Chad Le Clos Highlight of Night Two With World Record in 100 Fly at Worlds – Video

Chad le Clos Doha 2014

DOHA – Swim fans will need to catch their breath after night two delivered another run on world records, including the 100 fly for Chad le Clos, at the FINA World Short Course Championships. Watch Race Video


Men’s 200 medley relay

Felipe Silva Doha 2014

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Brazil eliminated all controversy from the world’s top time in the men’s 200-meter medley relay with a world record in the event at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

The foursome of Guilherme Guido (23.42), Felipe Silva (25.33), Nicholas Santos (21.68) and Cesar Cielo (20.08) blasted through the 1:31 barrier with a winning time of 1:30.51.

Not only did that swim destroy Russia’s world record of 1:32.78 from prelims, it also beat the unrecognized world best of 1:31.80 set by Russia back in 2009.  FINA began recognizing this event with an official world record last year, but did not elect to use the fastest time ever legally swum in the event.  So, there was some confusion regarding the event until Brazil unified the world record and world best today.

France’s Ben Stasiulis (23.41), Giacomo Perez-Dortona (25.74), Mehdy Metella (22.06) and Florent Manaudou (20.04) also cleared the previous world best with a 1:31.25 for silver.

Team USA’s Eugene Godsoe (23.11), Cody Miller (26.04), Tom Shields (21.99) and Josh Schneider (20.69) demolished the American record with a bronze-winning time of 1:31.83.  That swim crushed the mark of 1:33.25 set this morning in prelims.

Russia (1:32.15), Great Britain (1:32.30), Italy (1:32.68), Lithuania (1:34.35) and South Africa (1:35.05) also competed in the finale.

Men’s 400 IM

Daiya Seto Pan Pacs 2014

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Japan’s Daiya Seto led a Japanese 1-2 in the distance medley at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Seto went out more than a second under world-record pace at the 300 with a 2:59.93 split, but could not hold on to break Ryan Lochte’s global standard of 3:55.50.

Seto settled for a 3:56.33 for the win, a huge drop from what it took for him to win this event in 2012 (3:59.15).  His time tonight also smashed Thomas Fraser-Holmes’ top-ranked effort of 3:58.69 from the Dubai stop of the FINA World Cup.

Seto is just the third swimmer to win the 400 IM more than once.  Matt Dunn of Australia won it three straight times from 1995-99, while Lochte took home three straight from 2006-10.

Kosuke Hagino, Swimming World’s World Swimmer of the Year, picked up silver in the finale with a 4:01.17 as he remained third in the world behind Seto and Fraser-Holmes.

Hungary’s David Verraszto snagged bronze with a time of 4:01.82, while South Africa’s Sebastien Rousseau placed fourth in 4:02.00.

USA’s Tyler Clary (4:03.44), USA’s Michael Weiss (4:05.37), Russia’s Semen Makovich (4:07.54) and Israel’s Gal Nevo (4:07.99) rounded out the championship field.

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Women’s 50 breast

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Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte couldn’t replicate her meet record speed from semis, but still managed to win the sprint breaststroke tonight at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Meilutyte dropped a 28.84 in finals for the win, just off her meet record of 28.81 from semis and Jessica Hardy’s world record of 28.80.

Meilutyte is the first swimmer to win this event more than once since it first began being part of the meet program in 1999.  Meilutyte previously won in 2012 with a 29.44 at the time.

This is Meilutyte’s third gold medal in a breaststroke event here at short course worlds, tying Rebecca Soni, Masami Tanaka and Brooke Hanson for the most in the stroke.

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson raced to a 28.91 for silver, bettering her semi time of 28.99. It wasn’t enough to catch Meilutyte, however, as Atkinson earns her second silver behind Meilutyte in as many tries.

The Netherlands’ Moniek Nijhuis captured bronze in 29.64 as the battle for gold truly was a two-woman race.

Australia’s Leiston Pickett (29.83), Sweden’s Jennie Johansson (29.99), USA’s Emma Reaney (30.05), Australia’s Sally Hunter (30.22) and Russia’s Valentina Artemyeva (30.37) closed out the rest of the finale.

Men’s 100 back

Mitch Larkin Pan Pacs 2014

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Australia’s Mitch Larkin turned up the heat in the men’s 100 back when it counted with a 49-second blast to win the finale at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Larkin raced his way to a 49.57, a bit off his world-leading 49.25 from the Australian Short Course Championships earlier this year in Adelaide.

That swim was good enough to make him the second Australian to ever win this event.  Matt Welsh won a pair of the world titles in the 100 back in 2002 and 2006.

Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki touched out Japan’s Ryosuke Irie and USA’s Matt Grevers for silver, 50.11 to 50.12 and 50.12.  Kawecki moved to third in the world behind Larkin and Christian Diener (50.10), while Irie and Grevers matched Guilherme Guido for fourth in the rankings.

Diener wound up tying Guido for fifth tonight with 50.21s, while USA’s Eugene Godsoe (50.40) and France’s Ben Stasiulis (50.86) placed seventh and eighth.

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Women’s 100 back

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A day after sustaining a pair of tough losses to Mireia Belmonte Garcia, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu bounced back in a big way with a world record in the 100 back tonight.

Hosszu has been chasing this particular record for quite some time.  She’d already made the IMs her personal domain until Belmonte Garcia came along last night and took down the 400 IM mark.

Tonight, Hosszu threw down a stunning 55.03 to win the finale, clearing Shiho Sakai’s 2009 world mark of 55.23 from the Berlin stop of the FINA World Cup. Hosszu had won all seven World Cup races in the 100 back this year.

Hosszu is the first Hungarian to win the women’s 100 back, and just the third European as Germany’s Sandra Volker (2000) and Janine Pietsch (2006) also won.

Hosszu now has three short course world records with the 100 IM and 200 IM also on her resume.

Australia’s Emily Seebohm raced her way to second in 55.31, bettering her second-ranked season best of 55.47 from the Australia Short Course Championships.

Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina turned in a 55.54 to take bronze in the finale tonight.

Australia’s Madi Wilson (56.37), Denmark’s Mie Nielsen (56.62), USA’s Kathleen Baker (57.07), Brazil’s Etiene Medeiros (57.72) and Great Britain’s Georgia Davies (57.77) finished fourth through eighth.

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Men’s 100 breast

Felipe Silva Pan Pacs 2010

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Brazil’s Felipe Silva put together a swift meet record in the 100 breast for the victory tonight at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Silva threw down a sizzling 56.29 to lower Adam Peaty’s meet record of 56.43 from yesterday.  That swim just missed Silva’s top-ranked season best of 56.25 from the Jose Finkel Trophy meet in Brazil.

This is Silva’s first 100 breast world title.  He already won the 50 in 2010, and had an amazing breaststroke split to help Brazil set a world record in the 200 medley relay earlier tonight.

Peaty, meanwhile, checked in with a 56.35 for silver tonight, while France’s Giacomo Perez-Dortona finished third in 56.78.

World-record holder Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa touched fourth in 56.80 with Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki tying Slovenia’s Damir Dugonjic for fifth with 57.06s.

Russia’s Kirill Prigoda (57.19) and USA’s Cody Miller (57.39) rounded out the top eight.

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Men’s 100 fly

Chad le Clos 2013 Worlds

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In an absolutely loaded final, South Africa’s Chad le Clos finally tracked down the world record in the men’s 100-meter fly at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Le Clos went out in 22.59 and came home in 25.85 to win the finale in 48.44.  That swim clipped the previous record of 48.48 set by Evgeny Korotyshkin during the 2009 FINA World Cup stop in Berlin.

Le Clos is just the second swimmer to ever defend the men’s 100 fly title as Sweden’s Lars Frolander won the title three straight editions in 1997, 1999 and 2000.

Le Clos also becomes the most honored African in World Short Course Championships history with his fourth career gold medal.  That broke a tie with Ryk Neethling at three for the most by a male swimmer from Africa.

USA’s Tom Shields broke 49 for the first time this year with a 48.99 for silver.  It wasn’t his American record of 48.80 that he had targeted, but it was enough for second place tonight.

Australia’s Tommaso D’Orsogna raced his way to third in 49.60 for fourth in the world, while former world-record holder Korotyshkin managed fourth tonight in 49.88.

Japan’s Kosuke Hagino (49.91), Belarus’ Yauhen Tsurkin (49.99), USA’s Ryan Lochte (50.23) and Brazil’s Marcos Macedo (50.47) finished fifth through eighth this evening.

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Women’s 800 free

Mirieia Belmonte Garcia

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It only took two nights, and Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia already matched her gold-medal output from 2010 as she topped the 800 free tonight with a meet record.

Belmonte Garcia chased down the distance freestyle gold with an 8:03.41, giving her a third gold after her pair of world records in the 200 fly and 400 IM last night. That equals her 2010 output, which was the most gold medals won by a Spaniard in short course worlds history.

Belmonte Garcia’s time may not have been close to her world record 7:59.34 from the Berlin stop of the FINA World Cup last year, but it was more than enough to crack Rebecca Adlington’s 2008 meet record of 8:08.25.

Great Britain’s Jaz Carlin also cleared Adlington’s mark with a silver-winning time of 8:08.16, while The Netherlands’ Sharon van Rouwendaal took bronze in 8:08.17. That’s a strong effort for van Rouwendaal, the reigning Swimming World Open Water Swimmer of the Year.

Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas (8:16.32), Germany’s Sarah Kohler (8:17.08), Spain’s Maria Vilas Vidal (8:18.82), USA’s Lindsay Vrooman (8:19.36) and Great Britain’s Hannah Miley (8:20.09) closed out the top eight.

Belmonte Garcia’s splits tonight:

50m 28.80, 30.63; 100m 59.43, 30.60; 150m 1:30.03, 30.73; 200m 2:00.76, 30.71; 250m 2:31.47, 30.53; 300m 3:02.00, 30.57; 350m 3:32.57 30.51; 400m 4:03.08, 30.12; 450m 4:33.20, 30.21; 500m 5:03.41, 30.09; 550m 5:33.50, 30.35; 600m 6:03.85, 30.05; 650m 6:33.90, 30.36; 700m 7:04.26, 30.36, 750m 7:34.62; 800m 8:03.41, 28.79

Men’s 800 free relay

Tyler Clary Doha 2014

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There were faster splits throughout the race, but no one had a most dominant leg than Tyler Clary as he smoked the anchor leg for Team USA to defend the 800 free relay world title.

Team USA’s Conor Dwyer (1:43.20), Ryan Lochte (1:42.42), Matt McLean (1:43.20) and Tyler Clary (1:42.86) finished with a time of 6:51.68 to defend the 2012 title. The U.Ss joins Australia as the only nations to defend the title as the Aussies did it in 1995 and 1997.

The win gave Lochte his 21 gold medal, and a record gold medal in six straight world short course championships since first winning gold in 2004 in Indianapolis as part of this same relay.

Team USA had trailed Russia and South Africa heading into the anchor leg with all eyes on Vyacheslav Andrusenko and Leith Shankland after Chad le Clos’ brilliant 1:40.61 leg put South Africa into contention.

While Shankland looked to be tracking down Andrusenko out in lanes 6 and 7, Clary and Filippo Magnini (1:42.07) were turning on the jets in lane 5 and 4 to pull the U.S. and Italy ahead.

Italy’s Mitch D’Arrigo (1:42.77), Marco Belotti (1:43.98), Nicolangelo Di Fabio (1:42.98) and Magnini (1:42.07) wound up taking second in 6:51.80.

Russia’s Mikhail Polishchuk (1:43.62), Danila Izotov (1:50.65), Artem Lobuzov (1:42.87) and Andrusenko (1:44.82) took third in 6:51.96.

South Africa’s Myles Brown (1:43.25), Sebastien Rousseau (1:43.96), Le Clos (1:40.61) and Shankland (1:44.31) couldn’t make the podium with a fourth-place 6:52.13.

Belgium (6:52.66), Brazil (6:54.53), Germany (6:57.40) and Denmark (7:00.78) also competed in the epic finale.

Mixed 200 medley relay

Nicholas Santos

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Brazil managed to scare the world record in the mixed 200 medley relay, but fell just short at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

The quartet of Etiene Medeiros (25.83), Felipe Silva (25.45), Nicholas Santos (21.81) and Larissa Oliveira (24.17) raced their way to a 1:37.26 for the win.  That’s just off Team USA’s record of 1:37.17 from last December.

Great Britain’s Chris Walker-Hebborn (23.42), Adam Peaty (25.89), Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (25.10) and Fran Halsall (23.05) touched a close second in 1:37.46, while Italy’s Niccolo Bonacchi (23.58), Fabio Scozzoli (25.55), Silvia Di Pietro (25.22) and Erika Ferraioli (23.55) placed third in 1:37.90.

Team USA’s MAtt Grevers (23.28), Cody Miller (25.93), Felicia Lee (25.38) and Abbey Weitzeil (23.57) just missed the podium with a fourth-place 1:38.16.

Russia (1:38.93), China (1:39.17), Germany (1:39.47) and Ukraine (1:39.48) also swam in the finale.


Women’s 100 free

Sarah Sjostrom Doha 2014

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Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom raced her way to the top of the 100 free semifinal round with a 51.46.  That’s not far off her top-ranked season best of 51.32 from the Swedish Short Course Championships, and just missed Ranomi Kromowidjojo’s meet record of 51.45 from the 2010 edition.

The Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk (51.51) and Kromowidjojo (51.57) also broke 52 seconds to take second and third headed into finals.  Both were season bests with Heemskerk lowering her 51.62 from the Danish Championships, and Kromowidjojo leapfrogging Emma McKeon (51.83) into third in the world.

Australia’s Bronte Campbell (52.02), Sweden’s Michelle Coleman (52.26), Japan’s Miki Uchida (52.49), Russia’s Veronika Popova (52.56) and Bahamas’ Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (52.56) also made the finale.

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Women’s 50 fly

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Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen raced her way to a 24-second sprint in the women’s 50-meter fly to lead semifinals at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Ottesen scorched semi 1 with a time of 24.91, just off her second-ranked 24.88 from the Danish Championships.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom cleared her third-ranked season best of 25.08 from prelims with a 25.02 to claim the second seed in finals.

The Netherlands’ Inge Dekker, the world leader with a 24.59 from the Dubai stop of the FINA World Cup, cruised into third with a 25.31.

Italy’s Silvia Di Pietro (25.43), China’s Lu Ying (25.50), Brazil’s Daynara De Paula (25.54), Poland’s Aleksandra Urbanczyk (25.61) and France’s Melanie Henique (25.68) will also compete in the finale.

Men’s 50 free

Cesar Cielo Doha 2014

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Cesar Cielo definitely is on track to reclaim his 2010 world title in the 50 free after leading semis tonight at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Cielo touched out defending champion Vlad Morozov, 20.80 to 20.88, for the top seed out of semifinal 2.  Cielo has been faster with a second-ranked 20.68 from the Jose Finkel Trophy, but that’s Morozov’s first time under 21 this year.

France’s Florent Manaudou, the world leader with a 20.51 from French Championships, qualified third in 20.93 as the only other swimmer in the 20s.

Italy’s Marco Orsi (21.07), Australia’s Cameron McEvoy (21.14), Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov (21.17), France’s Clement Mignon (21.19) and USA’s Josh Schneider (21.10) will also vie for the world title in finals.

Women’s 100 IM

Siobhan-Marie O'Connor

British Swimming

The top two swimmers in the world set up a head-to-head matchup in finals as Great Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu went 1-2 in semis.

O’Connor bettered her second-ranked season best of 57.98 from prelims with a 57.66 to lead the way into finals.  Hosszu, the world-record holder with a 56.86 from the Dubai stop of the FINA World Cup this year, cruised into second with a 57.89.

Australia’s Emily Seebohm turned in a third-seeded time of 58.31 to move to fourth in the world, ahead of Ye Shiwen’s 58.36, while Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson took fourth tonight in 58.66.

Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania raced her way to fifth in 58.84 with USA’s Melanie Margalis taking sixth in 58.87.

Israel’s Amit Ivry (58.88) and Hungary’s Evelyn Verraszto (59.11) also snared transfer spots into the finale.

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  • Men’s 400 IM finals
  • Women’s 50 breast finals
  • Men’s 100 back finals
  • Women’s 50 fly semis
  • Men’s 50 free semis
  • Women’s 100 back finals
  • Men’s 100 breast finals
  • Women’s 100 IM semis
  • Men’s 100 fly finals
  • Women’s 800 free finals
  • Men’s 800 free relay finals
  • Mixed 200 medley relay finals

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