FINA World Championships Predictions: Women’s 100 Back

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Katinka Hosszu was the Olympic gold medalist in the 100 back in Rio, but she scratched the event after prelims at the 2015 FINA World Championships since the semi-finals of the event would come just before the 200 IM final. The schedule is set up the same this time around in Budapest.

Will Hosszu go with the same plan as she did in Kazan, or will she attempt the double on day two? Will it even matter, especially with how fast Kylie Masse and others have already swum this year?

How about the world record? Masse missed it by less than a tenth at Canada’s Trials back in April, and Gemma Spofforth’s globan record has been around for eight years.

Read below to see what Swimming World’s trio of experts think will happen in Budapest. David RiederJohn Lohn and Andy Ross will each offer their predictions for who will finish on the podium.

Women’s 100 Back

Current Records:

World Record: Gemma Spofforth, GBR (2009) — 58.12
Championship Record: Gemma Spofforth, GBR (2009) — 58.12
American Record: Missy Franklin (2012) — 58.33

2015 World Champion: Emily Seebohm, AUS — 58.26
2016 Olympic Gold Medalist: Katinka Hosszu, HUN — 58.45
2017 World No. 1: Kylie Masse, CAN — 58.21

Swimming World Predictions

David Rieder’s Picks:

Gold: Kylie Masse, CAN
Silver: Emily Seebohm, AUS
Bronze: Kathleen Baker, USA

John Lohn’s Picks:

Gold: Kylie Masse, CAN
Silver: Emily Seebohm, AUS
Bronze: Kathleen Baker, USA

Andy Ross’ Picks:

Gold: Kathleen Baker, USA
Silver: Kylie Masse, CAN
Bronze: Emily Seebohm, AUS

Previous Events

Day One:

Day Two:

Day Three:

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    We aren’t sure what Hosszu’s eventual race program will be so there has to remain a certain X factor with regards to her input.

    Alone amongst AUS’s Rio casualties in actually bouncing back, if not to her stellar 2015 level, to legitmate contender status; Seebohm has to be respected but I suspect that her peak window of opportunity has passed and this may be the last time she is seen at World level (I expect her to retire next April).

    There are still a lot of potential players going down to the 59mids of this year but I suspect the crown will be passed onto the next generation; most likely between Masse & Baker.

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