Swimming, Day 4 - Women's 200m freestyle: Franklin nets third Barcelona gold
Missy Franklin (USA) claimed her third gold medal of the Barcelona World Championships, beating world record holder Federica Pellegrini (ITA), the defending champion, in the final of the 200m freestyle. Franklin, already a gold medallist in the 4x100m freestyle relay and 100m backstroke,led just inside world record pace at the 100m mark, with Olympic 400m freestyle champion Camille Muffat (FRA) second and Pellegrini fifth. Pellegrini, fourth with 50m to go, piled on the pressure on the last length but could not catch the 18-year-old American. Franklin, fourth in the event at the 2012 Olympics,won in 1:54.81 as Pellegrini charged through for the silver in 1:55.14, with Muffat taking the bronze in 1:55.72.
Pellegrini, the 2008 Olympic champion, who had been chasing a third consecutive world title in this event, has won 200m freestyle medals at five World Championships in a row, having claimed silver in 2005, bronze in 2007, gold in 2009 and 2011 and now another silver. She set her world record of 1:52.98 when she won her 2009 title, in the era of the fast-suits.
Swimming, Day 4 - Men's 200m butterfly: Le Clos succeeds Phelps as world champion
Chad le Clos, who dethroned Michael Phelps as 200m butterfly Olympic champion, succeeded him as world champion, inheriting the crown after the retirement of the great American. The 21-year-old South African finished strongly to win in 1:54.32 ahead of former world champion Pawel Korzeniowski (POL), who had led into the last turn. Korzeniowski, gold medallist in the absence of Phelps in 2005 and silver medallist in 2009, claimed the silver in 1:55.01, with Peng Wu (CHN) collecting his fourth World Championship medal in the event, a bronze in 1:55.09 ahead of Chinese team-mate Yin Chen (1:55.47). Wu took silver in 2007 and bronze in 2005 and 2011.
Phelps had won the 200 fly title at five of the last six World Championships, having chosen not to defend it in 2005. Olympic bronze medallist Takeshi Matsuda (JPN), twice a silver medallist and once bronze at the Worlds, failed to make the final.
Swimming, Day 3 - World record for Ledecky on day of golden US treble
Sixteen-year-old Katie Ledecky smashed the 1500 metres freestyle world record on a great day for the USA which brought three world crowns for the Stars and Stripes team. Ledecky prevailed in a monumental duel with Denmark's defending champion Lotte Friis, while Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers grabbed the golds in their respective 100m backstroke finals. Fellow Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte, born just two days after Ledecky, came tantalisingly close to her own second world record in two days but still celebrated an historic first world title in the 50m pool for independent Lithuania in the 100m breaststroke.
Ledecky, who won the 400m freestyle on Day 1, and Friis fought neck and neck in the 30-length pool marathon, the American edging clear in the final 100 metres to win in 15:36.53. Friis, world silver medallist in 2009 and champion in 2011, touched in 15:38.88 and was also inside the 15:42.54 world mark set by Kate Ziegler in Mission Viejo, California, on June 17, 2007. Lauren Boyle (NZL), Barcelona 400m freestyle bronze medallist, came through strongly in the later stages to claim another bronze in 15:44.71.
Swimming, Day 3 - Women's 100m breast: Meilutyte wins world title for Lithuania
Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte claimed an historic first world long-course swimming title for Lithuania since it gained independence after the break-up of the former Soviet Union. The 16-year-old England-based swimmer was a clear winner, though she finished a shade outside the world record 1:04.35 she clocked in the semi-finals. Meilutyte led all the way and swept to the gold in 1:04.42, a time still inside the 1:04.45 world mark which had stood to Jessica Hardy (USA) since August 2009.
Yuliya Efimova (RUS), world silver medallist in 2009 and second-fastest behind Meilutyte in the semi-finals, was the only swimmer to finish within a second of the Lithuanian, taking the silver in 1:05.02. Hardy, world silver medallist in 2005, scooped the bronze in 1:05.52. Rebecca Soni (USA), twice Olympic 200m breaststroke champion, won the 100m breaststroke world crown in 2009 and 2011 and the 200m in 2011 but is not defending her titles in Barcelona.
Swimming, Day 3 - Men's 100m backstroke: third gold medal for the USA on Day 3
Olympic champion Matt Grevers claimed a third gold medal for the USA on Day 3 in the pool with victory in a one-two with American team-mate David Plummer in the men's 100m backstroke. Grevers, who added 2012 Olympic gold in London to 2008 Olympic silver in Beijing, claimed his first world medal in the event, hitting the wall in 52.93. Second at 50m behind joint defending champion Jeremy Stravius (FRA), Grevers pulled ahead on the return length to win in 52.93 seconds. Plummer snatched the silver in 53.12, with Stravius taking the bronze in 53.21.
Ryosuke Irie (JPN), bronze medallist in the event at the 2011 Worlds and 2012 Olympics, was 0.08 seconds outside another bronze in 53.29. Camille Lacourt, who uniquely shared the world title with French team-mate Stravius in 2011, was fifth in 53.51. Lacourt was fourth in the 2012 Olympic final, while Stravius swam only in relay heats in London but has bounced back, celebrating gold in the French 4x100m freestyle relay triumph on Day 1 in Barcelona. Missy Franklin (100m backstroke) and Katie Ledecky (1500m freestyle) preceded Grevers to the victory podium on a great evening for the Stars and Stripes.
Swimming, Day 3 - Women's 1500m freestyle: Ledecky (USA) breaks World Record for second Barcelona gold
Sixteen-year-old American Katie Ledecky shattered the women's 1500m freestyle world record and won the world crown in an epic duel with defending champion Lotte Friis (DEN) to claim her second title of the Barcelona World Championships. Ledecky, Olympic 800m freestyle gold medallist and newly crowned world 400m freestyle champion, was locked in a battle with Friis throughout the 30-length race, edging clear in the final 100 metres to win in 15:36.53. Friis, who took the world silver in 2009 and gold in 2011, touched in 15:38.88 and was also inside the long-standing 15:42.54 world mark set by Ledecky's fellow American Kate Ziegler in Mission Viejo, California, on June 17, 2007. Lauren Boyle (NZL), Barcelona 400m freestyle bronze medallist, came through strongly in the later stages to claim another bronze in 15:44.71.
Ledecky led through the first 250 metres but Friis was in front by the 300m mark as they swam neck and neck in what had become a race for two, with the rest scrapping for bronze until Boyle detached herself from the others. Ledecky hit the front at 1300 metres and ensured the second US victory of the evening after Missy Franklin's win in the 100m backstroke.
Swimming, Day 3 - Women's 100m backstroke: Franklin (USA) maintains winning ways
Olympic champion Missy Franklin captured her second gold medal of the Barcelona World Championships with an emphatic victory in the 100m backstroke. The 18-year-old American, who led the USA to victory in the 4x100m freestyle relay on the opening evening in the pool, dominated the race from start to finish. She turned at 50 metres in 28.62, inside world record pace, and won by a comfortable margin in 58.42, finishing 0.30 seconds outside the 2009 world mark of Gemma Spofforth (GBR).
Emily Seebohm (AUS) took the silver, 0.64 seconds behind, in 59.06, and Aya Terakawa (JPN), 50m backstroke silver medallist in 2011, the bronze in 59.23. The 1-2-3 order repeated the medal podium of the 2012 Olympics. Franklin won four gold medals at the London Olympics and is in the hunt for more medals in Barcelona.
Swimming, Day 3 - Men's 200m freestyle: Agnel (FRA) wins second Barcelona gold
Olympic champion Yannick Agnel (FRA) bagged his second gold medal of the World Championships with a runaway victory in the men's 200m freestyle. Agnel, already a Barcelona gold medallist in the French 4x100m freestyle relay on Day 1, led all the way to take the title in 1:44.20. Conor Dwyer (USA) came through from fifth on the last length to snatch the silver in 1:45.32, with Danila Izotov (RUS), bronze medallist in 2009, claiming another bronze, in 1:45.59. It was a second Barcelona bronze for Izotov after he helped Russia to third place in the 4x100m freestyle relay.
Defending champion Ryan Lochte (USA) held third place in the middle stages of the race but finished outside the medals in fourth spot (1:45.64). Lochte, the reigning Olympic 400m individual medley champion, also finished fourth in the 200m freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics. Kosuke Hagino (JPN), silver medallist in the Barcelona 400m freestyle, was fifth. Olympic silver medallist Yang Sun chose not to contest the event, concentrating instead on the 400, 800 and 1500m freestyle, having got his campaign off to a flying start with victory in the 400. Tae-hwan Park (KOR), champion in 2011, did not defend his title.
Swimming, Day 2: World Record for Meilutyte (LTU)
Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte claimed the first world record of the 15th FINA World Championships in a landmark swim for Lithuania in the women's 100m reaststroke. Meilutyte,16, clocked 1:04.35 in the semi-finals to better the 1:04.45 set by Jessica Hardy (USA) in Federal Way, Washington, on August 7, 2009. It was the first swimming world record in the 50m pool for her country since it gained its independence on the break-up of the former Soviet Union.
Four world titles were decided in the pool, with the victors coming from three continents, embracing Oceania, Europe and the Americas. Christian Sprenger provided Australia with the first gold of the evening, beating Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) into second place in the men's 100m breaststroke. Sprenger prevailed in 58.79 ahead of Van der Burgh (58.97) and Felipe Lima (BRA, 59.65) in an event won last time by Alexander Dale Oen (NOR), who sadly died in 2012.
Swimming, Day 2 - Women's 200m IM: Hungarian rhapsody for Hosszu
Katinka Hosszu brought Hungary their first world title in the Barcelona pool with an emphatic victory in the women's 200m individual medley. Hosszu, 400m individual medley champion in 2009 when she also took bronze in the 200 IM, took charge from the outset and never allowed her rivals near as Olympic gold medallist and defending champion Shiwen Ye of China finished outside the medals in fourth place.
Hosszu, eighth in the event at the 2012 Olympics, won in 2:07.92, with Olympic silver medallist Alicia Coutts (AUS) collecting her third silver medal in two days, clocking 2:09.39 and repeating her 2011 world silver. The 25-year-old Australian had started the evening session with silver in the 100m butterfly to go with her silver the previous evening in the 4x100m freestyle relay. Home fans cheered Mireia Belmonte, Spain's double Olympic silver medallist in 2012, as she took the bronze in 2:09.45, just 0.06 seconds behind Coutts. Ye, the youngest world 200 IM champion ever when she won in 2011 at just 15, was barely in the hunt and had to settle for fourth in 2:10.48
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