Showdown Between Caeleb Dressel and Kyle Chalmers Set for 100 Freestyle
24 July 2019, 04:42am
Gwangju, Day 4
Men’s 100 Freestyle
The long-awaited showdown between American and Australian is on, as the reigning world champion and reigning Olympic titlist went one-two in the semifinals of the sport’s blue-ribbon event. Dressel shot off the blocks – as usual – and notched the top seed for the final in 47.35 with a win in the second semifinal, just after Chalmers produced a mark of 47.58 in the prior heat.
While Dressel and Chalmers are on a collision course, Brazil’sis lurking as the third seed, following a semifinal swim of 47.76. Chierighini was joined in the sub-48 realm by Russia’s (47.82) and the United States’ (47.87). When Dressel and Chalmers engage in their duel, the world record of 46.91, held since 2009 by , could be under attack.
France’s(48.25) earned the sixth slot in the final, followed by Hungary’s (48.29) and Brazilian (48.33).
1. Caeleb Dressel, United States 47.35
2. Kyle Chalmers, Australia 47.58
3. Marcelo Chierighini, Brazil 47.76
4. Vladislav Grinev, Russia 47.82
5. Blake Pieroni, United States 47.87
6. Clement Mignon, France 48.25
7. Nandor Nemeth, Hungary 48.29
8. Breno Correia, Brazil 48.33
Women’s 50 Backstroke
Illness and injury have plaguedfor a good portion of this season, but the American has a shot at the podium in the 50 back. Surging late over the one-lap sprint, Baker topped the semifinals in 27.62, finishing ahead of Brazil’s (27.69) and Great Britain’s (27.72). Baker has dealt with the flu and pneumonia this year, her bout with pneumonia leading to a broken rib following a coughing attack.
Australia’s(27.73) and the United States’ (27.76) qualified fourth and fifth. Smoliga is the reigning world champion in the short-course version of the event and should be in the medal mix coming off a bronze in the 100 back from earlier in the meet.
In a surprise, China’sfinished ninth and missed out on the final. Fu was the world champion in the 50 back in 2015 and claimed the silver medal in 2017.
1. Kathleen Baker, United States 27.62
2. Etiene Medeiros, Brazil 27.69
3. Georgia Davies, Great Britain 27.72
4. Kaylee McKeown, Australia 27.73
5. Olivia Smoliga, United States 27.76
6. Caroline Pilhatsch, Austria 27.77
7. Kira Toussaint, Netherland 27.78
8. Daria Vaskina, Russia 27.79
Women’s 200 Butterfly
and provided the United States with a boost by securing the top-two positions for the final, Flickinger leading the way in 2:06.25 and Drabot following in 2:06.59. In what has been a relatively slow events through two rounds, Flickinger and Drabot have looked sharp, especially Flickinger, who was sub-2:06 in the prelims. They should find a challenge with the medals on the line from the Hungarian pair of (2:07.33) and (2:07.83).
Great Britain’swas the fastest performer in the world last year and moved into the final as the sixth seed, going 2:08.26. She was just behind Germany’s , who touched in 2:08.14. Hentke was the bronze medalist in the 200 fly in 2017.
1. Hali Flickinger, United States 2:06.25
2. Katie Drabot, United States 2:06.59
3. Boglarka Kapas, Hungary 2:07.33
4. Liliana Szilagyi, Hungary 2:07.83
5. Franziska Hentke, Germany 2:08.14
6. Alys Thomas, Great Britain 2:08.26
7. Svetlana Chimrova, Russia 2:08.30
8. Laura Stephens, Great Britain 2:09.06
Men’s 200 Individual Medley
A ninth straight world title for the United States is well within reach ascruised through his semifinal of the short medley, clocking 1:57.34 for the fourth seed. En route to winning the second semifinal, the defending world champion did only what was needed to advance. The United States, thanks to a streak put together by , and Kalisz, has not lost the 200 IM at the World Champs since 2001.
Switzerland’s(1:56.73) and Germany’s (1:56.95) moved into the final as the top seeds, with Japan’s qualifying third ahead of Kalisz in 1:57.10. Earlier in the night, Seto picked up a silver medal in the 200 butterfly. Aussie Mitch Larkin (1:57.45) fell in behind Kalisz while sixth went to Great Britain’s Duncan Scott (1:57.83).
1. Jeremy Desplanches, Switzerland 1:56.73
2. Philip Heintz, Germany 1:56.95
3. Daiya Seto, Japan 1:57.10
4. Chase Kalisz, United States 1:57.34
5. Mitch Larkin, Australia 1:58.45
6. Duncan Scott, Great Britain 1:57.83
7. Abrahm Devine, United States 1:57.91
8. Wang Shun, China 1:57.98