2017 FINA World Championships – Day 4 Recap, July 26

2017 FINA World Championships – Day 4 Recap, July 26

 | Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay – Final 
Gold: United States, 3:38.56 (WR)

Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill./Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics)

Lilly King (Evansville, Ind./Indiana University)

Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks)

Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texas/Stanford Swimming)

Silver: Australia, 3:41.21

Bronze (tie): Canada, 3:41.25
Bronze (tie): China, 3:41.25

Race Notes:

  • Grevers, King, Dressel and Manuel lowered the world record set during this morning’s prelims by Team USA’s Ryan Murphy, Kevin Cordes, Kelsi Worrell and Mallory Comerford (3:40.28).
  • King was the only female to swim the breaststroke leg of any country in the final. 
  • This event will be contested at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo for the first time. 


Manuel: “It was a lot of fun and there was a lot of energy in the ready room … it was just exciting, it was different, but it’s pretty cool that it’s going to be an Olympic event.”

Dressel: “I just want to do my part on these relays. It was a lot of fun swimming with the girls and everyone did really, really well… I didn’t think we were going to go faster than what the prelims swimmers did, so that was amazing. Eight guys and girls from America and the two fastest times in the world.”

Grevers: “I think the coaches put all of our splits together to find the fastest combination … It was pretty cool that we could have had two separate relays go 1-2 up there. That just shows awesome depth of Team USA. Two world records in the same day with eight different people… I don’t know how often that happens.”

Women’s 200m Freestyle – Final 
Gold: Federica Pellegrini (ITA), 1:54.73

Silver (Tie): Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming), 1:55.18

Silver (Tie): Emma McKeon (AUS), 1:55.18

6. Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa./Cavalier Swimming), 1:56.06


Race Notes:

  • Ledecky earns her 13th world championships medal and fourth this week.
  • With her 13th career world championships medal, Ledecky ranks fourth all-time among American women, trailing only Natalie Coughlin (20), Missy Franklin (16) and Jenny Thompson (14).
  • This is the first silver world championships medal for Ledecky. Yesterday, she set the women’s record with 12 career world championships gold medals.
  • Smith’s time was a personal record.


Ledecky: “I just try to stay focused on my own race plan and try and execute that the best I can … didn’t quite go as I hoped. Yesterday was obviously faster. I’ll review the race video and see where I kind of slipped up, but that’s some good motivation for moving forward.”

Ledecky (on her race plan): “I just try to go out with some easy speed and really push the back half, and I could just feel it at the end that I didn’t really have that extra gear that I normally have … I was just trying to get my hand to the wall. I couldn’t really see much on the last 50m.”

Ledecky (on silver): “Maybe I haven’t been quite on point as much as I would have hoped to have been this week, but I still have been feeling good and that was mostly just a matter of how I executed my race. I think I’m still learning … over the years, over the months on how to manage those expectations, but I don’t think that had any effect on me today. It happens to every athlete at some point. I know this race will really motivate me moving forward, and with the rest of the week as well.”

Men’s 200m Butterfly – Final 
Gold: Chad Le Clos (RSA), 1:53.33

Silver: Laszlo Cseh (HUN), 1:53.72

Bronze: Daiya Seto (JPN), 1:54.21

5. Jack Conger (Rockville, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club), 1:54.88

Race Notes:

  • Conger made his world championships debut, placing fifth in the final.
  • The U.S. last medaled in this event when Michael Phelps won gold in 2011.


Conger: “It felt alright, I’m pretty disappointed with the time and the place, obviously, but you know it’s all learning experience right now and I’m just getting started. This is my first worlds, first individual final … it’s only the beginning for me.”

Men’s 50m Breaststroke – Final 
Gold: Adam Peaty (GBR), 25.99

Silver: Joao Gomes, Jr. (BRA), 26.52

Bronze: Cameron Van Der Burgh (RSA), 26.60

5. Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill./Unattached), 26.80

Race Notes:

  • Cordes notches his second top-five finish of the meet after winning silver in the 100m breast on Monday.
  • Cordes holds the American record, which he broke at the 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships last month (26.76).
  • Cordes was a bronze medalist at the 2015 FINA World Championships. 

Men’s 800m Freestyle – Final 
Gold: Gabriele Deti (ITA), 7:40.77

Silver: Wojciech Wojdak (POL), 7:41.73

Bronze: Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA), 7:42.44

8. Zane Grothe (Boulder City, Nev./Badger Swim Club), 7:52.43

Race Notes:

  • Grothe posted his second top-eight finish this week after placing seventh in the 400m free on the first day of competition.
Connor Jaeger was only the third American to medal in this event at the 2015 FINA World Championships, and the U.S. has never won gold.

Men’s 200m Individual Medley – Semifinal 
1. Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md./North Baltimore Aquatic Club), 1:55.88

2. Kosuke Hagino (JPN), 1:56.04

3. Max Litchfield (GBR), 1:56.70

10. Abrahm DeVine (Seattle, Wash./Stanford Swimming), 1:58.01

Race Notes:

  • Kalisz will be the top seed for tomorrow’s final after posting a personal record and the second-fastest time in the world this year.
Without Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte competing, tomorrow’s final will crown a new world champion for the first time since 2001. Phelps won three straight world titles in the event, before Lochte won four in a row. 

Men’s 100m Free – Semifinal  
1. Mehdy Metella (FRA), 47.65

2. Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks), 47.66

3. Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash./California Aquatics), 47.85


Race Notes:

  • This will be Adrian’s fourth-straight appearance in the world championships final in the 100m free; his top finish was bronze in 2013.
  • Dressel broke the American record earlier this week as the lead off in the men’s 400m free relay that won gold (47.26).
  • Team USA picked up double medals in this event in 2013 with Jimmy Feigen’s silver and Nathan Adrian’s bronze.
  • The most recent gold medal for the U.S. was from Anthony Ervin in 2001.

Women’s 50m Backstroke – Semifinal 
1. Etiene Medeiros (BRA), 27.18

2. Yuanhui Fu (CHN), 27.19

3. Kathleen Baker (Winston-Salem, N.C., Team Elite), 27.48

9. Hannah Stevens (Lexington, Ohio/University of Missouri), 27.63


Race Notes:

  • Baker will be the third seed for the world championships final after posting a personal record.
  • Baker was a silver medalist in yesterday’s 100m back.  
  • Missy Franklin is the most recent medalist for the U.S. in this event; she won bronze in 2011.
  • The last gold medal for the U.S. was in 2007 from Leila Vaziri. 

Women’s 200m Butterfly – Semifinal 
1. Franziska Hentke (GER), 2:06.29

2. Yillin Zhou (CHN), 2:06.63

3. Mireia Belmonte (ESP), 2:06.71

9. Hali Flickinger (Spring Grove, Pa./Athens Bulldog Swim), 2:07.89

15. Dakota Luther (Austin, Texas/Austin Swim Club), 2:09.55


Race Notes:

  • This is the first world championships for both Flickinger and 17-year-old Luther.
  • Camille Adams was the silver medalist in this event at the 2015 FINA World Championships, and the U.S. hasn’t won gold since Summer Sanders’ swim in 1991.

For more expert analysis and insight from the 17th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, catch Deck Pass Live, right here on usaswimming.org. The show begins approximately one hour after finals. Also, follow our coverage from Hungary on Facebook and Twitter. #DeckPassLive.





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