It wasn’t surprising to see a Japanese swimmer surge to victory in the 400 individual medley on the final day of the World Championships. That outcome was widely expected throughout the week. However, the man who got to the wall first wasn’t the guy who was favored, proving the point that paper results are worth nothing.
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Be sure to stay with SwimVortex during the morning preliminary session of the 15th FINA World Championships for constant updates as action unfolds. The team here in Barcelona, Craig Lord and John Lohn, will be regularly adding updates to this file throughout the morning from the Palau Sant Jordi. All our loyal readers need to do is refresh their browser to see the latest news. Enjoy the action and the coverage.
Morning heats on day 7 at the 15th FINA World Championships with the SwimVortex team here in Barcelona, Craig Lord and John Lohn. On the penultimate morning, Yuliya Efimova dropped a 29.78 world record in the 50m breaststroke
Young will meet old when the final of the 50 freestyle is contested. That much was determined in the semifinals of the one-lap sprint when Frenchman Florent Manaudou and American Anthony Ervin nailed down the top spots for the championship final. Both men are Olympic champions in the 50 free, but the similarities end there.
Be sure to stay with SwimVortex during the morning preliminary session of the 15th FINA World Championships for constant updates as action unfolds.
The world crown remains on the young Australian’s head: James “The Missile” Magnussen fired back at his Olympic nemesis of 2012, Nathan Adrian (USA) and a barrage of criticism and inquiry he endured in the wake of a 0.01sec defeat at the London Games to take the 100m freestyle in 47.71; Jimmy Feigen and Adrian block the door to the podium on 47.82 and 47.84, Cameron McEvoy the fastest teen in history – 47.88; Vladimir Morozov pays price for 21.94 split
The competition hung around for a while, hoping to make a run. A key point was forgotten, however. In the span of a single lap of breaststroke, Ryan Lochte has the ability to change the dynamic of the 200 individual medley. The field at the Palau Sant Jordi, site of the World Championships in Barcelona, learned that lesson in a big way on Thursday night.
The stage is set for the rematch: The United States’ Nathan Adrian vs. Australia’s James Magnussen. Both frontrunners in the 100 freestyle did what was necessary in the semifinal round and will clash for gold in what is widely considered the premier event on the program.
More than most in the sport, Cesar Cielo knows something about getting his hand on the wall first in the sprint events. He demonstrated that skill once again at the World Championships, adding another gold medal to his list of 50-meter conquests. The latest title gave him back-to-back world crowns in the 50 butterfly.
The results of the semifinal heats suggest Missy Franklin has some stout competition to handle in the championship final of the 100 backstroke, as Emily Seebohm and Elizabeth Pelton are not far off the pace set by the reigning Olympic champion. In all likelihood, however, Franklin has yet to unload one of her epic performances.