DAY SIX FINALS: Simone Manuel & Caeleb Dressel Shatter American Records

2017 FINA World Championships

July 23-30, 2017
Budapest, Hungary
Dagály Aquatics Arena

Day six finals at the 2017 FINA World Championships saw a sizable takedown of various records. While no world records were broken on Friday night in Budapest, Hungary, we saw one championship record, two European records, one Oceanic record, one African record, two American records, three World Junior records, and probably a handful of other national records we have yet to track down.

If you missed any of the action, read up on all of it below.

Women 100m Freestyle -- FINAL
World Record: 51.71 -- Sarah Sjöström (SWE), 2017
Championship Record: 51.71 -- Sarah Sjöström (SWE), 2017
World Junior Record: 52.70 -- Penny Oleksiak (CAN), 2016
American Record: 52.27 -- Simone Manuel (USA), 2017

1.) Simone Manuel (USA) -- 52.27 (American Record)
2.) Sarah Sjöström (SWE) -- 52.31
3.) Pernille Blume (DEN) -- 52.69
4.) Mallory Comerford (USA) -- 52.77
5.) Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) -- 52.78
6.) Penny Oleksiak (CAN) -- 52.94
7.) Bronte Campbell (AUS) -- 53.18
8.) Emma McKeon (AUS) -- 53.21

​Sarah Sjöström​ of Sweden -- the world-record holder and first woman ever under 52 seconds -- took this race out in a blazing-fast 24.75, 0.08 under her own WR pace. ​Pernille Blume ​of Denmark flipped second in 25.06 and ​Simone Manuel ​of the United States -- the 2016 Olympic gold medalist -- flipped third in 25.21. Manuel played this race smart -- sitting on the left side of the lane line the first 50 meters and catching a draft off Sjöström. On the second 50, Manuel shifted into another gear with a blistering 27.06 split -- 0.50 faster than Sjöström's 27.56 and enough to get her hand on the wall first in 52.27 over Sjöström in 52.31. Even though Manuel is the defending Olympic champion, almost everyone had written in Sjöström to take this wi,n as her best time of 51.71 (from earlier in the meet) was almost a full second faster than Manuel's at the time -- that is until now. Denmark's Blume rounded out the podium for bronze in 52.69.

Men 200m Backstroke -- FINAL
World Record: 1:51.92 -- Aaron Peirsol (USA), 2009
Championship Record: 1:51.92 -- Aaron Peirsol (USA), 2009
World Junior Record: 1:55.14 -- Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 2017
American Record: 1:51.92 -- Aaron Peirsol (USA), 2009

1.) Evgeny Rylov (RUS) -- 1:53.61 
​(European Record)
2.) Ryan Murphy (USA) -- 1:54.21
3.) Jacob Pebley (USA) -- 1:55.06
4.) Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) -- 1:55.14 (World Junior Record)
5.) Xu Jiayu (CHN) -- 1:55.26
6.) Peter Bernek (HUN) -- 1:55.58
7.) Ryosuke Irie (JPN) -- 1:56.35
8.) Danas Rapsys (LTU) -- 1:56.96

Russia's ​Evgeny Rylov​ went for it all in the first 100 meters, flipping in 54.50 -- 0.40 under the seemingly untouchable world record from 2009 and 1.58 seconds ahead of ​Ryan Murphy. ​The defending Olympic champion Murphy closed hard on Rylov on the back half thanks to a 29.04 last 50 but simply ran out of room at the end. Rylov got his hand on the wall first in 1:53.61 for a new European record, and Murphy touched for silver in 1:54.21. ​Jacob Pebley ​rounded out the top three in 1:55.06 for bronze -- his first career international medal. This was not a surprise from Rylov, though. In a tightly contested Olympic final in Rio, Rylov earned bronze in 1:53.97 behind ​Mitch Larkin​ of Australia in 1:53.96 and Murphy in 1:53.62.

Women 200m Backstroke -- Semifinals
World Record: 2:04.06 -- Missy Franklin (USA), 2012
Championship Record: 2:04.73 -- Missy Franklin (USA), 2013
World Junior Record: 2:07.14 -- Regan Smith (USA), 2017
American Record: 2:04.06 -- Missy Franklin (USA), 2012

1.) Emily Seebohm (AUS) -- 2:05.81 ​(Oceanic Record) (Q)
2.) Kylie Masse (CAN) -- 2:05.97 ​(Q)
3.) Kathleen Baker (USA) -- 2:06.66 ​(Q)
4.) Daria Ustinova (RUS) -- 2:07.08 ​(Q)
5.) Regan Smith (USA) -- 2:07.14 ​(World Junior Record) (Q)
6.) Kaylee McKeown (AUS) -- 2:07.40 ​(Q)
7.) Katinka Hosszu (HUN) -- 2:07.51 ​(Q)
8.) Hilary Caldwell (CAN) -- 2:07.64 ​(Q)

Saturday night's final in the women's 200m backstroke is going to be CLOSE. Australia's ​Emily Seebohm​ dropped a 2:05.81 to tie her own Australian record from the 2015 World Championships and claim the top seed. Canada's ​Kylie Masse​ -- who broke the world record in the 100m backstroke (58.10) the other night -- had a fantastic swim to earn the second seed in 2:05.97. ​Kathleen Baker​ of the United States is the third seed in 2:06.66. If she can find some room to improve on her last 50, she will certainly be in the hunt for gold. For comparison's sake, Baker came home in 33.24, and Seebohm finished in 31.96. Also of note, 15-year-old American ​Regan Smith​ unloaded a 2:07.14 for a new world junior record and the fifth seed going into the final. It was a gutsy swim by the teen to go head-to-head with ​Katinka Hosszu​ -- the 2016 Olympic silver medalist -- and beat her.

Men 50m Freestyle -- Semifinals
World Record: 20.91 -- Cesar Cielo (BRA), 2009
Championship Record: 21.08 -- Cesar Cielo (BRA), 2009
World Junior Record: 22.00 -- Hexin Yu (CHN), 2014
American Record: 21.29 -- Caeleb Dressel (USA), 2017

1.) Caeleb Dressel (USA) -- 21.29 ​(American Record) (Q)
2.) Vladimir Morozov (RUS) -- 21.45 ​(Q)
3.) Ben Proud (GBR) -- 21.60 ​(Q)
3.) Bruno Fratus (BRA) -- 21.60 ​(Q)
5.) Kristian Gkolomeev (GRE) -- 21.71 ​(Q)
5.) Ari-Pekka Liukkonen (FIN) -- 21.71 ​(Q)
7.) Pawel Juraszek (POL) -- 21.74 ​(Q)
8.) Cesar Cielo (BRA) -- 21.77 ​(Q)

Stop us if you have heard this before: ​Caeleb Dressel​ is the top seed. ​That's right -- in case you have been living under a rock recently -- Dressel is pretty good at this swimming thing. He took the top seed in the 50 with a 21.29, wiping ​Nathan Adrian's​ American record time of 21.37 off the books. Russia's ​Vladimir Morozov ​snagged the second seed in 21.45, and ​Ben Proud​ of Great Britain tied ​Bruno Fratus​ of Brazil​ in 21.60 for the third seed.

Women 200m Breaststroke -- FINAL
World Record: 2:19.11 -- Rikke Moeller Pedersen (DEN), 2013
Championship Record: 2:19.11 -- Rikke Moeller Pedersen (DEN), 2013
World Junior Record: 2:19.64 -- Viktoria Zeynep Gunes (TUR), 2015
American Record: 2:19.59 -- Rebecca Soni (USA), 2012

1.) Yulia Efimova (RUS) -- 2:19.64
2.) Bethany Galat (USA) -- 2:21.77
3.) Jinglin Shi (CHN) -- 2:21.93
4.) Lilly King (USA) -- 2:22.11
5.) Kierra Smith (CAN) -- 2:22.23
6.) Molly Renshaw (GBR) -- 2:22.96
7.) Taylor McKeown (AUS) -- 2:23.06
8.) Jessica Vall (ESP) -- 2:23.29

Russia's ​Yulia Efimova​ was not playing games this time. After a disappointing third-place finish in the 100m breaststroke earlier in the meet -- and toying around through prelims and semifinals of the 200 -- Efimova was much more aggressive on the front half. She touched second at the 100 in 1:08.49, just behind ​Lilly King​ in 1:08.40. King was unable to maintain her lead, however, as she split 36.8s on the last two 50s compared to Efimova's 35.1 and 35.9. At the 150-meter mark, it was Efimova (1:43.67) and ​Jinglin Shi​ of China (1:44.96) with the momentum and looking to finish for gold and silver, respectively. Efimova did get her hand on the wall easily for gold in 2:19.64; however, ​Bethany Galat ​of the United States absolutely crushed the last 50 meters in 36.27 over Shi's 36.97 to pick up the silver in 2:21.77 for her first career international medal. Shi snagged the bronze in 2:21.93, and King touched fourth in 2:21.11.

Men 100m Butterfly -- Semifinals
World Record: 49.82 -- Michael Phelps (USA), 2009
Championship Record: 49.82 -- Michael Phelps (USA), 2009
World Junior Record: 50.77 -- Kristoff Milak (HUN), 2017
American Record: 49.82 -- Michael Phelps (USA), 2009

1.) Caeleb Dressel (USA) -- 50.07 (Q)
2.) James Guy (GBR) -- 50.67 ​(Q)
3.) Kristoff Milak ​(HUN) -- 50.77 ​(World Junior Record) (Q)
4.) Joseph Schooling (SIN) -- 50.78 ​(Q)
5.) Mehdy Metella (FRA) -- 51.06 ​(Q)
6.) Laszlo Cseh (HUN) -- 51.16 ​(Q)
7.) Zhuhao Li ​(CHN) -- 51.29 ​(Q)
8.) Grant Irvine (AUS) -- 51.31 ​(Q)

In a matter of minutes after his 21.29 50m freestyle, ​Caeleb Dressel​ blazed a new lifetime best in the 100m butterfly with a 50.07 -- eclipsing his 50.08 from prelims. Dressel rocketed out to the lead at the 50-meter mark of his semifinal heat in 23.26 -- exactly a tenth under ​Michael Phelps' ​world record pace -- and came home in 26.81 to easily earn the top seed heading into Saturday night's final. Beyond Dressel, the rest of the field was lights-out fast with Great Britain's ​James Guy ​in second with a 50.67 -- destroying the previous British record of 51.41 and his previous personal best of 51.50. Hungary's ​Kristoff Milak​ snagged the third seed in 50.77 -- a new world junior record -- and defending Olympic champion ​Joseph Schooling ​of Singapore took fourth in 50.78. The big surprise here? South Africa's ​Chad le Clos​ missed qualifying for the final in 12th with a 51.48.

Women 50m Butterfly -- Semifinals
World Record: 24.43 -- Sarah Sjöström (SWE), 2014
Championship Record: 24.96 -- Sarah Sjöström (SWE), 2015
World Junior Record: 25.51 -- Rikako Ikee (JPN), 2017
American Record: 25.50 -- Dara Torres (USA), 2009

1.) Sarah Sjöström (SWE) -- 25.30 ​(Q)
2.) Kelsi Worrell (USA) -- 25.57 ​(Q)
3.) Melanie Henique (FRA) -- 25.63 ​(Q)
4.) Penny Oleksiak (CAN) -- 25.66 ​(Q)
5.) Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) -- 25.67 ​(Q)
6.) Aliena Schmidtke (GER) -- 25.68 ​(Q)
7.) Kimberly Buys (BEL) -- 25.70 ​(Q)
8.) Farida Osman (EGY) -- 25.73 ​(African Record) (Q)

After taking the silver medal in the 100m freestyle, Sweden's ​Sarah Sjöström​ turned around to claim the top seed in an event she has dominated over the past few years with a 25.30. This was a touch slower than her prelims swim and well off her world record of 24.43 but enough to earn Sjöström lane four for Saturday night's final. ​Kelsi Worrell​ of the United States touched for the second seed in 25.57 -- just 0.07 of a second off ​Dara Torres'​ American record but a personal best time nonetheless. France's ​Melanie Henique ​touched for the third seed in 25.63. Just as we predicted this morning, this was a ​tight​ field with second through eighth only separated by 0.16. Even further, second- to 14th-place finishers were only separated by 0.37.

Men 200m Breaststroke -- FINAL
World Record: 2:06.67 -- Ippei Watanabe (JPN), 2017
Championship Record: 2:06.96 -- Anton Chupkov (RUS), 2017
World Junior Record: 2:09.39 -- Qin Haiyang (CHN), 2017
American Record: 2:07.17 -- Josh Prenot (USA), 2016

1.) Anton Chupkov (RUS) -- 2:06.96 ​(Championship Record) (European Record)
2.) Yasuhiro Koseki (JPN) -- 2:07.29
3.) Ippei Watanabe (JPN) -- 2:07.47
4.) Ross Murdoch (GBR) -- 2:08.12
5.) Nic Fink (USA) -- 2:08.56
6.) Kevin Cordes (USA) -- 2:08.68
7.) Ilya Khomenko (RUS) -- 2:09.18
8.) Matthew Wilson (AUS) -- 2:10.37

Just like he did in the semifinals on Thursday night, Russia's ​Anton Chupkov​ waited until the last 50 meters to strike. Sitting in fourth at the 150 mark, there was no doubt the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist would make a surge -- and surge he did. Chupkov blazed a monster 31.99 split on the last 50 -- 0.79 faster than anyone else in the field -- to claim gold in 2:06.96. That time is a new championship record and European record as well. Chupkov now holds the second-fastest performance of all time and became just the second man to break the 2:07 barrier. The first? World-record holder ​Ippei Watanabe​ who finished in third with a 2:07.47. Watanabe's Japanese teammate claimed the silver in 2:07.29.

Men 4x200m Freestyle Relay -- FINAL
World Record: 6:58.55 -- USA, 2009
Championship Record: 6:58.55 -- USA, 2009
American Record: 6:58.55 -- USA, 2009

1.) Great Britain -- 7:01.70
2.) Russia -- 7:02.68
3.) United States -- 7:03.18
4.) Australia -- 7:05.98
5.) Japan -- 7:07.68
6.) Italy -- 7:09.44
7.) Poland -- 7:09.62
8.) Netherlands -- 7:12.76

Through three legs at the 600m mark, it looked like the United States -- outside smoke in lane one due to a lackluster morning swim -- was going to take home the gold medal thanks to strong opening splits from ​Blake Pieroni​ (1:46.33), ​Townley Haas​ (1:44.58), and ​Jack Conger ​(1:45.37). With ​Zane Grothe​ entering the water, Team USA held the lead in 5:16.28 over ​Russia in 5:17.88 and Great Britain in 5:17.90.​

Enter ​James Guy. ​Fresh off a blazing-fast 50.67 100m butterfly, the 2015 world champion in the 200m freestyle put the Brits on his back and unloaded a 1:43.80 to overtake the Russians and Americans for gold in 7:01.70. Russia's ​Aleksandr Krasnykh ​threw down a swift split as well in 1:44.80 to give the Russian's the silver medal. Considering he is more of a distance swimmer, Grothe had a strong split of 1:46.90 -- faster than his prelims split of 1:46.96 -- but was unable to hold off the hard-charging Brits and Russians. The United States would settle for bronze in 7:03.18.


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