Saturday, March 31, 2007 – Evening Session

12th FINA World Championships 2007
Melbourne, Australia

Saturday, March 31, 2007 – semifinals & finals

Women’s 50m Butterfly Final

Swedish woman has never won a gold medal in long course, but that piece of history was erased by Therese Alshammar. She got a bit slow start but powered through 50 meters with great determination. It was not a clear victory, just better finish than what silver medalit Dannii Miatke did. Inge Dekker took her first medal in these Champs, bronze one. World record holder Kammerling was left out medals with time that brought medal in 2005.

1. ALSHAMMAR Therese 77 SWE 25.91
2. MIATKE Danni 87 AUS 26.05
3. DEKKER Inge 85 NED 26.11
4. KAMMERLING Anna-Karin 80 SWE 26.32
5. KOMISARZ Rachel 76 USA 26.41
6. NADARAJAH Fabienne 85 AUT 26.77
7. TAO Li 90 SIN 26.80
8. ZHOU Yafei 84 CHN 27.06

Men’s 50m Freestyle Final

Like wave of arms went this final, .3 seperated men from gold to 8th place. American record holder and Stanford University sprinter BW-T took, what might be suprise to some, gold with good swim from lane 6. Cullen Jones grabbed silver and Swedes continued their medal swims with Nystrand taking bronze along with new national record time.

1. WILDMAN-TOBRINER Benjamin 84 USA 21.88
2. JONES Cullen 84 USA 21.94
3. NYSTRAND Stefan 81 SWE 21.97
4. KIZIEROWSKI Bartosz 77 POL 22.00
5. SULLIVAN Eamon 85 AUS 22.05
6. CIELO FILHO Cesar 87 BRA 22.12
7. SCHOEMAN Roland 80 RSA 22.16
8. HAYDEN Brent 83 CAN 22.28

Women’s 200m Backstroke Final

Margaret Hoelzer celebrated her 24th birthday with first ever World Championship gold medal and new American record time. Her winning time was also new competition record and World record was not far away. Last 15 meters just were not fast enough…

1. HOELZER Margaret 83 USA 2:07.16 CR
2. COVENTRY Kirsty 83 ZIM 2:07.54
3. NAKAMURA Reiko 82 JPN 2:08.54
4. BARON Esther 87 FRA 2:09.59
5. ITO Hanae 85 JPN 2:10.57
6. SZEPESI Nikolett 87 HUN 2:10.66
7. SIMMONDS Elizabeth 91 GBR 2:11.09
8. FILIPPI Alessia 87 ITA 2:11.41
Women’s 50m Breaststroke Semi-Final

Might not make World record tomorrow but Leisel Jones is a clear favourite for final. Tarnee White might make some suprises tomorrow as her semis swim was somewhat affected by false start in lane next to her. Her time is very good from the start she made.

Swede Ejdervik on fire! Goddam final, way to go girl! No new records for her but place in final is record enough, I think…

1. JONES Leisel 85 AUS 30.91
2. HARDY Jessica 87 USA 31.09
3. WHITE Tarnee 81 AUS 31.14
4. SCHAFER Janne 81 GER 31.23
5. KIRK Tara 82 USA 31.27
6. BAKER Zoe 76 NZL 31.49
7. EJDERVIK Rebecca 87 SWE 31.71
8. HAYWOOD Kate 87 GBR 31.72
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9. JI Liping 88 CHN 31.75
10.JUKIC Mirna 86 AUT 31.78

Men’s 100m Butterfly Final

With gold in 100 fly Michael Phelps tied a record for the most gold medals at a single World Championships. Phelps, who will swim in the 400 IM and the 400m medley relay tomorrow, has won six gold medals so far in this meet. No swimmer has ever surpassed that mark. Additionally, Phelps’ 19 career world championship medals (16 gold, 3 silver) make him the most decorated swimmer in the history of the event.

Ian Crocker took silver but he had the race in the bag for first 98 meters but Big Mike once again touched the board quicker. Ian was left to watch his team mate to celebrate.

1. PHELPS Michael 85 USA 50.77
2. CROCKER Ian 82 USA 50.82
3. SUBIRATS ALTES Albert 86 VEN 51.82
4. FERNS Lyndon 83 RSA 52.03
5. SERDINOV Andriy 82 UKR 52.23
6. CAVIC Milorad 84 SRB 52.53
7. SKVORTSOV Nikolay 84 RUS 52.54
8. DUNFORD Jason 86 KEN 52.70

Women’s 50m Freestyle Semi-Final

Oh, whatta tight race it will be tomorrow.

1. VELDHUIS Marleen 79 NED 24.79
2. JOYCE Kara Lynn 85 USA 24.80
3. ALSHAMMAR Therese 77 SWE 24.83
4. LENTON Lisbeth 85 AUS 24.89
5. HENRY Jodie 83 AUS 25.06
5. STEFFEN Britta 83 GER 25.06
7. COUGHLIN Natalie 82 USA 25.08
8. METELLA Malia 82 FRA 25.10
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9. HERASIMENIA Aliaksandra 85 BLR 25.28
10.XU Yanwei 84 CHN 25.31

Men’s 50m Backstroke Semi-Final

British got many finalists in these champs but not many medals. Might Liam bring first gold for Wild Sweetie? Or is it time to Germany to celebrate World Champion?

Veteran Matt Welsh once again in finals and some might remember his 50 fly gold medal swim in World Champs from lane 8. Anything is possible…

1. TANCOCK Liam 85 GBR 25.08
2. DRIESEN Steffen 81 GER 25.21
3. ZANDBERG Gerhard 83 RSA 25.26
4. RUPPRATH Thomas 77 GER 25.29
5. CLAY Matthew 82 GBR 25.48
6. KOGA Junya 87 JPN 25.55
7. GRIGORIADIS Aristeidis 85 GRE 25.66
8. WELSH Matt 76 AUS 25.76
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9. LANG Flori 83 SUI 25.81
10.MORITA Tomomi 84 JPN 25.93

Women’s 800m Freestyle Final

Leading duo started under World record pace but could not keep up with Janet Evans´ magnificent record. But with little over two seconds to go (Evans 8:16.22) I would not be suprised if in next year Ziegler owns both 1500 and 800 World records.

Hailey “Aaron´s sister” Peirsol brought another medal for USA and Auburn University. Auburn was one powerhouse tonight, Brasilian Cesaer Cielo sixth in men´s 50 fr, Maggie Hoelzer won 200 bk and now Peirsol in bronze.

1. ZIEGLER Kate 88 USA 8:18.52 CR
2. MANAUDOU Laure 86 FRA 8:18.80
3. PEIRSOL Hayley 85 USA 8:26.41
4. VILLAECIJA GARCIA Erika 84 ESP 8:27.59
5. HUBER Sophie 85 FRA 8:28.23
6. SHIBATA Ai 82 JPN 8:31.73
7. TROTT Wendy 90 RSA 8:32.60
8. PALMER Kylie 90 AUS 8:34.96

Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final

Emily Seebohh started in near record time 1:00.79, Leisel Jones continued with out-of-this-world 1:04.94. Jess Schipper might be considered the only one with nothing spectular as Libby Lenton closed with 52.83…

Australia was just too good today and USA got no weapons to do anything. With Coughlin starting with somewhat slow 1:00.66 followed by Kirk´s 1:06.37, Komisarz with 57.06 and closing by Nymeyer on 54.22. Not a spectacular or overachieving relay for USA but good enough for silver.

China took rather suprising bronze before Great Britain and Russia close behind.

1. Australia AUS 3:55.74 WR
2. United States USA 3:58.31
3. China CHN 4:01.97
4. Great Britain GBR 4:02.18
5. Russia RUS 4:03.32
6. Japan JPN 4:03.33
7. Germany GER 4:03.34
8. Sweden SWE 4:06.16

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