Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu put up by far the fastest time in the prelims of the women’s 200 IM, coming in at 2:07.49 to finish more than 2.5 seconds ahead of anyone else in the qualifying round. She also chopped a second off her own world No. 1-ranked time.
Canada’s Sydney Pickrem qualified second for the semis in 2:10.14, while the USA’s Madisyn Cox was third in 2:10.16.
Great Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, the Olympic silver medalist in the event, took fourth in 2:10.42, and then there was a gap back to the fifth-place swimmer, Japan’s Runa Imai (2:11.15). Also making the top eight were Great Britain’s Hannah Miley, South Korea’s Seoyeong Kim (2:11.33) and Japan’s Yui Ohashi (2:11.44).
American Melanie Margalis, who took fourth in the event in Rio, qualified ninth for the semi-finals in 2:11.47, and Canada’s Erica Seltenreich-Hodgson was 10th in 2:11.67. Also getting two semi-finalists, along with Japan, the U.S. and Canada, was Hungary, as Zsuzsanna Jakobos qualified 11th in 2:12.10.
Rounding out the final were Switzerland’s Maria Ugolkova (2:12.24), Russia’s Yulia Efimova (2:12.41), China’s Ye Shiwen (2:12.48), Brazil’s Joanna Maranhao-Melo (2:12.60) and Australia’s Kotuku Ngawati (2:13.06).
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