FINA 2017: American Triple on the day 5 of swimming

The USA winning the relays has almost become a regularity at the FINA world aquatic championships this summer.


Here’s the results from the fifth day of swimming from the Danube Arena in Budapest in the FINA World Aquatic Championships.

Kalisz the new winner: The men’s 200m medley is a race which has been dominated by Americans Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte in the new millennium, with the duo winning all the 8 golds in between them. Chase Kalisz continued the American tradition by winning gold as only the third person in the millennium in a time of 1:55.56 ahead of Kosuke Hagino of Japan (1:56.01) and Wang Shun of China (1:56.28).

Caeleb Dressel ends 16 year wait: The USA had not won the gold medal at the world championships in the men’s 100m freestyle since Anthony Ervin in 2001. That was until 20-year old Caeleb Dressel ended the wait by winning gold at Budapest in a national record time of 47.17. His team mate Nathan Adrian won silver in 47.87 ahead of Mehdy Metella of France(47.89).

Medeiros wins Brazil’s first at the championships: Brazilian swimmer Etiene Medeiros won the first gold medal in swimming for Brazil in Budapest 2017. The 26-year old won gold in the women’s 50m backstroke in an American record time of 27.14. Fu Yuanhui of China (27.15) and Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus (27.23) finished on the podium behind the Brazilian respectively.

Mireia Belmonte “flies” to gold: The women’s 200m butterfly Olympic champion, Mireia Belmonte lived up to the expectation to win her first FINA world aquatic championships in her favourite event. The Spaniard clocked 2:05:26, ahead of German Franziska Hentke (2:05.39) and local favourite Katinka Hosszú (2:06.02) to stand atop the podium. Another local favourite Liliána Szilágyi finished 7th.

USA dominate the relays once again: The USA winning the relays has almost become a regularity at the FINA world aquatic championships this summer. The team of Leah Smith (1:55.97), Mallory Comerford (1:56.92), Melanie Margalis (1:56.48), Katie Ledecky (1:54.02) won the fourth relay gold for the US in a time of 7:43.39. The Chinese team of Ai Yanhan (1:56.62), Liu Zixuan (1:56.34), Zhang Yuhan (1:56.54), Li Bingjie (1:55.46) took silver (7:44.96) ahead of the Aussie quartet of Madison Wilson (1:57.33), Emma McKeon (1:56.26), Kotuku Ngawati (1:58.31), Ariarne Titmus (1:56.61) taking bronze(7:48.51).

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