The United States led all nations in indoor swimming events at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships. While no direct qualification is given to nations competing in the individual events athletes could use this event to reach the Olympic Qualification Time so that they could be available to be chosen by their nations. Also competing in the world championships is a requirement for nations planning on applying for a tripartite spot. The relay events however do have spots available for Olympic qualification. The top 12 relay teams at each of the six Olympic relays will qualify their nation to the Olympics. The World Aquatics Championships was held in Kazan, Russia from July 24th to August 9th 2015. The swimming events were held from August 2nd to August 9th 2015.
The United States, Australia and the Netherlands led all teams during the heats of the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay. Most of the excepted teams finished within the top 12 to qualify with the exception of Germany who was beaten by Poland for the final spot. In the final while Australia had a slow start they were able to take over the lead during the second leg and hold it on route to a championship record with a time of 3:31.48. Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk’s strong final leg was good enough to catch and win the silver over the United States.
The 12 nations to qualify to the Olympics are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden and the United States.
The men’s 4x100m freestyle relay had quite a few surprising results. Firstly a relatively slow fourth heat caused the United States and Germany to both miss the final though they finished well enough to qualify to the Olympics. Even more surprising was the fact Australia missed the top 12 altogether and will now have to qualify to the Olympics via the secondary method. The top 3 nations in the heats were Russia, Brazil and Italy. In the final France barely avoided disqualification as third leg swimmer Fabien Gilot had a reaction time of 0.00 seconds, reacting any sooner would have DQd them. Since they weren’t disqualified they were able to win the gold medal with a time of 3:10.74. Russia won the silver medal while Italy overtook Brazil in the final leg to win the bronze medal.
The 12 nations to qualify to the Olympics are Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia and the United States.
The expected nations qualified to the final in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay as Italy, the United States and Australia led all nations in the heats. The start of the final had a surprise twist as Sweden elected to start off with their strongest swimmer, Sarah Sjostrom and as expected Sweden led all nations. They were however able to maintain their lead over all nations before the final leg. However, Ida Marko-Varga was unable to compete with the other nation’s top swimmers as Sweden fell from first to just off the podium in fourth place. The United States won gold with a time of 7:45.37 while the fastest time among the final swimmers Italy’s Federica Pellegrini moved her nation from fifth to the silver medal. China passed Great Britain and Sweden in the final leg to take bronze.
The 12 nations to qualify to the Olympics are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Russia, Sweden and the United States.
For the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay the top three nations in the heats were the United States, Australia and Great Britain. On the other side Italy lost its Olympic qualification spot by 0.05 seconds as Denmark took the final spot. In the final the United States led off by Ryan Lochte began in the lead and were set to win the gold medal. However, James Guy of Great Britain was able to put up the fastest leg of the entire race to move his team from third to the gold medal with a national record time of 7:04.33. The United States had to settle for silver while Australia used its final leg to pass Russia for the bronze medal.
The 12 nations to qualify to the Olympics are Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain and the United States.
The men’s 4x100m medley relay was led by the United States, Australia and France during the heats. For the most part the expected nations qualified to the final, but Canada just missed out in Olympic qualification finishing just behind Lithuania who set a national record. In the final Australia led all swimmers after the first leg, but was taken over by Adam Peaty and Great Britain during the breaststroke leg. In the third leg Tom Shields used his impressive butterfly to move the United States from third to first. In the final leg Australia’s Cameron McEvoy used a strong freestyle to move from fourth to second as they were 0.15 seconds away from catching the United States who finished with a time of 3:29.93. France’s Fabien Gilot was able to pass Great Britain during the final leg to win the bronze medal.
The 12 nations to qualify to the Olympics are Australia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Poland, Russia and the United States.
The women’s 4x100m medley relay was led by China, the United States and Sweden during the heats. A lot of things happened during the final; firstly both Great Britain and Japan were disqualified during the race for leaving the blocks too early and an illegal hand touch respectively. This not only ended their bid for a medal, but also cost them their spot at the Olympics as all teams that qualified to the finals must finish the race in the final to be given the spot. The spots were reallocated to Finland and Brazil, the next highest ranked teams during the heats.
For the other six teams Australia’s Emily Seebohm led her country after the backstroke, but it was Shi Jinglin of China that took the lead during the breaststroke. China would ultimately hang on to the lead to win gold with a time of 3:54.41. The United States was in second during the breaststroke, but Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom was able to pass them during the butterfly. During the final freestyle leg Australia’s Bronte Campbell had an amazing freestyle which pushed her team from fifth to third, but Sweden’s Louise Hansson was able to hold on for the silver, setting a European record in the process.
The 12 nations to qualify to the Olympics are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Sweden and the United States.
Four spots in each relay event will be available to the nations not yet qualified with the fastest times in the FINA World Rankings released just before the Olympics. I expect most of those spots to be filled with nations which had poor performances or disqualifications at the world championships, but there were some nations not known for swimming that are on the edge of qualifying that could provide competition.
Quotas by Nation
- France – 6
- Russia – 6
- United States – 6
- Australia – 5
- Brazil – 5
- China – 5
- Germany – 5
- Italy – 5
- Japan – 5
- Canada – 4
- Great Britain – 4
- Poland – 4
- Sweden – 3
- Belgium – 2
- Denmark – 2
- Netherlands – 2
- Finland – 1
- Lithuania – 1
- Spain – 1
OmegaTiming. 16th FINA World Championships Swimming Results. Access on August 9 2015.