FINA Day 3 - five finals and 15 medals up for grabs

The 19th FINA World Championships opened with a record setting weekend with large crowds and high drama

Swimming - FINA World Championships - Budapest, Hungary - June 20, 2022 Britain perform during the women's team free combination final REUTERS/Marton Monus
Swimming - FINA World Championships - Budapest, Hungary - June 20, 2022 Britain perform during the women's team free combination final REUTERS/Marton Monus

Day 3 of the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary features five finals. The five final events at Duna Arena will be awarding 15 medals in total.

Among the events to be contested are the men’s 200-free, women’s 1500-free, men’s 100-back, and women’s 100-breast and backstroke. Here is the scheduled ‘heat sheet’ for today.

The women’s 200 free, men’s 50 breast, and the 200 fly are all semifinal events. All heats have seen tight competition over the weekend, as newcomers have put Olympic veterans on notice that podium positions are up for grabs.

Swimming - FINA World Championships - Budapest, Hungary - June 18, 2022 Women's 400m freestyle gold medallist, Katie Ledecky of the U.S. celebrates on the podium with silver medallist, Canada's Summer McIntosh and bronze medallist, Leah Smith of the U.S. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
Swimming - FINA World Championships - Budapest, Hungary - June 18, 2022 Women's 400m freestyle gold medallist, Katie Ledecky of the U.S. celebrates on the podium with silver medallist, Canada's Summer McIntosh and bronze medallist, Leah Smith of the U.S. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

Day 1 - Ledecky wins 400m free, two Championship records set

Katie Ledecky and Léon Marchand set two new championship records over the weekend on the first day of swimming finals.

Ledecky on her swim - “It feels good. It’s the fastest I’ve ever been at Worlds so I’m really happy with that and really excited about the rest of the week I have ahead of me.”

Marchand became the second-fastest man ever in the men’s 400m medley, behind only the great Michael Phelps while Ledecky improved on her own mark in the women’s 400m freestyle.

Swimming - FINA World Championships - Budapest, Hungary - June 18, 2022 Men's 400m medley gold medallist, France's Leon Marchand celebrates after the final REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
Swimming - FINA World Championships - Budapest, Hungary - June 18, 2022 Men's 400m medley gold medallist, France's Leon Marchand celebrates after the final REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

In the Artistic Swimming Technical Duet China’s pair of Wang Liuyi and Wang Qianyi clinched gold in an impressive performance. Check out their amazing duet HERE.

Swimming - FINA World Championships - Budapest, Hungary - June 19, 2022 China's Liuyi Wang and Qianyi Wang perform during the women's duet technical final REUTERS/Lisa Leutner
Swimming - FINA World Championships - Budapest, Hungary - June 19, 2022 China's Liuyi Wang and Qianyi Wang perform during the women's duet technical final REUTERS/Lisa Leutner

While Hungarian swimming legend Katinka Hosszu qualified eighth for the women’s 200m IM final.

The hometown hero Hosszu wasn’t even sure if she would compete in 2022, but when she heard the Worlds were going to be in Budapest, it made for an obvious decision to end her career there.

“Mostly Hungarian people are appreciative of my performances and the way I think I carried the Hungarian flag in many competitions in my career. I’ve come back (to swimming) for myself, and for Hungary.”

Swimming - FINA World Championships - Budapest, Hungary - June 19, 2022 Hungary's Katinka Hosszu reacts after competing in the women's 200m medley final REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
Swimming - FINA World Championships - Budapest, Hungary - June 19, 2022 Hungary's Katinka Hosszu reacts after competing in the women's 200m medley final REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Check out the exciting video highlights from day one HERE

Day 2 - USA wins three golds

Team USA came out strong on the second day of swimming finals as Torri Huske, Caeleb Dressel, and Alex Walsh all took gold in the women’s 100 fly, men’s 50 fly, and women’s 200 IM respectively.

Alex Walsh, was going up against crowd favorite Hosszu, making for some exciting drama.

Swimming - FINA World Championships - Budapest, Hungary - June 19, 2022 Alex Walsh of the U.S. in action during the women's 200m medley final REUTERS/Lisa Leutner
Swimming - FINA World Championships - Budapest, Hungary - June 19, 2022 Alex Walsh of the U.S. in action during the women's 200m medley final REUTERS/Lisa Leutner

“I forgot what it was like to swim with a big crowd and I was a little shocked honestly”, said Walsh, “Seeing the stadium full gave me adrenaline and to race Katinka was such an honor.

“I’ve really looked up to her all these years and it was fun. I know the home crowd was rooting for her but really it made me excited to race.”

All the action from day two is HERE - an exciting recap!