Budapest – Emblem Jan Čejka and breastwoman Kristýna Horská were far from advancing to the finals at the World Championships. In the 200-meter race, Čejka took fourteenth place in the semifinals to ensure the best position so far for the modest Czech team of pool swimmers in Budapest. Neither of them improved their performance from the morning heat in the evening program.
Čejka lagged behind him by 63 hundredths by 1: 59.28. His Czech record is another almost two seconds better. They separated Čejka from the advance by more than two seconds. He admitted that he overheated the semifinals a bit. “We tried to drive the first hundred lightly, but again I saw that the one next to me was driving forward, so I tried to keep it. I felt that the first hundred gave me more time than in the morning. There was a lot in the second hundred, that I haven’t trained properly and that I started it too fast. Then I froze completely at the end. I tried to fight, but at the end it didn’t work at all. The second hundred was very slow, “said the 21-year-old.
He paid for the illness in preparation. “If the half-year went as it should, it would look different. If you can’t give water one hundred percent every day in training, you know it at the race. It happened, I’m happy for the fourteenth place, for the semifinals,” added Čejka. At the end of the World Championships on Friday, the Czech Fifty, for which he won the junior world title three years ago in Budapest.
A few tenths further than he had Horská, who approached the morning performance by three hundred, with a time of 2: 27.87. “I’m very happy that I managed to qualify for the semifinals. I know the times were a little easier than, for example, at the Olympics. But I take it as a reward that I’m here that I got to the semifinals despite it all,” said the swimmer, who ended up April underwent heart surgery due to arrhythmia.
Before the semifinals, she fought with herself when she did not feel completely fit in the convocation. “I heard out of nowhere that my heart was working. Not that it was bad. I was terribly uncomfortable, I had such weird pressure. Not that I felt my heart pounding, but such wounds,” she described.
She tried not to think about it, but she only managed the first fifty meters. “As I tried to speed up, I was terribly aware of it. I was terribly annoyed that it affected me. During the whole race, I couldn’t think of anything but to swim because I was terribly scared. I was just nervous about it. Not that I was afraid something would happen to me, but it was uncomfortable, “said the 24-year-old swimmer.
According to all medical examinations, she is physically OK, but even the paramedics have warned her of possible mental problems. “It’ll probably take a while for the body and head to come together. After all, the return was terribly fast, which I’m really happy about. But it was mentally challenging. I’m sorry it will come here. But I tried it and The European Championship will not surprise me, “added Horská.
Only 15-year-old Canadian Summer McIntosh, who set her own junior world record to 2: 05.20, won the 200-meter butterfly race. After the silver medal in the crawl fours, she rejoiced in the first world title among adults. The young swimmer like this won the world title for the last time in 2011, when the Chinese Jie Sh’-wen won the 200-meter position race.
Seventeen-year-old David Popovici won his second gold at this World Cup. The Romanian crawler took advantage of the absence of medically indisposed American favorite Caeleb Dressel and after a two hundred he did not find a winner even by half a distance. In the final, he defeated the Frenchman Maxim Grousset by six hundredths in a time of 47.58. The most versatile swimmer of the championship was the 20-year-old Frenchman Léon Marchand, who, after a long position, won even the short one today. In addition, he has a silver 200 meter bow tie.
Katie Ledecká won the eighteenth gold medal from the world championship, which today helped to triumph the American relay in the 4×200 meters freestyle.
Pool swimming – final:
100 m v. zp.: 1. Popovici (ROU) 47.58, 2. Grousset (Fr.) 47.64, 3. Liendo Edwards (CAN) 47.71, 4. Pchan Chan (China) 47.79, 5. Curry (USA) 48.00, 6. Nemeth (Hungary) 48.13.
200 m position: 1. Marchand (Fr.) 1: 55.22, 2. Foster (USA) 1: 55.71, 3. Seto (JPN) 1: 56.22, 4. Kalisz (USA) 1: 56.43, 5. Dean (Brit.) 1: 56.77, 6. Kos (Hungary) 1: 57.26.
50 characters: 1. Masse (CAN) 27.31, 2. Berkoff (USA) 27.39, 3. Pigree (Fr.) 27.40, 4. Wilm (CAN) 27.43, 5. Smith (USA) and McKeown (Austr.) Both 27.47, … in the semifinals 16. Kubová (CZE) 28.35.
200 m mot .: 1. McIntosh (CAN) 2: 05.20, 2. Flickinger (USA) 2: 06.08, 3. Chang Yufei (China) 2: 06.32, 4. Smith (USA) 2:06, 79, 5. Dekkers (Austr.) 2: 07.01, 6. Pudarova (Bosnia) 2: 07.85.
4×200 m v. zp.: 1. USA (Weinstein, Smith, Ledecka, Sims) 7: 41.45, 2. Australia (Wilson, Neale, Melverton, O’Callaghan) 7: 43.86, 3. Canada (McIntosh, Sanchez, Ruck, Oleksiak) 7: 44.76, 4. China 7: 45.72, 5. Hungary 7: 57.90, 6. Brazil 7: 58.38.
Semifinals with Czech participation:
200 m sign: 1. Murphy (USA) 1:55,43, …14. Čejka (CZE) 1: 59.28.
200 m chest: 1.Strauchová (Austr.) 2: 22,22, …15. Mountain (CZE) 2: 27.87.
Individual – free program: 1. Inui (JPN) 95,3667, 2. Fijedinová (UKR) 93,8000, 3. Plataniotiová (Greece) 91,7667.
Swimmer Romanchuk donated bronze from the World Cup to occupied Ukraine, where his father is also fighting
Swimmer Mykhailo Romanchuk gave Tuesday’s bronze medal from the 800-meter race to the World Championships in Ukraine, where his father is also fighting on the Eastern Front. He considered taking the weapon himself, but eventually did not join the army. Instead, he supports his homeland by what he does best. He found the background in Germany, where he trains with his longtime rival Florian Wellbrock.
“I hope this medal means a lot to Ukraine. We are going through hard times and I have shown the world and all Ukrainians that we will fight to the end,” he said after the race. The joy of success was clouded by his thoughts of his family in his home country. “My father is fighting in the war, in the East. He tells me every morning if he’s okay,” he said. But he can’t talk to his father because there is no internet connection. “The Russians destroyed everything,” Romanchuk said.
After invading Ukraine, the two-time Olympic medalist from Tokyo also wanted to enforce his homeland with a gun in his hand, but after a discussion with his family and wife, he reconsidered his position. “We have decided that I cannot achieve anything with a weapon. Thanks to my swimming results, I can tell the world what the situation is like in Ukraine,” said the 25-year-old crawler.
He therefore accepted an offer from the German swimmer Wellbrock, who invited him to a joint training in Magdeburg. “It was hard. Most of all, I was still at war. I only slept for three or four hours because I kept reading the news,” he said. They longed for gold and silver, but eventually training together brought them silver and bronze. American Bobby Finke defeated them with a great finish.
At the Budapest Championships, Romanchuk is preparing to compete for 1,500 meters in the pool and five and ten kilometers in long-distance swimming on Lake Lupa.
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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