WARKENTIN... SUPERSTAR

The feats of the Americans (4 titles) mustn't overshadow Japan's splendid performance

Four records new records were set in swimming:
-100 metre women's backstroke by Norico Inada (Japan), in 1min01sec06 over the previous 1min01sec60,
-200 metre women's backstroke by Miki Nakao (Japan) in 2min10sec32 over the previous 2min11sec31
-4x100 metres women's medley by Japan in 4min09sec90 over the previous 4min10sec49
-800 metres men's: Mark Warkentin (USA) in 8min00sec81 over the previous 8min04sec80.
The figures announce the colours of this event: Warkentin was – with four gold medals – the star of this Universiade, which was also highlighted by the magnificent performances of Japan's women's team.

The competition unfolded once again in the new Son Hugo complex specially built for the Universiade, which is probably the finest facility in the world, with its two ten-lane Olympic pools (one outdoors and one indoors), plus a 25 metre diving pool. The outdoors facility seats 5,000 and the indoors pool 2,000.
But the pools weren't the only stars of Universiade swimming, even though the summer season is packed with other major international swimming events, such as the European championships, the Pan American games and the Pan Pacific games.
Among the nine countries taking golds, the US dominated, with 17 titles and a total of 32 medals, ahead of Japan (6 and 16) and Russia (3 and 7).
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MEN'S results
WOMEN'S results
Mark's impossible target

Mark Warkentin missed the chance to achieve his ultimate goal by placing fourth in the 1,500 metre freestyle. The American had already taken the 200, 400 and 800 metres, together with the 4x200 metres, and dreamed of equalling the five-title record, previously attained by Hungary's Martha Egervari in 63, America's Jill Sterkel in 1981 and Romania's Noemi Lung in 1987.
But the programme's longest event proved too arduous for Warkentin, and was taken by Italy's Andrea Righi, who had taken the silver in the 400.
"Everyone was sort of expecting that I make it," said Warkentin, "but I knew it was going to be rough to finish with the 1,500 metres, especially since the 400 metres was already difficult, and I knew that Righi would be even better in the 1,500 m."
Warkentin, a student at the University of Southern California, only signed up for the Universiade at the very last minute: "What happened to me here is fantastic. I am very moved every time the American flag is raised. I had only ever seen that on television, and it really affects me."

The fellow literally exploded this year at Palma. He had given us a glimpse of his enormous talent last year at the Goodwill Games in the 400 freestyle. This is a swimmer from a sports family, with a father who was the US champion in the decathlon in 1970 and his brother and sister promising great things in tennis. "It's true that I touched people's imagination at the Universiade," he said. "But there were many other very strong competitors here. And it's always the same thing: when you perform well, you always want to do even better. And I did better than ever, obviously."
Does the swimmer, who is barely 20 years old, and measures 1m75, harbour ambitions of becoming the heir to Salnikov, Gross or Biondi? "We'll see. But I first have to prove myself at the Olympic Games. However, I have already done brilliantly at a Universiade, as they did before me."
MEN'S results
 
Freestyle 50 m
1 CIARLA Aaron USA 22.73
2 HUTCHINSON Dean USA 22.91
3 DORNELAS Ricardo BRA 22.97
4 FOLKER Nicholas RSA 22.98
5 PIMANKOV Denis RUS 23.30
6 BUEHKER Christoph SUI 23.33
6 BENAVIDES Juan ESP 23.33
8 GOUDIE Stephen AUS 23.36
Freestyle 100 m
1 PIMANKOV Denis RUS 50.29
2 GALLO Mauro ITA 50.69
3 FOLKER Nicholas RSA 50.77
4 PINE Adam AUS 50.85
5 BUSSE Gregory USA 50.91
6 SVANIDZE Rostyslav UKR 51.04
7 TCHERNYCHEV Dmitri RUS 51.06
8 BENAVIDES Juan ESP 51.29
Freestyle 200 m
1 WARKENTIN Mark USA 1:51.30
2 POIROT Lionel FRA 1:51.38
3 TCHERNYCHEV Dmitri RUS 1:51.83
4 KINTZ Nicolas FRA 1:52.20
5 GRICHOKINE Serguei RUS 1:52.62
6 CECAN Andrei MDA 1:52.73
7 GODSMAN Eric USA 1:52.93
8 MINTENKO Michael CAN 1:53.01
Freestyle 400 m
1 WARKENTIN Mark USA 3:53.41
2 RIGHI Andrea ITA 3:56.12
3 ZAVHORODNIY Denys UKR 3:57.27
4 LOHFNIK Thomas GER 3:57.39
5 GHIGLIONE Paolo ITA 3:57.95
6 HARTZEL David USA 3:58.52
7 MCWHA Michael CAN 3:59.10
8 BONFIM Bruno BRA 4:02.35
Freestyle 800 m
1 WARKENTIN Mark USA 8:00.81
2 RIGHI Andrea ITA 8:01.02
3 ZAVHORODNIY Denys UKR 8:04.77
4 LOHFINK Thomas GER 8:10.94
5 CLEMENTS K. USA 8:18.52
6 BUDGEON Daniel AUS 8:19.58
7 PRYSTINSKY, Yuriy UKR 8:21.57
8 KOIKE Takanori JPN 8:24.36
Freestyle 1500 m
1 RIGHI Andrea ITA 15:25.83
2 LEONARD Mark USA 15:28.06
3 VIDAL Daniel ESP 15:28.95
4 WARKENTIN Mark USA 15:29.54
5 BUDGEON Daniel AUS 15:38.65
6 ANGELOTTI Alexandre BRA 15:54.63
7 MCWHA Michael CAN 16:04.14
8 PRYSTINSKY Yuriy 16:11.89
Backstroke 100 m
1 THIRSK Simon RSA 55.97
2 KONNAI Keitaro JPN 56.04
3 NISHIKORI Atsushi JPN 56.29
4 ULRICKSON Matthew USA 56.46
5 AMINOV Vladislav RUS 56.57
6 GILLIAM Michael USA 56.61
7 MACHOVIC Miroslav SVK 56.82
8 PICHETTE Alexandre CAN 57.06
Backstroke 200 m
1 WIEBEL Beau USA 2:01.52
2 BLAHNIK Tate USA 2:01.70
3 HAMM Greg CAN 2:01.73
4 GATH Joab ISR 2:01.83
5 MACHOVIC Miroslav SVK 2:01.86
6 MERISI Emanuele ITA 2:02.06
7 AGH Oliver HUN 2:03.27
8 KONNAI Keitaro JPN 2:03.53
Breaststroke 100 m
1 PERMINOV Andrei RUS 1:03.16
2 HAYASHI Akira JPN 1:03.17
3 MUFF Sebastien FRA 1:03.29
4 YU Daqin CHN 1:03.71
5 LOPOUKHOV Stanislav RUS 1:03.72
5 MC DONELL Jeremy USA 1:03.72
7 KOVALEVICH V. UKR 1:03.97
8 OKITA Yoshiaki JPN 1:04.14
Breaststroke 200 m
1 MAKAROV Roman RUS 2:16.07
2 OKITA Yoshiaki JPN 2:16.12
3 PERMINOV Andrei RUS 2:17.15
4 HAYASHI AZkira JPN 2:17.21
5 CASTELLANOS Santi ESP 2:17.60
6 WRONSKI Filip POL 2:18.03
7 LEIGHFIELD Simon AUS 2:18.34
8 WYNN Barry USA 2:18.38
Butterfly 100 m
1 PINE Adam AUS 53.81
2 REID Burl AUS 54.05
3 PIERCE Matthew USA 54.27
4 MINTENKO Michael CAN 54.42
5 CAHOY John USA 54.61
6 ZHANG Zhi CHN 55.08
7 SAVVI Jaak EST 55.10
8 KAWAKAMI Junya JPN 55.40
Butterfly 200 m
1 SOMENSATTO Jeff USA 1:58.69
2 GORGOURAKI A. RUS 2:00.58
3 WEISS Philip CAN 2:00.71
4 RAMSEY Heath AUS 2:01.08
5 MARKOVIC Vladam YUG 2:01.35
6 FINCH Doak USA 2:01.91
7 BENVISTO Alexandro ITA 2:02.40
8 ZHANG Zhi CHN 2:03.31
Medley 200 m
1 HANNAN Thomas USA 2:04.42
2 WEISS Philip CAN 2:04.67
3 MORI Takahiro JPN 2:04.94
4 TABUCHI Susumu JPN 2:05.16
5 TOMECEK Pavel CZE 2:05.87
6 MANKOI Peter SLO 2:05.96
7 LUSK Ryan USA 2:07.40
8 MEIRI Yoav ISR 2:07.69
Medley 400 m
1 WIEBEL Beau USA 4:21.58
2 HALIKA Michael ISR 4:21.78
3 MORI Takahiro JPN 4:22.01
4 TABUCHI Susumu JPN 4:22.18
5 KISS Georgo HUN 4:24.06
6 HVIID Frederik ESP 4:26.12
7 TURNER Adrian GBR 4:26.24
8 PEACEY Adam CAN 4:30.46
Free Relay
4 x 100 m
1 AUS 3:23.05
2 ITA 3:23.60
3 USA 3:24.16
4 UKR 3:24.27
5 CAN 3:24.84
6 FRA 3:25.04
7 ESP 3:26.57
Free Relay
4 x 200 m
1 USA 7:27.33
2 UKR 7:28.49
3 ITA 7:30.35
4 CAN 7:31.07
5 FRA 7:31.30
6 RUS 7:32.36
7 ESP 7:36.92
8 GER 7:39.11
Medley Relay
4 x 100 m
1 USA 3:42.75
2 RUS 3:42.99
3 JPN 3:43.66
4 AUS 3:44.51
5 ITA 3:46.10
6 UKR 3:49.74
7 FRA 3:49.96
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