The United States finally had someone other than Katie Ledecky pick up a gold medal, as Ryan Lochte won another 200 meter’s individual medley gold medal. Ledecky got her fourth gold of the championship by closing the 4×200 freestyle relay. Ning Zetao of China won the men’s 100 meters freestyle and compatriot Fu Yanhui won the women’s 50 meters backstroke. Natsumi Hoshi of Japan won the gold in the women’s 200 meters butterfly race.
Men’s 100 meters freestyle – The 22-year old Ning Zetao of China won the gold after swimming a 47.84 to pick up his first ever medal at the world’s. Cameron McEvoy of Australia was right behind him at 47.95 to pick up silver and veteran Argentine Federico Grabich finished with the bronze after swimming a 48.12.
Men’s 200 meters individual medley – At 31 years of age Ryan Lochte still rules the pool in this event, winning with a time of 1:55.81, his first medal in Kazan and 16th gold in the world championships. Thiago Pereira of Brazil finished second to take silver with 1:56.65 and Wang Shun of China swam a 1:56.81 to bring back bronze.
Women’s 50 meters backstroke – The 19-year old Fu Yuanhui of China won the gold after a 27.11 performance, followed by Etiene Medeiros of Brazil, setting a new Americas record with 27.26 for silver and bronze went to Liu Xiang of China, swimming a 27.58.
Women’s 200 meters butterfly – Natsumi Hoshi, a bronze medalist from the London Olympics, won the gold after swimming a 2:05.56, beating Cammile Adams of the United States with silver and 2:06.40, ahead of Zhang Yufei of China, setting a new world junior’s record after swimming a 2:06.51.
Women’s 4×200 meters freestyle relay – The United States (with Missy Franklin, Leah Smith, Katie McLaughlin and Katie Ledecky) took gold with 7:45.37, as Ledecky brought them from behind to win by a huge margin, while McLaughlin made most of the gap erasing after Sweden took a big lead early on thanks to Sarah Sjostrom, although it wasn’t enough for a medal. Italy (thanks to Federica Pellegrini’s finish) took silver with 7:48.41 and China took bronze with 7:49.10.