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Day 6 of the Swimming World Championships!

August 1, 2009

Hello, internet. Just a quick post cos I just got finished watching today’s finals and it’s really way later than I thought it was, so I wanna get to bed.

There were 5 finals on Day 6 of the Worlds:

  • Women’s 100m Freestyle
  • Men’s 200m Backstroke
  • Women’s 200m Breaststroke
  • Men’s 200m Breaststroke
  • Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay

Just a few comments and pictures for each final tonight, please and thank you!

Women’s 100m Freestyle

All I have to say about this race is that Ranomi Kromowidjojo of The Netherlands was in this race, and her name is still as awesome today as it was yesterday. Yep.

Big names in this race were Dana Vollmer and Amanda Weir, of the US, as well as the two favorites for this event, Germany’s Britta Steffen, and Australia’s Libby Trickett. Weir and Vollmer didn’t medal, coming in 4th and 5th, while Steffen got the gold, and Trickett the bronze. Fran Halsall of Great Britain got the silver.

Can we talk about how adorable Britta Steffen is?

Britta Steffen of Germany

Britta Steffen of Germany

The whole medal ceremony was kind of hilariously adorable. The music playing after Germany's national anthem was Janet Jackson's "Together Again," which prompted the girls to start singing and dancing along while taking their photos. Adorable, really.

The whole medal ceremony was kind of hilariously adorable. The music playing after Germany's national anthem was Janet Jackson's "Together Again," which prompted the ladies to start singing and dancing along while taking their photos. Adorable, really.

Men’s 200m Backstroke

Of course, I was SUPER SUPER SUPER excited for this race, because Aaron Peirsol and Ryan Lochte would both be swimming it, thus not only fighting for the gold, the world record, and the glory in their backstroke rivalry, but also for MY HEART.

Not gonna lie, I was rooting for Peirsol. He needed a big win after the 100m Backstroke fiasco and I really wanted him to have something to erase that and bring him back to being in the spotlight as the king of the backstroke. It was a close race, with Peirsol first gaining the lead during the first 50, then losing it to Lochte in the 100, then once again gaining and keeping it from the 150 til the end of the race. For a second, it looked like Ryan was locked for second place, but then Japan’s Ryosuke Irie gained some momentum while Lochte lost some speed, securing second place for Irie, and earning Lochte the third.

Aschwin Wildeboer was also in this race, but he came in 5th. No matter, though, we’re still ~*~*~*MEANT TO BE.*~*~*~

Either way, I’m so, so, so excited for Peirsol. He’s pretty much the one swimmer who is guaranteed never to fall out of our favor here at OlyVil, I know this was a really important race for him and I’m ecstatic that he pulled off a flawless performance, as we’re so used to seeing from him.

Aaron Peirsol of the US, and Japan's Ryosuke Irie.

Aaron Peirsol of the US, and Japan's Ryosuke Irie.

Aaron Peirsol

Aaron Peirsol

Ryan Lochte and Peirsol

Ryan Lochte and Peirsol

Women’s 200m Breaststroke

This race was the biggest disappointment of the night. It may have actually been the biggest disappointment of the entire championships, in my opinion. Rebecca Soni of the US was the favorite for this race, and literally for the first, like 160m, she was so ridiculously far in the lead. After that, she began tensing up and lost a lot of her ground. Around the last 15m, she COMPLETELY fell apart, managing to fall into 4th place by the end of the race, and that really just broke my heart because she had been doing SO well.

She was amazingly gracious about the whole thing, though, despite the disappointment. During her post-race interview with Andrea Kramer, she was smiling and seemed to be okay with the results, as I sat in my room wanting to sob my eyes out because she was just so close.

Alas, that’s me. The top three were Nadja Higl of Serbia in first, Annamay Pierse of Canada in second, and Mirna Jukic of Austria in third.

Annamay Pierse, Nadja Higl, and Mirna Jukic. Pretty girls on the podium for this race, right?

Annamay Pierse, Nadja Higl, and Mirna Jukic. Pretty girls on the podium for this race, right?

Men’s 200m Breaststroke

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t pay MUCH attention to this race until the very end. Kim’s BFF Eric Shanteau was in this race. He was in 4th place for the first half of the race, while Australia’s Brenton Rickard and Christian Sprenger alternated between first and second, and Lithuania’s Giedrius Titenis stuck around mostly third place throughout. Out of nowhere, though, while Shanteau gained momentum during the second half of the race, Daniel Gyurta of Hungary came out of absolutely nowhere (he was in 8th place at the 100m) and managed to steal the gold away from Shanteau in a finish  not unlike the infamous Phelps/Cavic race of last summer’s Olympics. AMAZING.

Shanteau secured himself a silver medal, though, and Titenis tied with Sprenger for the bronze.

Shanteau, Gyurta, Sprenger, and Titenis. Kim wanted me to mention that she thinks Shanteau looks a little like a cute chihuahua. I have no idea why.

Shanteau, Gyurta, Sprenger, and Titenis. Kim wanted me to mention that she thinks Shanteau looks a little like a cute chihuahua. I have no idea why.

Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay

Oh yes, oh yes. We all know I love a relay!

Ther main contenders in this race were, of course, the US — consisting of Michael Phelps swimming first, followed by cutiepie Ricky Berens, David Walters, and Ryan Lochte swimming anchor — as well as Germany, and Russia.

During the first leg of the race, Phelps didn’t pull out all the stops. The announcers attributed this to the fact that he had just swam a semifinal for the 100m breaststroke. Perhaps, but in any case, he came in second to Germany’s Paul Beidermann, who must be feelin’ like he can get the best of Milky any time he wants at this point. UGH. During the second leg, though, Berens managed to pick up the lead, which David Walters and Ryan Lochte both secured through to the end of the race.

It was a pretty close one, ngl, since the Russian team jumped ahead during the last two legs of the race, but they missed the gold by .60/second, amazingly. Australia came in third. Congrats to the US menzzzz. I love them a lot lot, think they’re really hot, hot.

This is such a cute picture.

This is such a cute picture.

This is such a weird picture. What're you doin' with that hand, Lochte?

This is such a weird picture. What're you doin' with that hand, Lochte?

This is such a dirty picture. MOLESTATION.

This is such an awkward picture. MOLESTATION.

Aw. My boys. Aw.

Aw. My boys. Aw.

Okay. NBC is broadcasting races from 12 noon EST until 2pm, so make sure to catch it. Goodnight, internet!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. bobbygee permalink
    August 1, 2009 11:47 am

    Not much news about the world swimming championship on the state run sports media. Great shots. http://bobbygee.wordpress.com/
    How are the men and women doing results wise?

    • August 1, 2009 2:04 pm

      Hi, bobbygee.

      Actually, if you poke around the blog’s most recent entries, I’ve covered the results of all the finals thus far, if you’re interested. If you’d like something a bit more organized, Wikipedia updates their entries every day: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_World_Aquatics_Championships

      Just click on the event you’d like to read about on the sidebar and it’ll give you results. I believe most entries also have info about the heats and semifinals, but those are slower to update for the more recent events.

  2. August 1, 2009 10:47 pm

    Ricky Berens looks a bit like James Marsden, no?

    How ADORABLE would a game of hopscotch with Eric Shanteau be?

  3. Oli Coles permalink
    August 2, 2009 4:35 pm

    Hi,

    You said you knew the song they played after the Women’s Nation Anthems, but do you know the song they play after the Men’s National Anthems?

    • August 2, 2009 5:59 pm

      Oli,

      Are you asking about a specific medal ceremony? I just went through the video of day 6 (found here) and took a look at the two Men’s medal ceremonies that they showed, and I couldn’t recognize the song for either one since the commentary is pretty consistent throughout.

      Sorry! :C

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