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Day 8 Finals Stay Recap


Males’s Medley Relay Begin Lists

Girls’s Medley Relay Begin Lists

Properly, all good issues should come to finish. It’s been an exhilaration week of racing for swimmers and swim followers alike, and the swimming portion of the 2023 World Aquatic Championships wraps up tonight in Fukuoka.

There will likely be seven occasions, and as that is the ultimate evening of competitors, medals will likely be on the road in all seven occasions.

First up the place be the boys’s 50 backstroke, the place Justin Ress of the USA will try to copy final 12 months’s feat of getting the highest time in every spherical of competitors: prelims, semis, and finals. Subsequent, Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte appears to be the clear favourite for gold within the ladies’s 50 breast after she tied the world file within the semis yesterday.

From there, we’ll go to the longest occasion, the boys’s 1500m free, the place the sector appear huge open after defending champion Gregorio Paltrinieri scratched this occasion earlier within the week. Instantly after that, Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden will likely be in lane 4 after breaking the World Report within the 50 free in final evening’s semi last.

The ladies’s 400 IM would be the last particular person occasion of the meet. Australia’s Jenna Forrester had an incredible prelims swim to take the highest seed for finals, however she’ll face a deep subject that features world file holder Summer season McIntosh.

Medley relays for women and men will shut out the meet. The USA males appear to be favorites, particularly after posting the quickest prelims time by over a second with their ‘B’ group. It’s not fairly as clear on the ladies’s facet, the place Canada led in prelims, however the US and Australia appear to be the favorites to be in rivalry for gold.


  • World Report: 23.55 — Kliment Kolesnikov, Russia (2023)
  • Championship Report: 24.04 — Liam Tancock, Nice Britain (2009)
  • World Junior Report: 24.00 — Kliment Kolesnikov, Russia (2018)
  • 2022 Profitable Time: 24.12 — Justin Ress, United States

Prime 8:

  1. Hunter Armstrong (USA) – 24.05
  2. Justin Ress (USA) – 24.24
  3. Xu Jiayu (CHN) – 24.50
  4. Ksawery Masiuk (POL) – 24.57
  5. Thomas Cecccon (ITA) – 24.58
  6. Apostolos Christou (GRE) – 24.60
  7. Andrew Jeffcoat (NZL) – 24.66
  8. Ole Braunschweig (GER) – 24.93

The US males kicked off the session by going 1-2 on this occasion. Justin Ress got here into the evening having posted the quickest time in 5 straight rounds of the 50 again at Worlds, relationship again to final 12 months. However, it was his teammate Hunter Armstrong who acquired his hand on the wall first, touching in 24.05. Armstrong’s time was simply off the championship file of 24.04, set by Liam Tancock again in 2009.

Ress took 2nd in 24.24, touching simply over 1 / 4 of a second forward of China’s Xu Jiayu (24.50).

This last appeared fairly just like final 12 months’s, with final 12 months’s Third-Fifth place finishers all shifting down one spot within the standings tonight. 2022 bronze medalist Ksawery Masiuk of Poland took 4th tonight in 24.57. Italy’s Thomas Ceccon was simply behind him at 24.58, adopted by Greece’s Apostolos Christou at 24.60. New Zealand’s Andrew Jeffcoat, one among two males on this last not in final 12 months’s last, completed seventh in 24.66, whereas final 12 months’s seventh place finisher, Ole Braunschweig, touched eighth in 24.93.


Prime 8:

  1. Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) – 29.16
  2. Lilly King (USA) – 29.94
  3. Benedetta Pilato (ITA) – 30.04
  4. Lara van Niekerk (RSA) – 30.09
  5. Anita Bottazzo (ITA) – 30.11
  6. Tang Quianting (CHN) – 30.22
  7. Satomi Suzuki (JPN) – 30.44
  8. Eneli Jefimova (EST) – 30.48

Ruta Meilutyte‘s profession resurgence continued tonight with an announcement swim within the 50 breast. The 26 year-old Lithuanian received gold on this occasion for the second 12 months in a row, this time demolishing the world file with a time of 29.16. That’s 0.14s that her semi-final time of 29.30, which tied the earlier world, first set by Italy’s Benedetta Pilato in 2021.

The USA’s Lilly King hasn’t had an incredible meet by her ordinary requirements, however she rallied in her final particular person occasion to take silver in 29.94, the one girl apart from Meilutyte to the touch in underneath 30 seconds.

Pilato, in the meantime, grabbed bronze with a 30.04, adopted carefully by final 12 months’s bronze medalist, Lara van Niekerk of South Africa, in 30.09.

Males’s 1500 Freestyle – Finals

  • World Report: 14:31.02 — Solar Yang, China (2012)
  • Championship Report: 14:32.80 — Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy (2022)
  • World Junior Report: 14:46.09 — Franko Grgic, Croatia (2019)
  • 2022 Profitable Time: 14:32.80 — Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy

Prime 8:

  1. Ahmed Hafnaoui (TUN) – 14:31.54
  2. Bobby Finke (USA) – 14:31.59
  3. Sam Brief (AUS) – 14:37.28
  4. Daniel Wiffen (IRL) – 14:43.01
  5. Lukas Martens (GER) – 14:44.51
  6. Kristof Rasovszky (HUN) – 14:51.46
  7. Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR) – 14:53.21
  8. David Aubry (FRA) – 14:56.

What. A. Race.

Australia’s Sam Brief took it out quick, hitting the 400m in 3:49.77, and he remained within the lead till almost 2/3 of the way in which by way of the race. Bobby Finke of the USA and Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui traded the lead for a number of lengths, till Hafnaoui took over the lead for good with about 300m to go. Finke stayed proper on his shoulder the remainder of the race, and on the wall it got here all the way down to the contact.

Hafnaoui acquired his hand on the wall first by simply 0.05s, touching in 14:31.54, setting a brand new Championship Report and African Report, and posting the 2nd-fastest efficiency ever within the occasion. Finke’s time of 14:31.59 is available in because the Third-fastest swim ever, and shattered his personal American Report by 5 seconds.

Brief pale exhausting behind the 2 leaders, however nonetheless had sufficient within the tank to take Third in 14:37.28, almost six seconds forward of the Eire’s Daniel Wiffen (14:43.01).

It’s price noting that Hafnaoui, Finke, and Brief all medaled within the 800m free earlier within the week, with Brief taking silver and Finke bronze in that race. Brief, in the meantime took gold within the 400m free, with Hafnaoui taking silver there.


  • World Report: 23.61 — Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden (2023)
  • Championship Report: 23.61 — Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden (2023)
  • World Junior Report: 24.17 — Claire Curzan, United States (2021)
  • 2022 Profitable Time: 23.98 — Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden

Prime 8:

  1. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) –  23.62
  2. Shayna Jack (AUS) – 24.10
  3. Zhang Yufei (CHN) – 24.15
  4. Abbey Weitzeil (USA) – 24.32
  5. Emma McKeon (AUS) – 24.35
  6. Cheng Yujie (CHN) – 24.45
  7. Michelle Coleman (SWE) – 24.46
  8. Marrit Steenbergen (NED) – 24.61

Sarah Sjostrom continues to shine this meet. One evening after breaking the world file on this occasion with a 23.61, the 29 year-old Swede put up the 2nd-fastest time in historical past to win this occasion by almost half a second, in 23.62.

It was a decent battle for 2nd, with Australia’s Shayna Jack touching simply forward of China’s Zhang Yufei, 24.10 to 24.15. Abbey Weitzeil of the USA had an incredible begin, however appeared to take a half stroke on the end, settling for 4th at 24.32, simply forward of Australia’s Emma McKeon at 24.35.

China’s Cheng Yujie (24.45) beat Michelle Coleman of Sweden (24.46) by the narrowest of margins to take sixth, whereas the Netherlands’ Marrit Steenbergen rounded out the sector with a 24.61.


Prime 8:

  1. Summer season McIntosh (CAN) – 4:27.11
  2. Katie Grimes (USA) – 4:31.41
  3. Jenna Forrester (AUS) – 4:32.30
  4. Alex Walsh (USA) – 4:34.46
  5. Freya Colbert (GBR) – 4:35.28
  6. Sara Franceschi (ITA) – 4:37.73
  7. Katie Shanahan (GBR) – 4:41.29
  8. Mio Narita (JPN) – 4:42.14

Canadian wunderkind Summer season McIntosh closed out her particular person occasions this week with a convincing victory within the 400 IM. The 16 year-old McIntosh, who set the world file a number of months in the past, led from starting to finish tonight, and was by no means critically challenged. Whereas she was slightly over a second off of her World Report time, she demolished the Championship Report, going 4:27.11 to win by over 4 seconds. McIntosh nonetheless has another race, as she’s slated to anchor Canada’s medley relay roughly half-hour after this swim.

Youngsters went 1-2 tonight, as 17 year-old Katie Grimes of the USA took 2nd in 4:31.41. Grimes was in 2nd for many of the first half of the race, acquired handed by Jenna Forrester on the breast leg, after which rallied on the free leg to beat the Australian by almost a second (4:32.30).

Grimes’ USA teammate Alex Walsh was in medal place early on, however was additionally handed by Forrester, and ended up 4th in 4:34.46.


  • World Report: United States – 3:26.78 (2021)
  • Championship Report: United States – 3:27.28 (2009)
  • World Junior Report: Russian Federation – 3:33.19 (2019)
  • 2022 Profitable Time: Italy – 3:27.51

Prime 8:

  1. USA – 3:27.20
  2. China – 3:29.00
  3. Australia – 3:29.62
  4. France – 3:29.88
  5. Nice Britain – 3:30.16
  6. Japan – 3:32.58
  7. Canada – 3:32.61
  8. Germany – 3:32.91

It’s been a less-than-ideal meet for the USA males, however the People pulled collectively to take gold within the last males’s occasion of the meet with robust swims from all 4 relay members.

Stalwart Ryan Murphy led off in 52.04, the one man within the subject underneath 53.0, and quicker than the 52.22 he went to win gold individually quicker within the week. Nic Fink, who tied for silver within the particular person 100 breast, cut up 58.03. Worldwide group rookie Dare Rose almost acquired underneath 50 on the fly cut up, going 50.13. Fellow “Jersey Boy” Jack Alexy anchored in 47.00, stopping the clock in 3:27.20. That point broke a 14 year-old Championship Report of three:27.28, set by the USA in 2009 on the peak of the supersuit period.

China took 2nd in 3:29.00, because of a 57.43 breast cut up from Qin Haiyang and a 46.62 anchor from Pan Zhanle. Australia had a robust again half, getting a 50.10 fly cut up from Matthew Temple and a 46.89 anchor from Kyle Chalmers to earn bronze in 3:29.62.

France’s standout cut up didn’t come from Leon Marchand, who clocked a 59.25 on breast, however slightly from 100 fly champion Maxime Grousset, who threw down a 49.27 on the fly leg, serving to France to a 4th place end with a time of three:29.88.


  • World Report: United States – 3:50.40 (2019)
  • Championship Report: United States – 3:50.40 (2019)
  • World Junior Report: Canada – 3:58.38 (2017)
  • 2022 Profitable Time: United States – 3:53.78

Prime 8:

  1. USA – 3:52.08
  2. Australia – 3:53.37
  3. Canada – 3:54.12
  4. China – 3:54.57
  5. Sweden – 3:56.32
  6. Japan – 3:58.02
  7. Netherlands – 3:58.09
  8. France – 3:59.25

Like the boys, the US ladies hadn’t been firing on all cylinders for many of the week, however they capped off the meet with a robust win right here. Regan Smith led off in 57.68, beating archival Kaylee McKeown (57.91) of Australia head-to-head for the primary time this week. Lilly King adopted up her silver medal within the 50 breast with a 1:04.93 cut up, the quickest within the subject by virtually an entire second. Gretchen Walsh acquired the nod for the fly leg within the last over bronze medalist Torri Huske. Walsh responded with a 57.06 cut up, slower than Huske’s time within the particular person last, however greater than sufficient to get the job achieved. We’re fairly positive that is the primary time the US has used a 200 breast medalist as their medley relay anchor, however these are the issues that occur when Kate Douglass is concerned. She anchored in 52.41 to cease the clock in 3:52.08.

Australia parlayed a robust again half right into a silver medal. After McKeown’s leadoff, which was the 2nd-fastest within the subject, Abbey Harkin cut up 1:07.07 on breast, the slowest cut up of the evening. However Emma McKeon cut up 46.44 on fly, after which Mollie O’Callaghan, who has been sensational this week, anchored in 51.95 to maneuver the Aussies from 4th to 2nd, touching in 3:53.37.

Canada was in 2nd after a 55.50 fly cut up from Maggie MacNeil, however 400 IM champion Summer season McIntosh acquired by handed by O’Callaghan on the anchor leg. Her 53.48 was nonetheless sufficient to safe a bronze medal with an total time of three:54.12.

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