Is Shields chasing le Clos’ World Record?

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Day 2 of FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017 in Berlin this Monday morning started with the Women’s 100m Individual Medley. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) dominated the heat clearly in 56.99s, only 0.32s away from the World Record, 0.13s away from World Cup record – a promising time regarding the final in the evening. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) touched as second (57.92s) with a gap of almost one second in front of Jenna Laukkanen (FIN, 59.43s).

Clear domination as well in the Men’s 200m Butterfly with four heats in total. Tom Shields (USA), meanwhile swimming most of the race under World Record time, was the fastest with 1:50.60m, followed by Masayuki Umemoto (JPN) with a significant gap in 1:53.90m and Masaki Kaneko (JPN) in 1:54.23m.

Only nine women took part in the heat over 200m Backstroke. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) set the mark with 2:00.18m, winning by more than six seconds in front of the two Germans Nadine Laemmler (2:06.35m) and Jenny Mensing (2:07.05m).

Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) finished first of the five heats of Men’s 50m Breaststroke in 26.16s. He was followed sharply by Kirill Prigoda (RUS, 26.26s) and Fabio Scozzoli (ITA, 26.36s).

Five heats and many swimmers as well at the Women’s 50m Freestyle. Sarah Sjostroem (SWE) touched first after 23.22s, in front of Femke Heemskerk (NED, 23.99s) and Cate Campbell (AUS, 24.21s).

Close to World Record time was Danas Rapsys (LTU) on the first hundred meters of the Men’s 200m Freestyle, chasing the time of Paul Biedermann set in 2009. Finally Rapsys was missing the record significantly by about 3 seconds, finishing in 1:42.28m (WR: 1:39.37m). Will the Lithuanian beat this time in the final tonight?

Third heat this session, third time in front: Katinka Hosszu underlines her excellent shape at the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup in Berlin. The Hungarian finished the heat of the Women’s 100m Butterfly first in 55.52s, in front of Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED, 56.63s) and Ilaria Bianchi (ITA, 57.36s). Without a doubt Hosszu is a top candidate for some finals in the evening.

Radoslaw Kawecki (POL/50.89s) set the mark in the Men’s 100m Backstroke, closely followed by Markus Lie (NOR/51.13s) and Grigory Tarasevich (RUS/51.20s).

Another strong lead was performed by Mireia Belmonte (ESP) at the Women’s 400m Freestyle. Finishing after 4:02.58m, she kept second Kristel Kobrich (CHI, 4:05.46m) and third Femke Heemskerk (NED, 4:05.79m) at bay.

Last race in the morning was the Women’s 100m Breaststroke. Jenna Laukkanen (FIN) touched first after 1:04.87m, in front of Alia Atkinson (JAM, 1:05.71m) and Rikke Pedersen (DEN, 1:06.01m) and marked the end of the morning session.

Finals will be boosted by a couple swimmers with wildcards. Due to their successes at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 and the World Short Course Championships 2016 in Windsor, these swimmers do not have to compete in the preliminaries of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup.


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