| Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Women’s 100m Breaststroke – Final
Gold: Lilly King (Evansville, Ind./Indiana University), 1:04.13 (WR)
Silver: Katie Meili (Colleyville, Texas/New York Athletic Club), 1:05.03
Bronze: Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 1:05.05
- King breaks the world record, American record and wins her first FINA World Championships medal.
- The U.S. last won gold in this event from Rebecca Soni in 2011.
- This is the second women’s race this week that Team USA has gone 1-2, with the other coming from Katie Ledecky and Leah Smith in the 400m free.
King: “I was really freaking out when I got to the pool, very nervous, and then I got in for warm-up and felt a lot better and really confident going into the race. It’s always going to be a showdown, always an exciting one, especially after the time that Yuliya [Efimova] was able to put up yesterday, which was very, very impressive. It was going to be a dogfight, and I was just hoping I was going to come out on top.”
Meili (on King): “It’s just an honor to share the pool with her, she’s an incredible breaststroker and it’s amazing to see her go in and get faster literally every time she races. It’s quite impressive.”
Meili (on her silver medal): “I’m stoked. I was thrilled with my time, thrilled with the race. I knew it was going to be an intense race … I was just hoping to stay in my own lane and do the best that I could. I told myself no matter the outcome, I was going to be proud of myself when I touched the wall … It’s always nice to see two [American] flags on the top of the podium.”
Women’s 1500m Freestyle – Final
Gold: Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming), 15:31.82
Silver: Mireia Belmonte (ESP), 15:50.89
Bronze: Simona Quadarella (ITA), 15:53.86
- With her third gold medal of the 2017 FINA World Championships, Ledecky now has a women’s record 12 career world championships gold medals. She has won 12 career total medals in world championships competition – all gold.
- Ledecky is the first to win three straight world titles in the women’s 1500m free, an event which will be contested at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
- Ledecky’s 12 career world championships medals rank fourth all-time among American women, trailing only Natalie Coughlin (20), Missy Franklin (16) and Jenny Thompson (14).
- Ledecky’s time was the fourth-fastest in history, and Ledecky now owns the seven fastest all-time performances in this event.
Ledecky (on her races today): “I was happy with my mile, and was just in a really good mental spot going into the 200. I just felt like I could treat it like any other race, kind of just ignoring the fact that I just swam the mile. It’s hard 364 days … it’s putting in the work during practice so that when I get up to this day in the meet I can just do it, it’s routine.”
Ledecky (on what makes swimming a challenge): “It’s hard, it’s not an easy sport. It’s hard every day in practice. A lot of training and more training than a lot of other sports … Having fun with it and enjoying the process has always been important and getting up and doing what I know how to do, which is race.”
Men’s 100m Backstroke – Final
Gold: Jiayu Xu (CHN), 52.44
Silver: Matt Grevers (Glenview, Ill./Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics), 52.48
Bronze: Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics), 52.59
- Grevers adds an eighth FINA World Championships medal to his career total.
- Grevers has led the U.S. in this event for the past three world championships. He previously won gold in 2013 and bronze in 2015.
- Murphy picks up his first world championships individual medal after not competing in this event at the 2015 FINA World Championships.
Grevers: “I feel great. Even a month ago I would have been ecstatic if you said I could get second place at worlds, but now that I’m here and I was in the race and I wanted to win. I guess I’m just inspired to get back to my best.”
Grevers (on finishing second): “When you’re in the race you want to win, and getting that close … Getting second is awesome especially not making the team from last year to all of the sudden being second at worlds feels good … to still be relevant in the sport. I feel there’s still more in me. I think there’s more to come.”
Murphy: “You’re never going to be happy when it comes down to a tenth, that’s really my thought process right now ... It is better than I was at nationals, so that’s a good indicator for my 200 back, which has been a little more comfortable for me this year.”
Men’s 200m Freestyle – Final
Gold: Yang Sun (CHN), 1:44.39
Silver: Townley Haas (Richmond, Va./NOVA of Virginia Aquatics), 1:45.04
Bronze: Aleksandr Krasnykh (RUS), 1:45.23
- Haas wins his first individual medal at the 2017 FINA World Championships, after winning gold in the men’s 400m free relay on Sunday night.
- The last time the U.S. earned a medal in this event was from Conor Dwyer’s silver at the 2013 FINA World Championships.
Haas: “I just tried to warm up a little more today, and honestly just get out there and race. It felt pretty good. The last 50m hurt, but it always does. I definitely think it’s one of the hardest [races], we always talk about how it’s four sprint 50’s, which is kind of nuts.”
Haas (on Team USA): “We have a lot of rookies this year, and I think they’re all falling into place – stepping up and doing their jobs. It’s been a lot of fun to see them really become a part of Team USA.”
Women’s 100m Backstroke – Final
Gold: Kylie Masse (CAN), 58.10 (WR)
Silver: Kathleen Baker (Winston-Salem, N.C./Team Elite), 58.58
Bronze: Emily Seebohm (AUS), 58.59
4. Olivia Smoligia (Glenview, Ill./Athens Bulldog Swim Club), 58.77
- Baker wins her first FINA World Championships medal after clocking a personal record.
- Baker is the first medalist for the U.S. since Missy Franklin won gold in 2013.
- Smoligia’s time was a personal best.
Baker: “I just let the adrenaline take me, and obviously a 100 back hurts at the end regardless, so I thought I would just go out as fast as I could and just try and stay calm and let the crowd carry me.”
Baker (on Smoligia’s fourth-place finish): “That’s a best time for her, and that’s always something to be proud of. She went out there and swam a great race. I hope she’s happy with it as well. I know everyone wants to get on the podium, but she’s had a great year.”
Baker (on Masse breaking the world record): “Having the world record fall in my heat was really incredible … I think it’s really setting the tone for backstrokers.”
Men’s 50m Breaststroke – Semifinal
1. Adam Peaty (GBR), 25.95 (WR)
2. Felipe Lima (BRA), 26.68
3. Cameron Van Der Burgh (RSA), 26.74
T-5. Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill./Unattached), 26.86
16. Cody Miller (Las Vegas, Nev./Badger Swim Club), 27.46
- Cordes advances to tomorrow’s world championships final as the fifth seed.
- Cordes holds the American Record in this event (26.76), which he set at the 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships.
- Cordes won bronze in this event at the 2015 FINA World Championships, and no American has ever won gold.
Women’s 200m Freestyle – Semifinal
1. Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming), 1:54.69
2. Emma McKeon (AUS), 1:54.99
3. Veronika Popova (RUS), 1:55.08
8. Leah Smith (Pittsburg, Pa./Cavalier Swimming), 1:56.34
- Ledecky qualifies as the top seed for tomorrow night’s final, less than an hour after winning gold in the 1500m free.
- Smith makes it back as the eighth seed after posting a personal record in the semifinals.
- The duo went 1-2 in the women’s 400m free on the first day of competition.
Men’s 200m Butterfly – Semifinal
1. Daiya Seto (JPN), 1:54.03
2. Laszlo Cseh (HUN), 1:54.22
3. Tamas Kenderesi (HUN), 1:54.98
5. Jack Conger (Rockville, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club), 1:55.30
9. Pace Clark (Memphis, Tenn./Athens Bulldog Swim Club), 1:55.82
- Conger qualifies as the fifth seed for tomorrow night in his first world championships final.
- Phelps was the last medalist from the U.S. having won gold at the 2011 FINA World Championships. Phelps has won five of the last eight world championships titles in this event.
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