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FINA World Short Course Championships 2021 - Swimming Day 3

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.


View finals of Day 3.

Day 3

  • Women's 100m Individual Medley - Molly Renshaw
  • Men's 50m Freestyle - Ben Proud
  • Women's 200m Backstroke - Katie Shanahan

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Day 3 Finals


Ben Proud eased into the final of the Men's 50m Freestyle and will target another big swim in search of a medal on Sunday. The two-time Olympian had qualified fastest through the morning's heats, having already played his part in a British-record-breaking effort in the Men's 4x100m Freestyle at the start of the meet. 

Going in semi-final two, Proud came back strong down the home straight to touch just behind the USA's Ryan Held and secure a good lane position for the showpiece as third fastest across the two semis. Ben set a new best British mark for the short-course 50m Freestyle at the recent International Swimming League final. Now, back at the World Short Course Championship at the end of a year which has included a European medal and a fifth-place finish at the Olympic Games, Proud is looking to end his 2021 on a high. 

"Coming back off the ISL, it's nice to go through the heats, semis and finals, with the different structure. Now I'm looking forward to getting my last race of 2021 in tomorrow - it should be a good, fun one!" he said. "Short-course 50m Freestyle, there's not a lot to it - but you put it all together and hopefully it goes well. I'm not feeling too bad, I've done a lot of racing but it's fun so let's go for one last one."


Day 3 Heats


Bath National Centre's in-form Ben Proud (20.91) qualified fastest for the semi-finals of the 50m Freestyle. Proud and Thom de Boer (NED, 20.94) were the only swimmers sub 21s.

Isabelle Stadden (2:03.26) and Rhyan White (2:04.08) produced a USA 1-2 topping the 200m Backstroke qualifiers but there is plenty of opposition poised to take them on. Katie Shanahan finished 11th overall with 2:06.24, , narrowly missing out on the final by less than a second. The City of Glasgow athlete is back in the pool later in the meet as she tests herself against the world's best. 

Daiya Seto (JPN, 51.52) heads the Men's 100m Individual Medley qualifiers by 0.47s from Caio Pumputis (BRA, 51.99) with Finlay Knox (CAN, 52.05) third fastest.

There were no surprises in the Women's 50m Butterfly heats as Sarah Sjostrom (SWE, 24.92) and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED, 24.97) were the two fastest qualifiers and only ones sub 25s.

Kliment Kolesnikov (RSF, 23.14) and Gabriel Fantoni (BRA, 23.15) are the two fastest separated by 0.01s but winner over 100m Shaine Cacas (USA, 23.23) is lying in third.

Fresh from winning 50m breaststroke gold on Day 2, Anastasia Gorbenko (ISR, 58.36) is 0.69s clear of her nearest challenger in the Women's 100m Individual Medley, Maria Ugolkova (SUI, 59.05). Brit Molly Renshaw (1:00.67), who trains under David Hemmings at the Loughborough National Centre, placed 22nd and is building towards her favoured 100m + 200m Breaststroke events in the coming days.

Arno Kamminga (NED, 2:03.17) may have missed out on a medal on Day 2 but he leads the qualifiers for the Men's 200m Breaststroke final by 0.07s from Erik Persson (SWE).

Top 3 qualifiers for the Mixed 4x50m Medley Relay final are USA (1:37.74 - MMFF), RSF (1:37.99 - MMFF) and NED (1:38.38 - FMMF).



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