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FINA World Short Course Championships 2021 - Swimming Day 1

Ten British swimmers will take to the blocks at Yas Bay’s Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi over 15-21 December 2021, including swimmers based / trained in Somerset.

Bath National Centre's Tom Dean, Freya Anderson, Ben Proud, Ed Mildred and Matt Richards will be joined by Duncan Scott, Max Litchfield, Molly Renshaw, Lucy Hope with Katie Shanahan rounding out the team after the recent withdrawals of Abbie Wood, Daniel Jervis – both after illnesses – and Millfield OM Cameron Kurle.

Watch live on All Aquatics. Heats are at 5.30am and Semi-Finals & Finals from 2pm will feature bespoke coverage and expert commentary from Andy Jameson and Jazz Carlin.


View finals from Day 1.

Day 1 Heats

  • Men's 400m Freestyle - Tom Dean and Max Litchfield
  • Women's 200m Freestyle - Lucy Hope
  • Men's 200m Butterfly - Ed Mildred
  • Women's 50m Breaststroke - Molly Renshaw
  • Women's 400m Individual Medley - Katie Shanahan
  • Men's 200m Individual Medley - Duncan Scott and Max Litchfield
  • Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay - Great Britain
Day 1 Semi-Finals & Finals
  • Men's 400m Freestyle - Max Litchfield
  • Women's 400m Individual Medley - Katie Shanahan
  • Men's 200m Individual Medley - Duncan Scott
  • Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay - Great Britain

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Day 1 Finals


The evening session kicked off with the Men’s 400m Freestyle final, with Loughborough National Centre;s Max Litchfield taking to lane two after a solid morning heat. Gold went to Loughborough trained Felix Auboeck (AUT, 3:35.90), silver to Danas Rapsys (LTU, 3:36.23) and bronze to Antonio Djakovic (SUI, 3:36.83). Come the final, Litchfield was unable to find another gear on this occasion, clocking 3:39.45 and mirroring his time for eighth overall. However, Litchfield was more than satisfied as he detailed post-race: “It’s an event I want to explore, and I think it’s my first senior final in the 400m free. That was my goal, to make the final and see what I could do ahead of my main event later in the week.”

Litchfield will next turn his attention to the Men’s 400m Individual Medley on Monday, an event in which he won a silver medal in the Windsor 2016 edition of these championships.

Siobhan Bernadette Haughey (HKG, 1:50.31) led throughout the Women's 200m Freestyle and took down Sarah Sjostrom's 2017 World Record by 0.13s and also the Swede's 2014 Championship record. Joint fastest qualifier Rebecca Smith (CAN, 1:52.24) finished 1.93s back with silver. Paige Madden (USA, 1:53.01) came third.

There was a promising performance from City of Glasgow’s Katie Shanahan in the Women’s 400m Individual Medley as the European Junior Champion made the final on her World Short Course debut. The Ian Wright-coached-swimmer marginally progressed on her time from the heats, swimming 4:32.68 out in lane one to eighth place, having been particularly impressive over butterfly and backstroke in the opening half of the race. Tessa Cieplucha (CAN, 4:25.55) won gold, Ellen Walshe (IRL, 4:26.52) silver and Melanie Margalis (USA, 4:26.63) bronze.

“How many 17-year-olds can say they’ve had this experience?! I can’t ask for much more. I was hoping to swim well here, I have and hopefully I can build through the week and into next year,” said Shanahan.

G-S-B in the Men's 200m Butterfly went to Alberto Razzett (ITA, 1:49.06), Noe Ponti (1:49.81) and early leader Chad le Clos (RSA, 1:49.84).

Duncan Scott (1:54.08) contested the Men’s 200m Individual Medley event in which he had just recently set a British record at the ISL final. The University of Stirling man was disappointed by seventh but had a positive outlook on the upcoming events on his programme, commenting: “It’s been a really busy year, one I’ve loved and enjoyed with so much racing. I’m kind of struggling [following a chest infection] but short course, that’s nowhere near my best. That’s quite poor in a world final but now I’m a bit older I don’t get too down on the downs, so I have the 200m Freestyle tomorrow which I’m looking forward to.” 

Daiya Seto (JPN,1:51.15) led throughout and fended off a late charge by Carson Foster (USA, 1:51.35). Albert Razzetti (ITA, 1:51.54) continued his good form on Day 1 with bronze.

The semi-finals saw a shake up in the Men's 100m Backstroke in which Kliment Kolesnikov (RSF) and Shaine Cacas (USA) tied as fastest qualifiers on 49.57. Two ISL stalwarts who are only reserve are Thomas Ceccon (ITA, 50.22) and Christian Diener (GER, 50.30).

If jackpots set the pulses racing in the ISL, fastest qualifier Alia Atkinson's disqualification in the Women's 50m Breaststroke suggested the Jamaican fan base may need life support. Nika Godun (RSF, 29.42), Ida Hulkko (FIN, 29.62) and Mona Mc Sharry (IRL, 29.65) were the top 3 qualifiers, with Ireland enjoying a great start to the Championships.

Arno Kamminga (NED, 56.41) held on to his top ranking from the prelims in the Men's 100m Breaststroke. Nic Fink (USA, 56.48) and Ilya Shymanovich (BLR, 56.54) are close behind.

Four fastest qualifiers in the Women's 100m Backstroke are Loughborough trained Louise Hansson (SWE, 55.85), Kira Toussaint (NED) and Rhyan White (USA) tied on 56.05, with Kylie Masse (CAN) on 56.07.


Day 1 Heats


First to progress from heats to finals in Abu Dhabi was Max Litchfield (3:39.34) in fifth for the 400m Freestyle in which Felix Auboeck (AUT, 3:37.91) is fastest qualifier. Tom Dean (3:42.41) got his first swim of the competition done, finishing 15th ahead of his 4x100m Freestyle swim later in the session.

In the 200m Freestyle heats, Freya Anderson ( 1:56.19) and Lucy Hope (1:57.28) finished 11th and 17th respectively. Canada's Rebecca Smith and Hong Kong's Siobhan Haughey led the eight qualifiers on 1:52.86.

Ed Mildred (1:55.51) finished 19th in the 200m Butterfly in which Trenton Julian (USA, 1:50.32) and Chad le Clos (RSA, 1:50.63) are the two fastest qualifiers.

World Record holder Alia Atkinson (JAM, 29.55) led the 50m Breaststroke prelims which saw four other wimmers dip under 30s. Loughborough NC's Molly Renshaw (30.45) faced a swim-off and going head to head with Florine Gaspard (BEL) at the end of the morning session for a place in the afternoon semi-finals. Gaspard (30.11) progresses leaving Rensahw (30.33) as reserve.

Kacper Stokowski (POL) and Guido Guilherme (BRA) were tied as fastest qualifier in the 100m Backstroke on 50.38.

On her World Short Course debut Katie Shanahan (4:32.75) secured a lane in the 400m Individual Medley final. Ilaria Cusinato (ITA, 4:30.27) heads the qualifiers.

The Men's 100m Breaststroke will see ISL stars do battle again as Arno Kamminga (NED, 56.19) and World Record holder Ilya Shymanovich (BLR, 56.20) were the top two seperated by 0.01s.

The Women's 1oom Backstroke also looks set for a close finish with Katerine Berkoff (USA, 55.92), Kira Toussaint (NED, 55.95) and Kylie Masse (CAN, 56.12) the top 3 qualifiers.

Duncan Scott (1:53.74) progressed in the 200m Individual Medley final as fifth fastest qualifier behind Daiya Seto (JPN, 1:52.38). whilst Max Litchfield (1:54.81) placed 12th overall.

The Women's 4x100m Freestyle saw NED (3:31.39), USA (3:31.91) and CHN (3:31.95) lead the qualifiers.

In the final heat of the morning session, the Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay quartet from Bath National Centre - Matt Richards (47.49), Ed Mildred (47.92), Tom Dean (47.02) and Ben Proud (46.82) finished sixth and secured a place behind the blocks this evening for Great Britain. The quartet left their mark on history with a new national short-course record. Olympic champions Richards and Dean swam legs either side of European Junior medallist Mildred, with the in-form Proud producing a sub-57 split on the anchor to bring the team home in 3:09.25, eclipsing the previous mark set in 2009.

Speaking after his senior relay birth, Mildred commented: “I didn’t know that British record had been held since 2009, I’m just really happy to be part of that team. As I’m new on to the senior team, it’s all good experience and fun.”

Richards added: “It’s a busy week, it’s been a busy season with a hell of a lot of racing. I’m looking forward to getting a good block of training in which I haven’t had since before the Olympics. This is a great meet and a fun meet, it’s also my first World Championships so it’s fun to mix it up in the final. I can’t complain, it’s a good start to the season and I know I can build when it comes to long course next year.”The Russian Swimming Federation (3:06.02) and USA (3:06.78) are the top two qualifiers.



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