The way the 100 backstroke went for Frenchman Camille Lacourt did not sit well. After winning a share of the world title in that event back in 2011, Lacourt was tabbed as an Olympic-title contender. However, he failed to medal in London and earlier this week, Lacourt finished of the podium again in the two-lap backstroke. Maybe he’ll find solace in what went down in the 50 back.
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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.
Since walking away from the 2012 Olympic Games without the medal he wanted, Cesar Cielo has been on a mission. The Brazilian has spent this year stalking the world title in the 50 freestyle, determined to reclaim the distinction of the fastest man in water. The mission came to a conclusion on Saturday night, and with the result Cielo sought.
The pressure she might have been feeling before the World Championships got started is gone now, a gold medal in the 100 freestyle serving as a calming influence. Now, Australian Cate Campbell is on a free roll in the 50 freestyle, which is dangerous for a young woman with exceptional talent and the desire to sweep the sprint freestyles.
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
The squad of Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte, Charlie Houchin and Ricky Berens came together when it counted and extended the United States’ streak of gold medals in the 800 freestyle relay to five, thanks to a winning time of 7:01.72.
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
Australia’s Cate Campbell remains the favorite to win the 100 freestyle, but Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo an Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom are not going to make the final easy. Sjostrom was the surprise top qualifier for the final in 52.87.