Here are the results and highlights of the sixth day of swimming from the FINA 2017 world Aquatic championships in Budapest.
Manuel upsets Sjöström: Sarah Sjöström established a world record in the women’s 100m freestyle on the very first day during the 4*100m freestyle relay, and became the first woman in history to clock sub 52 with a time of 51.71. Unsurprisingly the Super Swede was the hot favourite to do the 100m double after her blistering 100m butterfly gold. But American superstar Simone Manuel had other plans as she upset the pre race favourite to clinch her second major 100m freestyle gold after the maiden at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Sjöström took silver with a 52.31 behind Manuel’s 52.27 and ahead of Dane Pernille Blume taking bronze with a 52.69.
Rylov’s European Record: Olympic Champion Ryan Murphy was beaten in the men’s 100m backstroke final by China’s Xu Jiayu; and Evgeny Rylov of Russia beat the American superstar to gold in the 200m backstroke. The 20-year old Russian clocked a European record time of 1:53.61, which also made him the sixth fastest man in the history of 200m backstroke. Ryan Murphy (1:54.21) took silver while his team mate Jacob Pebley (1:55.06) took bronze. 100m champion Xu Jiayu finished a disappointing 5th, while Local hero Péter Bernek finished 6th with a national record time of 1:55.58.
Yefimova’s Redemption: Russian Yuliya Yefimova found her partial redemption when she won the bronze in the women’s 100m breaststroke in world aquatic championships 2017. The swimmer smeared by doping controversy went two better in the 200m by clinching gold in the women’s 200m backstroke. With a time of 2:19.64, she looked at times to threaten the world record but fell short of her personal best time as well. Bethany Galat of USA (2:21.77) and Shi Jinglin of China (2:21.93) finished behind the Russian champion, while the 100m champion and world subsequent record holder Lilly King finished 4th.
Chupkov’s Championship Record: Former world junior champion Anton Chupkov of Russia created a stir in the pool by winning the men’s 200m breaststroke in a championship record time of 2:06.96. The 20-year old completed a famous Russian hat-trick on the day after Rylov and Yefimova’s earlier triumphs. He was followed by the Japanese duo of Yasuhiro Koseki and world record holder Ippei Watanabe. The duo clocked 2:07.29 and 2:07.47 respectively for podium finishes.
British “Guy” ends US streak: The USA have been the ultimate dominant force in the relays in the world aquatic championships. The first 4 relays have been won by the Americans in record times. But the US slumped to their first defeat and slipped to the third position in the Men’s 4*200m freestyle relay on Friday. A brilliant anchor leg swim by Briton James Guy in 1:43.80(faster than Sun Yang’s gold medal winning time of 1:44.39) gave the British a much deserved gold medal in the event. The British quartet of Stephen Milne (1:47.25), Nicholas Grainger (1:46.05), Duncan Scott (1:44.60), James Guy (1:43.80) clocked a National Record time of 7:01.70 to win gold. Mikhail Dovgalyuk (1:46.00), Mikhail Vekovishchev (1:45.91), Danila Izotov (1:45.97), Aleksandr Krasnykh (1:44.80) of Russia pipped the American team of Blake Pieroni (1:46.33), Townley Haas (1:44.58), Jack Conger (1:45.37), Zane Grothe (1:46.90) to take silver in a time of 7:02.68. The Americans clocked 7:03.18.