2019 FINA World Championships Day 3 Start Sheets for Finals

Michael Andrew prepares for a race a the world championships. Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

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So what in the world is up with the 200 free? Contenders a the 2019 FINA World Championships are dropping left and right.

USA’s Katie Ledecky, Australia’s Emma McKeon and Canada’s Taylor Ruck have all withdrawn from the 200 free for various reasons, changing the dynamic of the field.

But there are still plenty of legit medal contenders in the 200 free heading into the Day 3 semifinals.



Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey will have lane four for the first semifinal, flanked by Canada’s Penny Oleksiak and China’s Yang Junxuan.

In the second semifinal, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom will have the top seed and lane four, flanked by Australia’s Ariarne Titmus and Italy’s Federica Pellegrini.

Ledecky also is out of the 1500 free final, leaving Italy’s Simona Quadarella as the favorite, while Germany’s Sarah Kohler, Hungary’s Anja Kesely and USA’s Ashley Twichell will look to crash the party.

The women’s 100 back final managed to keep all of its stars as Canada’s Kylie Masse will have the top seed and lane four, flanked by compatriot Taylor Ruck and Australia’s Minna Atherton. Meanwhile, USA’s Kathleen Baker and Olivia Smoliga will be side-by-side in lanes six and seven, respectively, and Australia’s Kaylee McKeown will be in lane two.

In the men’s 100 back final, China’s Xu Jiayu has the top seed and will be flanked by USA’s Ryan Murphy and Russia’s Evgeny Rylov. But Australia’s Mitch Larkin, USA’s Matt Grevers and Japan’s Ryosuke Irie are also strong contenders, leaving no one out of this race.

The women’s 100 breast final will be the expected battle between USA’s Lilly King and Russia’s Yulia Efimova, while Japan’s Reona Aoki and South Africa’s Tatjana Shoenmaker look to break into the medals.

In the men’s 200 free final, Australia’s Clyde Lewis has the top seed, but will face a host of contenders, led by China’s Sun Yang, Great Britain’s Duncan Scott and Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys, who will all aim for the world title.

In the 50 breast semis, Adam Peaty will have lane four, flanked by Brazil’s Felipe Lima and Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich, while USA’s Michael Andrew will aim to make the final as well.

In the 200 fly semifinals, Japan’s Daiya Seto will have lane four in the first semi, while Kristof Milak will have the fourth lane in the second semifinal, right next to South Africa’s Chad le Clos in lane three.

It should be a compelling Day 3 of the 2019 FINA World Championships.