Colupaev Wins World Championship Bronze On 800m Free Relay
Dec. 13, 2012
USC freshman Jasmine Tosky won a gold medal on the United States' 800m free relay while junior Dimitri Colupaev won a bronze on Germany's men's 800m free relay to highlight the Trojans' efforts through the first two days of the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships (Dec. 12-16) in Istanbul, Turkey.
Tosky earned her gold medal after leading off the U.S. squad's prelim relay with a 1:58.10, which helped the Stars and Stripes qualify first for the final (which it won handily). Tosky also finished ninth in the 200m fly, just missing a berth in the final 0.38.
Recent Trojan graduate Katinka Hosszu was the top seed after prelims of the 200m fly and took home gold in the final in 2:02.20, 0.08 ahead of China's Jiao Liuyang (2:02.28). Hosszu finished third in the 400m IM (4:25.95, 2.81 out of first) and anchored Hungary's fourth-place 800m free relay. She will swim in the 100m IM final Friday.
Colupaev swam the second leg on Germany's 800m free relay that won bronze, 1.82 out of first and less than a second out of third. In his first international major final, he finished eighth in the 200m free with a 1:45.38. He earned his finals berth with a 1:44.84 in prelims (tied for seventh overall).
Junior Vladimir Morozov broke the championship record in the 100m free in Russia's lead-off leg in the 400m free relay, though the Russians ultimately finished fourth.
Morozov will also be the second seed in the 50m free final after finishing second overall in the semifinals with a 20.95 behind only France's Florent Manaudou.
Morozov will be a medal favorite in the 100m free on Sunday while Trojan sophomore Andrea Kropp will also compete in the 200m breast on Sunday.