2022 FINA WORLD AQUATIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
The time has come for the last session of the 2022 World Swimming Championships. Day 8 of racing is upon us and will feature the final 7 finals of this encounter. We will start with the men’s 50m backstroke and the women’s 50m breaststroke, followed by the men’s 1500m freestyle. Then the sprint action will resume with the women’s 50 freestyle final. The last individual event of the session is the women’s 400 IM, then we will end the competition with a pair of 4×100 IM relays.
LINKS OF DAY 8
50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke world record holders will launch us as Hunter Armstrong and Benedetta Pilato take to their respective sprint events. On the back, Armstrong is the No. 2 seed heading into the final against his teammate justin ress but 100 standout backs Thomas Cecon and Apostolos Christou will be alongside the Americans and will fight for a place on the podium. In the 50 breaststroke, 2012 Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte will look to step onto the podium again this week after capturing bronze in the 50 breaststroke. Former world record holder Lilly King is outside the pool in this event, after swimming a 30.35 in the semifinals.
We’ll see some familiar faces in the men’s 1500m freestyle, including Olympic medalists Bobby Fink, Mykhailo Romanchukand Florian Wellbrock. Bobby Fink could win their second gold medal of the competition, but the peloton will surely be prepared for their signature strategy of crushing their competitors in the final 50 metres.
Regarding the 50 free, we will see if the top seed Kasia Wasick can earn a medal for Poland here after their 24.11 run in the semis. Sarah Sjostrom, Torri Huske, Zhang Yufei, Erika Brown, Julie Kepp Jensen, Anna Hopkinsand Meg Harris all swam between a 24.15 and a 24.86 on the second lap of the race, which means it’s likely to be a close race.
Katie Grimes and Summer McIntosh put on a great race in the middle of the pool in the women’s 400 individual medley final. Grimes and McIntosh raced through the preliminaries and finished less than a second apart, making them the favorites to reach the top 2 tonight. But Katinka Hosszu, one of the 400 most accomplished IMers in history, will not fight. She hasn’t been at her best in recent years, but it will be interesting to see if a home race can give her the boost she needs to reach the podium.
Yui Ohashi is already expected to beat her 13th-place finish in the 200 IM earlier this week, but it’s unclear if she can win gold here like she did in Tokyo. Keep an eye on her, as well as China Ge Chutong and the USA Emma Weyant. Then we will close the session with the men’s and women’s 4×100 medley relays in which the United States and Australia enter as the respective top seeds. Follow all the live results and analysis you will need here.
Read a full preview of the session here.
MEN’S 50m BACK – FINAL
- World record: 23.71, Hunter Armstrong (USA) – 2022 US Trials
- Championship record: 24.04, Liam Tancock (GBR) – 2009 World Championships
- 2019 World Champion: Zane Waddell (RSA), 24.43
- Hunter Armstrong (US) – 24.14
- Ksawery Masiuk (POL) – 24.49
- Thomas Cecon (ITA) – 24.51
- Apostolos Christou (GRE) / Robert Glinta (ROU) – 24.57
- Ole Braunschweig (GER) – 24.66
- Isaac Alan Cooper (Australia) – 24.76
- justin ress (USA) – DQ
After winning the world title with a 24.12 and going to the interview area, it was announced that justin ress was disqualified from the men’s 50m backstroke final. He posted one of the fastest times in history, but was then eliminated, making Hunter Armstrong the champion.
Armstrong’s time of 24.14 was enough to win the event, but it was a bit slower than his world record and lifetime best of 23.71 from the 2022 U.S. World Championships. Armstrong was more faster here than in his semi-final swim of just 0.02 seconds, after hitting a 24.16 in the second round.
Poland’s Kswaery Masiuk touched third place, but given the disqualification, he will take silver here with his run of 24.49. Masiuk was just short of his own Polish record in this event of 24.48 earlier in this meet. He was joined on the podium by Thomas Cecon of Italy who clocked 24.51 for the bronze medal. It was Armstrong and Ceccon’s second individual medal in the competition as the duo won bronze and gold respectively in the 100m backstroke.
Apostolos Christou and Robert Glinta tied for 4th place here, each swimming a 24.57 and Germany’s Ole Braunschweig hit a 24.66 for 7th place. Australian Isaac Alan Cooper finished 7th overall in 24.76.
WOMEN’S 50m Breaststroke – FINAL
- World record: 29.30, Benedetta Pilato (ITA) – European Championships 2021
- Championship record: 29.40, Lilly King (USA) – 2017
- 2019 World Champion: Lilly King (US) – 29.81
- Ruta Meilutyte (LTU)-29.70
- Benedetta Pilato (ITA) – 29.80
- Lara van Niekerk (RSA) – 20.90
- Qianting Tang (CHN) – 30.21
- Anna Elendt (GER) – 30.22
- Eneli Jefimova (EST) – 30.25
- Lilly King (USA) – 30:40
- Jhennifer Alves de Conceicao (BRA) – 30.45
Almost 10 years after winning her first world title in 2013, the Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte picked up a win in the 50m breaststroke at the 2022 World Championships. Meilutyte swam the field with a 29.70 to slightly better her semi-final swim of 29.97, but trailed her lifetime best and national record from 29.48 from 2013.
This is Meilutyte’s first long course World Championships title in this event as she won silver from Yuliya Efimova in 2013. Meilutyte won a bronze medal earlier this week in the women’s 100m breaststroke, marking his first major international medal since returning to the sport last year.
Coming 0.10 seconds after Meilutyte’s winning time, he was the world record holder Benedetta Pilato with a 29.80. Pilato broke the world record in this event at the 2021 European Championships with a 29.30 but trailed this time here, swimming half a second slower.
African record holder Lara van Niekerk was the only other woman to win 30 seconds here and clock 29.90 for bronze. She broke the African record earlier this year with a 29.72 but still had enough here to step onto the podium. This is the first medal that a swimmer from an African country has won so far in the competition.
Qianting Tang came fourth with a 30.21 and was closely followed by the only American participant in the event Lilly King swam a 30.22 for 5th.
MEN’S 1500m FREESTYLE – FINAL
- World record: Sun Yang – 14:31.02 (2012)
- Championship record: Sun Yang – 14:34.14 (2011)
- Olympic Champion 2021: Bobby Fink – 14:39.65
- 2019 World Champion: Florian Wellbrock (GER) – 14:36.54
- Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) – 14:32.80
- Bobby Fink (US) – 14:36.70
- Florian Wellbrock (ALL) – 14:36.94
- Lukas Marten (GER) – 14:40.89
- Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR) – 14:40.98
- Guilherme Costa (BRA) – 14:48.53
- Daniel Jervis (GBR) – 14:48.86
- Damien Joly (FRA) – 15:09.15
For the majority of this run it looked like we were going to see the very first sub-15:30 1500 free as Gregorio Paltrinieri swam the middle part of the race a body length ahead of the world record pace. Paltrinieri dominated the field and made sure to put as much space as possible between him and the expert-closer Bobby Fink.
While Sun Yang’s world record of 14:31.02 caught up with Paltrinieri at the end of the race, Paltrinieri still rode the race of his life and set the 2nd fastest time in history at 14:32.80 . This time was enough to break the European record for the event as well as the Championship record. He broke his own Italian and European record of 14:33.10 since 2020 at the Sette Colli Trophy.
The championship record in this event was previously 14:34.14, set by Sun Yang in 2011.
Bobby Fink didn’t pass Paltrinieri here, but he still swam well, breaking Connor Jaeger’s American record of 14:39.48 from the 2016 Olympics. Finke has broken his own personal best of 14:39.65 since he won Olympic gold in Tokyo.
The bronze medal goes to Germany Florian Wellbrock, the reigning world champion, who clocked 14:36.94. This time is just above the 14:36.54 he swam in 2019 to win this event. Lucas Martens and Mykhailo Romanchuk were just off the podium, reaching a 14:40.89 and 14:40.98, for 4th and 5th respectively.
WOMEN’S 50m FREESTYLE – FINAL
- World record: 23.67, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 2017 World Championships
- Championship record: 23.67, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 2017
- 2021 Olympic Champion: Emma McKeon (AUS), 23.81
- 2019 World Champion: Simone Manuel (USA), 24.05
- Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 23.98
- Kasia Wasick (POL) – 24.18
- Meg Harris (Australia) / Erika Brown (US) – 24.38
- Zhang Yufei (CHN) – 24.57
- Torri Huske (US) – 24.64
- Anna Hopkins (GBR) – 24.71
- Julie Kepp Jensen (DEN) – 24.96
400 IM WOMEN – FINAL
RELAY 4×100 MEDLEY MEN – FINAL
- World record: 3:26.78, USA (2021)
- World Championship record: 3:27.28, USA (2009)
- Tokyo 2020 Olympic Champion: United States – 3:26.78
- 2019 World Champion: Great Britain – 3:28.10
WOMEN’S MEDLEY 4×100 RELAY – PRELIMINARY
- World record: 3:50.40, USA (2019)
- World Championship record: 3:50.40, USA (2019)
- Tokyo 2020 Olympic Champion: Australia – 3:51.60
- 2019 World Champion: United States – 3:50.40