Kamis, 13 Desember 2012

FINA WORLD SHORT COURSE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS: RUTA MEILUTYTE, KATINKA HOSSZU, HANNAH MILEY PROVIDE NIGHT ONE FIREWORKS WITH MEET MARKS


Vlad Morozov also bettered the 100 free meet record with his 100 free relay leadoff.

ISTANBUL, Turkey, December 12. NIGHT one produced a total of four meet records at the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships held in Istanbul, Turkey. A trio of records fell in individual events, while Vlad Morozov shot down the 100 free mark as Russia's relay leadoff.

Additionally, $50,000 in prize money has already been earned. Due to NCAA eligibility issues, we are only reporting what has been earned, and not what has been accepted.

FINALS 

Men's 200 free
USA's Ryan Lochte became just the second swimmer to win the event at short course worlds twice as he touched out world-record holder Paul Biedermann of Germany, 1:41.92 to 1:42.07.

"I am happy with my race," Biedermann said. "In short course, the guy with the better turns will win, which is (Ryan) Lochte. I was surprised that it was this close."

Lochte's title defense matches Gustavo Borges of Brazil, who won the event in both 1995 and 1997. Lochte and Biedermann moved to second and third in the event this year behind France's Yannick Agnel's top time of 1:41.46 from the European Short Course Championships. France, however, withheld most of its top swimmers this year.

USA's Conor Dwyer rounded out the podium with a third-place time of 1:43.78.

"It hurt a lot. I just wanted to go out there and have fun. I had a break after the (London) Olympics, but now I'm ready.," Dwyer said. "The atmosphere was good, much better than in the morning. In the morning it was a little quiet and it was hard to get up."

The gold is Lochte's 15th in short course world championship history, a record, and his 23rd medal of any kind.

Australia's Jarrod Killey (1:44.04),Paraguay's Ben Hockin (1:44.24), New Zealand's Matt Stanley (1:44.55), Russia's Viatcheslav Andrusenko (1:44.68) and Germany's Dimitri Colupaev (1:45.38) completed the championship finale.

Women's 200 fly
Mireia Belmont Garcia's meet record of 2:03.59 from 2010 didn't stand a chance as the entire top three podium surged past that time. FINA World Cup Queen Katinka Hosszu, who won more than $150,000 in cash on the FINA World Cup circuit, continued her short course mastery with a 2:02.20 to 2:02.28 touchout triumph over China's Jiao Liuyang. The swim smashed Hosszu's national record of 2:04.19 from prelims, and shot her to second all time in the event's history behind China's Liu Zige (2:00.78).

"I was pretty happy but I was a little bit dead in the final meters," Hosszu said. "I was still eight hundredths of a second faster so it was a pleasure to set a European (championship) record. It didn't even cross my mind that I had to race the 400m IM. But it would be the cherry on the cake if I did well (she eventually won bronze)."

Jiao is now third in the all time rankings with her sterling time, crushing her previous best of 2:04.35. Great Britain's Jemma Lowe, who went out hard, leading at the 100 in 58.98, wound up taking third in 2:03.19 to move to sixth all time in the event.

"I did not expect it before coming here because I didn't have enough time to train for this event. I was busy with too many activities," Jiao said. "I didn't have a good feeling before this morning. But (in the heats) I felt well and afterwards I thought I may win a gold medal tonight. I will compete in the 50m tomorrow (Thursday), but that is not my best distance. I am better in the 100m."

Liu, meanwhile, wound up fourth overall in 2:03.99, a full three seconds off her world record, while USA's Kathleen Hersey (2:05.90), Canada's Katerine Savard (2:06.56), Japan's Kona Fujita (2:06.57) and Japan's Nao Kobayashi (2:08.95) also vied for the world title.

Women's 400 IM
Great Britain's Hannah Miley went out hard, and held off China's Ye Shiwen in the freestyle with a meet-record time of 4:24.13. That swim bettered the 4:24.21 set by Mireia Belmonte Garcia in 2010, and cleared Miley's world-leading time of 4:23.47 from the European Short Course Championships. With the swim, Miley also lowered her third-ranked time all time, getting closer to Julia Smit (4:21.04) and Kathryn Meaklim (4:22.88).

China's Ye, meanwhile, also cleared the previous meet record with a 4:23.33 to move to fourth all time in the event, while Hungary's Katinka Hosszu raced to her second podium of the evening with a third-place 4:25.95.

Hungary's Zsuzsanna Jakabos (4:26.99), USA's Maya Dirado (4:28.55), Japan's Miho Takahashi (4:31.55), Japan's Emu Higuchi (4:35.59) and Czech's Barbora Zavadova (4:37.30) rounded out the rest of the finale.

Men's 400 free relay
Veteran Matt Grevers delivered Team USA the gold medal after a sterling anchor leg as Anthony Ervin (47.28), Ryan Lochte (45.64), Jimmy Feigen (47.25) and Grevers (46.23) pulled into the top of the podium with a sterling time of 3:06.40. That swim finished just off the American record of 3:06.10 set by Nathan Adrian, Garrett Weber-Gale, Ricky Berens and Lochte at the 2010 World Short Course Championships. The fastest time by Americans, however, is a 3:03.30 from 2009.

USA Swimming decided that American records set in techsuits after Oct. 1, 2009 -- when USA Swimming implemented the techsuit ban domestically - would not be ratified. This is the case even for times swum legally in international events where ban was not in effect yet.

The win gave the U.S. the title once again after falling to France at the Dubai stop. France elected not to send much of a squad this year, and did not attempt to defend its title.

Italy's Luca Dotto (46.84), Marco Orsi (45.94), Michele Santucci (47.46) and Filippo Magnini (46.83) placed second in 3:07.07, while Australia's Tommaso D'Orsogna (46.68), Kyle Richardson (46.92), Travis Mahoney (47.32) and Kenneth To (46.35) pulled past Russia for bronze. Russia had led throughout most of the race, sparked by a meet-record leadoff of 45.52 from Vlad Morozov, but wound up falling to fourth in 3:08.01. Cesar Cielo held the previous record with a 45.74 from 2010 Dubai, with Morozov jumping to fifth all time in the event.

Japan (3:09.15), Brazil (3:10.72), China (3:12.66) and Turkey (3:13.73) completed the championship heat.

Women's 800 free relay
Team USA had a bit of competition early on, but held it together to power to victory as Megan Romano (1:56.03), Chelsea Chenault (1:54.78), Shannon Vreeland (1:55.43) and Allison Schmitt (1:53.01) raced to the win with a 7:39.25.

Russia's Veronika Popova (1:55.36), Elena Sokolova (1:55.61), Daria Belyakina (1:55.73) and Ksenia Yuskova (1:56.07) picked up silver with a time of 7:42.77, while China's Qiu Yuhan (1:57.30), Pang Jiaying (1:56.72), Guo Junjun (1:55.91) and Tang Yi (1:53.33) claimed bronze with a 7:43.26.

Katinka Hosszu concluded an iron-woman night, just missing her third podium of the evening, as Hungary's Evelyn Verraszto (1:56.96), Eszter Dara (1:58.60), Zsuzsanna Jakabos (1:54.48) and Hosszu (1:54.66) placed fourth in 7:44.70. Great Britain took fifth in 7:45.85, while Italy finished sixth in 7:46.01. Denmark wound up seventh in 7:47.04 even though youngster Mie Nielsen scorched a 1:53.73 anchor leg. Japan brought the race to a close with a 7:51.96.

PRIZE MONEY BREAKDOWN
With her two medals, Hungary's Katinka Hosszu is in the early lead for prize money, with $7,000 of the $50,000 already given out on day one. First place earns $5,000, while second place earns $3,000 and third place gets $2,000 for $10,000 per finale.

The national federation decides the relay split, but for simplicity sake we are listing the money earned as those in finals. Meanwhile, $15,000 is awarded to world-record breakers. (swimmingworld)

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