2021 FINA World Cup Budapest: Day 1 Finals Live Recap



WR 3:53.92 TITMUS Ariarne AUS 14 DEC 2018 Hangzhou (CHN)
WC 3:53.97 WANG Jianjiahe CHN 4 OCT 2018 Budapest (HUN)
WJ 3:53.97 WANG Jianjiahe CHN 4 OCT 2018 Budapest (HUN)

GOLD – Isabel Gose (GER), 4:00.57
SILVER – Cavan Gormsen (USA), 4:01.46
BRONZE – Leah Neale (AUS), 4:01.57

Just as it was in the morning heats, this women’s 400m free was a tight battle to the wall. Touching in the gold medal position was 19-year-old Isabel Gose, posting a mark of 4:00.57.

That time checks in among her top 5 ever, just slightly off of the 4:00.33 she registered last weekend in Berlin for gold at the first FINA World Cup Series stop. She owns a PB of 3:58.91 and another sub-4:00 outing of 3:59.94, both from 2019.

USA’s Cavan Gormsen also repeated as the silver medalist carrying over from Berlin, this time hitting 4:01.46 to get under the 4:01.77 she produced last week.


WR 3:32.25 AGNEL Yannick FRA 15 NOV 2012 Angers (FRA)
WC 3:32.77 BIEDERMANN Paul GER 14 NOV 2009 Berlin (GER)
WJ 3:38.00 NEILL Thomas AUS 27 SEP 2020 Brisbane (AUS)

GOLD – Matt Sates (RSA), 3:37.92 *WORLD JUNIOR RECORD
SILVER – Danas Rapsys (LTU), 3:38.29
BRONZE – Felix Auboeck (AUT), 3:39.50

Well, it didn’t take long for 18-year-old Matt Sates to establish his presence here in Budapest, firing off his first World Junior Record of this 2nd World Cup stop.

The South African already knocked down two WJRs last week in Berlin, posting new marks in the 200m free and 200m IM. Tonight, however, the on-fire athlete busted out the fastest 400m free of his career in 3:37.92. That effort dipped under the current WJR of 3:38.00 Aussie Tommy Neill put on the books just last year.

Roles were reversed between Sates and Lithuanian ace Danas Rapsys from last week in Berlin, where Rapsys snared the win in 3:38.19. He’s been as fast as 3:33.20 from when he became the 2019 European Short Course Champion.

As for Sates, the future University of Georgia Bulldog’s time last week of 3:40.28 overtook his previous PB of 3:41.03, a mark he logged at the South African Short Course Championships earlier his month. There in Pietermaritzburg Sates took home an incredible 10 individual titles.

As such, the kid has dropped over 2 seconds in just 2 stops to take over the South African record as well.


WR 25.60 TOUSSAINT Kira NED 14 NOV 2020 Budapest (HUN)
WC 25.81 TOUSSAINT Kira NED 01 OCT 2021 Berlin (GER)
WJ 26.13 SMOLIGA Olivia USA 16 DEC 2012 (TUR)

GOLD – Kira Toussaint (NED), 26.07
SILVER – Holly Barratt (AUS), 26.32
BRONZE – Minna Atherton, 26.36

Dutch national record holder Kira Toussaint doubled up on her 50m back victory from last week with another win here in Budapest. Although her time of 26.07 was slower than the 25.81 World Cup Record she crushed just days ago, it was enough to hold off a pair of charging Aussies.

Holly Barratt got to the wall for Australia in 26.32 while her teammate, Minna Atherton, the reigning SCM 100 backstroke world record holder, rounded out the top 3 in 26.36.


WR 1:45.63 LARKIN Mitchell AUS 27 NOV 2015 Sydney (AUS)
WC 1:46.11 VYATCHANIN Arkady SRB 15 NOV 2009 Berlin (GER)
WJ 1:48.02 KOLESNIKOV Kliment RUS 13 DEC 2017 Copenhagen (DEN)

GOLD – Hubert Kos (HUN), 1:52.79
SILVER – Martin Binedell (RSA), 1:53.12
BRONZE – Yakov Toumarkin (ISR), 1:53.50

Earning the first gold medal for the host nation of Hungary, 18-year-old Hubert Kos took this men’s 200m back in a time of 1:52.79.

The teen turned in 5th place at the halfway mark with his split of 56.19 before turning it on for the back half and getting to the wall ahead of South Africa’s Martin Binedell and Israel’s Yakov Toumarkin. Binedell earned silver in 1:53.12 while Toumarkin was less than a second back in 1:53.50.

For Kos, this performance established a new personal best, overtaking his 1:53.57 from Berlin.

Binedell and Toumarkin were in opposite finishing spots last week, with both finishing behind Germany’s Christian Diener. Toumarkin owns his nation’s record in 1:49.84 from 2015 while Binedell hit his personal best of 1:52.86 in Berlin last week.


WR 1:59.61 BELMONTE Mireia ESP 3 DEC 2014 Doha (QAT)
WC 2:00.78 LIU Zige CHN 15 NOV 2009 Berlin (GER)
WJ 2:02.96 HASEGAWA Suzuka JPN 14 JAN 2017 Tokyo (JPN)

GOLD – Maria Ugolkova (SUI), 2:06.44
SILVER – ZsuZsanna Jakabos (HUN), 2:06.52
BRONZE – Tess Howley (USA), 2:06.67

Nailing a new Swiss national record, Maria Ugolkova fired off a time of 2:06.44 for the women’s 200m fly victory.

Entering this meet she had a fastest career effort of 2:07.25 while the Swiss standard stood at the 2:06.75 Martina van Berkel established in 2011. Ugolkova surpassed both those marks with the first sub-2:07 time of her carer, splitting 59.42 and 1:07.12 in the process.

Hungary nabbed another medal tonight, courtesy of Zsuzsanna Jakabos’ silver medal-worthy 2:06.52, while 16-year-old Tess Howley was good enough for bronze here, just off her PB of 2:06.09 from Berlin, where she took gold in a new unofficial USA 18&U record.


WR 47.78 DRESSEL Caeleb USA 21 NOV 2020 Budapest (HUN)
WC 48.48 KOROTYSHKIN Evgeny RUS 15 NOV 2009 Berlin (GER)
WJ 49.53 LI Zhuhao CHN 19 NOV 2017 Singapore (SGP)

GOLD – Tom Shields (USA), 48.83
SILVER – Kristof Milak (HUN), 49.92
BRONZE – Szebasztian Szabo (HUN), 50.42

Team USA’s Tom Shields held steady in this men’s 100m fly event, ripping a big-time 48.83 to get to the wall ahead of Hungarian Kristof Milak. Shields led from start to finish, opening in a wicked-quick 22.62 to Milak’s 23.03 and then hanging on in 26.21 to seal the deal.

This is the 2nd big performance in a row for 30-year-old Shields, as the former Cal Bear scored 48.67 to take the 1fly gold last week in Berlin. Both of these 2021 World Cup times are within striking distance of his own personal best of 48.47 from the ISL season 1 final, a time which renders him as the 3rd fastest performer all-time behind fellow American Caeleb Dressel (47.78) and Le Clos (48.08).

As for Milak, the reigning LCM 200 fly world record holder and Olympic champion from Tokyo, the 21-year-old’s logging tonight of 49.92 marks his first result ever under 50.00.

His time of 50.60 in the heats is just off his own lifetime best of 50.28 from 2 years ago and now his 49.92 brings him closer to  Olympic icon Laszlo Cseh‘s national record of 49.33 from 2015.


WR 2:14.57 SONI Rebecca USA 18 DEC 2009 Manchester (GBR)
WC 2:15.42 JONES Leisel AUS 15 NOV 2009 Berlin (GER)
WJ 2:17.57 CHIKUNOVA Evgenia RUS 23 SEP 2021 Napoli (ITA)

GOLD – Viktoria Gunes (TUR), 2:22.23
SILVER – Bekesi Eszter (HUN), 2:23.70
BRONZE –  Emily Visagie (RSA), 2:23.96

23-year-old Viktoria Gunes beat this women’s 200m breast field by over a second en route to victory, clocking at time of 2:22.23. Runner-up was Bekesi Eszter of Hungary while South Africa’s Emily Visagie was also in the mix at 2:23.96.

As for Gunes, the 23-year-old was a one-time World Junior Record holder in this 200m breast event, owning a lifetime best of 2:19.73 from when she took bronze at the 2015 FINA Short Course World Championships.


WR 55.34 SHYMANOVICH Ilya BEL 19 DEC 2020 Brest (BLR)
WC 55.61 van der BURGH Cameron RSA 15 NOV 2009 Berlin (GER)
WJ 57.27 MARTINENGHI Nicolo ITA 16 DEC 2017 Copenhagen (DEN)

GOLD – Arno Kamminga (NED), 56.08
SILVER – Fabian Schwingenschlogl (GER), 56.64
BRONZE – Andrius Sidlauskas (LTU), 57.71

Dutch double silver medalist from Tokyo Arno Kamminga would not be denied in this men’s 100m breaststroke, winning handily in a time of 56.08.  That was much quicker than the 56.72 he logged last week for the win in Berlin and tonight’s effort falls just shy of his Dutch national record of 55.99 from this past July.

For perspective, Kamminga took the 2019 European Short Course Championships title in this event with a time there in Glasgow of 56.06 so the man was just .02 off of that powerful performance.

Germany’s Fabian Schwingenschlogl did manage to log a new personal best, slicing .19 off of his 56.83 from runner-up in Berlin last week. He is now the German national record holder in this event, overtaking Marco Koch’s 56.75.

Of note, Zhier Fan looks to have established a new unofficial Team USA 18&U age record in this men’s SCM 100 breast event, with his 57.91 here overtaking that of Michael Andrew’s 58.07 from 2017.


WR 22.93 KROMOWIDJOJO Ranomi NED 7 AUG 2017 Berlin (GER)
WC 22.93 KROMOWIDJOJO Ranomi NED 7 AUG 2017 Berlin (GER)
WJ 23.69 SHKURDAI Anastasiya BLR 18 DEC 2020 Brest (BLR)

GOLD – Emma McKeon (AUS), 23.50
SILVER – Madi Wilson (AUS), 23.96
BRONZE – Michelle Coleman (SWE), 23.98

Australian Olympian Emma McKeon dropped her previous PB of 23.56 last week another .06 here to take the 50m free gold in 23.50. That led teammate Madi Wilson, recovered from COVID-19, who touched in 23.96. For McKeon, her time sits just outside the top 10 performers all-time in this event now.

Swede Michelle Coleman posted 23.98 as the 3rd swimmer under 24 seconds. She was 23.88 last week for silver ahead of Wilson, so they switched spots this time around in Budapest.


WR 20.16 DRESSEL Caeleb USA 21 NOV 2020 Budapest (HUN)
WC 20.48 MOROZOV Vladimir RUS 15 NOV 2018 Singapore (SGP)
WJ 20.98 SIMONS Kenzo NED 22 DEC 2019 Tilburg (NED)

GOLD – Kyle Chalmers (AUS), 20.97
SILVER – Vlad Morozov (RUS), 21.04
BRONZE – Jesse Puts (NED), 21.11

23-year-old Kyle Chalmers sneaked into the wall ahead of Russia’s Vlad Morozov in tonight’s 50m free final, posting a lifetime best of 20.97 to dip under 21 seconds for the first time this World Cup Series. Last week he was 21.01, so he knocked .04 off of that result while Morozov was quicker than his 21.15 last week as well.

2016 FINA Short Course World Champion Jesse Puts of the Netherlands hit 21.11 for repeat bronze.


WR 56.51 HOSSZU Katinka HUN 7 AUG 2017 Berlin (GER)
WC 56.51 HOSSZU Katinka HUN 7 AUG 2017 Berlin (GER)
WJ 57.59 SHKURDAI Anastasiya BLR 22 NOV 2020 Budapest (HUN)

GOLD – Maria Ugolkova (SUI), 58.81
SILVER – Michelle Coleman (SWE), 59.65
BRONZE – Nika Godun (RUS), 59.71

Taking her 2nd gold of the evening, Swiss swimmer Maria Ugolkova doubled up on her 200m fly win with a decisive 100m IM gold in 58.81. That beat out Coleman, fresh off of her 50m free swim in 59.65 while Russia’s Nika Godun hit 59.71.

As for Ugolkova, her time here checks in as a new Swiss national record, beating out her own 59.29 from 2019.


WR 49.28 DRESSEL Caeleb USA 22 NOV 2020 Budapest (HUN)
WC 50.26 MOROZOV Vladimir RUS 28 SEP 2018 Eindhoven (NED)
=WC 50.26 MOROZOV Vladimir RUS 9 NOV 2018 Tokyo (JPN)
WJ 50.63 KOLESNIKOV Kliment RUS 14 DEC 2018 Hangzhou (CHN)

GOLD – Matt Sates (RSA), 51.77
SILVER – Yakov Toumarkin (ISR), 52.98
BRONZE – Adam Halas (SVK), 53.47

South African 18-year-old Matt Sates made it 2-for-2 tonight, throwing down a 51.77 in this 100m IM to follow-up his World Junoir Record in the 400m free.

Logging the only time under 52 seconds tonight, the Georgia-bound teen was .01 faster than the 51.78 which garnered him gold last week in Berlin.

Israel’s Toumarkin once again nabbed silver while Slovakia’s Adam Halas scored bronze in 53.47.

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