Rikke Moller Pedersen Pushes Pace in 200 Breast Semis at 2015 FINA World Championships

Rikke Moeller Pedersen Denmark DEN 100 Breaststroke Final Gold Medal 32nd LEN European Championships Berlin, Germany 2014 Aug.13 th - Aug. 24 th Day08 - Aug. 20 Photo A.Masini/Deepbluemedia/Inside
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Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen put up a top time in the women’s 200-meter breast semis at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

The world-record holder Pedersen clocked a time of 2:21.99 to lead the way into the finals.  That’s just off her second-ranked season best of 2:21.58 from June.

USA’s Micah Lawrence raced her way into second in the finale with a time of 2:22.04 as she moved to fourth in the world rankings this year, crushing her season best of 2:23.32.

Japan’s Kanako Watanabe, the top-ranked swimmer in the world with a 2:20.90 from April, checked in third with a time of 2:22.15.

200 Breast World Rankings

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Russia’s Vitalina Simonova (2:22.72), Canada’s Kierra Smith (2:22.82), Japan’s Rie Kaneto (2:22.88) and Spain’s Jessica Vall (2:22.90) also qualified into the championship heat.

China’s Shi Jinglin and Iceland’s Hilda Luthersdottir set up a swimoff for eighth with matching 2:23.06s.

Shi beat Luthersdottir, 2:23.75 to 2:25.11, in the swimoff.

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