Doha 2014, Day 3: Five WR in glorious evening for Hungary

Friday, December 5, 2014

After skipping the heats of the 400m free in the morning, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) was the protagonist of the third day of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha (QAT). The FINA Best Female Swimmer of 2014 strategically decided to be in top shape for her two evening finals, the 200m backstroke and the 100m IM and the choice paid off: in both events, the Magyar great established new World Records! In the backstroke race, she clocked 1:59.23 (improving Missy Franklin’s WR of 2:00.03 from 2011) and became the first woman to swim under the two-minute mark; in the medley event, she touched home in 56.70, bettering her own best time of 56.86 from the Swimming World Cup action last September. After setting also a global best mark in the 100m backstroke on Day 2, Hosszu has now three gold medals and three WR, plus two silver medals in the 200m butterfly and 400m IM.

But the Hungarian saga in this third night continued with her compatriots Daniel Gyurta and Peter Bernek. In the men’s 200m breaststroke, Gyurta controlled the race and got the gold in 2:01.49, while Bernek dominated the men’s 400m free, with a victory in 3:34.32, a new Championships record (CR), the oldest one in the charts (the best previous mark of the competition had been established by Australia’s Grant Hackett in 1999, in a time of 3:35.01).

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).

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