Whenever the scoreboard at major international competition doesn’t immediately flash over to the final finishing order, bad news is typically on the way for at least one athlete or nation. So, when giant monitor inside the Palau Sant Jordi went into hiccup mode on the final night of the World Championships, hearts jumped into throats.
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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.
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
Gold in the 200m backstroke gave Ryan Lochte a third title since 2007 – European record falls to Radoslaw Kawecki (POL) – before he followed through by booking lane 4 in 100 ‘fly final ahead of a second gold with US teammates in the 4x200m free
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.
The emotion spent celebrating and coming down from an all-time high can be difficult for an athlete to handle. It’s a situation which Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen faced after breaking the world record in the semifinals of the 200 breaststroke. It turned out she was unable to replicate the performance, leaving the door open for a competitor to take advantage. Yuliya Efimova stepped through.
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.
Liu Zige, the 2008 Olympic champion, put her struggles behind as she raced to victory in the 200 butterfly, preventing the Spanish crowd from celebrating a triumph with home favorite Mireia Belmonte. Not long after, Zhao Jing sprinted to a win in the 50 backstroke, teammate Fu Yuanhui taking silver.