The swimming events at the FINA World Aquatic Championships in Budapest are leaving up to their expectations highly. Every other day world and championship records are falling. The fourth day was no different. Here are the details:
Pellegrini reclaims: Italian swimmer and world record holder in the FINA 2017 women’s 200m freestyle, Federica Pellegrini reclaimed her world title crown on Wednesday. She swam a 1:54.73 to claim gold, close to 2 seconds behind her world record time (1:52.98) from Rome 2009. This is her first gold in the event since Shanghai 2011. Pellegrini also created the unique record of 7 consecutive podium finishes in the 200m freestyle starting from Montreal 2005. American superstar Katie Ledecky lost her first final at the world championships after 11 straight wins for her first ever silver alongside Emma Mckeon of Australia. Both the ladies clocked 1:55.18. Local favourite Katinka Hosszú finished a disappointing 7th.
Le Chad back on top: South African superstar Chad le Clos is not stranger to winning golds. The 2012 Olympic gold medallist reclaimed his 2013 gold medal in the men’s 200m butterfly with a time of 1:53.33. Local hero László Cseh, who beat le Clos last year for the gold, came second in a time of 1:53.72. Japanese superstar Daiya Seto took bronze 1:54.21. Another local favourite Tamás Kenderesi just missed out on medals, finishing 4th.
Phenomenal Peaty’s Double: Adam Peaty is a superstar. The double world record holder in the breaststroke sprints, completed his double at the championships after winning the men’s 50m to add to his 100m triumph. The Briton, who broke his world record twice in the heats and semis, produced back to back sub 26 seconds swims to take the gold in 25.99. João Gomes Júnior of Brazil and South African Cameron Van der Burgh concluded the podium finishes with times of 26.52 and 26.60 respectively.
Detti’s big upset: Italy were the favourites and were expected to take home the gold in the men’s 800m freestyle in FINA World Aquatic Championships 2017 and so they did. What was unexpected was that it was not come the pre race favourite Gregorio Paltrinieri but Gabrielle Detti who won gold for the Italians. The 22-year old upset the world to win in an European Record time of 7:40.77 ahead of Pole Wojciech Wojdak (7:41.73) and team mate Paltrinieri (7:42.44).
USA’s double world record: USA continued their dominance in the relays to take another gold, this time in the very interesting and exciting 4*100m mixed medley relays. The USA had broken the British World Record in the heats in the morning session with the team of Ryan Murphy (52.34), Kevin Cordes (58.95) Kelsi Worrell (56.17) Mallory Comerford (52.82) in a time of 3:40.28. To everyone’s surprise all four members were replaced in the final and still the team of Matt Grevers (52.32), Lilly King (1:04.15), Caeleb Dressel (49.92), Simone Manuel (52.17) managed to break the world record once again with a time of (3:38.56) to take gold. The Australian quartet of Mitch Larkin (53.11), Daniel Cave (59.29), Emma McKeon (56.51), Bronte Campbell (52.30) took silver in 3:41.21, while Canada’s Kylie Masse (58.22), Richard Funk (59.14), Penny Oleksiak (56.18), Yuri Kisil (47.71) took bronze in 3:41.25.