Today Races Women 100m Backstroke Final http://youtu.be/Ts75_AcKSK0 Men 100m Backstroke Final http://youtu.be/PKIOhSqbEec Women 100m Breaststroke Final http://youtu.be/Px5IkQUnKxw Men 200m Freestyle Final http://youtu.be/4d9e589h8cE Women 1500m Freestyle Final Part 1 http://youtu.be/rZElGXQ6HTk Part 2 http://youtu.be/Ribm5Ryx2ok Women 200m Freestyle Semifinals http://youtu.be/Ae-iEjCWDR0 Men 200m Butterfly Semifinals http://youtu.be/kCPCVaYCr0M Spoiler Indeed the highlight of today was Katie Ledecky, now we see the reason why she scratched from the 200 meter freestyle, in the 1500 meters she just demolished the previous world record by 6 seconds!!!! She had a good strategy going head to head with Lotte Friis but in the final 300 meters she pulled away and took the gold medal and most importantly the record. And to think she is just 16 years old, wow. She is becoming quite the star of this championships so far, impressive, Missy Franklin we know that she is the star of the US team but Ledecky is making a splash and a tremendous impression worldwide so they are very even, and YOUNG The final of the women's 100m breatstroke was for Ruta who looked a bit tentative today, maybe some nerves hit her but she still got the gold and will leave with the world record she set yesterday. Silver for Efimova and a bit of redemption for Jessica Hardy who finally wins a medal on the event she hold the record for almost 4 years. Men's 200m freestyle, Yannick Agnel and Conor Dwyer, training partners and they got the top two spots with the gold for Yannick who was very quiet and under the radar but in the final he just showed why he is the olympic champion! Danil Izotov of Russia took the bronze. Ryan Lochte in fourth place, I guess this will be it for him in the event, maybe should find other to swim. Missy Franklin gold in the 100m backstroke as expected, not world record performance but good time, there wasn't really a contest for the gold. Australia won the silver with Emily Seebhom and Japan bronze. Same podium as in London one year to date exactly Chad Le Clos is leading the 200m butterfly field into tomorrow's final, Wu Peng of China and Korzeniowski of Poland will be there for the medals, Tyler Clary qualified to the final but its not clear if he is in form to make the podium, still has a shot. The americans took 1-2 in the men's 100m backstroke. Matt Grevers in first, David Plummer in second. Jeremy Stravius won the bronze medal. Grevers also took control of the race and never let it go. I was expecting more battle from the two french though. The semifinals of the women 200m freestyle have Federica Pellegrini again swiming the event, though originally she was not expected to race it. But good decision as she is leading into the final. Missy Franklin did what she need to qualify in second and I think she still has lots on her to show in the final. Melanie Costa Schmid of Spain also looks poised to make some noise and take a second medal at this championships. Camille Muffat qualified and would like to win after the disappointment in the 400 meter final. USA 3 golds, 2 silver and 1 bronze.