By Sophie Kaufman on SwimSwam


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Day 6 Prelims Schedule

  • Men’s 100 Fly – Heats
  • Women’s 200 Back – Heats
  • Men’s 50 Free – Heats
  • Women’s 50 Fly – Heats
  • Men’s 4×200 Free Relay – Heats
  • Women’s 800 Free – Heats

Day 6 Top Storylines to Follow

  • With Caeleb Dressel out of the meet, the focus in the men’s 100 fly turns onto Kristof Milak. We’ll have to wait awhile for a clash of the two titans, but Milak is capable of putting together a special swim, as evidenced by his world record in the 200 fly earlier in the meet. He won silver in 2017 before missing the medals in 2019, so he’ll be eager to get back on the podium (and in the top spot) in front of his hometown crows.
  • Kaylee McKeown scratched the 100 back in favor of the 200 IM earlier in the meet, so we have yet to see her in one of her signature events. That will change today with the 200 back. She comes in leading the field by about half a second but Kylie MassePhoebe Bacon, and Rhyan White will be sure to make her quest to defend her 2019 World title and 2020 Olympic gold difficult.
  • Coming into Budapest, we had two questions about Bruno Fratus. First, can he continue his streak of World Championship podiums, which he’s been on three straight times? And second, is he going to hit 100 sub-22 LCM 50 frees? Currently, he’s sitting at 97. We’ll begin to get the answers to both those questions this session.
  • Sarah Sjostrom has been dominant in the 50 fly; she’s the world record holder and three-time consecutive world champion. She’ll start her quest for a four-peat this morning. In contention to end her streak will be the American duo of Torri Huske and Claire Curzan, and the French pair Melanie Henique and Marie Wattel.
  • The British men begin defense of their Olympic gold in the men’s 4×200 free relay. Once the clear favorites ready to take another run at the world record, things have since gotten murkier. Duncan Scott‘s absence combined with the U.S putting both Kieran Smith and Drew Kibler into the individual 200 free final puts the U.S a lot closer to catching the Brits.
  • Katie Ledecky is in line for a historic five-peat in the 800 free. If she wins–and she’s the clear favorite–she’ll be the first swimmer in history to win the same event at five consecutive World Championships. She was on form at U.S Trials, posting 8:09.28 for the sixth-fastest performance in history and her first time under 8:10 since 2018. Don’t expect her to be that fast in prelims, but fireworks could go off in the final.

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