Kromowidjojo, Hosszu Eclipse World Records on Day 2 of 2017 FINA World Cup Berlin

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The final session of the Berlin stop of the 2017 FINA World Cup series featured incredibly fast swimming as both Katinka Hosszu and Ranomi Kromowidjojo thundered to new world records. Hosszu kickstarted the session by bettering her own 100 IM world record, followed quickly by Kromowidjojo eclipsing Sarah Sjostrom’s five-day old 50 free world record.

Hosszu later added another two gold medals to her name.

FULL DAY TWO RESULTS

Schedule of events:

  • Women’s 100 IM
  • Men’s 200 Fly
  • Women’s 200 Back
  • Men’s 50 Breast
  • Women’s 50 Free
  • Men’s 200 Free
  • Women’s 100 Fly
  • Men’s 100 Back
  • Women’s 400 Free
  • Men’s 400 IM
  • Women’s 100 Breast

Women’s 100 IM

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary continued to flex her IM prowess with a top showing in the women’s 100 IM. She kickstarted the final session of the Berlin stop with a world record breaking finish of 56.51 in the women’s 100 IM. Her time lowers her own 2015 world record of 56.67, set in Netanya, Israel. It also downs her World Cup record of 56.86 from the Dubai stop in 2014.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom picked up second overall with a time of 57.30, while Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson rounded out the podium with a time of 58.12.

Jenna Laukkanen of Finland grabbed fourth overall with the only other sub-minute swim, stopping the clock at a 59.52.

The Netherlands’ Marjolein Delno (1:00.10), Austria’s Lena Kreundl (1:00.46), Australia’s Aisling Louise Scott (1:00.63), and Belgium’s Fanny Lecluyse (1:01.17) completed the top eight.

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Men’s 200 Fly

Chad le Clos of South Africa added a gold in the men’s 200 fly to his collection from Berlin, complimenting his gold and silver medals from day one. Le Clos stopped the clock at a final time of 1:49.08 to edge out the USA’s Tom Shields for victory.

Shields finished second overall with a time of 1:49.26, while Japan’s Masayuki Umemoto rounded out the podium with a time of 1:52.80.

Germany’s own Philip Heintz was fourth overall with a time of 1:53.15, followed closely by Japan’s Masaki Kaneko and his time of 1:53.53.

Colombia’s Jonathan Gomez (1:53.59), the Netherlands’ Joeri Verlinden (1:54.31), and Belarus’ Yauhen Tsurkin (1:55.05) were sixth through eighth respectively.

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Women’s 200 Back

Fresh off a new world record in the women’s 100 IM, Katinka Hosszu was back in the water and powering to another gold in the women’s 200 back. Hosszu picked up a narrow victory over World Champion Emily Seebohm, stopping the clock at a 2:00.37 over Seebohm’s 2:00.65.

Nadine Laemmler turned in a third place finish of 2:05.41, while the Netherlands’ Kira Toussaint picked up fourth with a close 2:05.47.

Fifth went to Jenny Mensing and her time of 2:06.34, followed by the Dutch duo of Tessa Vermeulen (2:08.13) and Marieke Tienstra (2:08.67).

Germany’s own Maya Nadine Tobehn was eighth with a time of 2:09.30.

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Men’s 50 Breast

South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh flirted with his own short course world record in finals of the men’s 50 breast. Van der Burgh dashed to a top showing of 25.49 for gold, just .24 seconds shy of his 25.25 world record.

Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli turned in a second place finish of 25.77, followed closely by Russia’s Kirill Prigoda and his time of 25.86.

Ilya Shymanovich of Belarus was fourth overall in finals with a 26.09, while Paraguay’s Renato Prono took fifth with a 26.23.

Great Britain’s Lawrence Palmer and Slovakia’s Marek Botik tied for sixth with matching times of 26.73. Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands finished eighth overall with a 26.75.

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Women’s 50 Free

Ranomi Kromowidjojo sprinted her way to the top of the podium and into the record books of the women’s 50 free. The Dutch Olympian unleashed a 22.93 to become the first woman to break the 23 second mark in finals of the short course 50 free.

Her time downs the previous world record of 23.10 by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom just five days earlier at the Moscow stop of the 2017 FINA World Cup. Amazingly, Sjostrom, herself, also swam beneath her 23.10 world record with a 23.00 showing in Berlin.

Today’s world record marks the third time in history that Kromowidjojo has either set or tied the world record. She first began her sprinting quest with a 23.24 in 2013, before tying her own world record in 2015.

Australia’s Cate Campbell rounded out the podium with a third place finish of 23.62, followed by the Dutch duo of Femke Heemskerk and Tamara van Vliet. The two stopped the clock at times of 23.93 and 24.01 respectively.

Poland’s Aleksandra Urbanczyk (24.31), Italy’s Erika Ferraioli (24.36), and the Netherlands’ Valerie van Roon (24.40) completed the top eight athletes.

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Men’s 200 Free

Hungary’s Kominik Kozma topped the competition in finals of the men’s 200 free, powering to a final time of 1:41.03.

Poland’s Kacper Majchrzak and South Africa’s Chad le Clos added times of 1:41.62 and 1:41.67 to pick up second and third respectively.

Danas Rapsys of Lithuania finished fourth overall with a time of 1:42.23, followed by Russia’s Aleksandr Krasnykh’s 1:42.46.

The Netherlands’ Kyle Stolk took sixth with a time of 1:42.81, just ahead of the Australian duo of Clyde Lewis (1:43.52) and Jack Cartwright (1:45.34).

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Women’s 100 Fly

The final of the women’s 100 fly featured a talented field, but missed world record holder Sarah Sjostrom. Without Sjostrom, Hosszu was able to collect her third gold medal of the day with a top time of 55.86.

Italy’s Ilaria Bianchi turned in a second place finish of 56.42, followed by Belgium’s Kimberly Buys and her time of 56.44.

Fresh off a new 50 free world record, Ranomi Kromowidjojo placed fourth overall with a 56.97, followed by Germany’s Aliena Schmidtke’s 57.33.

Germany’s Franziska Hentke (58.01), Hong Kong’s Kin Lok Chan (58.35), and Australia’s Gemma Cooney (58.36) were sixth through eighth.

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Men’s 100 Back

Radoslaw Kawecki of Poland was the only male to dip beneath the 50-second mark in finals of the men’s 100 back. Kawecki stopped the clock at a time of 49.97 to secure gold.

Japan’s Masaki Kaneko took second overall with a time of 50.29, while Belarus’ Pavel Yankovich rounded out the podium with a time of 50.70.

Grigory Tarasevich of Russia turned in a close fourth place finish of 50.75, followed by Australia’s Mitch Larkin’s 50.87.

Germany’s Christian Erik Diener (50.91), Norway’s Markus Lie (51.02), and Poland’s Tomasz Polewka (51.18) completed the final eight.

Women’s 400 Free

Mireia Belmonte of Spain delivered the only sub-four minute swim in finals of the women’s 400 free. Belmonte powered to a top showing of 3:57.79 to win gold by close to three seconds. Her world record of 3:54.52 from 2013 still stands.

Germany’s Sarah Kohler grabbed second in front of a home crowd, stopping the clock at a time of 4:01.03, while Australia’s Mikkayla Sheridan took third with a 4:03.90.

Kristel Kobrich of Chile picked up fourth overall with a time of 4:05.40, just ahead of Australia’s Dahlas Rogers’ 4:05.77.

The Netherlands’ Robin Neumann (4:07.84), Germany’s Isabel Marie Gose (4:10.01), and New Zealand’s Emma Robinson (4:10.40) touched sixth through eighth.

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Men’s 400 IM

Philip Heintz charged to gold in front of a German home crowd in finals of the men’s 400 IM. Heintz held off Italian Federico Turin for the victory, turning in a time of 4:05.16 over Turrini’s 4:05.73.

South Africa’s Ayrton Sweeney finished third overall with a time of 4:06.72, while Germany’s J. Heidtmann took fourth with a 4:07.20.

Patrick Staber of Austria grabbed fifth overall with a time of 4:10.02, followed by Colombia’s Jonathan Gomez’s 4:11.36.

The Netherlands’ Arjan Knipping and Austria’s Sebastian Steffan posted times of 4:11.94 and 4:14.57 for seventh and eight respectively.

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Women’s 100 Breast

Alia Atkinson of Jamaica powered to a dominating first in finals of the women’s 100 breast. Atkinson, who has tied the world record of 1:02.36 twice since Ruta Meilutyte set it in 2013, stopped the clock at a 1:03.16 for gold.

Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen took second overall with a time of 1:04.56, followed by Belgium’s Fanny Lecluyse’s time of 1:05.81.

Arianna Castiglioni of Italy delivered a 1:05.84 for fourth, while Denmark’s Rikke Pedersen was fifth overall with a close 1:05.89.

Italy’s Martina Carraro (1:06.35), Austria’s Lena Kreundl (1:06.94), and Italy’s Sara Franceschi (1:07.31) were sixth through eighth.

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