Katinka Hosszu Leads World Record Run During Night Three at FINA World Short Course Championships

Katinka Hosszu Doha 2014 100 Back World Record

DOHA – Katinka Hosszu led a run on the world-record books with a pair of global standards at the FINA World Short Course Championships. By the end of the night, five world records and two American records were set.


Women’s 200 medley relay

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Denmark kicked off the third night of action with a world record in the women’s 200-meter medley relay.

Denmark’s Mie Nielsen (26.39), Rikke Moller Pedersen (29.56), Jeanette Ottesen (24.09) and Pernille Blume (24.00) threw down a sizzling time of 1:44.04 for the win.  That lowered the previous world record of 1:45.92 set by Denmark in 2013.

Team USA’s Felicia Lee (26.37), Emma Reaney (29.42), Claire Donahue (25.33) and Natalie Coughlin (23.80) couldn’t overcome the dominant butterfly leg by Ottesen, but still managed to take second in 1:44.92.  That performance crushed the American record set by the U.S. in prelims of 1:46.82.

That’s a huge revision of the American record in the event, considering the mark stood at 1:49.71 heading into this morning since first being set 14 years ago.

France’s Mathilde Cini (26.61), Charlotte Bonnet (30.29), Melanie Henique (25.20) and Anna Santamans (23.79) closed out the podium with a third-place time of 1:45.89.

China (1:46.15), Italy (1:46.47), Brazil (1:46.47), Russia (1:46.50) and Japan (1:46.72) also competed in the finale.

Women’s 100 free

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The Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk touched out Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom for the women’s 100 free title at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Heemskerk charged her way to the title with a 51.37 to 51.39 victory ahead of Sjostrom as both cleared the previous meet record of 51.45 set by Ranomi Kromowidjojo in 2010.

That’s The Netherlands’ third gold medal this week already, while Heemskerk claimed her fifth gold medal ever at the World Short Course Championships.  She already won two others just this week with victories in the 400 free relay and 800 free relay.

Kromowidjojo could not replicate her meet record time, but still grabbed bronze in 51.47.

Australia’s Bronte Campbell (51.65), Sweden’s Michelle Coleman (51.92), Bahamas’ Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (52.34), Japan’s Miki Uchida (52.35) and Russia’s Veronika Popova (52.45) also competed in the finale.

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Women’s 200 back

Katinka Hosszu Hungary

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Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu threw down a barrier-breaking swim to set the world record in the 200 back at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Hosszu scorched the pool with a stunning time of 1:59.23 to become the first swimmer under 2:00 in the history of the event.  That swim broke Missy Franklin’s world record of 2:00.03 set back in 2011, and gives Hosszu her second backstroke world mark of the meet.

With Hosszu’s 100 back/200 back victory, she becomes just the third woman to ever pull off the feat at a single World Short Course Championship.  Japan’s Mai Nakamura first did it in 1999, while Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry turned in the effort in 2008.

Heading into tonight, Hosszu’s best swim this year had been a 2:00.85 at the Dubai stop of the FINA World Cup.  That a full 1.5-second drop tonight.

Australia’s Emily Seebohm checked in with a second-place 2:00.13 to move to third behind Hosszu and Franklin, while Japan’s Sayaka Akase took bronze in 2:02.30.

Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina, the defending champion, wound up fourth in 2:02.44.

Australia’s Madi Wilson (2:02.67), Canada’s Hilary Caldwell (2:03.06), USA’s Elizabeth Beisel (2:04.22) and Czech Republic’s Simona Baumrtova (2:04.24) rounded out the finale.

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Men’s 200 breast

Daniel Gyurta Doha 2014

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Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta successfully defended his 200 breast title at the FINA World Short Course Championships tonight.

Gyurta might not have been able to challenge his world record of 2:00.48 from the FINA World Cup earlier this year, but he just missed his meet mark of 2:01.35 with a 2:01.49 for the win.  He’s the first man ever to win two world titles in this event.

Germany’s Marco Koch, the only man to beat Gyurta in the 200 breast this year wit ha .01 victory at the Hong Kong stop of the FINA World Cup, took second in 2:01.91 in another close battle.

Russia’s Kirill Prigoda turned in a third-place time of 2:02.38, while Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki wound up fourth in 2:02.45.

Slovakia’s Tomas Klobucnik (2:04,29), Japan’s Yuta Oshikiri (2:05.09) and Brazil’s Felipe Silva (2:06.74) finished fifth through seventh, while Russia’s Oleg Kostin drew a disqualification.

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Women’s 50 fly

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Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom sizzled in the women’s 50 fly with a meet record time at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Sjostrom threw down a winning effort of 24.58, lowering the meet mark of 24.87 set by compatriot Therese Alshammar back in 2010.  That’s the top time in the world this year as well, undercutting Inge Dekker’s 24.59 from the Dubai stop of the FINA World Cup.

Sjostrom becomes the third Swedish woman to ever win this event, joining Alshammar (2006, 2010) and Anna-Karin Kammerling (2002).

Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen raced her way to silver in a time of 24.71, better than her third-ranked season best of 24.88 from the Danish Open Championships.

Dekker, meanwhile, couldn’t replicate her World Cup speed as she settled for bronze with a 24.73.

China’s Lu Ying, the defending champion, took fourth in 25.21.  She won in 2012 with a 25.14, demonstrating just how much faster this event has progressed since then.

Italy’s Silvia Di Pietro (25.38), Poland’s Aleksandra Urbanczyk (25.65), France’s Melanie Henique (25.75) and Brazil’s Daynara De Paula (25.94) finished fifth through eighth in the finale.

Men’s 400 free

Peter Bernek Hungary

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Hungary’s Peter Bernek took down a 15-year-old meet record in the men’s 400 free at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Bernek threw down a scorching time of 3:34.32 in the middle-distance finale to break Grant Hackett’s historic 1999 record of 3:35.01 from the Hong Kong stop of the meet.

That time also crushed the previous world-leading 3:37.10 from Sun Yang, who clocked that effort at the Beijing stop of the FINA World Cup.

Bernek won his first world title with the victory, and becomes just the third Hungarian male to win a short course world title.  Daniel Gyurta (2012, 2014) and Bela Szabados (2000) are the two other winners.

Great Britain’s James Guy moved to second in the world this year and tonight with a 3:36.35, while Serbia’s Velimir Stjepanovic put up a third-place time of 3:38.17.

Tunisia’s Ous Mellouli (3:39.05), Australia’s Jordan Harrison (3:39.11), Canada’s Ryan Cochrane (3:39.29), Denmark’s Mads Glaesner (3:39.55) and Australia’s Daniel Smith (3:39.63) closed out the finale.

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Women’s 100 IM

Katinka Hosszu Doha 2014

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The Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu certainly shook off a pair of losses to Mireia Belmonte Garcia on day one as Hosszu clocked her third world record of the meet with a 100 IM win at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Hosszu, who already set the 100 IM world record twice this year on the FINA World Cup tour, blasted a winning time of 56.70. That swim cleared Hosszu’s world mark of 56.86 from the Dubai stop of the World Cup. Incidentally, it also beat Hosszu’s meet record of 56.99 from yesterday.

Along with world records in the 100 back and 200 back, Hosszu now has a global standard triple this week.

Hosszu is just the third swimmer to defend a short course world title in the women’s 100 IM. Australia’s Brooke Hanson (2004, 2006) and Slovakia’s Martina Moravcova (1999, 2000, 2002) previously pulled off a successful title defense.

Great Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor hit the wall second in 57.83, off her second-ranked season best of 57.66 from yesterday, but good enough for silver.

Australia’s Emily Seebohm collected another medal tonight after silver in the 200 back.  She placed third in 58.19 in the sprint medley.

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson (58.58), Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte (58.73), USA’s Melanie Margalis (58.86), Israel’s Amit Ivry (59.17) and Hungary’s Evelyn Verraszto (59.31) also vied for the world title tonight.

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Men’s 50 free

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France’s Florent Manaudou demonstrated some stunning speed with a world record in the men’s 50 free finale at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Manaudou charged his way to victory in 20.26, clearing Roland Schoeman’s global standard of 20.30 set in Pietermaritzburg in 2009.

Incidentally, Manaudou also downed Cesar Cielo’s meet record of 20.51 from Dubai in 2010. It also lowered Amaury Leveaux’s European and French record of 20.48 from the 2008 European Championships.

Manaudou is just the second man from France to win a short course individual title as Franck Esposito is the only previous winner with the 200 fly victory in 1993.

Italy’s Marco Orsi finished a distant second in 20.69, while Cielo touched out Russia’s Vlad Morozov for bronze, 20.88 to 20.89.

USA’s Josh Schneider also cleared 21 seconds with a fifth-place time of 20.97.

Australia’s Cameron McEvoy (21.15), Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov (21.21) and France’s Clement Mignon (21.35) also took part in the historic finale.

Women’s 400 free

Mireia Belmonte Garcia (2)

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Mireia Belmonte Garcia cruised her way to a fourth gold medal here at the FINA World Short Course Championships with a meet record in the 400 free.

Belmonte Garcia hit the wall in 3:55.76 to win the middle-distance freestyle event, smashing Katie Hoff’s meet record of 3:57.07 from 2010.  The time missed Belmonte Garcia’s world record of 3:54.52 set last year in Berlin on the FINA World Cup circuit.

Belmonte Garcia is just the third European woman to ever win four gold medals at a single World Short Course Championship (200 IM, 400 IM, 400 free, 800 free).  She joins The Netherlands’ Marleen Veldhuis (2008) and Sweden’s Therese Alshammar (2000, 2002).

Belmonte Garcia also joins USA’s Janet Evans as just the second swimmer to win both the women’s 400 and 800 freestyle events at the same worlds.  Evans did it back in 1993.

The Netherlands’ Sharon van Rouwendaal, Swimming World’s Open Water Swimmer of the Year, placed second in 3:57.76, while China’s Zhang Yufei finished third in 3:59.51.  Zhang, just 16, set the Asian record in the event by breaking the 4:00.55 set by Liu Jing back in 2010.

Japan’s Chihiro Igarashi (3:59.59) smashed the Japanese record of 4:01.04 set by Sachiko Yamada back in 2007.

Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas (4:00.27), Great Britain’s Jaz Carlin (4:02.32), USA’s Elizabeth Beisel (4:03.83) and Australia’s Leah Neale (4:06.45) also competed in the scorching-fast finale.

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Men’s 200 IM

Kosuke Hagino Doha 2014

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Kosuke Hagino ended Ryan Lochte’s four-meet reign over the men’s 200 IM with a come-back win at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Hagino, Swimming World’s World Swimmer of the Year, overtook Lochte in the freestyle leg, 26.64 to 27.50, to win the 200 IM title, 1:50.47 to 1:51.31.

Lochte entered the race as the four-time winner in the event with wins in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012.  He had been looking to join James Hickman of Great Britain as the only five-time winner of an event.  Hickman won the 200 fly in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2004.  He was helped by that 1999-2000 one-year transition, compared to Lochte’s wins all coming during two-year spans.

Hagino’s 1:50.47 downed his Asian and Japanese record of 1:51.27 set in Tokyo on this year’s FINA World Cup tour.  That time also had been the fastest time in the world this year.

Lochte, meanwhile, moved to second in the world as he time eclipsed the 1:51.56 posted by Chad le Clos at the Dubai stop of the FINA World Cup.

Japan’s Daiya Seto snared bronze with a time of 1:51.79 to become just the fourth 1:51 swimmer of the year.

Brazil’s Henrique Rodrigues (1:52.63), Germany’s Philip Heintz (1:52.81), Poland’s Marcin Cieslak (1:53.91), Portugal’s Diogo Carvalho (1:54.03) and Israel’s Yakov Yan Toumarkin (1:54.36) placed fourth through eighth.

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Women’s 400 free relay

Ranomi Kromowidjojo

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The Netherlands crushed the world record in the women’s 400 free relay to close a huge run on global standards tonight at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

The Netherlands’ quartet of Inge Dekker (52.39), Femke Heemskerk (50.58), Maud van der Meer (52.55) and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (51.01) scorched the finale in 3:26.53.  Aside from Dekker touching fourth, the squad took over the lead and never looked back with Heemskerk’s leg.

That swim downed the previous Netherlands’ world record of 3:28.22 set by Hinkelien Schreuder (52.88), Kromowidjojo (52.12), Dekker (52.24) and Marleen Veldhuis (50.98) back in 2008.

It also is faster than the world best set by the European All Stars at the 2011 Duel in the Pool.  There, Jeanette Ottesen, DEN (52.39), Fran Halsall, GBR (51.57), Aliaksandra Herasimenia, BLR (52.21) and Kromowidjojo (51.36) posted a 3:27.53 for the fastest time ever in the event.  The time could not be ratified as a world record, however, as FINA requires all four legs to be of the same nation for that status.

That’s a record fourth victory for The Netherlands in this event, and also secured both the 400 and 800 free relay golds for the second time ever, following their feat in 2008.

The American foursome of Natalie Coughlin (52.25), Abbey Weitzeil (51.57), Madison Kennedy (51.82) and Shannon Vreeland (52.06) managed to get under the previous world record as well with a second-place 3:27.70.

That’s an American record, downing the 3:28.46 set by Coughlin, Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer and Missy Franklin at the 2011 Duel in the Pool.

Italy’s Erika Ferraioli (52.70), Silvia Di Pietro (52.30), Aglaia Pezzato (52.72) and Federica Pellegrini (51.76) earned bronze in 3:29.48.

Denmark (3:29.86), China (3:31.78), Japan (3:32.31), Brazil (3:33.93) and Germany (3:34.71) rounded out the finale.



Men’s 50 back

Florent Manaudou Speedo

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France’s Florent Manaudou put up a world-leading 22.97 in the men’s 50 back semifinals at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

That swim moved him ahead of his previous world best of 22.98 set at the French Championships earlier this year.

Venezuela’s Albert Subirats charged to the second seed with a 23.17 to tie Sergey Fesikov for third in the world rankings.

USA’s Eugene Godsoe, who stands second in the world with a 23.00 from the Dubai stop of the FINA World Cup, took third in semis with a 23.19.  Teammate Matt Grevers also made finals with a 23.27 for fourth.

Australia’s Mitch Larkin (23.33), Norway’s Lavrans Solli (23.33), Great Britain’s Chris Walker-Hebborn (23.34) and Russia’s Stanislav Donets (23.41) also advanced to finals.

Men’s 50 fly

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Already a multiple winner this year, South Africa’s Chad le Clos set himself with another potential gold by leading the 50 fly semis at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Le Clos turned up the heat tonight with a 22.20 meet record.  That’s not as fast as his world-leading 21.98 from the Singapore stop of the FINA World Cup, but was good enough to upend the 22.22 meet mark set by Nicholas Santos in 2012.

Santos, meanwhile, claimed the second seed in finals with a time of 22.48. He’s been a bit faster with a third-ranked 22.43 from the Jose Finkel Trophy.

Belarus’ Yauhen Tsurkin turned in a third-seeded 22.54 to move to seventh in the world.

Russia’s Aleksandr Popkov (22.59), Belgium’s Francois Heersbrandt (22.59), Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov (22.61), USA’s Tom Shields (22.70) and France’s Mehdy Metella (22.71) also made the finals.

Women’s 100 breast

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Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte scared her world record with a meet mark in the 100 breast semifinals at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Meilutyte scorched semis with a top time of 1:02.43 in semifinal one.  That was good enough to clear her meet record of 1:03.52 from 2012, and overtook Alia Atkinson’s 1:02.54 from the Singapore stop of the FINA World Cup as the top swim in the world this year.

Atkinson kept some fuel in the tank with an easy-speed 1:03.59 for the second seed into finals, while The Netherlands’ Moniek Nijhuis picked up third in 1:03.96 as the only other sub-1:04 of the night.

Australia’s Sally Hunter (1:04.23), China’s Shi Jinglin (1:04.54), Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen (1:04.71), Belgium’s Fanny Lecluyse (1:04.87) and Sweden’s Jennie Johansson (1:05.04) will also move on to the finale.

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