Day 1 finals live recap


Day 1 finals live recap


After a lightning-fast opening morning of preliminary rounds, the first final round of the 2022 World Championship has arrived.

With the Men’s 400m IM being brought forward from the last to the first day for this year’s edition, we will have five medal events during the Day 1 finals instead of the usual four.

Swimmers compete for a spot on the podium in the men’s 400m free and 400m IM, the women’s 400m free, and then the men’s and women’s 400m free relay.

Arguably the highlight of the heats were the torrid splits we saw in the men’s 400m free relay, as there were 15 sub-48 stages total, including three by the top seeded Americans. This immediately put the US camp in an interesting position in terms of line-up decisions Drew Kibler be left by the provisional squadron and Ryan Held (47.11), Justin Ress (47.57) and Brooks curry (47.76) all splits that would normally earn them a place in the finals.

As it turns out, Kibler was left out of the finals season and all three will be joining Caeleb Dressel This evening.

Update: Kibler did not swim due to COVID-19 protocols.

We also saw four men crack 23 in the 50 fly led by Dylan Carter (22.87), while one of the pre-race favorites, Nicholas SantosHe was a bit off and after 11.46pm he found himself on lane 1 of the second semi-final.

For women 200 IM, American Alex Walsch grabbed the top seed in 2:09.41 while her teammate LeahHayes qualified second in 2:09.81 to break her national age group record of 15-16.

In the singles finals Felix Aubock comes with the top seed in the men’s 400 Free, a spot he held in 2017 before finishing fifth in the finals. The Australian’s most notable miss that morning Mack Hortondropped out of the final in ninth place (3:46.57).

Everything was included in the women’s 400 Free Katie Ledecky in the heats and added another sub-4:00 to her list in 3:59.79. canada Summer McIntosh Second in 4:03.19, during China’s Li Bingjielast year’s Olympic bronze medalist, was off the pace and finished 10th in 4:08.25.

The predicted top 4 showed strong performances in the men’s 400 IM heats, led by Leon Marchandwho broke his French record in 4:09.09. Carson Foster had an impressive LC Worlds debut in 4:09.60, and Chase Kalisz finishes third in 4:10.32 (all three were in the same heat) and qualifies for the final after missing out in 2019.

Daiya Setothe defending champion, who has won this event in three of the last four World Championships, won the final heat and qualified fourth as he appears to be in significantly better shape than he was at the 2021 Olympics.

The Australian women and American men were the big favorites in the 400 free relays and things didn’t change much in heats. Australia, who kept their big guns holstered, still had a 52.9 lead Madi Wilson and a 52.98 leg from meg harris.

Men 400 Free – Finals

  • World record: 3:40.07, Paul Biedermann (GER) – WM 2009
  • Championship record: 3:40.07, Paul Biedermann (GER) – World Championship 2009
  • 2021 Olympic Champion: Ahmed Hafnaoui (TUN), 3:43.36
  • World Champion 2019: sun yang (CHN), 3:42.44
  1. Elijah Winnington (AUS), 3:41.22
  2. Lukas Martens (GER), 3:42.85
  3. Guilherme Costa (BRA), 3:43.31
  4. Felix Aubock (AUT), 3:43.58
  5. Marco de Tullio (ITA), 3:44.14
  6. Kim Woomin (KOR), 3:45.64
  7. Kieran Smith (USA), 3:46,43
  8. Trey Freeman (USA), 3:46.53

The men’s 400m freestyle was everything we could have wished for as the world’s fastest swimmers for the last two years as they went head-to-head in an epic showdown.

Australian Elijah Winnington got a fast start and was passed by Germany Lukas Martens on the fifth 50, and then roared home in 26.50 to cement the win in a time of 3:41.22.

Swimming for Winnington improves on his previous best time of 3:42.65, set at the 2021 Olympic Trials, and places him 5th on the list of all achievers (3rd in a textile suit).

The win was also Australia’s first since the nation won five consecutive titles from 1994 to 2005. It’s also the first time since 2009 that an Asian nation hasn’t won the 400 Free, along with China sun yang after winning the last four and South Koreans Park Tae-Hwan achieve victory in 2011.

Märtens, who started this year as the world’s fastest swimmer in 3:41.60, was perhaps a little early as he had no answer when Winnington exploded out of the final corner. However, the German took silver in 3:42.85, defending another South American record for the Brazilian Guilherme Costa (3:43,31), who took bronze.

Felix Aubockwith an Austrian record of 3:43.83, the top seed from the heats, reduced this time again to 3:43.58 and finished fourth.

The top three swimmers were all faster than the time it took to win Olympic gold last year (3:43.36).

Women 100 Fly – Semifinals

  • World record: 55.48, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – Olympic Games 2016
  • Championship record: 55.53, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – World Championships 2017
  • 2021 Olympic Champion: Maggie MacNeil (CAN), 55.59
  • World Champion 2019: Maggie MacNeil (CAN), 55.83

Final qualification:

  1. Torri Huske (USA), 56.29
  2. Marie Wattel (FRA), 56.80
  3. Claire Curzan (US), 56.93
  4. Brianna Throssell (AUS), 56.96
  5. Louise Hanson (SWE), 56.97
  6. Zhang Yufei (CHN), 57.03
  7. Lana Pudar (BIH), 57.67
  8. Farida Osman (EGY), 57.91

American Torri Huske looked strong en route to being the top seed in the women’s 100m butterfly final, dominating the second semifinal in a time of 56.29.

Huske was the only swimmer in the field who was under 26 at 25.82 and will be the swimmer to beat on Sunday as she is more than half a second clear of the next fastest swimmer.

of France Marie Wattel (56.80) and American Claire Curzan (56.93) both put down 56 highs to go 1-2 in the first half while Aussie Brianna Throssell broke 57 seconds in 56.93 for the first time to qualify fourth.

The most notable result of this event is the shape of China Zhang Yufei, who looked a little offside, only qualifying sixth in 57.03. Zhang is the third fastest swimmer in history with an Asian record of 55.62 set in September 2020.

Overall, this event was significantly slower than the Tokyo Olympics, which isn’t much of a surprise considering we’re missing half of last year’s finals. Last summer it took 57.19 to reach the finals, 57.91 this year.

Men’s 50 Fly – Semifinals

Final qualification:

  1. Ben Stolz (GBR), 22.76
  2. Caeleb Dressel (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) / Thomas Cecon (ITA), 22.79
  3. Michael Andrew (USA), 22.87
  4. Szebasztian Szabo (HUN), 22.91
  5. Dylan Carter (TTO), 22.98
  6. Tzen Wei Teong (SGP), 23.03
  7. Nicholas Santos (BRA), 23.04

Women 400 Free – Finals

  • World record: 3:56.40, Ariarne Titmus (AUS) – Australian Championships 2022
  • Championship record: 3:58.34, Katie Ledecky (USA) – World Cup 2017
  • Olympic Champion 2021: Ariarne Titmus (AUS), 3:56.69
  • World Champion 2019: Ariarne Titmus (AUS), 3:58.76

Men’s 100 Breaststroke – Semifinals

  • World record: 56.88, Adam Peaty (GBR), World Championship 2019
  • Championship record: 56.88, Adam Peaty (GBR), 2019 World Championship
  • Olympic Champion 2021: Adam Peaty (GBR), 57.37
  • World Champion 2019: Adam Peaty (GBR), 57.14

Women 200 IM – Semifinals

  • World record: 2:06.12, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – World Championships 2015
  • Championship record: 2:06.12, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – World Championships 2015
  • 2021 Olympic Champion: Yui Ohashi (JPN), 2:08.52
  • World Champion 2019: Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2:07.53

Men’s 400 IM – Final

  • World record: 4:03.84, Michael Phelps (USA) – 2008 Olympic Games
  • Championship record: 4:05.90, Chase Kalisz (USA) – World Cup 2017
  • Olympic champion 2021: Chase Kalisz (USA), 4:09.42
  • World Champion 2019: Daiya Seto (JPN) 4:08.95

Men’s 4×100 Meter Free Relay – Final

  • World record: 3:08.24, USA – 2008 Olympic Games
  • Championship record: 3:09.06, USA – 2019 World Championships
  • 2021 Olympic champions: USA, 3:08.97
  • World Champions 2019: United States, 3:09.06

Women’s 4×100 Free Relay – Finals

  • World record: 3:29.69, Australia – Olympic Games 2021
  • Championship record: 3:30.21, Australia – World Championships 2019
  • 2021 Olympic champions: Australia, 3:29.69
  • World Champions 2019: Australia, 3:30.21

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