Day 2 Prelims Live Recap


Day 2 Prelims Live Recap


The second day of the 2022 World Championships in Budapest begins with the Men’s and Women’s 100 Backstroke, Women’s 100 Breaststroke and Men’s 200 Free heats.

The Women’s 100 Back is one of the most anticipated events of the morning. There will be a showdown in the final between the current world record holders Kaylee McKeown from Australia and the USA ReganSmith, the former world record holder. This is their first duel since the Tokyo Olympics, where McKeown took home gold. Olympic silver medalist Kylie Mass Canada is 2nd seeded.

With the absence of Olympic gold and silver medalists in Tokyo Yevgeny Rylov and Kliment Kolesnikov from Russia, the men’s 100 backstroke is led by the USA Ryan Murphythe world record holder, and his teammate Hunter Armstrong. of Italy Thomas Cecon but ranks close behind, as does the reigning world champion Jiayu Xu from China.

The session ends with the women’s 1500m free race, where it’s always a pleasure to see the distance queen Katie Ledecky of the United States in her element as the front runner. She will swim in a separate heat from the 2nd seed Simon Quadarella from Italy, the reigning world champion, who does not yet have to swim at this meeting. She cleared the 400 earlier to focus on clearing the 1500.

100 women’s backs

The 16 best qualifiers

  1. ReganSmith (USA) – 58.31
  2. Kylie Mass (CAN) – 58.89
  3. Claire Curzan (USA) – 59.09
  4. Letian Wan (CHN) – 59.67
  5. Kira Toussaint (NED) – 59.69
  6. Emma Terebo (FRA) – 59.87
  7. Xuwei Peng (CHN) – 59.93
  8. Eira Medi Harris (GBR) – 1:00.03
  9. Margherita Panziera (ITA) – 1:00.40
  10. Maaike de Waard (NED) – 1:00.46
  11. Silvia Scalia (ITA) – 1:00.77
  12. Eunji Lee (KOR) – 1:00.78
  13. Paulina Peda (POL) – 1:00.83
  14. Hanna Rosvall (SWE) – 1:00.99
  15. Mimosa Jallow (FIN) – 1:01.01
  16. Analia Pigree (FRA) – 1:01.13

world record holder Kaylee McKeown scraped this event late (probably focusing on her 200 IM final tonight) and left the rest of the field to fight it out.

ReganSmith had a strong swim from the third heat and comfortably won the race as the first swimmer under 1:00 this morning. This is within a second of their best time of 2019. Canada’s Kylie Mass reacted in the fourth run and fought off Kira Toussaint and Emma Terebo to set the second fastest time of the morning, about half a second behind Smith. This was a solid swim for Masse, but she fell about a second short of her lifetime best from the 2021 Canadian Olympic Trials.

Most of the top 16 qualifiers should have more in the tank for the upcoming semi-finals as nobody cracked their entry times. 17 years old Letian Wan of China came closest to her starting time with a 59.63, securing 4th place behind the USA Claire Curzan who is also 17.

100 men’s backs

  • World record: 51.85, Ryan Murphy (USA) – 2016 Olympics
  • Championship record: 52.17, Jiayu Xu (CHN) – World Championships 2019
  • Olympic champion 2021: Yevgeny Rylov (ROC), 51.98
  • 2019 World Champion: Jiayu Xu (CHN), 52.43

top 16

  1. Hunter Armstrong (US) – 52.81
  2. Ryosuke Irie (JPN) – 53.16
  3. Apostolus Christou (GRE) – 53.21
  4. Yohan Ndoye-Brouard (FRA) – 53.22
  5. Ksawery Masiuk (POL) – 53.33
  6. Ryan Murphy (USA) – 53.42
  7. Jiayu Xu (CHN) – 53.45
  8. Mewen Tomac (FRA) – 53.60
  9. Thomas Cecon (ITA) – 53.70
  10. Hugo Gonzalez de Oliveira (ESP) – 53.74
  11. Mitchell Larkin (AUS) – 53.77
  12. Juho Lee (KOR) – 53.84
  13. Robert Glinta (ROU) – 53.86
  14. Isaac Alan Cooper (AUS) – 53.87
  15. Luke Greenbank (GBR) – 53.97
  16. Ole Braunschweig (GER) – 54.22

17 years old Ksawery Masiuk beat his own Polish national record from May by 0.07 and won the sixth heat. World record holder Murphy was also in the sixth heat, but he walked out more conservatively than a decent crowd from the semifinal qualifiers, falling below the 26-second mark in the 50th. Murphy split with 26.14/27.28 and finished 6th overall.

Japan’s Ryosuke Irie fought against the United States Hunter Armstrong hard in the fifth heat, nearly beating the American. But after going wide in the first 50 yards in 25.48, it was Armstrong who hit the wall first. He had the fastest first half of the entire field in the heats, while Irie was the opposite – he swam one of the fastest back halves (second to France Yohan Ndoye-Brouard who came back under 27.)

This was a strong swim for Armstrong, within .61 of his lifetime best from the US Trials in April. Greece Christou Apostolos came even closer to his 2021 best of 52.77 to secure third place in the semifinals.

women 100 breast

  • World record: 1:04.13, Lili King (USA) – World Cup 2017
  • Championship record: 1:04.13, Lili King (USA) – World Cup 2017
  • Olympic Champion 2021: Lydia Jacoby (USA), 1:04.95
  • World Champion 2019: Lili King (USA), 1:04.93

The 16 best qualifiers

  1. Qianting Tang (CHN) – 1:05.99
  2. Jenna Strauch (AUS) – 1:06.16
  3. Annie Lasor (USA) – 1:06.33
  4. Arianna Castiglioni (ITA) 1:06.49
  5. Anna Elendt (GER) – 1:06.54
  6. Sophie Hansson (SWE) – 1:06.61
  7. Lili King (USA) – 1:06.65
  8. Benedetta Pilato (ITA) – 1:06.68
  9. Ruta Melutyte (LTU) – 1:06.71
  10. Lara van Niekerk (RSA) – 1:06.75
  11. Molly Renshaw (GBR) – 1:06.83
  12. Kotryna Teterevkova (LTU) – 1:06.97
  13. Eneli Efimova (EST) – 1:07.09
  14. Tes Schouten (NED) – 1:07.18
  15. Jingyao Yu (CHN) – 1:07.19
  16. Reona Aoki (JPN) – 1:07.35

of China Qianting Tang nearly a lifetime best in heat six to claim first place in the semifinals, just 0.16 off her personal best. Her preliminary round time is within 0.67 of China’s national record, which has remained strong since 2009. This was a solid swim Jenna Strauch also, who broke her previous best time from the 2021 Australian Olympic Trials by 0.21.

United States Lili King was with Tang in heat six, but she ended the race almost a second slower, turning midway at 31.36 compared to Tang’s 30.49. King had an unusual approach to this race. She usually attacks 100 breast and gets an early lead that she doesn’t give up. But today she had a more conservative strategy that seemed to be holding her back. your teammate Annie Lasor showed the back half speed she normally has as one of the few swimmers in the event to take the race home in under 35 seconds to grab third place in the semifinals.

Men 200 Free

  • World record: 1:42.00, Paul Biedermann (GER) – WM 2009
  • Championship record: 1:42.00, Paul Biedermann (GER) – WM 2009
  • Olympic champion 2021: tom dean (GBR), 1:44.22
  • 2019 World Champion: Sun Yang (CHN), 1:44.93

The 16 best qualifiers

  1. David Popovici (ROU) – 1:45.18
  2. Hwang Sunwoo (KOR) – 1:45.79
  3. Felix Aubock (AUT) – 1:45.84
  4. tom dean (GBR) – 1:45.99
  5. Drew Kibler (US) – 1:46.13
  6. Elijah Winnington (AUS) – 1:46.19
  7. Lukas Martens (GER) – 1:46.45
  8. Dana’s Rapsys (LTU) – 1:46.70
  9. Fernando Scheffer (BRA) – 1:46.71
  10. Katsuhiro Matsumoto (JPN) – 1:46.72
  11. Kieran Smith (USA) – 1:46.73
  12. Antonio Djakovic (SUI) – 1:47.00
  13. Marco de Tullio (ITA) – 1:47.27
  14. Matt State (RSA) – 1:47.28
  15. Roman Mityukov (SUI) – 1:47.44

17 years old David Popovici opted to speed things up in the final heat and led the race that produced the top five semi-final qualifiers. The only one brave enough to win the under 25.5 race with Popovici was Great Britain tom dean in the lane next to him, but Popovici set the pace about 0.30 ahead of Dean (per 50 yards) in the last half of the race to secure the win.

This is shaping up to be an even quicker finale as Popovici’s Romanian national record from the Tokyo Olympics is 1’44.68 and Matsumoto, Scheffer and Dean all posted times under 1’45. Korean national record holder Hwang Sunwoo made up for his start time in the fight against Popovici, but he could also bring more speed to the semifinals as he broke 1:45 earlier. That was Drew Kibler‘s first race of the meet and it went well; He was about 0.8 off his lifetime best from April.

Luke Martensfresh from his silver medal win in the 400 Frei final last night, won heat six after a duel with Kieran Smith and Katshuhiro Matsumoto. He was about a second behind his entry time.

Women 1500 Free

The 8 best qualifiers

  1. Katie Ledecky (US) – 15:47.02
  2. Simon Quadarella (ITA) – 15:56.19
  3. Katie Grimes (USA) – 15:57.05
  4. Lani Pallister (AUS) – 15:57.61
  5. Moesha Johnson (AUS) – 15:57.77
  6. Beatriz Pimentel Dizotti (BRA) – 16:08.35
  7. Viviane Jungblut (BRA) – 16:09.2
  8. Kristel Koebrich Schimpl (CHI) – 16:13.52

This was a tough swim for Katie Ledeckybut she was still about 10 seconds off the time she swam during the 1500 heats in Tokyo. Katie Grimes had an incredible race and stayed within 10-15 meters of Ledecky by the middle of the race in heat three. She finished the race within 6 seconds of her April lifetime best, making her the second fastest American 15-16 year old in the event (behind who? You guessed it, Katie Ledecky.)

The second heat was an exciting battle between the Italians Simon Quadarella on lane four, flanked by Aussies Lani Pallister and Moesha Johnson. They were neck and neck until about the 1000m mark when Quadarella started to pull away. This was a lifetime best for Johnson by 2 seconds, beating her previous best at the 2021 Australian Olympic Trials. With four women finishing within 1.6 seconds, this looks set to be an extremely close final

Beatrice Pimentel Dizotti broke the Brazilian national record of Viviane Jungblut by almost 6 seconds at the 2021 Brazilian Olympic Trials. Jungblut also broke her own national record but finished behind Dizotti. Kristel Koebrich secured last spot in the finals, but she was about 20 seconds off her Chilean national record time from the 2013 World Championships.

Especially China’s Li Bingjie missed the final by 0.40 and finished 9th. She was seeded 5th going into the event. Bingjie won bronze at the 400 Free in Tokyo, but she had a tough 400 Free yesterday where she placed 10th in the heats and missed the final.

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