Day 1 Finals Live Recap


After a lightning-fast opening morning with pre-competitions, the first final session of the 2022 World Cup has arrived.

With 400 IM for men moved up from the last day to the first day of this year’s edition, we will have five medals during the day 1 finals instead of the usual four.

Swimmers will fight for a place on the podium in the men’s 400 free and 400 IM, the women’s 400 free, and then both the men’s and women’s 400 free relays.

The highlight of the heats was without a doubt the fierce splits we saw in the men’s 400 free relay, when there were a total of 15 sub-48 stages, including three from the top-seeded Americans. This immediately put the American camp in an interesting situation regarding lineup decisions, with Drew Kibler is omitted from the pre-relay and Ryan Held (47.11), Justin Ress (47.57) and Brooks Curry (47.76) who all put up splits that would normally give them a place in the final.

As it turns out, Kibler was left out of the final relay and all three join Caeleb Dressel tonight.

Update: Cables did not swim due to COVID-19 protocols.

We also saw four men break 23 in 50 planes, led by Dylan Carter (22.87), while one of the favorites before the race, Nicholas Santoswas a bit outside and is out in lane 1 in the second semi after clocking 23.46.

In the women’s 200 IM, American Alex Walsh picked up the top seed in 2: 09.41, while her teammate Leah Hayes qualified second in 2: 09.81 to break her 15-16 national age group record.

In the individual finals, Felix Auboeck comes in with the top seed in the men’s 400 free, a place he also had in 2017 before he was number five in the final. The most notable miss this morning was Australian Mack Hortonbanned from the final in ninth place (3: 46.57).

In the women’s 400 free, that was all Katie Ledecky in the run-up, and added another sub-4: 00 to her list at 3: 59.79. Canadas Summer McIntosh is in second place at 4: 03.19, while China Li Bingjiethe Olympic bronze medalist last year, was out of pace and finished back in 10th place in 4: 08.25.

The estimated top four had strong results in the men’s 400 IM heat, led by Leon Marchandwho broke his French record of 4: 09.09. Carson Foster had an impressive LC Worlds debut at 4: 09.60, and Chase Kalisz is in third place at 4: 10.32 (all three were in the same heat) and qualifies for the final after being away in 2019.

Daiya Setothe defending champion who has won this event at three of the last four world championships, won the final heat to qualify for fourth since he appears to be in significantly better shape than he was at the 2021 Olympics.

The Aussie women and American men were the big favorites in the 400 free relays that came in, and things did not change much in the run-up. Australia, who kept their big guns in the holster, still had a lead of 52.9 from Madi Wilson and a 52.98 leg from Meg Harris.

Men 400 free – final

  • World record: 3: 40.07, Paul Biedermann (GER) – 2009 world championship
  • Championship record: 3: 40.07, Paul Biedermann (GER) – 2009 world championship
  • 2021 Olympic Champion: Ahmed Hafnaoui (TUN), 3: 43.36
  • World Champion 2019: Sun Yang (CHN), 3: 42.44
  1. Elijah Winnington (AUS), 3: 41.22
  2. Lukas Märtens (GER), 3: 42.85
  3. Guilherme Costa (BRA), 3: 43.31
  4. Felix Auboeck (AUT), 3: 43.58
  5. Marco de Tullio (ITA), 3: 44.14
  6. Kim Woomin (KOR), 3: 45.64
  7. Kieran Smith (USA), 3: 46.43
  8. Trey Freeman (USA), 3: 46.53

400 men’s freestyle was all we could have asked for, as the fastest swimmers in the world in the last two years in an epic showdown.

Australian Elijah Winnington got off to a fast start, was overtaken by Germany Lukas Märtens on the fifth 50, and then roared home at 26.50 to secure the victory in the time of 3: 41.22.

The Winnington swim improves his previous best of 3: 42.65, set at the 2021 Olympic trials, and moves him up to # 5 on the artist list of all time (# 3 in textile suit).

All-time Athletes, 400 Freestyle Men (LCM)

  1. Paul Biedermann (GER), 3: 40.07 – 2009
  2. Ian Thorpe (AUS), 3: 40.08 – 2002
  3. Sun Yang (CHN), 3: 40.14 – 2012
  4. Oussama Mellouli (TUN), 3: 41.11 – 2009
  5. Elijah Winnington (AUS), 3: 41.22 – 2022

The victory was also Australia’s first since the nation won five straight titles from 1994 to 2005. In addition, it is the first time an Asian nation has not won 400 free since 2009, with China Sun Yang has won the last four and South Korean Tae Hwan Park earned the victory in 2011.

Märtens, who came as the fastest swimmer in the world this year at 3: 41.60, may have made his move a little too early as he had no answer when Winnington exploded from the last turn. However, the German held on to silver at 3: 42.85, and averted another South American record for Brazilian Guilherme Costa (3: 43.31), who fetched bronze.

Felix Auboeckthe top seed from the pre-competition in an Austrian record of 3: 43.83, lowered that time down to 3: 43.58 to take fourth place.

The three best swimmers were all faster than the time it took to win Olympic gold last year (3: 43.36).

100 fly women – Semifinals

  • World record: 55.48, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – Olympics 2016
  • Championship record: 55.53, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 2017 world championship
  • 2021 Olympic Champion: Maggie MacNeil (CAN), 55.59
  • World Champion 2019: Maggie MacNeil (CAN), 55.83

Final qualifiers:

  1. Torri Huske (USA), 56.29
  2. Marie Wattel (FRA), 56.80
  3. Claire Curzan (USA), 56.93
  4. Brianna Throssell (AUS), 56.96
  5. Louise Hansson (SWE), 56.97
  6. Zhang Yufei (CHN), 57.03
  7. Lana Pudar (BIH), 57.67
  8. Farida Osman (EGY), 57.91

American Torri Huske looked strong on his way to take the top seed into the final of the 100-butterfly for women, and dominated the second semifinal in the time of 56.29.

Remember was the only swimmer in the field out sub-26, with 25.82, and will be the swimmer to beat on Sunday, as she has more than a half-second gap on the second fastest swimmer.

France Marie Wattel (56.80) and American Claire Curzan (56.93) put both up to 56-heights to 1-2 in the first semi, while the Aussie Brianna Throssell broke 57 seconds for the first time at 56.93 to qualify for fourth.

The most remarkable thing that comes out of this event is the shape of China Zhang Yufei, who seemed a little worse and only qualified for sixth on 57.03. Zhang is the third fastest swimmer in history with his Asian record of 55.62, set in September 2020.

Overall, this event has been significantly slower than it was at the Olympics in Tokyo, which is not a big surprise given that we are missing half of last year’s final. Last summer, it took 57.19 to reach the final, 57.91 this year.

50 fly men – semifinals

Final qualifiers:

  1. Ben Proud (GBR), 22.76
  2. Caeleb Dressel (USA) / Thomas Ceccon (ITA), 22.79
  3. Michael Andrew (USA), 22.87
  4. Szebasztian Szabo (HUN), 22.91
  5. Dylan Carter (TTO), 22.98
  6. Tzen Wei Teong (SGP), 23.03
  7. Nicholas Santos (BRA), 23.04

British sprint star Ben Stolt seems to be in excellent shape here in Budapest, and bursts to the top seed for tomorrow’s final in the men’s 50 fly in the time of 22.76.

The swim falls just 0.01 away from Proud’s PB and British record of 22.75, set back at the World Championships in 2017 when he won the gold medal.

Proud will go head-to-head tomorrow night with the reigning world champion, Caeleb Dresselwhich topped the opening semi in the time of 22.79.

Dressel finished second overall Thomas Cecconwho broke his Italian record for the second time today after clocking 22.88 in the pre-competition.

American Michael Andrew (22.87), Hungarian Szebasztian Szabo (22.91) and Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter (22.98) also took 23 seconds, with Carter qualifying only this morning for a best time and a national record of 22.87.

42 years old Nicholas Santosthe fourth fastest swimmer in history and winner of three straight medals in this competition at the world championships, creaked narrowly into the final in eighth place 23.04.

Women 400 Free – Final

  • World record: 3: 56.40, Ariarne Titmus (AUS) – Australian 2022 Championship
  • Championship record: 3: 58.34, Katie Ledecky (USA) – world championship 2017
  • 2021 Olympic Champion: Ariarne Titmus (AUS), 3: 56.69
  • World Champion 2019: Ariarne Titmus (AUS), 3: 58.76

100 breaststroke men – semifinals

  • World record: 56.88, Adam Peaty (GBR), world championship in 2019
  • Championship record: 56.88, Adam Peaty (GBR), world championship in 2019
  • 2021 Olympic Champion: Adam Peaty (GBR), 57.37
  • World Champion 2019: Adam Peaty (GBR), 57.14

200 IM Women – Semifinals

  • World record: 2: 06.12, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2015 world championship
  • Championship record: 2: 06.12, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2015 world championship
  • 2021 Olympic Champion: Yui Ohashi (JPN), 2: 08.52
  • World Champion 2019: Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2: 07.53

400 IM men – final

  • World Record: 4: 03.84, Michael Phelps (USA) – 2008 Olympics
  • Championship record: 4: 05.90, Chase Kalisz (USA) – world championship 2017
  • 2021 Olympic Champion: Chase Kalisz (USA), 4: 09.42
  • World Champion 2019: Daiya Seto (JPN), 4: 08.95

Men’s 4 × 100 Free Relay Final

  • World record: 3: 08.24, USA – Olympics in 2008
  • Championship record: 3: 09.06, USA – 2019 world championship
  • Olympic Champion 2021: USA, 3: 08.97
  • World Champion 2019: USA, 3: 09.06

Women’s 4 × 100 Free Relay Final

  • World record: 3: 29.69, Australia – 2021 Olympics
  • Championship record: 3: 30.21, Australia – 2019 world championship
  • Olympic Champion 2021: Australia, 3: 29.69
  • World Champion 2019: Australia, 3: 30.21