FINA World Aquatics Championships 2022: Day 1 Preview

FINA World Aquatics Championships 2022: Day 1 Preview


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Saturday’s opening pool swimming session at the 2022 FINA World Aquatic Championships is packed with veteran world record holders and rising stars in Budapest, Hungary. Five of the nine events on the first day will skip the semi-finals and go straight to the evening finals where the medals will be awarded: the men’s 400 freestyle, the women’s 400 freestyle, the men’s 400 individual medley, the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay and the 4× female. 100 free relays.

Saturday morning’s schedule will also include preliminaries for the women’s 100 butterfly, men’s 50 butterfly, men’s 100 breaststroke and women’s 200 IM. The medal rounds for these events will take place on Sunday evening (Budapest time).

Day 1 morning events:

  • Women’s 200 IM – Preliminaries
  • Men’s 400m freestyle – Preliminaries
  • Women’s 100m butterfly – Preliminaries
  • Men’s 50m butterfly – Preliminaries
  • 400m freestyle women – Preliminaries
  • Men’s 100 breaststroke – Preliminaries
  • Men’s 400 IM – Preliminaries
  • Women’s 4×100 freestyle relay – Preliminaries
  • Men’s 4×100 freestyle relay – Preliminaries

Two of the seven individual events have a racing world record holder – the sixth-seeded Hungarian Katinka Hosszu in the women’s 200 IM and Ukrainian, fifth seed Andrii Govorov to the 50 male butterfly.

The relays are also headlined by an Australian women’s 4×100 freestyle team that broke the world record last summer in Tokyo, but only one swimmer from that team – Meg Harris – is competing in Budapest.

The main storylines of the morning session of day 1 to follow:

  • After dominating the 200 IM at major international events from 2013 to 2019, Katinka HosszuHer reign came to an end last summer in Tokyo, where she finished 7th, a far cry from her world record. The battle for the throne is expected to be a two-way tilt between a pair of 20-year-old University of Virginia sophomores Alex Walch and Australian phenomenon Kaylee McKeown. Walsh may be the more inexperienced of the two, but her 2:07.84 from the American trials in April ranks as the fastest time in the world this year – more than a second faster than McKeown’s 2:09.15 from the Australian trials which was about a second away from her. best for life.
  • German, seeded Lucas Martens is looking to build on his momentum in the men’s 400m freestyle after an electric spring that saw him clock 3:41.60 at the Stockholm Open, more than three seconds faster than his previous record. This time makes him the 8th fastest player of all time and fastest since 2017. Martens main challengers are expected to be Elie Winnington – whose 3:43.10 Australian tries were 0.55 seconds slower than his entry time – and fellow German Hennig Bennet Muhlleitner. surprise olympic gold medalist Ahmed Hafnaoui was absent from the psychiatric file published Thursday.
  • Even after a few late scratches from Kyle Chalmers and Kristof Milak, the men’s 50m butterfly still features a star cast. There is the long course world record holder Andrii Govorovco-short course world record holders Nicholas Santos and Szebasztian Szabo, and the last three long course world champions: Caeleb Dressel (2019), well proud (2017), and Florent Manaudou (2015). And that’s without mentioning Michael Andrewho was just 0.03 seconds off Dressel at the US trials.
  • Katie Ledecky is the top favorite in the women’s 400 freestyle after Ariane Timus chose not to make the trip to Budapest. But Titmus’ new world record of 3:56.40 at the Australian trials may well motivate Ledecky to push herself even though she is well ahead of a field that includes a rising Canadian star Summer McIntosh.
  • 26 year old Dutchman Arno Kamminga looks set to claim his first long course Worlds gold in the men’s 100 breaststroke after the 27-year-old Briton withdrew last month peated adam. The reigning Olympic and world champion and event world record holder, Peaty is out of the world championships while recovering from a broken foot. Michael Andre might be Kamminga’s closest competition with an entry time of 58.14 just 0.34 seconds off the top seed.
  • The men’s 400 individual medley features the reigning Olympic gold medalist Hunt Kalisz and reigning world champion Daia Setobut a new champion could be crowned if Carson Foster can have a good race at his first World Championships in the long course.
  • In the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay, the Americans are trying to continue a dominance that dates back to the 2016 Olympics. In Tokyo, they clocked a time of 3:08.97, the best time in 13 years and over a second ahead of the Italians in 2nd place (3:10.11). Although Caeleb Dressel is the only member of Tokyo’s gold medal quartet racing in Budapest (Brooks Curry swam in the preliminaries relay), the cumulative time of the best flat starts of the season is more than a second faster than Italy, the team with the second fastest time.

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