FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

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Organised in even years, the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) gather the world's fastest swimmers for a five-day, top-level showdown in 25-metre pool.

This year, about 900 swimmers coming from all continents will compete in the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), held in Doha (QAT) from December 3-7, 2014.

46 events (34 individual and 12 relays) are featured on the competition programme, for a total 138 medals.


 


 


Lochte betters 100m IM WR, Meilutyte and Ye on top

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

One day after setting a new World Record in the final of the men’s 200m IM, Ryan Lochte (USA) was again in excellent shape on day 4 of the 11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Istanbul, setting a new world best mark in the semis of the 100m IM. Qualifying first for the final, the U.S. superstar touched home in 50.71, improving the previous WR (50.76) of Peter Mankoc (SLO) from December 2009. In the decisive race of this event, to be held this Sunday, the last day of the Championships, Lochte is the top favourite for the gold.

In the finals of this Saturday, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), Nicholas Santos (BRA) and Shiwen Ye (CHN) all won with new Championships Records, respectively in the women’s 100m breaststroke (1:03.52), the men’s 50m butterfly (22.22), and the women’s 200m IM (2:04.64). The fourth meet’s record (26.11) of the day was established by Jing Zhao (CHN) in the semis of the women’s 50m backstroke. Before the last day in Istanbul, two World and 15 Championships Records have been set at the Sinan Erdem Arena.

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Ryan Lochte (USA) sets first WR (200m IM) in Istanbul

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

On day 3 at the 11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), the first World Record was established by Ryan Lochte (USA) in the men’s 200m individual medley tonight. The swimming star touched first in 1:49.63, becoming the first to complete the distance in less than 1:50 minutes. The day was also highlighted by four Championships Records: two set by Nicholas Santos (BRA) in the heats (22.40, equalled) and the semis (22.23) of the men’s 50m butterfly: one from Daniel Gyurta (HUN), who brilliantly won the men’s 200m breaststroke in 2:01.35, and a fourth set by teammate Katinka Hosszu in the women’s 100m IM (58.49).

With so many successes, Hungary is presently second in the championships’ medal table, totalling seven medals (three gold, one silver and three bronze). Team USA dominates the chart with a total 17 awards (7, 4, 6) – besides Lochte’s gold, USA earned three silver and two bronze medals throughout the evening’s session.

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Meilutyte (LTU) and Le Clos (RSA) shine on day 2

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) and Chad Le Clos (RSA) were the “most valuable swimmers” of the second day of the 11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), taking place in Istanbul. In the women’s 50m breaststroke, the Lithuanian revelation of 2012 (she won the Olympic title in the 100m breaststroke) got the gold in a new Championships Record of 29.44, after having improved the mark in the heats (29.56) and semis (29.51). In the men’s 100m butterfly, Le Clos (winner of the Olympic 200m butterfly) also swam fast, clocking a new event’s best mark in 48.82.

The rest of the session was marked by three more gold medals for the U.S. team – thanks to the men's quartet in the 4x200m free relay, Olivia Smoliga (a surprising winner in the 100m back) and Matt Grevers (who narrowly defeated Russian Stanislav Donets in the men’s 100m back). Japan's Daiya Seto confirmed an excellent 2012 season with a sub-4 minute triumph in the men’s 400m IM while Fabio Scozzoli (ITA) also confirmed his credentials in the 100m breaststroke. In the longest duel of the day, Lauren Boyle (NZL) beat Lotte Friis (DEN) for the title in the women’s 800m free.

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USA wins three gold on opening night in Istanbul

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

The 11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) have started in Istanbul (TUR) under the domination of USA, who won three out of the five gold medals at stake in the inaugural day. Ryan Lochte was the best in the men’s 200m free and also gave his precious contribution to the triumph of his team in the 4x100m free relay. In the last event of the evening, the United States repeated the 2004 success in the women’s 4x200m free. The other individual winners of the day were Katinka Hosszu (HUN) in the women’s 200m butterfly and Hannah Miley (GBR) in the 400m IM.

The initial day in the Turkish metropolis was also marked by five Championships Records: in the morning, the 2012 Olympic revelation Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) clocked 29.56 in the heats of the women’s 50m breaststroke, a time she improved in the semis of the event (29.51). The triumph of Hosszu and Miley was also accompanied by a new best mark of the competition - 2:02.20 and 4:23.14, respectively. Finally, and despite a Championships Record of 45.52 in the first leg of the men’s 4x100m free, set by Vladimir Morozov, Russia only finished fourth in the event.

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Opening Ceremony highlights Turkish traditions

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

With the presence of the Turkish Minister of Youth and Sport, Suat Kilic, the Opening Ceremony of the Championships displayed some of the history of the country, its main attractions and traditions, and was certainly inspirational for all the participants in the competition.

In his opening speech, FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione underlined the great attendance in Istanbul: “These World Championships are highlighted by a new record of participation, with 162 nations and nearly 1000 athletes present, a figure that demonstrates the value and importance of FINA around the world and the attractiveness of Istanbul, an exciting, beautiful and friendly metropolis between two continents”, he considered.


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