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Katinka Hosszu, Sarah Sjostrom break records; Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte make finals at World Championships

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Katinka Hosszu could only cover her mouth after swimming the fastest 200m individual medley of all time. Her husband and coach was a little more excited.

Shane Tusup was unmistakable in the stands, for his “Iron Lady” black T-shirt, turned-to-the-side red hat and left bicep tattoo.

And for his celebration, raising his arms, pulling off and shaking that cap, screaming, pointing index fingers, screaming again and beating his chest after the Hungarian Hosszu broke a world record by .03 in repeating as World champion, proving again that she’s the world’s best all-around swimmer.

“She’s been training for eight, 10 hours a day minimum,” Tusup said, according to The Associated Press. “She pretty much eats, sleeps and swims. She runs her swimming as a business. To see the hard work and everything finally pay off in one race at one time is just unbelievable for me.”

Hosszu, nicknamed the Iron Lady of swimming who felt depressed after failing to earn any medal at London 2012, clocked 2:06.12 on Monday to win gold by 2.33 seconds over Japan’s Kanako Watanabe. Great Britain’s Siobhan O’Connor earned bronze.

Hosszu, a three-time Olympian with zero Olympic medals, took down American Ariana Kukors‘ 2:06.15 world record from the fast suit era in 2009. Hosszu entered seven events at Worlds, though she dropped out of the 100m backstroke already.

“This was my biggest goal,” Hosszu said in this FINA interview of her first Olympic event world record. “Being the fastest ever, it’s crazy to even say it. … I say a dream come true, but I feel like I was too worried to dream it last night. I was even just saying, even if I just get a gold, it would be already amazing. Getting the gold and the record was worth it.”

Earlier Monday, Missy Franklin qualified fifth fastest into Tuesday’s 100m backstroke final. Franklin is the reigning Olympic and World champion in the event, but the favorite is Australian Emily Seebohm, who was .86 faster than Franklin in Monday’s semifinals.

Ryan Lochte was the fastest qualifier into Tuesday’s 200m freestyle final in 1:45.36 on his 31st birthday. Lochte, who dealt with knee problems since fall 2013, clocked his fastest time in the event since he finished fourth at the 2012 Olympics.

“That race felt 10 times better than this morning,” Lochte, who is using a new turn off walls and went 1:47.18 in the morning prelims, told Michele Tafoya on Universal Sports. “I’m glad I got back into my groove.”

Lochte will face China’s Sun Yang in the final. Sun is trying to become the first swimmer to sweep the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyles at a single Worlds (as is Katie Ledecky). Sun has already earned 400m free gold at these Worlds.

The U.S. won zero medals across four finals Monday, its first medal-less day in the pool at a Worlds/Olympics since at least 2001.

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Adam Peaty became the second British man (and first since 1975) to win a World Championship in an individual Olympic event, overcoming South African Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh in the 100m breaststroke by .07.

Peaty, 20 and the world-record holder, was .41 behind van der Burgh after the first 50 meters. Great Britain’s Ross Murdoch earned bronze. No Americans were in the final.

“Very painful, but I didn’t give up an inch,” Peaty told Tafoya on Universal Sports. “It counted in the back end.”

In the 50m butterfly, a non-Olympic event, France’s Florent Manaudou took gold by .12 over Brazil’s Nicholas Santos. Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh and Poland’s Konrad Czerniak tied for bronze.

Swede Sarah Sjostrom repeated as 100m butterfly World champion and broke the world record for a second straight day. Olympic champion Dana Vollmer, who isn’t competing at Worlds after having a baby earlier this year, previously held the world record.

“I showed myself and everyone else that I can swim this event,” Sjostrom said on Eurosport. “I didn’t feel faster today [than in the semifinals Sunday].”

Sjostrom defeated Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen by .41, followed by Chinese Olympic silver medalist Lu Ying for bronze.  No Americans were in the final.

In semifinals, U.S. Olympic champion Matt Grevers qualified fourth fastest into Tuesday’s 100m backstroke final. He’ll face medal favorites Japanese Ryosuke Irie, Australian Mitch Larkin and French Camille Lacourt. The 2013 World silver medalist David Plummer was ninth overall in the semis, missing the eight-man final.

The 2013 World bronze medalist Jessica Hardy failed to qualify for the 100m breaststroke final. Olympic and World champion and world-record holder Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania and World silver medalist Yulia Efimova of Russia headline Tuesday’s final.

Katie Ledecky breaks 1500m freestyle world record again

Men’s 100m breaststroke
Gold: Adam Peaty (GBR) — 58.52

Silver: Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) — 58.59
Bronze: Ross Murdoch (GBR) — 59.09
4. Dmitriy Balandin (KAZ) — 59.42
5. Jack Packard (AUS) — 59.44
6. Giedrius Titenis (LTU) — 59.56
7. Kirill Prigoda (RUS) — 59.84
8. Hendrik Feldwehr (GER) — 1:00.16

Women’s 100m butterfly
Gold: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) — 55.64
Silver: Jeanette Ottesen (DEN) — 57.05
Bronze: Lu Ying (CHN) — 57.48
4. Emma McKeon (AUS) — 57.67
5. Katerina Savard (CAN) — 57.69
6. Xinyi Chen (CHN) — 57.85
7. Alexandra Nathalie Wenk (GER) — 57.94
8. Noemie Thomas (CAN) — 58.22

Women’s 200m individual medley
Gold: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) — 2:06.12
Silver: Kanako Watanabe (JPN) — 2:08.45
Bronze: Siobhan O’Connor (GBR) — 2:08.77

4. Maya DiRado (USA) — 2.08.99
5. Hannah Miley (GBR) — 2:10.19
6. Sydney Pickrem (CAN) — 2:10.32
7. Melanie Margalis (USA) — 2:10.41
8. Ye Shiwen (CHN) — 2:14.01

Danielle Williams cemented as world No. 1 hurdler in Birmingham

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The 100m hurdles has been one of the U.S.’ deepest events the last several years, but Jamaican Danielle Williams looks like the favorite at the world championships in early October.

Williams, who owns the world’s fastest time this year, easily beat world-record holder Kendra Harrison and Olympic champion Brianna McNeal at a Diamond League meet in Birmingham, Great Britain, on Sunday.

Williams crossed in 12.46 seconds despite hitting her knee on one hurdle, but still two tenths clear of Harrison, whose world record is 12.20. It marked Harrison’s first loss in nine meets this year and the first time a non-American has ever beaten her at a Diamond League stop.

It looked like Williams wouldn’t make it to worlds in Doha when she false started out of the Jamaican Championships. But the final was soon after strangely canceled, and Jamaican media reported last week that Williams, the 2015 World champion who failed to make the Rio Olympics, is eligible to be chosen next month by the federation.

The U.S. had at least the two fastest women in the world each of the previous six years. Then Williams re-emerged with a Jamaican record 12.32 on July 20.

The meet airs Monday on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA at 4 p.m. ET and NBCSN at 7 p.m. ET. The Diamond League moves to Paris on Saturday.

In other events Sunday, Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo overtook Brit Dina Asher-Smith and Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 200m in 22.24. Miller-Uibo extended her unbeaten streak to two years across all distances.

It appears Miller-Uibo will not be racing the 200m at worlds, given it overlaps with the 400m. She ranks third in the world this year at the shorter distance, trailing Jamaican Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, who clocked 22.00 on June 23 but was not in Sunday’s field. Miller-Uibo has ranked No. 1 at 400m four straight years.

Yohan Blake won the 100m in 10.07 seconds, holding off Brit Adam Gemili, who had the same time with a 2 meter/second tailwind. Blake, the second-fastest man in history with a personal best of 9.69, hasn’t been the same since suffering a series of leg injuries starting in 2013.

Sunday’s field lacked the world championships favorites — Americans Christian Coleman and Justin Gatlin, who clocked 9.81 and 9.87 on June 30.

Surprise U.S. champion Teahna Daniels placed third in her Diamond League 100m debut, clocking 11.24 seconds. The field lacked world championships favorites Thompson and Fraser-Pryce, who each ran 10.73 at the Jamaican Championships on June 21.

American record holder Ajeé Wilson won an 800m that lacked all three Rio Olympic medalists, who are barred from racing the event due to the IAAF’s new testosterone cap in middle distances. Wilson’s time, 2:00.76, was far off her 2019 world-leading time of 1:57.72 among eligible women.

Olympic and world heptathlon champion Nafi Thiam broke the Belgian long jump record twice, winning with a 6.86-meter leap. That ranks ninth in the world this year. The field lacked the last two Olympic champions, Americans Tianna Bartoletta and Brittney Reese.

A meeting of the last two Olympic pole vault champs went to Rio gold medalist Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, who cleared 4.75 meters in swirling wind. London 2012 champ Jenn Suhr was third but remains No. 1 in the world this year with a 4.91-meter clearance from March 30.

Croatian Sandra Perkovic, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic discus champion, lost her third straight Diamond League meet to start the season as she returns from injury. Perkovic, who placed third behind winner Cuban Yaimé Pérez, had not lost in back-to-back meets since returning from a six-month doping ban in 2011, according to Tilastopaja.org.

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Tokyo Paralympic triathlon test event cancels swim due to water bacteria

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TOKYO (AP) — High levels of bacteria forced the swimming portion of a triathlon test event for the Tokyo Paralympics to be canceled Saturday.

It’s the second setback in the triathlon for organizers of next year’s Olympics and Paralympics. An Olympic triathlon running event was shortened from 10km to 5km on Thursday because of what the International Triathlon Union (ITU) called “extreme levels” of heat.

Tokyo’s hot and humid summers are a major worry for Olympic organizers. The water issues are a reminder of the Rio Games, when high bacteria and virus levels were found in waters for sailing, rowing and open-water swimming.

In a statement, the ITU said E-coli levels were “more than two times over the ITU limits.” It said the water was at Level 4, the highest risk level.

E-coli bacteria, which normally live in the intestines of animals and people, can produce intestinal pain, diarrhea and a fever.

The venue in Tokyo Bay, called Odaiba, has been a concern for organizers, who have experimented with different measures to clean the water in the area, located in an urban part of central Tokyo.

The ITU is scheduled to hold it final test event on Sunday “depending on the latest water quality tests”, it said in a statement.

A few days ago the ITU described water quality conditions at the venue as “very good.” However, swimmers at a recent distance swimming event at the same venue complained of foul-smelling water.

The water temperature at the venue on Saturday was 84 degrees Fahrenheit, with the air temperature hovering above 90.

Tokyo spokesman Masa Takaya said “we are set to conduct a comprehensive review with the international federation.”

He said a triple-layer underwater screen will be installed for next year’s Olympics, replacing a single-layer.

“Based on the results of multiple research in the past, we believe that the multiple layer screen will assure the successful delivery of the competitions,” he said.

Filthy water plagued the Rio Olympics. The South American city lacks a functioning sanitation system for much of its population. Open water there tested high for bacteria and viruses, which confronted athletes in rowing, sailing and triathlon.

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