FINA World Swimming Championships (25M)

Matt Grevers (USA) defeats Donets in the 100m backstroke

Great dominator of this event at the 2012 FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup (he won six out the eight races in the programme), where he clocked the best performance of the season (49.49), Stanislav Donets (RUS) was both the winner in 2010 (49.07) and Championships Record holder also since Dubai (he completed the first leg of the 4x100m medley relay in 48.95. Swimming next to Donets, in lane 5, the 2012 Olympic champion Matt Grevers (USA) made a crazy race (setting the “turbo” with some metres to go) and got the gold in 49.89, 0.02 faster than the Russian, who touched for silver in 49.91. The bronze went to Brazil’s Guilherme Guido in 50.50.
 
World Record: Nick Thoman (USA), 48.94 – December 18, 2009 in Manchester (GBR)
Championships Record: Stanislav Donets (RUS), 48.95 – December 19, 2010 in Dubai (UAE)
Best performance of the current season (since August 2012): Stanislav Donets (RUS, 49.49 – November in Tokyo, JPN) 
Last five (2002-2010) winners in this event: 2002 - Matt Welsh (AUS, 51.26); 2004 - Aaron Peirsol (USA, 50.72); 2006 - Matt Welsh (AUS, 51.09); 2008 - Liam Tancock (GBR, 50.14); 2010 - Stanislav Donets (RUS, 49.07)
The best in this event (1. most victories or 2. fastest time): Rodolfo Falcon (CUB, 1995 & 1999) and Matt Welsh (AUS, 2002 & 2006)

 

Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) sets a new CR in the 50m breaststroke

2012 Olympic revelation Ruta Meilutyte (LTU, 15 years old) was the woman to beat in the 50m breaststroke, after establishing two consecutive Championships Records in the heats (29.56) and semi-finals (29.51) of this event. In the decisive race, the gold medallist in the 100m breaststroke in London, proved her present superiority in this distance, getting the gold in 29.44, a new Championships Record and giving her country the first medal ever in the history of these Championships. Also a première in the history of the competition was the silver medal of Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson (29.67). Sarah Katsoulis (AUS) got the bronze in 29.94. Jessica Hardy (USA), the world record holder and winner of the distance in 2008, was only fifth in 30.01.

World Record: Jessica Hardy (USA), 28.80 – November 15, 2009 in Berlin (GER)
Championships Record: Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 29.44 – December 13, 2012 in Istanbul (TUR)
Best performance of the current season (since August 2012): Ruta Meilutyte (LTU, 29.44 – December 13 in Istanbul, TUR) 
Last five (2002-2010) winners in this event: 2002 - Emma Igelstrom (SWE, 29.96); 2004 - Brooke Hanson (AUS, 30.20); 2006 - Jade Edmistone (AUS, 30.22); 2008 - Jessica Hardy (USA, 29.58); 2010 - Rebecca Soni (USA, 29.83)
The best in this event (1. most victories or 2. fastest time): Ruta Meilutyte (LTU, 29.44 – 2012)

 

Daiya Seto (JPN) opens Day 2 with win in the 400m IM

With Ryan Lochte (USA) out of the race for a fourth consecutive win – the North American star decided not to include this event in his programme for these championships – the natural candidate for gold was Daiya Seto, from Japan, the best of the heats and the fastest of the current season (4:00.02, from the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup meet in Tokyo). His main challenger was Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh, with a personal best of 3:57.27, and recent European champion in a time of 4:00.99. In the final, Seto perfectly controlled the race, touching first and establishing a new best performance of the season in 3:59.15. Cseh also got naturally the silver in 4:00.50, while the second Magyar of the final, David Verraszto earned bronze in 4:02.87.
 
World Record: Ryan Lochte (USA), 3:55.50 – December 16, 2010 in Dubai (UAE)
Championships Record: Ryan Lochte (USA), 3:55.50 – December 16, 2010 in Dubai (UAE)
Best performance of the current season (since August 2012): Daiya Seto (JPN, 3:59.15 – December 13 in Istanbul, TUR) 
Last five (2002-2010) winners in this event: 2002 - Thomas Wilkens (USA, 4:04.82); 2004 - Oussama Mellouli (TUN, 4:07.02); 2006 - Ryan Lochte (USA, 4:02.49); 2008 - Ryan Lochte (USA, 4:03.21); 2010 - Ryan Lochte (USA, 3:55.50)
The best in this event (1. most victories or 2. fastest time): Matthew Dunn (AUS, 1995, 1997 & 1999) and Ryan Lochte (USA, 2006, 2008 & 2010)

 

USA earns third gold of the day in the women’s 4x200m free

Gold medallist in Dubai 2010 with a new World Record, China could not repeat this success in the last final of the day in Istanbul. This time, the team of United States, composed by Megan Romano, Chelsea Chenault, Shannon Vreeland and Allison Schmitt, got the third gold of the session, touching first in 7:39.25. The North Americans had won this event for the last time in their home Championships in Indianapolis. Russia made its first appearance in the podium in this event, grabbing silver in 7:42.77, while China concluded third for bronze, in 7:43.26.

World Record: China, 7:35.94 – December 15, 2010 in Dubai (UAE)
Championships Record: China, 7:35.94 – December 15, 2010 in Dubai (UAE)
Last five (2002-2010) winners in this event: 2002 – China (7:46.30); 2004 – United States (7:47.72); 2006 – Australia (7:46.96); 2008 – Netherlands (7:38.90); 2010 – China (7:35.94)
The best in this event (1. most victories or 2. fastest time): China (1993, 1997, 2002 & 2010)


 

USA confirms tradition of success in the 4x100m free

Winners of this event on three occasions, the United States got the gold once more in the men’s 4x100m free relay, in a time of 3:06.40. Thanks to Anthony Ervin, Ryan Lochte, James Feigen and Matt Grevers, the North Americans beat the Italians, the fastest of the heats. In the end, the European team clocked 3:07.07 for silver, while Australia arrived closely behind for bronze, in a time of 3:07.27. Russia and Brazil, respectively second and third in 2010, could not reach the podium in Istanbul. France, the winner two years ago, was the illustrious absent at these Championships.

World Record: United States, 3:03.30 – December 19, 2009 in Manchester (GBR)
Championships Record: France, 3:04.78 – December 15, 2010 in Dubai (UAE)
Last five (2002-2010) winners in this event: 2002 – United States (3:10.64); 2004 – United States (3:09.96); 2006 – Italy (3:10.74); 2008 – United States (3:08.44); 2010 – France (3:04.78)
The best in this event (1. most victories or 2. fastest time): United States (2002, 2004, 2008 & 2012)

 

Hannah Miley (GBR) triumphs with a new CR in the 400m IM

Less than 15 minutes after receiving her gold medal for the 200m butterfly victory, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) was again in action in the 400m IM. Swimming in lane 5, she had been second to Hannah Miley (GBR) in the heats – the British was also the fastest of the year, with a 4:23.47 effort in Chartres (FRA), at the European Championships. In lane 3, the sensation of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, China’s Shiwen Ye, gold medallist in the 200m and 400m IM. In the third final of the inaugural day in Istanbul, Hosszu was never in a position to get the gold, that went to Miley in a new Championships Record of 4:23.14 (Mireia Belmonte, from Spain, had clocked 4:24.21 in 2010). Miley, 23 years old, had been silver medallist in the 200m IM at the FINA World Championships in 2011 in Shanghai. Ye got the silver in 4:23.33, while Kosszu touched third in 4:25.95.

World Record: Julia Smit (USA), 4:21.04 – December 18, 2009 in Manchester (GBR)
Championships Record: Hannah Miley (GBR), 4:23.14 – December 12, 2012 in Istanbul (TUR)
Best performance of the current season (since August 2012): Hannah Miley (GBR, 4:23.14 – December 12, in Istanbul, TUR) 
Last five (2002-2010) winners in this event: 2002 - Yana Klochkova (UKR, 4:30.63); 2004 - Kaitlin Sandeno (USA, 4:30.12); 2006 - Hui Qi (CHN, 4:34.28); 2008 - Kirsty Coventry (ZIM, 4:26.52); 2010 - Mireia Belmonte Garcia (ESP, 4:24.21)
The best in this event (1. most victories or 2. fastest time): Yana Klochkova (UKR, 1999, 2000 & 2002)

 

Hosszu (HUN) confirms brilliant 2012 season with 200m fly win

Katinka Hosszu (HUN), the winner of the 2012 FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup, had established the best performance of the season in the heats, in a time of 2:04.19 and got the gold in the final with a faster time of 2:02.20, a new Championships Record (in 2010, Mireia Belmonte, from Spain, had won in 2:03.59). It was the first 25m world medal for the Magyar swimmer, who was the 2009 champion (long course) in this same event. However, it was a hard fight against Jemma Lowe (GBR), silver medallist two years ago and the first until the 150m mark. In the end, Lowe got the bronze in 2:03.19, while Liuyang Jiao (CHN) finished second in 2:02.28. Zige Liu, the world record holder, was only fourth.

World Record: Zige Liu (CHN), 2:00.78 – November 15, 2009 in Berlin (GER)
Championships Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2:02.20 – December 12, 2012 in Istanbul (TUR)
Best performance of the current season (since August 2012): Katinka Hosszu (HUN, 2:02.20 – December 12, in Istanbul, TUR) 
Last five (2002-2010) winners in this event: 2002 - Petria Thomas (AUS, 2:05.76); 2004 - Kaitlin Sandeno (USA, 2:06.95); 2006 - Jessicah Schipper (AUS, 2:05.11); 2008 - Mary Descenza (USA, 2:04.27); 2010 - Mireia Belmonte Garcia (ESP, 2:03.59)
The best in this event (1. most victories or 2. fastest time): Limin Liu (CHN, 1993 & 1997) and Mette Jacobsen (DEN, 1999 & 2000)

 

Ryan Lochte (USA) revalidates title in the 200m free

Fastest in the heats and winner of this event in 2010, Ryan Lochte (USA) was naturally the favourite for the victory, also taking into account his excellent performance (five medals) at the 2012 Olympics in London. Despite the presence of world record holder Paul Biedermann (GER) in lane 3, the US star controlled the race and got the gold in 1:41.92. Biedermann still tried a final acceleration but finished second in 1:42.07. The bronze went to the second US swimmer of the final, Conor Dwyer (1:43.78). The best performer of the year, France’s Yannick Agnel is not present in Istanbul. 

World Record: Paul Biedermann (GER), 1:39.37 – November 15, 2009 in Berlin (GER)
Championships Record: Ryan Lochte (USA), 1:41.08 – December 15, 2010 in Dubai (UAE)
Best performance of the current season (since August 2012): Yannick Agnel (FRA, 1:39.70 – November in Angers, FRA) 
Last five (2002-2010) winners in this event: 2002 - Klete Keller (USA, 1:44.36); 2004 - Michael Phelps (USA, 1:43.59); 2006 - Ryk Neethling (RSA, 1:43.51); 2008 - Kenrick Monk (AUS, 1:43.46); 2010 - Ryan Lochte (USA, 1:41.08)
The best in this event (1. most victories or 2. fastest time): Gustavo Borges (BRA, 1995 & 1997) and Ryan Lochte (USA, 2010 & 2012)

 

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