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Cal Bears in Barcelona 2013 World Aquatics Championships - Wednesday Open Thread

With three more medals (one gold and two bronzes) on Tuesday, Cal Bears currently have 9 medals (3 Golds, 2 Silvers, 4 Bronzes) by 7 swimmers in 7 events. Missy Franklin (USA) will look to win her 3rd Golds in the 200 Free today. Damir Dugonjic will look to get on the podium in the 50 Breast final, after finishing 4th in 100 Breast earlier in the week. Also in action today: Nathan Adrian in 100 Free semi and Franklin, Stephanie Au (Hong Kong), and Rachel Bootsma (USA) in the 50 Back semi. GO BEARS!

Missy Franklin got a Gold Medal for 100 Back on Tuesday, can she get another one on Wednesday in 200 Free?
Missy Franklin got a Gold Medal for 100 Back on Tuesday, can she get another one on Wednesday in 200 Free?
Al Bello

Viewing Info for Wednesday, July 31, 2013

TV: Universal Sports

Online: (for subscribers only) - The site does allow one about 2 minutes of free stream (which one can repeat in private/incognito mode), which sort of works for watching a swimming race

We are not allowed to post illegitimate stream here, but this event is a big enough deal that you can find streams from the typical sports stream websites

Results: OmegaTiming, FINA

Time: 9 - 11 AM PT (LIVE)

Events for Wednesday:

Men's 100 m freestyle semifinals
Women's 50 m backstroke semifinals
Men's 200 m butterfly final
Women's 200 m freestyle final
Men's 50 m breaststroke final
Women's 200 m butterfly semifinals
Men's 200 m individual medley semifinals
Men's 800 m freestyle final
  • Nathan Adrian is in the 100 Free semi
  • Missy Franklin, Rachel Bootsma (USA), and Stephanie Au (Hong Kong) are all in the 50 Back semi
  • Missy Franklin will go for her 3rd Gold in the 200 Free final
  • Damir Dugonjic (2nd best time in the semifinal) is in the 50 Breast final

Tuesday's Results:

Women's 100 Back Final

Both Missy Franklin and Elizabeth Pelton were in contention to medal in this event. By the way, it would be a very exciting two years with both of them swimming for the Bears in the NCAA's. Ultimately, Missy Franklin overcame another poorish start to win another Gold, Pelton just missed the podium with a 4th place finish.

Women's 1500 Free Final

While the story of this race was how 16 year old Katie Ledecky broke the world record by 6 seconds (can Teri McKeever convince her to come to Cal?), Lauren Boyle (New Zealand) got her 2nd Bronze medal at this year's World Championships by just missing the old world record. In the process, she set the Oceania record for this event.



Photo credit: Al Bello

Women's 100 Breast Final

After leaving Cal to turn pro, Jessica Hardy is now training with the USC swimming club. Nevertheless, us at CGB are still proud to claim her as a Golden Bear. Hardy, who holds the world record for 50 Breast, finished 3rd in this race.

Semi-final actions:

Shortly after winning the 100 Back, Missy Franklin got the 2nd best time in the 200 Free semi-final to secure a spot in Wednesday's Final.

Damir Dugonjic also got the 2nd best semi-final time and will look to get on the podium for 50 Breast.

List of Cal Bears medals in the 2013 Barcelona World Championships:

  • Lauren Boyle (New Zealand) with a Bronze in 400 Free
  • Natalie Coughlin and Missy Franklin with Golds for the US in 4x100 Free relay
  • Nathan Adrian and Anthony Ervin with Silvers for US in 4x100 Free relay
  • Dana Vollmer (USA) with a Bronze in 100 Fly
  • Missy Franklin (USA) with a Gold in 100 Back
  • Lauren Boyle (New Zealand) with a Bronze in 1500 Free
  • Jessica Hardy (USA) with a Bronze in 100 Breast
How does that compare to the World?
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 5 4 3 12
2 France 2 0 2 4
3 Australia 1 4 0 5
4 Brazil 1 0 1 2
5 China 1 0 0 1
5 Hungary 1 0 0 1
5 Lithuania 1 0 0 1
5 Sweden 1 0 0 1
9 Russia 0 1 2 3
10 Japan 0 1 1 2
10 Spain 0 1 1 2
12 Denmark 0 1 0 1
12 South Africa 0 1 0 1
14 New Zealand 0 0 2 2
15 Netherlands 0 0 1 1
Total 13 13 13 39

Out of the 39 medals awarded, Cal's 7 events with a medal (2 Golds) would be ranked just behind the overall US total.