FINA World Short Course Championships 2021 - Swimming Day 5
Ten British swimmers were rostered to 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.
- Women's 200m Individual Medley - Katie Shanahan
- Women's 100m Breaststroke Final - Molly Renshaw
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Molly Renshaw's impressive end-of-year form continued with another British record in the Women's 100m Breaststroke final on day five in Abu Dhabi.
European champion Renshaw has built towards her favoured 200m Breaststroke event throughout the meet, with those heats and final taking place on Tuesday. Everything bodes well for that contest, given the Loughborough National Centre competitor swam to a fifth-placed finish over half the distance, a time of 1:04.37 knocking 0.06 seconds off the time she set in Sunday's semis.
As in that race, Molly progressed from lap to lap, laying a platform over the opening 50m before a final 25m surge that drew in a couple of rivals and saw her touch less than half-a-second off the podium.
It has left the 25-year-old relishing what could come next - and the value of the work she has been putting in over sprinting distances.
"That's a little bit of an improvement on last night, so I'm really happy with that. The 100m has never really been my main strength, so to see quite a drop there, I'm quite happy," she said. "I have the 200m tomorrow, so I'm looking forward to that now. I'm excited about that one. Having that front-end speed is always going to help. My back 50m is always stronger than my 100, so hopefully I can use that in the 200m on Tuesday."
Tang Qianting (CHN, 1:03.47) won gold in an Asiatic record, Sophie Hansson (SWE, 1:03.50) silver and Mona McSharry (IRL, 1:03.92).
Sydney Pickrem (CAN, 2:04.29) took over from first half pace setter Kate Douglass (USA,2:04.68) for the remainder of the Women's 200m Individual Medley final but it was Yu Yiting (CHN, 2:04.48) who almost caught her, beating Kayla Sanchez' World Junior Mark set in Sheffield in 2018 by 0.16s.
With Ben Proud scratching from the heats of the Men's 50m Butterfly, the final featured two sub 22s swims from Nicholas Santos (BRA, 21.93) and Dylan Carter (21.98). Next to the pads was Matteo Rivolta (ITA, 22.02) for the bronze medal.
The Women's 50m Backstroke final saw Margaret Macneil (25.27) take down Kira Toussaint's 25.60 World Record by 0.33s. Kylie Masse (25.62) made it a Candian 1-2 while Louise Hansson (25.86) claimed bronze.
Daiya Seto (JPN, 3:56.26) led throughout the Men's 400m Individual Medley final but was pushed hard by Ilia Borodin (RSF, 3:56.47) who although finishing second did take down Seto's 2012 3:59.15 World Junior record and in doing so also claim the European Junior mark. Carson Foster (USA, 3:57.99) placed third.
Alssandro Miressi (ITA, 45.58) was the only sub 46s swimmer in the Men's 100m Freestyle Semifinals. Joshua Liendo Edwards (CAN, 46.29) and Maxime Grousset (FRA, 46.35) are his nearest rivals despite Amrican Ryan Held currently being fastest over the first 50m.
Canada and Sweden continued to enjoy more premium returns from their small squads as Margaret Macneil (CAN, 55.45) and Louise Hansson (SWE, 55.81) ranked first and third in qualifying for the Women's 100m Butterfly final, and were separated by Claire Curzan (USA, 55.64).
Sarah Sjostrom (SWE, 23.30) leads the qualifiers for the Women's 50m Freestyle final, getting ever closer to Ranomi Kromowidjojo's Championship (23.19) and World (22.93) records. On this oocasion the Dutch star ranks third with 23.54 behind Katarzyna Wasick (POL, 23.41).
There were no surprises in the Men's 50m Breaststroke semi finals as joint World Record holder Ilya Shymanovich (BLR, 25.55) leads the qualifiers ahead of Nic Fink (USA, 25.68) and Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA, 25.87).
The Men's 4x50m Medley Relay saw USA tie with Russian Swimming Federation after Vladimir Morozov caught up with Ryan Held on the anchor leg. The 1:30.51 time matched Brazil's 2014 Championship record set in Doha, also equalling the Americas record for USA.
Another Americas record was broken in the Women's 4x200m Freestyle final. This time it was Canada touching first in 7:32.96 as USA (7:36.53) finished 3.57s behind with CHN (7:39.92) third.
17-year-old Katie Shanahan (2:09.02) rounded out a meet full of valuable learnings with another promising showing, this time in the Women's 200m Individual Medley. The City of Glasgow Swim Team athlete placed 11th in the heats of an event that saw her claim European Junior gold over long course in the summer. She will be confident of building on this platform into a packed 2022 schedule. The three fastest qualifiers were Kate Douglass (USA, 2:04.24), Yu Yiting (CHN, 2:06.48) and Sydney Pickrem (CAN, 2:06.66).
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