Meilutyte (LTU) and Le Clos (RSA) shine on day 2
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.
USA wins three gold on opening night in Istanbul
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.