Mireia Belmonte, Sjostrom Lower World Records on Day 2 of World Cup Eindhoven

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The pool may as well have been on fire during day two finals of the 2017 FINA World Cup stop in Eindhoven. Mireia Belmonte and Sarah Sjostrom powered to new world records in finals of the women’s 400 IM and 200 free respectively.

Additional highlights from day two finals include Chad le Clos’ two gold medals and Ranomi Kromowidjojo’s upset win over Sjsotrom in the 50 fly.

Schedule of Events:

  • Men’s 100 Free
  • Women’s 50 Breast
  • Men’s 200 Breast
  • Women’s 400 IM
  • Men’s 50 Back
  • Women’s 100 Back
  • Men’s 200 IM
  • Women’s 50 Fly
  • Men’s 1500 Free
  • Women’s 200 Free
  • Men’s 100 Fly

Men’s 100 Free

Chad le Clos bested Russian sprint star Vladimir Morozov in the 100 free final. Le Clos turned in a top time of 45.96, while Morozov settled for second with a 46.14.

Italy’s Marco Orsi took third overall with a time of 46.70, while the Netherlands’ Kyle Stolk finished fourth with a time of 47.21.

Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers turned in a fifth place finish of 47.24, still recovering from taking the summer off for health reasons.

New Zealand’s Daniel Hunter (47.45), Norway’s Markus Lie (47.83), and the USA’s Tom Shields (47.95) rounded out the top eight.

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Women’s 50 Breast

Alia Atkinson of Jamaica backed up her win in the 100 breast yesterday with a top showing in the 50. Atkinson powered to a time of 28.84, stopping the clock a shy .20 seconds off her own world record of 28.64 from 2016.

Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte picked up second overall with a time of 29.57, while Denmark’s Rikke Pedersen rounded out the podium with a time of 30.25.

Melanie Margalis of the USA turned in a time of 30.68, followed by Australia’s Tessa Wallace and her time of 30.84.

Austria’s Lena Kreundl (30.85), Belgium’s Fanny Lecluyse (30.89), and the Netherlands’ Kim Busch (31.09) were sixth through eighth.

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Men’s 200 Breast

Kirill Prigoda of Russia and Marco Koch of Germany battled for first in the men’s 200 breast, finishing .47 seconds apart. Despite Koch’s attempt to narrow the gap and pull ahead, Prigoda held him off for victory and a time of 2:02.15. Koch settled for second and a time of 2:02.62.

Russia’s Anton Chupkov delivered a time of 2:02.83 for third overall.

Nic Fink of the USA grabbed fourth with a time of 2:04.14, while Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich earned fifth with a 2:04.19.

The Netherlands’ Arno Kamminga (2:05.50), Japan’s Yukihiro Takahashi (2:05.85), and Belgium’s Basten Caerts (2:08.95) took sixth through eighth.

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Women’s 400 IM

The swift swims that have highlighted the summer of 2017 continued with Spain’s Mireia Belmonte delivering a shocking upset over Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu in the 400 IM.

Hosszu jumped to an early lead in the race, but Belmonte narrowed the gap and pulled ahead in the breaststroke leg. The Spaniard succeeded in holding off the world champion as she powered to a new world record of 4:18.94.

Belmonte’s time downs Hosszu’s 2015 world record of 4:19.46, set in Netanya, Israel. She also lowered the world cup record of 4:19.82 that Hosszu had set a slim six days ago.

Hosszu settled for second overall with a time of 4:25.18, while the USA’S Ella Eastin grabbed third with a time of 4:26.06.

Ilaria Cusinato of Italy turned in a fourth place finish of 4:34.11, followed by Germany’s Franziska Hentke’s 4:38.03.

Belgium’s Fanny Lecluyse (4:39.82), the USA’s Kim Williams (4:41.04), and Switzerland’s Martina van Berkel (4:43.46) completed the top eight.

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Men’s 50 Back

Pavel Sankovich of Belarus turned in a top showing in the men’s 50 back, stopping the clock at a time of 22.84.

Germany’s Christian Erik Diener finished second overall with a time of 23.31, followed by Japan’s Masaki Kaneko and his time of 23.55.

Viktar Staselovich of Belarus turned in a fourth place finish of 23.63, while Australia’s Mitchell Larkin grabbed fifth with a 23.80.

Russia’s Vladimir Morozov (23.81), Japan’s Kosuke Matsui (23.96), and Russia’s Grigory Tarasevich (24.04) took sixth through eighth.

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Women’s 100 Back

Australia’s Emily Seebohm flirted with a sub-56 swim in finals of the women’s 100 back, posting a final time of 56.00 for gold.

Olivia Smoliga of the USA finished a strong second with a time of 56.58, while Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu posted a third place finish of 58.11.

Colombia’s Isabella Arcila Hurtado picked up fourth overall with a 58.40, followed by the Dutch duo of Tessa Vermeulen (59.04) and Marieke Tienstra (59.28).

The USA’s Danielle Carter and Zoe Lusk rounded out the top eight with times of 1:01.22 and 1:01.67.

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Men’s 200 IM

Germany’s Philip Heintz held off Russia’s Kirill Prigoda in finals of the men’s 200 IM. Heintz led the race from start to finish, stopping the clock at a time of 1:53.23. Prigoda finished second overall with a time of 1:53.81.

Australia’s Clyde Lewis posted a time of 1:54.54 for third, followed by Hong Kong’s Kenneth To and his time of 1:55.78.

Kyle Stolk of the Netherlands grabbed fifth with a 1:56.24, just ahead of the Australian duo of Travis Mahoney (1:56.68) and Mitchell Larkin (1:57.61).

Arjan Knipping was eighth overall with a time of 1:58.79.

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Women’s 50 Fly

The shocking swims continued as Ranomi Kromowidjojo bested world record holder Sarah Sjostrom in finals of the women’s 50 fly. Kromowidjojo snuck her hands in to stop the clock a slim .01 seconds ahead of Sjostrom’s 24.55 with a 24.54.

Fellow Dutchwoman Maaike de Waard rounded out the podium with a time of 25.46, followed by the Australian duo of Cate Campbell (25.77) and Emilly Seebohm (25.81).

Josien Wijkhuijs (25.95), Elinore de Jong (25.99), and Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson (26.03) were sixth through eighth.

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Men’s 1500 Free

Henrik Christiansen of Norway cruised to first in the men’s 1500 free, holding off the competition to finish first with a time of 14:26.48.

Italy’s Gabriele Detti picked up a close second with a time of 14:28.43, while the Netherlands’ Ferry Weertman rounded out the podium with a time of 14:50.27.

Maarten Brzoskowski, also of the Netherlands, turned in a 15:08.88 for fourth place, followed by Australia’s Jacob Hansford’s 15:23.33.

Cook Islands’ Wesley Roberts (15:27.36), Austria’s Manuel Staudinger (15:27.43), and David Kuipers (16:16.05) were sixth through eighth.

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Women’s 200 Free

200 freestyle all-stars Sarah Sjostrom and Federica Pellegrini went head-to-head, once again, in finals of the women’s 200 free. Sjostrom delivered her sixth world record of 2017 with a time of 1:50.43. Her time downs her own 2014 world record of 1:50.78.

Sjostrom’s time also downs Katinka Hosszu’s world cup record of 1:51.41, set in 2014 at the Doha stop of the FINA World Cup.

Pellegrini picked up second overall with a time of 1:51.63, followed by Dutchwoman Femke Heemskerk and her time of 1:52.24.

The USA’s Melanie Margalis was fourth overall with a time of 1:53.66, while Israel’s Andrea Murez took fifth with a time of 1:54.67.

Australia’s Mikkayla Sheridan and Carla Buchanan delivered times of 1:55.74 and 1:55.93 for sixth and seventh, just ahead of the USA’s Katie Drabot and her time of 1:56.72.

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Men’s 100 Fly

Chad le Clos of South Africa collected his second gold medal of the day with a top showing in the men’s 100 fly. Le Clos stopped the clock at a time of 49.09, followed closely by Italy’s Matteo Rivolta’s 49.54.

The USA’s Tom Shields took third overall with a time of 49.70, while Belarus’ Yauhen Tsurkin was a fourth with a time of 50.13.

Joeri Verlinden grabbed fifth with a time of 50.31, just ahead of a tie between Japan’s Masayuki Umemoto and Belarus’ Yahor Dodaleu. The two posted matching times of 51.03 for sixth.

The Netherlands’ Mathys Goosen finished eighth with a time of 51.66.

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