Jumat, 14 Desember 2012

Meilutyte (LTU) and le clos (RSA) shine on day 2


RENANG INDONESIA. Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) and Chad Le Clos (RSA) were the “most valuable swimmers” of the second day of the 11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), taking place in Istanbul. In the women’s 50m breaststroke, the Lithuanian revelation of 2012 (she won the Olympic title in the 100m breaststroke) got the gold in a new Championships Record of 29.44, after having improved the mark in the heats (29.56) and semis (29.51). In the men’s 100m butterfly, Le Clos (winner of the Olympic 200m butterfly) also swam fast, clocking a new event’s best mark in 48.82.
The rest of the session was marked by three more gold medals for the U.S. team – thanks to the men's quartet in the 4x200m free relay, Olivia Smoliga (a surprising winner in the 100m back) and Matt Grevers (who narrowly defeated Russian Stanislav Donets in the men’s 100m back). Japan's Daiya Seto confirmed an excellent 2012 season with a sub-4 minute triumph in the men’s 400m IM while Fabio Scozzoli (ITA) also confirmed his credentials in the 100m breaststroke. In the longest duel of the day, Lauren Boyle (NZL) beat Lotte Friis (DEN) for the title in the women’s 800m free.
In the men’s 400m IM, with Ryan Lochte (USA) out of the race for a fourth consecutive win – the North American star decided not to include this event in his programme for these championships – the obvious candidate for gold was Daiya Seto (JPN), the best in the heats and the swiftest this season (4:00.02, at the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup meet in Tokyo). His main challenger was Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh, with a personal best of 3:57.27, and recent European champion in a time of 4:00.99. In the final, Seto perfectly controlled the race, touching first and establishing a new best performance of the season in 3:59.15. Cseh picked up silver in 4:00.50 while the second Magyar of the final, David Verraszto, earned bronze in 4:02.87.

Istanbul Medals Table
after day 2

NF
GOLD
SILVER
BRONZE
TOTAL
USA
6
1
4
11
HUN
1
1
2
4
ITA
1
1
0
2
GBR
1
0
1
2
JPN
1
0
0
1
LTU
1
0
0
1
NZL
1
0
0
1
RSA
1
0
0
1
CHN
0
2
1
3
DEN
0
2
0
2
RUS
0
2
0
2
AUS
0
1
2
3
GER
0
1
1
2
JAM
0
1
0
1
SLO
0
1
0
1
BRA
0
0
1
1
CZE
0
0
1
1

13
13
13
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