The other highlight of the day was the amazing 50m free race by Florent Manaudou (FRA), in a new WR time of 20.26, improving the global best mark (20.30) set by Roland Schoeman (RSA) in 2009. The 24-year-old French departed fast and kept control of the race, defeating among others the 2010 winner and former Championship record (20.51) holder Cesar Cielo, from Brazil (third in Doha). Vladimir Morozov (RUS), 2012 winner, didn’t get to the podium, finishing in fourth.
Mireia Belmonte continued to collect gold in the Qatari capital, assuring her fourth victory in the Championships, this time in the 400m free – she was also the champion in the 200m butterfly, 400m IM and 800m free. Belmonte touched home in a new Championships record of 3:55.76, bettering the time of Katie Hoff in 2010 (3:57.07).
The crowd in the stands of the Hamad Aquatics Centre could also enjoy a new WR in the final of women’s 4x50m medley relay, won by the team of Denmark (Mie Nielsen, Rikke Pedersen, Jeanette Ottesen and Pernille Blume), in 1:44.04; the triumph of Femke Heemskerk (NED) in the women’s 100m free, in a new CR of 51.37; the fast win of Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) in the women’s 50m butterfly, also in CR time (24.58); the surprising defeat of Ryan Lochte (USA), the 2012 champion, in the 200m IM, a race won by Japan’s Kosuke Hagino in 1:50.47; to close the evening session, Inge Dekker, Femke Heemskerk, Maud van der Meer and Ranomi Kromowidjojo perfectly partnered for the fifth WR of the day, winning the women’s 4x100m free relay in 3:26.53 (the previous best, 3:28.22, was also in the possession of the Dutch team, since 2008).
In semi-final action, Chad Le Clos (RSA) qualified first for the final of the men’s 50m butterfly in a new CR of 22.20, while Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) also bettered the Championships best in the women’s 100m breaststroke, by advancing first to the final in a time of 1:02.43.
With two days to go to conclude the Championships, 12 World Records were already set in this edition of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha (QAT).