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Jul 26 17

Budapest 2017: United States break world record in mixed relay swimming

by ZwemZa


The United States quartet set a world record in the mixed 4×100 meters medley relay in heats at the world swimming championships on Wednesday.

The U.S. time of three minutes 40.28 seconds broke the previous record of three minutes 41.71 seconds set by Great Britain at the 2015 world championships.


Jul 26 17

Budapest 2017: Preview – Swimming Day 4

by ZwemZa

Men’s 100m Freestyle
·    At each of the last four world championships this event was won by a swimmer under the age of 23.
·    The defending champion is Ning Zetao (CHN), the first from his country to win or even collect a medal in this event at world championships or Olympic Games.
·    The previous two world titles were claimed by James Magnussen (AUS), who became the fourth swimmer to win this event at back-to-back world championships, joining Matt Biondi (USA), Aleksandr Popov (RUS) and Filippo Magnini (ITA).
·    Following his double in 1994-1998, Popov added another title in 2003, making him the only man to have won this event three times in the competition. In 2003, Popov was the only swimmer over 30 ever to win this event.
·    United States lead the way with six world titles in this event, amassed by five different swimmers. Seven other countries have won this, but never through more than one individual swimmer.
·    At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the gold medal in this event was won by 18-year-old Kyle Chalmers (AUS), the youngest winner of this event at Olympic Games or world championships since Jörg Woithe won it at age 17 at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games.
·    The last reigning Olympic champion to take gold at the next world championships was Aleksandr Popov in 1998.
·    The last person to win this event in back-to-back major (Olympic and world championships combined) editions was Magnini, who won gold at the world championships in 2005 and 2007.
·    In 2009 in Rome, this event was won by Cesar Cielo (BRA) in a world record time (46.91) that still stands today.
·    Cielo’s effort marked the first and only time the world record in this event was improved at a world championships.
·    Pieter Timmers (BEL) finished runner-up in Rio, a year ago and became the first swimmer from Belgium to claim a medal in this event at Olympic Games or world championships.
·    Nathan Adrian (USA) has won three medals (G1-S0-B2) in this event at world championships or Olympic Games. Only three swimmers have won more Popov (G5-S1-B0), Pieter van den Hoogenband (NED, G2-S2-B0) and Jim Montgomery (USA, G2-S1-B1).
·    No US swimmer has won the men’s 100m freestyle at the world championships since Anthony Ervin (USA) in 2001. Team USA has not won this in their last seven attempts, after producing the champion in six of their first nine.
·    United States have won 43 medals (G19-S13-B11) in this event at Olympic Games or world championships, twenty-six more than the next most prolific country, Australia on 17 (G6-S6-B5).

Women’s 50m Backstroke
·    Reigning women’s 50m backstroke world champion Fu Yuanhui (CHN) is hoping to become the second woman to win this title twice, after compatriot Zhao Jing (CHN, 2009 and 2013).
·    At the last two world championships two Chinese women finished on the podium of the 50m backstroke: Fu (gold) and Liu Xiang (bronze) in 2015 and Zhao (gold) and Fu (silver) in 2013.
·    Fu (G1-S1-B0) can claim a record third medal in this event at the world championships.
·    The last European woman to finish on the podium in the 50m backstroke was Anastasiia Fesikova (RUS) when she won the world title in 2011.
·    Emily Seebohm (AUS) and Holly Barratt (AUS) are hoping to join Tayliah Zimmer (bronze in 2007) and Giaan Rooney (gold in 2005) as the only Australian women with a world championships medal in this event.
·    Seebohm can become the third woman with a world championships medal in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, after Missy Franklin (USA) and Anastasiia Fesikova. Seebohm has already claimed the medal set in the 100m (gold 2015, silver 2013, bronze 2009) and won the 200m backstroke world title in 2015.

Women’s 200m Butterfly
·    Mireia Belmonte (ESP) won the women’s 200m butterfly at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She can become the first reigning Olympic champion to claim the world title in this event since Otylia Jedrzejczak (POL) won in 2005 after winning Olympic gold in Athens in 2004.
·    The only swimmers to win a world title for Spain are Nina Zhivanevskaya (2003, 50m backstroke) and Martin López-Zubero (1991 200m backstroke; 1994 100m backstroke).
·    Belmonte has already claimed a medal in the 200m butterfly at the world championships, as she finished second behind Liu Zige (CHN) in 2013.
·    Reigning 200m butterfly world champion Natsumi Hoshi (JPN) will not defend her title as she has retired from professional swimming after taking the bronze medal in this event at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
·    Silver medallist in Rio de Janeiro Madeline Groves (AUS) will also be absent from the world championships.
·    Katinka Hosszú finished on the podium in this event at the 2009 and 2013 world championships (two bronze medals). She could claim a record-equalling third medal in the women’s 200m butterfly, alongside Jessicah Schipper (AUS), Otylia Jedrzejczak and Liu Zige.
·    Hosszú can become the first woman to claim a world championship gold medal in this event in front of a home crowd since Jiao Liuyang (CHN) in Shanghai in 2011.
·    China is the only country to have been represented on the podium of the women’s 200m butterfly at each of the last four world championships. Liu Zige completed the medal set with silver in 2009, bronze in 2011 and gold in 2013, while Jiao Liuyang (gold in 2011) and Zhang Yufei (bronze in 2015) also claimed medals.

Men’s 200m Individual Medley
·    This event will produce a first-time winner as the winner of this event at the last four world championships, Ryan Lochte (USA), will not participate. Michael Phelps (USA), who won this event in 2003, 2005 and 2007, has gone into retirement.
·    At the first nine world championships no swimmer representing United States had won this event, before Phelps and Lochte started their goldrush.
·    This puts the US at the top of the medal table in this event, with seven gold medals. Hungary are next on three gold medals, two by Tamás Darnyi (HUN) and one by András Hargitay (HUN).
·    At world championships and Olympic Games combined the last 11 finals in this event were won by either Phelps or Lochte. The last to win this other than the two was Massimiliano Rosolino (ITA) at the 2001 World Championships in Fukuoka.
·    Phelps won this event for the first time at age 18 at the 2003 World Championships in Barcelona and completed his farewell tour by winning it at age 31 at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
·    Lochte also won his last major title in this event at age 31, when he won the 200m individual medley at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan.
·    At the world championships this event has never been won by a swimmer performing in front of a home crowd.
·    At the world championships and Olympic Games combined, László Cseh (HUN) has won six medals (S3-B3) in this event, but never a gold.
·    Wang Shun (CHN) came third in this event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the 2015 World Championships. No Asian swimmer has ever won this event at the worlds.

Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay
·    At the 2015 FINA World Championships the mixed 4x100m medley relay event was held for the first time at the world championships.
·    Great Britain won the inaugural edition of this event, ahead of United States (silver) and Germany (bronze).
·    Coming into these world championships this is the only relay event (men, women, mixed) that United States have not won at the world championships.
·    Great Britain also won both European titles in this event (2014 and 2016), with the other four medals at those European championships being divided among four countries: Netherlands, Russia, Italy and Hungary.
·    Coming into this tournament Great Britain has not claimed multiple gold medals in any relay event at the world championships. Great Britain’s other relay world titles came in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay (2001) and the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay (2015).
·    Ahead of these world championships Germany’s last gold medal in a relay event came at the 2001 world championships in Fukuoka, when it won the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay event.


Jul 26 17

Budapest 2017: Day 5 Men’s Water Polo – Enticing Hungary-Greece semifinal

by ZwemZa


Hungary will play Greece and Serbia will clash with Croatia in the semifinals of the men’s water polo competition at the the FINA World Champiosnhsips on Margaret Island this Thursday.

Hungary narrowed the odds on a gold medal in favour of the host nation with a compelling 14-5 victory over tournament upstart Russia. Norbert Hosnyanszky was rested in an earlier match for the finals and his four-goal effort spoke volumes for head coach Tamas Marcz’s insight.Russia was only allowed to join the party in the third quarter when it went on a three-goal haul. It was Hungary’s night and more joy might come before Saturday’s finale at the Alfred Hajos complex.

Croatia, fired on by captain Sandro Sukno and Javier Garcia Gadea with four goals each, shattered Italian hopes with a 12-9 result that moments earlier was just 10-9.

Greece smashed its way into the semifinals with a dazzling 12-7 victory over Olympic fourth placegetter Montenegro in the late afternoon. Greece stunned with a 4-0 start, turning it into a 6-2 halftime lead and swam into the fourth period with an unbeatable 10-3 advantage. Greek captain Ioannis Fountoulis scored four goals to lift his tournament tally to 18.

Reigning champion Serbia surged past Australia 15-5. It  was not going to join the malaise of group winners failing to get past the quarters, but did have lapses of scoring against a younger, less-experienced Aussie Sharks.

In the round 9-12 semifinals, Japan dominated Brazil 9-7. Brazil came back to 8-7 midway through the final quarter only for Japan’s Seiya Adachi to grab his third goal for the victory. Spain rolled over Kazakhstan 18-6 with Alberto Barroso scoring five goals for the victor.

In morning classification matches, Canada beat South Africa 9-6 for 15th place, its first win after two draws and a one-goal loss. United States of America had its lowest showing at this level, beating France 11-8 for 13th position.

Match 31. 09:30, CANADA 9 SOUTH AFRICA 6

Classification 15-16

Quarters: 1-2, 4-1, 2-1, 2-2

Referees: Diego Garibaldi (ARG), Michael Brooks (NZL).

Penalties: CAN: 1/1.

Extra Man: CAN: 0/7. RSA: 3/11.

Milan Radenovic, Gaelen Patterson, Jeremie Blanchard, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari (5), Matthew Halajian, Scott Robinson, Reuel D’Souza (1), David Lappins, Dusan Radojcic (1), Aria Soleimanipak (1), Georgios Torakis (1), Devon Thumwood, Robin Randall. Head Coach: Giuseppe Porzio.
SOUTH AFRICA: Julian Lewis, Etienne Le Roux (2), Devon Card (1), Ignardus Badenhorst, Christopher Brown, Joao Marco De Carvalho, Lodewyk Rabie, Nicholas Rodda (1), Dean Whyte (1), Pierre Le Roux (1), Nicholas Molyneux, Roarke Olver, Themba Mthembu. Head Coach: Paul Martin.

Canada finally achieved the win it was craving, following two draws in Budapest. Canada opened the tournament with z spectacular 8-8 score against eventual group winner Montenegro and then 6-6 with Brazil. In between was a 10-9 loss to Kazakhstan. It disappointed, dropping the match with France 6-10 to make the play-off for 15th. That’s an amazing statistic and shows just how close the competition can be. It was also close against South Africa with the South Africans going two up. Then the Constantin-Bicari factor kicked in, the Canadian captain scoring four of his team’s next five goals for a halftime 5-3 lead. Dusan Radojcic and Reuel D’Souza joined him on the scoresheet in the third to push the margin to four. Dean Whyte smacked in a goal from a long cross pass on extra, on the quarter-time buzzer. Constantin-Bicari made his fifth goal from two metres and Aria Soleimanipak dragged the score to 9-4. Pierre Le Roux had his penalty shot stopped, but the South African revival continued with Etienne Le Roux converting extra and Devon Card providing the final fireworks. His team was unlucky on occasions with shots hitting wood. It could have been closer, but Canada deserved the win and will go home with some incredible play, good scores, but a poor finishing position. Both teams will be disappointed with the drop in rankings from 2015. Canada finished ninth and South Africa 12th in Kazan. Constantin-Bicari was Canada’s leading scorer with 12 goals and Etienne Le Roux was South Africa’s best with six.

Paul Martin (RSA) — Head Coach

“I’m happy with our performance. We started scoring more goals, just as we made more opportunities for ourselves to go ahead. I’m happy about that. Unfortunately, there’s no real future for us at the moment. We have to consider who plays in our team and do our best.”

Tuesday’s Match Schedule:

Match 31. 09:30, CANADA 9 SOUTH AFRICA 6 (Classification 15-16)
Match 32, 10.50, FRANCE 8 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 11 (Classification 13-14)
Match 33, 12:10, BRAZIL 7  JAPAN 9 (Round 9-12 Semifinal)
Match 34. 13:30, KAZAKHSTAN 6 SPAIN 18 (Round 9-12 Semifinal)
Match 35. 14:50, MONTENEGRO 7 GREECE 12   (Round 1-8 Quarter-final)
Match 37, 16:10, SERBIA 15 AUSTRALIA 5 (Round 1-8 Quarter-final)
Match 36, 20:30, HUNGARY 14 RUSSIA 5 (Round 1-8 Quarter-final)
Match 38. 22:00, CROATIA 12 ITALY 9 (Round 1-8 Quarter-final)

Thursday Schedule:

Match 39, 10:30, BRA v KAZ (Classification 11-12)

Match 40, 12:00, JPN v ESP (Classification 9-10)

Match 41, 13:30, MNE v RUS (Classification 5-8 semifinal)

Match 42, 15:0,0 AUS v ITA (Classification 5-8 semifinal)

Match 43, 20.35, GRE v HUN (Classification 1-4 semifinal)

Match 44. 22:00, SRB v CRO (Classification 1-4 semifinal)

Russell McKinnon | FINA Media Committee


Jul 26 17

Budapest 2017: Peaty targets 50m breaststroke record – again!

by ZwemZa
Adam Peaty now holds three of the top 10 times in the world for the 50m breaststroke (Getty Images)

Adam Peaty now holds three of the top 10 times in the world for the 50m breaststroke (Getty Images)

Britain’s Adam Peaty warned the men’s 50m breaststroke world record could fall again in a fierce battle over the sprint distance in Wednesday’s final.

The British ace broke his own world record from 2015 by clocking 26.10 seconds in Tuesday’s heats, then lowered it again to 25.95 in the evening’s semi-finals.

The record is under threat for a third time at the world aquatics championships in Budapest with two-time gold medallist Cameron van der Burgh and 2015 bronze medallist Kevin Cordes also in the mix.

Despite shattering the world record twice on Tuesday, the 22-year-old Peaty says he can go faster in the final.

“There’s always more to come, everyone says you work 10 out of 10, but it’s really a nine to take it a step further,” said Peaty.

Having failed in his bid to complete ‘project 56’ over 100m – he swam 57.47 in Monday’s breaststroke final – Peaty succeeded in breaking the 26-second barrier over the shorter distance.

“After the Rio Olympics, everyone was talking about ‘project 56’, I thought ‘go on then’,” he said.

“Then this morning it was ‘project 26’, I just dived in tonight and it felt good, but it’s nothing without the gold.”

Gold medal machine Katie Ledecky of the USA can win her fourth title at these Budapest championships in the women’s 200m freestyle final.

She is the fastest into the final, clocking 1:54.69, with Australia’s Emma McKeon just 0.30 behind her.

Ledecky’s performance in the semi-final came within minutes of her winning the women’s 1 500m freestyle final to pick up the 12th world gold of her young career.

She passed Missy Franklin’s tally of 11 world golds to become the most decorated female swimmer in the history of the championships and her 13th title beckons over 200m.

Having won four gold medals at the 2013 world championships in Barcelona, Ledecky won five golds two years ago in Kazan.

She could leave Budapest with six more titles, with the 400m, 1 500m and 4x100m freestyle golds already in the bag.

Chinese superstar Sun Yang can underline his domination of the 800m freestyle with a fourth straight gold in the final.

The 25-year-old first, already a winner in the 200m and 400m freestyle in Budapest, has claimed the 800m title at each of the past three world championships.

He was fifth fastest in qualifying with Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri, the 1 500m freestyle Olympic champion, the quickest at 7:45.31 in the heats.

South Africa’s Chad le Clos says he is bracing himself to race in Budapest’s ‘Lion’s den’ atmosphere against home town favourite Laszlo Cseh in the men’s 200m butterfly final.

Japan’s Daiya Seto, the reigning 400m individual medley world champion, was the fastest in the semi-finals at 1:53.04 with Cseh 0.19 back and compatriot Tamas Kenderesi third at 0.95.

Le Clos was the fourth fastest at 1.06 off the pace.

With two Hungarian swimmers in the final, the home crowd will roar their deafening support at the Duna Arena.

“Four or five swimmers could win it, Seto, Chad le Clos or Kenderesi, there are a lot of great swimmers there,” said Cseh.

“It’s great to race here and feel all the people cheering, it helps us a lot.”

Jul 25 17

Budapest 2017: King, Peaty, Masse smash world records

by ZwemZa
Lilly King wins gold in 100M breaststroke (

Lilly King wins gold in 100M breaststroke (

The world championships came alive on Tuesday as Lilly King of the United States won the women’s 100 meters breaststroke title in one of three world- record swims at the end of a breath-taking evening session.

Adam Peaty of Britain continued his breaststroke trail-blazing with his second world mark of the day to reach the 50m final and Canada’s Kylie Masse produced a world-best time to win the women’s 100m backstroke gold medal.

If the day belonged to Peaty, the evening will be long remembered by Olympic champion King, who posted one minute 4.13 seconds to overhaul the world-record mark set by Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte in 2013.

King held off the threat of Russian rival Yuliya Efimova, in a race billed as a grudge rematch of their acrimonious Olympic final, and the U.S. secured a memorable one-two as Katie Meili touched for silver in one minute 5.03 seconds.

King, 20, has voiced her disapproval at Efimova being allowed to compete at global level after the Russian had twice been caught using banned substances.

The spiky relationship continued in Budapest with King celebrating her world record wildly and failing to make eye contact with Efimova who had to settle for bronze.

Swimming – 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships – Men’s 50m Breaststroke semifinal – Budapest, Hungary – July 25, 2017 – Adam Peaty of Britain reacts after winning the race and breaking a world record.Michael Dalder

A disbelieving Peaty, the stand-out male swimmer of these championships, became the first man to dip below 26 seconds in the 50m breaststroke.

By touching in 25.95 seconds, he lowered his record mark from the morning’s heats by a massive 0.15 seconds.

“I was on such a massive high from this morning and it was so hard to ignore the fact that I did a world record in the morning and try to get myself emotionally ready,” Peaty told reporters.

Masse produced an outstanding world-record swim of 58.10 seconds as Australia’s quiet world championships continued with Emily Seebohm failing to defend her title.

Kathleen Baker of the United States, the Olympic silver medalist, had to settle for the same prize as she beat Seebohm by 0.01 seconds.


Jul 25 17

Budapest 2017: Is Chad Le Clos playing possum again?

by ZwemZa
Chad Le Clos. (Streeter Lecka)

Chad Le Clos. (Streeter Lecka)

Is Chad Le Clos playing possum again? The South African star exploded off the blocks for three lengths in the 200m butterfly semifinals at the world championships in Budapest on Tuesday night.

Le Clos led by nearly a body length for three lengths‚ and then he died dramatically on the final length as he fell back to finish third in 1min 55.09sec‚ behind Hungary’s reigning world champion Laszlo Cseh (1:54.22) and his compatriot‚ Olympic bronze medallist Tamas Kenderesi (1:54.98).

And that wasn’t even the quicker of the two semifinals. Earlier‚ Daiya Seto of Japan won his race in 1:54.03‚ with American Jack Conger second (1:55.30) and Olympic silver medallist Masato Sakai third (1:55.57).

Le Clos’ antics were reminiscent of what he did in the 200m freestyle at the 2016 Olympics‚ where he went out hard in the semifinals and died late.

In that final‚ however‚ he pushed hard and hung on for silver in a 1:45.20 African record‚ which on Tuesday night would have got him a bronze medal in that event behind Olympic champion Sun Yang of China.

Le Clos withdrew from the freestyle race in Budapest to focus on the butterfly‚ looking to win the 100m crown for a third straight championship‚ and try his damnedest to reclaim the title he won four years ago in 2013.

The Olympic 200m fly champion at the London 2012 Games ended a painful fourth in Rio that has haunted him since‚ and he goes into the final on Wednesday night seeded fourth.

But his smile after Tuesday’s semifinal suggested his race might have gone according to plan and that there is still another trick up his sleeve.

Cameron van der Burgh swam the fastest 50m breaststroke of his life on Tuesday morning‚ but he went a little slower in the evening semifinals as he booked his spot in Wednesday night’s final where he is looking to reach the podium at his sixth consecutive world championships.

Van der Burgh had entered new territory as he touched in a 26.54 African record‚ but his main rival‚ Englishman Adam Peaty‚ lowered his own world record twice‚ going 26.10 in the morning and then 25.95 in the second semifinal.

“It’s impressive hey‚ he’s the first one in history [to go under 26 seconds]‚” said Van der Burgh.

“He’s a legend‚ it’s a privilege to watch such amazing swimming in my lifetime.”

Van der Burgh‚ 29‚ didn’t deliver his trademark strong start in the first semifinal‚ and he was edged to the wall by 32-year-old Brazilian Felipe Lima‚ who touched in 26.68.

Van der Burgh’s 26.74 placed him third overall‚ ahead of Russian Kirill Prigoda in 26.85.

Van der Burgh was 18 when he won his first championship medal‚ a bronze in the 50m breaststroke at Melbourne 2007‚ and he has amassed nine gongs from the past five editions.


Jul 25 17

Budapest 2017: Canada’s Kylie Masse breaks world record in historic swim feat

by ZwemZa
Kylie Masse became the first-ever Canadian woman to win a world title, during the championships Tuesday in Budapest. (Darko Bandic/The Associated Press)

Kylie Masse became the first-ever Canadian woman to win a world title, during the championships Tuesday in Budapest. (Darko Bandic/The Associated Press)

Kyle Masse made history on Tuesday.

The Canadian broke the world record in 100-metre backstroke Tuesday at the world aquatics championships in Budapest, Hungary, becoming the first-ever female Canadian swimmer to win a world title.

Masse’s time of 58.10 seconds snaps the longest-standing record in women’s swimming, held since 2009. The previous best time was 58.12 seconds.

Masse, the LaSalle, Ont., native, came .06 off the record in Monday’s semifinal, making it a real possibility that she would improve and break the record in the final.

After a slow start, coming third at the turn, Masse turned on the jets for the final 50 metres, seemingly gaining speed as the race progressed. With about 15 metres left, Masse pulled away from the pack to secure world-record gold.

She won bronze at the event in Rio last August.

Masse also becomes the first Canadian to win a world title since Brent Hayden claimed gold in the men’s 100 freestyle in 2007.

University of Toronto head coach Byron MacDonald was very proud of Masse after the race, calling her an inspiration.

“Never touted as a star when she was young, she kept at it because she loved it and put herself in the right situation here at U of T to excel,” he said. “From 201st in the world in 2014, to the first [all-time] in the world in 2017. Pretty remarkable.”

American Kathleen Baker won silver in 58.58 seconds, with Australian Emily Seebohm one one-hundredth of a second behind her in third.

The Canadian employs a unique coaching staff, with MacDonald and assistant Linda Kiefer splitting time as Masse’s head coach.

“Often such a situation could be confusing and as such disastrous for an athlete,” said MacDonald, also a CBC Sports analyst, “but in our case it works beautifully. Linda and I have worked together for over 25 years so we are always on the same page.”

MacDonald now just wants Masse to enjoy her feat — not many get the chance to set a world record.

“A humble star, she will continue to impress as we build to Tokyo. But she needs to pause and enjoy this moment,” said MacDonald.

Too easy for Ledecky

Katie Ledecky couldn’t break her own world record, but she had no problem dominating the rest of the field for women’s 1500-metre freestyle gold.

Ledecky finished with a time of 15:31.82, almost 20 seconds ahead of silver-medal winner Mireia Belmonte of Spain, who finished at 15:50.89. Italian Simone Quadarella won bronze, clocking in at at 15:53.86.

“Ledecky is simply the greatest woman swimmer ever. Her dominance is staggering. And I do believe she will continue for many more years and start putting up Michael Phelps types of dominant medal counts,” said MacDonald.

Ledecky now owns the seven fastest times ever in this event, with Tuesday’s performance coming placing fourth.

“Remember, she changed coaches this Fall due to her enrolment in university at the opposite side of the country, so there needs to be a small adjustment period,” said MacDonald.

Later in the day, Ledecky qualified for the 200-metre freestyle final with a time of 1:54.69.

Canadians Katerine Savard and Mary-Sophie Harvey also competed in that semifinal, but failed to qualify with times of 1:58.46 and 1:58.15, respectively.

Peaty the record breaker

Britain’s Adam Peaty broke a pair of 50-metre breaststroke world records Tuesday.

Peaty set the first mark with a time of 26.10 seconds in the morning preliminaries, shaving 0.32 seconds off the standard he set at the 2015 worlds in Kazan, Russia. He went even faster during the evening semifinals of the non-Olympic event, touching in 25.95.

When Peaty saw the time, he mouthed in disbelief, “No way.”

Some of that shock may have come because Peaty almost quit swimming as a young teenager. Instead, he made an adjustment that has paid many dividends.

“He changed up his stroke to a more power-based stroke and shortly his career became rejuvenated,” said MacDonald. “And now, as one of the strongest competitors in the water, he has perfected that power stroke to dominate.”

Canadian Smith finishes 6th

Kierra Smith couldn’t keep pace with the leaders, finishing sixth in the women’s 100-metre breaststroke final.

American Lilly King set a world record at 1:04.13 to win gold in the event. Another American, Katie Meili, took silver with a time of 1:05.03, barely edging out Russian Yulia Efimova who finished at 1:05.05.

Smith, from Vancouver, clocked in at 1:06.90, improving on her 19th place finish at the event from Rio.

Associated Press

Jul 25 17

Budapest 2017: Le Clos finishes 3rd in heat, into 200m butterfly final

by ZwemZa
Chad le Clos (Getty Images)

Chad le Clos (Getty Images)

Chad le Clos will take part in the final of the 200m butterfly after finishing third in his semi-final heat at the  FINA World Championships in Budapest.

Le Clos was beaten into the final podium position by hometown favourites Lazlo Cseh (1:54.22) who finished first and Tamas Kenderesi who stopped the clock in 1.54.98 for second.

Le Clos finished in 1.55.09 after leading for three of the four laps.

In the other heat, Daiya Seto of Japan finished first in 1.54.03.

The final takes place on Wednesday, July 26

Jul 25 17

Budapest 2017: Cameron cruises into 50m breastroke final

by ZwemZa
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 06:  Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa competes in the Men's 100m Breaststroke heat 5 on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 06: Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa competes in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke heat 5 on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Cameron van der Burgh will take part in the final of the 50m breastroke after finishing second in his semi-final heat at the  FINA World Championshipin Budapest.

Van der Burgh stopped the clock in a time of 26.74 but was just pipped to victory by Felip Lima of Brazil who won the race in 26.68.

Kevin Cordes of the United States finished third in 26.86.

But both Lima and Van der Burgh will have it all to do if they hope to beat Adam Peaty who became the first man to duck under the 26 second barrier by setting a second world record and winning his heat in 25.95.

The finals take place on Wednesday, July 25.

Jul 25 17

Budapest 2017: Adam Peaty sets second 50m breaststroke world record in day

by ZwemZa
Adam Peaty now holds three of the top 10 times in the world for the 50m breaststroke (Getty Images)

Adam Peaty now holds three of the top 10 times in the world for the 50m breaststroke (Getty Images)

Britain’s Adam Peaty broke the 26-second mark to set a 50m breaststroke world record for the second time in the same day as he reached the final at the World Aquatics Championships.

The defending champion, 22, won the semi-final in 25.95 seconds, eclipsing the 26.10 he swam in the heats.

Peaty retained his 100m breaststroke title in Hungary on Monday.

“I honestly can’t believe it. I can’t even think. I just went out there and did what I do,” he told BBC Sport.

“The hard work has gone on in the gym. I am looking for areas of where I can improve and hopefully get down to mid-25.”

Peaty, dominant from the outset, finished 0.73 seconds clear of Felipe Lima of Brazil, while South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh, 50m breaststroke world champion in 2013, was third in 26.74.

The final takes place on Wednesday and if Peaty wins gold he will replicate his achievements at the World Championships in Russia two years ago when he took both the 50m and 100m titles.

The multiple record-breaker

  • Peaty has now broken the 50m breaststroke world record four times – the first in Berlin in 2014
  • He holds the top 10 times in the world for the 100m breaststroke
  • He swam his 100m world record of 57.13 at the Rio Olympics in 2016
  • He is attempting to become the first swimmer to break the 57-second mark in the 100m breaststroke, a challenge he refers to as ‘Project 56’
  • He was also part of the British 4x100m mixed medley relay team which broke the world record for a second time at the 2015 World Championships

‘This kid is unbelievable’ – analysis

OIympic bronze medallist Steve Parry

He can’t believe it and I can’t believe it. In my life I have never seen swimming like that.

This kid is absolutely unbelievable. Does he know any boundaries whatsoever? I don’t think he does.

He’s almost taken a second off everyone else over a 50m dash. It’s not about gold medals for him any more – it’s about how much he can move the sport on.

Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington

He shocked himself. It is the first time in a long time that I have seen him genuinely shocked.

His start was better than this morning but he still has room to improve that, which is insane.

BBC Sport



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