Today’s finals started with the 400 metre medley which was clearly won by Katinka Hosszu in 4.25.15. I am very happy with the gold’, said Katinka. She left the Chinese and Japanese swimmers behind. Silver went to Yui Ohashi (4.27.42) and bronze to Min Zhou (4.30.26).
After the 400 metre change came the last long distance of tonight; the 1500 free. This distance was clearly won by Maksym Shemberev (14.45.17). He thought it was a very tough race. In second place was Ziao Qiu (14.58.08). Third place was for Paul Zellmann (14.59.01).
The Dutch men finished next to the podium. Marcel Schouten ticked in 15.25.05, Vincent Crooijmans ticked in 15.32.99 and Thomas Jansen ticked in 15.41.21.
The winner of the 50 back was Mitchell Larkin. He likes the World Cup because a lot of friendships are made and they all travel together a lot. Silver was for Vladimir Morozov and Kosuke Matsui (23.57) closed the podium.
Jesse Puts swam the 50 back in 24.01 and Stan Pijnenburg finished in 24.11.
After the 50 back, it was the women’s 200 free. It was a strong field and the race was won by Sarah Sjöström in 1.52.25. I can’t explain the love, I hate and love this event so much’ Sarah said. Soon after Femke Heemskerk touched down for the silver (1.52.98): ‘I can’t describe how I feel, I really feel love from you guys. Thank you for that’. The bronze was for Jianjiahe Wang (1.53.40). It was an exciting race where the whole crowd went completely crazy.
There was a clear winner in the 200 km change; he was in the lead the whole race. Daiya Seto finished in 1.51.09. This is also a new World Cup record: ‘I am so happy’. Japanese Ryosuke Irie took the silver (1.55.61) and bronze was for Kirill Prigoda (1.55.71).
Arjan Knipping swam a time of 1.56.82.
In the 100 back the Dutch women just missed the podium: 56.63 for Kira Toussaint and 58.61 for Maaike de Waard. The medals were shared by Kathleen Baker (55.91): ‘I love the 100 back and I love the competition. It has been awesome in Eindhoven and I really love the music’, Emily Seebohm (56.07) and Katinka Hosszu (56.32).
The 50 breaststroke was won by Felipe Lima in 25.92. He was very happy with this, it was his best time and now he could take revenge on Stevens. At the European Short Course Championships in Windsor, Lima won bronze and Stevens silver. Second place went to Stevens (26.10) and bronze to Kirill Prigoda (26.30).
Strong swimmers also appeared at the start of the 50 Butterfly and the competition was fierce. The race was eventually won by Sarah Sjöström (24.61): ‘I am happy to come back this year, last year I won silver and this year it’s gold’. The silver went to Ranomi (24.67): ‘It went really well, I would have liked to catch Sarah. At the turning point I heard the crowd going wild and I wanted to give everything for that’ and the bronze went to Kelsi Dahlia (25.14).
Maaike de Waard finished with a time of 25.68 and Kim Busch clocked in at 25.94.
The king’s number in the men’s category also promised to be an exciting race. The 100 metres free was won by Vladimir Morozov in 45.69: ‘It’s very nice, 4 races with 4 medals’. Second place went to Blake Pieroni (46.45) and third place was for Vladislav Grinev (46.58).
The Dutch men stayed next to the podium. Stijn Pijnenburg was the fastest of all in 47.85, Kyle Stolk clocked in 47.02 and Jesse Puts in 48.89.
The women’s 100m was an exciting race. Yuliya Efimova won the race by finishing in 1.03.41. She was happy with her race but needs to work on having more fun, she said after the race. Silver went to Alia Atkinson (1.03.74) and bronze to Molly Hannis (1.05.65).
The men’s 200 butterfly was also an exciting race. The Japanese was in the lead for almost the entire race but was beaten in the last 25 metres by Chad le Clos. He won the gold in 1.51.09. It was a painful race with a lot of competition. The 200 butterfly is really his ‘baby’ and he always enjoys swimming this distance. Silver went to the Japanese Yuya Yajima (1.51.87). The bronze was for the Dutch Joeri Verlinden. He finished in 1.54.20: ‘This is a nice stopover for October. It’s really cool to be able to swim in our own pool in front of this crowd. Maarten placed fastest, but eventually came in fifth (1.54.20).
The last distance of the finals was the 4×50 free mixed. The gold went to the favourite Netherlands, leaving America and Russia behind. The Netherlands finished in 1.29.90. It was great, normally the Dutch are ‘down to earth’ but this was really fantastic. Thank you all!’. The whole stadium went wild for these top athletes and with that the day ended.