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FINA World Aquatics Championships 2022: Day 2 Preliminaries Preview


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Sunday’s morning session features a lighter schedule than Saturday’s with just five preliminaries on day two of the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Four of the events – the women’s 100 backstroke, men’s 100 backstroke, women’s 100 breaststroke and men’s 200 freestyle – have a semi-final later in the day. Qualifiers from the women’s 1,500 freestyle qualifiers will skip the semifinals and go straight to the final on Monday.

Day 2 morning events:

  • 100 women backstroke – Preliminaries
  • 100 men’s backstroke – Preliminaries
  • Women’s 100 breaststroke – Preliminaries
  • Men’s 200m freestyle – Preliminaries
  • Women’s 1500m freestyle – Preliminaries

Day 2 Top Storylines to follow:

  • It’s rare for the three fastest performers in history to peak at the same time, but they did recently in the 100 back women. At the top of the entry list is the reigning Olympic champion Kaylee McKeown, who broke the world record with a 57.45 at last year’s Australian trials. So there is Kylie MasseCanada’s reigning two-time world champion, with Regan Smith, who boasts the only under-58 swim in the world this year with a US Open record time of 57.76 at the April International Team Trials. If any of these three behemoths go wrong, the 17-year-old rising star Claire Curzan could sneak in and steal a podium spot as the owner of the third-fastest time this year (58.39).
  • The 100 back men is perhaps the race most affected by the current ban on Russian swimmers, which has prevented the reigning Olympic gold medalist Yevgeny Rylov and reigning Olympic silver medalist Kliment Kolesnikov of the competition. All eyes will be on Hunter Armstrong, who is making his Worlds debut after his recent world record in the 50 backstroke at the US Trials. american mate ryan murphy will try to avenge his second-place finish against Armstrong in the 100 backstroke in the same encounter as the Italian record holder Thomas Cecon will also try to take advantage of the absence of the Russians here.
  • The chest 100 women is headlined by two swimmers looking to bounce back from disappointing performances last summer in Tokyo. World record holder and reigning two-time world champion Lilly King won Olympic bronze behind fellow American Lydia Jacoby, who did not qualify for the event this year. King’s toughest challenge may come from Japan Reona Aokiwho clocked the fastest time in the world this year (1:05.19), more than two seconds faster than his 19th-place finish at the Tokyo Olympics.
  • A stacked 200 free men the ground became a little less crowded when Britain Duncan Scott scrapped due to post-COVID-19 training difficulties, but still a very open race. Kieran SmithThe US trials time of 1:45.25 ranks as the fastest time in the world this year. south african teen Matt Sates had been on a tear after his decision to turn pro, knocking out the Olympic champion Tom Dean during the recent stage of the Mare Nostrum Tour in Barcelona with a personal best of 1:45.91. Another young speedster to watch is a Romanian teenager David Popovici, who missed an Olympic medal by just 0.02 seconds in Tokyo. Now 17, Popovici could make a splash at his first Worlds despite posting a season-best time of 1:46.28 in Budapest.
  • Unlike the previous draw, there is little doubt about the last race of Sunday morning’s session, the 1500 free women. The question is not whether the superstar Katie Ledecky will win, but by how much. She has the 12 fastest times in event history and is 18.4 seconds faster than any other woman in history. Although she hasn’t been below 15:30 since March 2020, her 15:38.99 from the April US Trials is still the fastest in the world by a margin of 12 seconds. The battle for the silver figures will be exciting between the rising stars of the distance Katie Grimes and Lani Pallisterwho both achieved personal bests at the trials.

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