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China’s Chen Denies Medeiros 50 Back Gold To Close Out Military Games

7TH CISM MILITARY WORLD GAMES

The pool swimming portion of the 2019 CISM Military World Games concluded today in Wuhan, China, but not before the host nation ran away with an impressive 49 total medals, including 27 gold, 14 silver, and 8 bronze. The next closest nation in the rankings is represented by Russia, who snagged 27 total medals, including 7 golds, while Brazil finished 3rd in the medal table with 19 total pieces of hardware.

MEN’S 200 BACK – FINAL

The top 7 finishers in the men’s 200m back all dipped under the 2:00 threshold, led by a big meet record-setting performance by China’s Li Guangyuan.

The World Championships swimmer who placed just 21st in this event in Gwangju produced a solid 1:56.88 here tonight to take over the previous meet mark of 1:58.26 put on the book last year by Germany’s Christian Diener. Splits for Guangyuan include 57.27/59.61 to give him almost a 2-second advantage over runner-up Radoslaw Kawecki of Poland.

Kawecki touched in 1:58.75 tonight to take silver in a time about 2 seconds off his 4th place finishing 1:56.37 from Gwangju. The 200m IM and 400m IM champion here in Wuhan, Wang Shun of China, rounded out the top 3 in this 2back in 1:59.17.

WOMEN’S 50 BACK – FINAL

China’s Chen Jie denied Pan American Games silver medalist Etiene Medeiros the gold in this women’s 50m back event, taking the top prize in a time of 27.81. That established a new meet record, rolling over Medeiros’ own time of 28.04 set 2 years ago.

Tonight Medeiros settled for silver in 28.29, well off her 27.44 time from Lima, Peru that made her runner-up there. Poland’s Alicja Tchorz got it done for bronze tonight in 28.95 to represent the only other swimmer under the 29-second barrier.

MEN’S 200 FLY – FINAL

Another standout from this year’s Pan American Games, Leonardo de Deus of Brazil, clinched the gold in this men’s 200m fly event, producing the top time of 1:56.81. That was off his own meet record of 1:55.61 set 2 years ago, as well as off his 1:55.86 scorcher that topped the podium in Peru, but enough to get the job done tonight.

De Deus finished 7th in this 200m fly event at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, finishing with a time of 1:55.96. Placing 5th in that final was Denys Kisil of Ukraine, tonight’s silver medalist who put up a strong 1:57.14 in this final. Behind him was Russia’s fly maestro Daniil Pakhomov, who touched in 1:57.46.

WOMEN’S 100 BREAST – FINAL

Taking down the Military World Games meet record tonight was China’s Yu Jingyo. Yu touched in a mark of 1:07.17 to not only beat tonight’s competition by over a second but also roll right over her teammate Suo Ran’s 2015 meet mark of 1:08.53.

Splits for Yu tonight include 31.50/35.67, giving her a result just over half a second outside of the 1:06.56 she logged in Gwangju to place 5th in that World Championships final.

MEN’S 1500 FREE – FINAL

  • GOLD – SERGII FROLOV (UKR) – 15:01.82 *MEET RECORD
  • SILVER – MARC ANTOINE OLIVIER (FRA) – 15:09.22
  • BRONZE – JI XINJIE (CHN) – 15:15.44

Sergii Frolov of Ukraine kept up the record-breaking streak en route to gold in the men’s 1500m freestyle event. Stopping the clock in a time of 15:01.82, his gold medal-worthy performance sliced over a second off of Guilherme de Costa’s meet mark of 15:03.35 established back in 2017.

Frolov took 7th in this race in Gwangju, clocking a time of 15:01.04.

The 10k silver medalist from those World Championships, Marc Antoine Olivier of France, earned silver in tonight’s race in 15:09.22 to pair with his 800m free bronze from this meet.

WOMEN’S 800 FREE – FINAL

17-year-old freestyle ace Wang Jianjiahe finished the session’s individual events with a strong outing in the 800m freestyle this evening. Leading wire-to-sire, Jianjiahe produced a winning effort of 8:24.82 to represent the only athlete of the field to dip under 8:30.

Her time overtook teammate Zhang Yuhan‘s previous meet record of 8:29.83 set back in 2015. Tonight Zhang touched in 8:31.10 for silver, just holding off Russia’s Anna Egorovoa who took bronze in 8:32.30.

MIXED MEDLEY RELAY:

  • China took the gold in the mixed medley relay, stopping the clock in a collective effort of 3:43.64. Li Guangyuan, Yan Zibei, Zhang Yufei, and Yang Junxuan earned gold in 3:43.64 to top runner-up Brazil by 5 seconds and 3rd place finisher, Russia, by over 6 seconds. Splits for China included 54.50 for LI, 58.32 for Yan, 57.77 for Zhang and 53.05 for Yang.
  • Russia’s Vladislav Grinev put up another sub-48 second split to anchor Russia in 47.97. Konrad Czerniak of Poland clocked the quickest men’s fly split in 52.65.

OPEN WATER:

  • Brazil’s open water extraordinaire, Ana Marcela Cunha, grabbed gold in the women’s 10k, while France’s Axel Raymond took gold in the men’s edition.
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