Dubai, world s/c championships, day 3 semi-finals:
Men's 50m backstroke
In the first semi, Sun Xiaolei (CHN), having set the first championship record of the day in the first heat of the morning, on 23.41, only to see it go to Stanislav Donets (RUS) in 23.24, cracked back with a 23.23. How would Donets, the 100m champion here yesterday, respond? With a 23.02, that's how, again challenging the 15m rule off start and finish. That was the fourth championship mark of the day in the dash. Close by was Camille Lacourt (FRA), on 23.37, Jeremy Stravius closed the door to the final on 23.74, locking out David Plummer (USA), on 23.86.
Men's 50m butterfly
World record holder Steffen Deibler (GER) shaved 0.13sec off the championship record with a 22.57 blast into lane 4. Either side of him in the final will be Nicholas Santos (BRA), 22.64, and 100m silver medallist Alberto Subirats (VEN) 22.68. Geoff Huegill (AUS) was next through, with European long-course champion Rafa Munoz (ESP) also in the mix. The door to the final slammed shut in a joint 22.93 for Andrii Govorov (UKR) and Glauber Silva (BRA). Locked out a host of potential medal hopes: Wu Peng (CHN), Roland Schoeman (RSA), Evgeny Korotyshkin (RUS), Jason Dunford (KEN) and Lars Froelander (SWE).
Women's 100m breaststroke
The 1:04.22 championship record of Jessica Hardy USA) from 2008 is gone. Teammate Rebecca Soni booked lane 4 for the final in 1:04.17, off a 30.83 split. There beside her will be Leisel Jones (AUS) who tested speed with a first 50m in 30.39 before easing back a touch to book lane 5 in 1:04.75, 0.03sec ahead of China's Ji Liping. In the hunt too are European leaders Yulia Efimova (RUS) and Rikke Moeller Pedersen (DEN), the final closed in 1:05.92 to Moniek Nijhuis (NED).