.71) and Russians Daria Chikunova (30.76) and Mariia Temnikova (30.82).

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Men’s 200 Breast

A Russian got the win in the men’s 200 breast, but it was not the man who stormed to a World title in the event last week in Budapest, Anton Chupkov. Instead, it was Budapest 100 breast bronze medalist Kirill Prigoda who dominated the field and won the race in 2:02.16.

Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich actually led throughout the first half of the race, but he faded to second in 2:03.71. Chupkov settled for third in 2:04.08.

Belgium’s Basten Caerts took fourth in 2:05.57, followed by Russia’s Egor Suchkov (2:06.47), Rustam Gadirov (2:06.52) and Mikhail Dorinov (2:07.21). Japan’s Yukihiro Takahashi was eighth in 2:07.33.

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Women’s 400 Free

Italy’s Federica Pellegrini got the better of Spain’s Mireia Belmonte and picked up a half-second win in the 400 free. Pellegrini came in at 3:57.80, and Belmonte was second in 3:58.24.

Pellegrini recently won her third World title in the 200 free, but she has been very successful in the 400 in previous years, winning the event at both the 2009 and 2011 World Championships.

Russia’s Anna Egorova finished well back in third in 4:04.31. Portugal’s Diana Duraes was fourth in 4:05.38, followed by Chile’s Kristel Kobrich in 4:05.93.

Rounding out the final were New Zealand’s Emma Robinson (4:07.51), Portugal’s Tamila Holub (4:12.51) and China’s Wang Guoyue (4:19.32).

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Men’s 50 Back

Belarus’ Pavel Sankovich beat out the field by two tenths in the men’s sprint backstroke race, coming in at 23.20. Germany’s Christian Diener touched second in 23.40, and Japan’s Masaki Kaneko took third in 23.48, one hundredth ahead of Russia’s Vladimir Morozov (23.49).

Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki, more known for his 200 abilities, was fifth in 23.61, just ahead of Belarus’ Viktar Staselovich (23.63.) Completing the top eight were Russia’s Andrei Shabasov (23.77) and Mark Nikolaev (24.70).

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Women’s 100 IM

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu picked up her second win of the day in the sprint IM, but she had to work harder than expected to hold off Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom. Sjostrom, more known for her sprint free and fly, was able to put together 25 meters of back and breast to give Hosszu a run.

In the end, she just ran out of room, as Hosszu got the win in 57.02, to Sjostrom’s 57.10. Australia’s Emily Seebohm finished third in 58.63.

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson touched out the Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk for fourth, 59.55 to 59.57. Also swimming in the final were Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen (59.66) and the Polish duo of Aleksandra Urbanczyk (59.75) and Alicja Tchorz (1:00.13).

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Men’s 400 IM

Germany’s Philip Heintz cruised to a 400 IM triumph, touching in 4:04.93 to out-pace the field by almost 3.5 seconds. The man who came the closest to him, it turned out, was Australia’s Mitch Larkin, more known for his backstroke exploits. He came in second at 4:07.93.

South Africa’s Aaron Sweeney claimed third in 4:09.47.

Russia’s Aleksandr Osipenko finished fourth in 4:11.35, followed by countrymen Eduard Valiakhmetov (4:12.53) and Ivan Pavlov (4:13.36), Colombia’s Jonathan Gomez (4:13.87) and Japan’s Masaki Kaneko (4:14.06).

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Women’s 200 Fly

The women who won medals in the 200 fly in Moscow were the same as the trio who stood on the podium last week at the World Champs in Budapest, but the order was mixed up a bit in this short course race. Germany’s Franziska Hentke, who settled for silver in Budapest, pulled away from Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu on the last 50 to win in 2:03.43.

Hosszu, who actually faded badly down the stretch, took second in Moscow after claiming a bronze at Worlds, finishing with a time of 2:05.36, while World Champion Mireia Belmonte of Spain was third in 2:05.75.

Fourth went to Russia’s Anastasia Guzhenkova in 2:06.59, and then there was a big gap back to Claudia Hufnagl in fifth at 2:09.23.

Also in the final were Hong Kong’s Kin Lok Chen (2:09.96), Portugal’s Victoria Kaminskaya (2:10.73) and Russia’s Valeria Shchelkotunova (2:14.06).

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Men’s 100 Fly

South Africa’s Chad Le Clos pulled away from Great Britain’s Adam Barrett and the United States’ Tom Shields to capture the win in the 100 fly.

Le Clos set the world record in the event at the Short Course World Championships last year in Windsor at 48.08, and he finished about a second off that in Moscow at 49.13. Barrett came in second at 49.45, and Shields took third in 49.55.

Italy’s Matteo Rivolta claimed fourth in 49.77 to round out the sub-50-second performances.

Also competing in the final were Russia’s Oleg Kostin (50.51), Belarus’ Yauhen Tsurkin (50.56), Japan’s Masayuki Umemoto (51.12) and Finland’s Riku Poytakivi (51.69).

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Women’s 50 Free

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom took down the world record in the women’s 50 free, touching in 23.10 to streamroll the mark twice achieved by the Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo.

Sjostrom won three gold medals (100 fly, 50 fly, 50 free) at the World Championships last week and took down world record in both the 50 free and 100 free.

Kromowidjojo actually finished second behind Sjostrom — and not all that far back with her time of 23.39. Australia’s Cate Campbell, whose long course world records in the 50 and 100 free Sjostrom took down at Worlds, finished third in 23.96.

Kromowidjojo’s Dutch countrywoman Femke Heemskerk finished fourth in 24.14, just missing a spot on the podium.

The rest of the field included Poland’s Aleksandra Urbanczyk (24.36), Russia’s Daria Kartashova (24.63), Colombia’s Isabella Arcila (24.73) and Russia’s Maria Kameneva (24.73).

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Mixed 200 Medley Relay

Russia topped the mixed 200 medley relay to cap off the evening of competition. Vladimir Morozov (23.59), Kirill Prigoda (25.49), Svetlana Chimrova (25.50) and Veronika Popova (24.52) won the race in 1:39.10, more than a second-and-a-half ahead of the runner-up Polish squad.

Poland’s Radoslaw KaweckiDominika SztanderaAleksandra Urbanczyk and Pawe Juraszek finished second in 1:40.79, and Germany’s Lisa GrafPhilip HeintzAlexandra Wenk and Christian Diener finished third in 1:42.71.

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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