FINA World Short Course Championships 2021 - Swimming Day 2
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.
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.
- Men's 200m Freestyle - Duncan Scott and Tom Dean
- Women's 100m Freestyle - Lucy Hope and Freya Anderson
- Men's 100m Butterfly - Ed Mildred
- Mixed 4x50m Freestyle Relay - Great Britain
Here’s what @Dunks_Scott had to say after finishing fourth in the 200m free final at the @FINA21AbuDhabi Worlds earlier today..— Nick Hope - the athlete’s journalist (@NickHopeTV) December 17, 2021
Fair to say he’s looking forward to a well-earned Christmas break after an Olympic history-making year.@britishswimming | @ScottishSwim pic.twitter.com/gUkKVY45d7
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Duncan Scott's busy year continued with a close-run final in the Men's 200m Freestyle. The six-time Olympic medallist became Team GB's most successful athlete from any sport at one Games when he won one gold and three silvers this summer, including silver in the 200m Freestyle and the Olympic title as part of Britain's Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay quartet.
Having qualified third-fastest for a packed final, the University of Stirling man Scott did his customary surge down the final 50m before being narrowly touched out of the medals, finishing fourth with a slightly-improved time of 1:42.27 on his semi-final effort. Not that the time was the focus for Duncan, who said afterwards: "I wasn't too bothered about the time, I just wanted to get in and race, and I did that pretty well. I know what shape I'm in here (after a chest infection) - it won't sum up my year, I've had a pretty good year. I don't know how many more swims I'll have this year, but I wanted to continue my international medal [run]. I think I've won one at every international I've been to. That might be that, I'm a little bit gutted to finish the year like that but we'll wait and see.
"I'll be happy, and it's been a year of mixed emotions for me. I reckon a fourth-place really sums up the way some of my emotions have been this year, but I've got to have my head held high, as I got four Olympic medals and a best time in all my individual finals, so I've got to be pleased with that. Then my short-course season has been really consistent, and I'm pleased with that as well. I'm delighted with the way the year has been. Now it's just looking forward to the next cycle and a bit of rest."
G-S-B went to Hwang Sunwoo (KOR, 1:41.60), Aleksandr Shchegolev (RSF, 1:41.63) and Danas Rapsys (LTU, 1:41.73).
Scott's Stirling training partner Lucy Hope was one of two Brits involved in the Women's 100m Freestyle semi-finals at the Etihad Arena pool after promising showings in Thursday's heats. Olympic champion Freya Anderson was the other, with the David McNulty-coached swimmer improving her heats time of 53.02 with another strong finish down the final 25m for 52.67, only to miss out on a final berth by a mere 0.08s.
Sarah Sjostrom (SWE, 51.53) and Siobhan Bernadette Haughey (HKG, 51.82), Katarzyna Wasick (POL) and Kayla Sanchez (CAN) tied on 52.28 are the four fastest qualifiers.Marie Wattel (FRA, 52.59) is through eighth fastest.
Hope, meanwhile, came 16th overall clocking 53.41 and bettering her prelim time by 0.08s, as preparations for the busy 2022 long-course season continue to gather momentum - and the opportunity to improve areas in the shorter form of the sport has also been a valuable one.
"The whole reason to come here was to get some short-course experience. I think in Britain we are focused a lot towards the Olympics and long course, but with the new ISL and everything, people are tending to focus on short course a little more. I think it's a great opportunity to practice all the little things you're not the best at but can work on," she said. "It's been a long season off the back of Tokyo, and it's kind of run right through to now, so I'm looking forward to some time off at Christmas. If anything, 2022 will probably get busier! It's put us in good stead for next year, because with the Olympics being delayed, it has pushed other events to be crammed in. Racing is great, it's so much fun and it's why we do it, so we can't really complain. You can only do the sport for a limited time, so you just have to enjoy it while you're in it."
Sweden (1:42.38) - Louise Hansson (25.91), Sophie Hansson (29.07), Sarah Sjostrom (23.96) and Michelle Coleman (23.44) - led throughout the Women's 4x50m Medley Relay and equalled the World and Championship Record which USA set in 2018 in Hangzou. USA (1:43.61) and NED (1:44.03) completed the podium places.
G-S-B in the Men's 100m Backstroke went to Shaine Cacas (USA, 49.23), Kliment Kolesnikov (RSF, 49.46) and Robert Glinta (ROU, 49.60) respectively.
World Record holder Ilya Shymanovich (BLR, 55.70) proved he is still the man to beat after controlling the Men's 100m Breaststroke final and breaking Cameron van der Burgh's 2018 Championship record by 0.31s. Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA, 55.80) and Nic Fink (USA, 55.87) claimed silver and bronze leaving Arno Kamminga (NED, 56.06) fourth.
Ireland's Mona McSharry (29.59s) missed out on a bronze medal in the Women's 50m Breaststroke by 0.04s finishing fourth. The podium places went to Anastasia Gorbenko (ISR, 29.34), Benedetta Pilato (ITA, 29.50) and Sophie Hannson (SWE, 29.55).
Louise Hannson (55.20) made Sweden's day even better, beating Kylie Masse (CAN) to Women's 100m Backstroke gold by 0.02s. Katharine Berkoff (USA, 55.40) claimed bronze.
All teams in the Mixed 4x50m Freestyle swam MMFF and Canada swimming in lane 1 pulled out a 1:28.55 as Maggie MacNeil's anchor swim overhauled Netherlands (1:28.61) and Russian Swimming Federation (1:28.97) who finished with silver and bronze.
The Men's 100m Butterfly semi finals saw Egypt's Youssef Ramadan (49.60) qualify third fastest behind Matteo Rivolta (ITA, 49.07) and Chad le Clos (RSA, 49.56).
Duncan Scott (1:42.58) got the British action underway on day two by qualifying third fastest for the 200m Freestyle final behind Fernando Scheffer (BRA, 1:42.42) and Hwang Sunwoo (KOR, 1:42.43).
Solid swims from Brits Freya Anderson (53.02) and Lucy Hope (53.49) enabled them to progress to the 100m Freestyle semi-finals, ranking sixth and eleventh respectively from the prelims. Loughborough alumna Marie Wattel (FRA, 53.32) qualified in seventh. Fresh from setting the World Record over 200m on day 1, Siobhan Bernadette Haughey (51.97) leads the qualifiers ahead of Sarah Sjostrom (SWE, 52.21) and Kayla Sanchez (CAN, 52.38).
Ed Mildred (51.26) gained more valuable international experience, ranking 26th overall in the 100m Butterfly in which five swimmers went sub 50s, with the two fastest being Noe Ponti (SUI, 49.49) and Andrei Minakov (RSF, 49.60). Chad le Clos (RSA, 50.47) qualified in eleventh.
Top 3 progressing in the Women's 200m Butterfly are Svetlana Chimrova (RSF, 2:05.12), Zhang Yufei (CHN, 2:05.73) and Anastasiia Markova (RSF, 2:05.97).
Top 4 to progress in the Women's 800m Freestyle are Li Bingjie (CHN, 8:10.08), Summer McIntosh (CAN, 8:13.37), Isabel Gose (GER, 8:13.61) and Simona Quadarella (ITA, 8:14.10).
Top 3 qualifiers in the Women's 4x50m Medley Relay were USA (1:44.50), Canada (1:45.17) and Italy (1:45.48).
Top 3 qualifiers in the Mixed 4x50m Freestyle Relay were RSF (1:29.84), ITA (1:30.44) and NED (1:30.50) who all swam MMFF.
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