Meilutyte smashes breaststroke record for strong finish at worlds

Meilutyte smashes breaststroke record for strong finish at worlds

Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania broke her second world record in the women’s 50 meters breaststroke, winning the gold medal with a remarkable time of 29.16 seconds on the final day of the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. Meilutyte surpassed her own record of 29.30 seconds that she had set in the semi-finals the previous day, sending a strong message to her competitors before the Paris Olympics next year. She finished 0.78 seconds ahead of silver medalist Lilly King from the United States, while Benedetta Pilato of Italy took the bronze in 30.04 seconds.

In the women’s 50 meters freestyle, Sweden’s Sarah Sjoestroem, who had broken her own world record in the semi-finals with a time of 23.61 seconds, claimed the gold medal with a nearly as impressive performance in the final. Sjoestroem finished just one hundredth of a second away from her record, defeating Australia’s Shayna Jack, who clocked 24.10 seconds. This victory marked Sjoestroem’s 21st individual medal at the world championships, surpassing the legendary Michael Phelps. Zhang Yufei of China won the bronze with a time of 24.15 seconds.

Ahmed Hafnaoui of Tunisia secured his second gold medal of the championships by narrowly defeating Bobby Finke from the United States in a fiercely contested men’s 1,500 meters freestyle race. Hafnaoui finished in 14 minutes 31.54 seconds, missing out on Sun Yang’s world record by only 0.52 seconds. Finke was just 0.05 seconds behind the champion, while Sam Short from Australia settled for the bronze. Hafnaoui expressed his satisfaction with the race and thanked Finke for pushing him to perform at his best.

Hunter Armstrong of the United States won his first individual crown in the men’s 50 meters backstroke, finishing in 24.05 seconds. He was followed by his compatriot Justin Ress, who took the silver medal with a time of 24.24 seconds, and Xu Jiayu from China, who won the bronze in 24.50 seconds. In the women’s 400 meters individual medley, Canada’s Summer McIntosh claimed the gold medal in a championship record time of 4:27.11. McIntosh, at the age of 16, showcased her strategic skills and determination in this challenging event. Katie Grimes from the United States won the silver medal, while Jenna Forrester from Australia settled for the bronze.

The United States dominated the 4×100 meters medley relays, with both the men’s and women’s teams securing victory. The men’s team, consisting of Ryan Murphy, Nic Fink, Dare Rose, and Jack Alexy, finished with a time of 3:27.20, defeating China and Australia. The women’s team, led by Regan Smith, Lilly King, Gretchen Walsh, and Kate Douglass, cruised to victory in 3:52.08, ahead of Australia and Canada. With 13 gold medals, Australia topped the medal table, followed by the United States with seven golds, and China with five. The next edition of the World Aquatics Championships will be hosted by Doha in February 2024.

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