On the third day of the World Championships in Doha, Li Bingjie led the 200 free in the sole women’s prelim. Erika Fairweather, who won the 400 free ahead of Li on the opening evening and is the first New Zealander to have been crowned world champion, was alongside Li in the prelim.
Fairweather led by a second at the final turn with Li coming past her to take the win in 1:57.16 to 1:57.40. Olympic silver medallist Siobhan Haughey was only 0.13secs outside world record pace in the fifth and final heat, going through the first 100 in 56.07. However, Haughey put the brakes on in the second half of the race with Nikolett Padar of Hungary going past her on the last 50 to touch in 1:57.42 to 1:57.62.
Four women swam 1:57 with Janna van Kooten – a member of the Netherlands 4×100 free winning team – claiming the 16th and final spot into