World Short Course Champs, Day Five Finals: Russia’s Yuri Prilukov Dominant Distance Athlete in Worlds With 1500 Win -- October 12, 2004
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, October 11. PRILUKOV crushed the field by nearly 15 seconds to win the men’s 1500 in 14:39.16. He also won the 400 handily. He was the clear distance star of the meet as the women’s distance events were split between Kaitlin Sandeno and Sachiko Yamada.
Simone Ercoli (ITA) won the close battle for silver behind Yuri at 14:53.89, and Romania’s Dragos Coman won the bronze in 14:56.74. Three more swims were under 15 minutes, including Israeli Shilo Ayalon who ended up sixth from his afternoon swim of 14:58.70. 400 IM winner Ous Mellouli (TUN; 14:57.57) and Sough Africa’s Troyden Prinsloo (14:57.76) fit between the medals and Ayalon.
The Americans were seventh and eighth with Justin Mortimer, recently named a co-captain as he returns to college competition this year with the University of Minnesota, at 15:02.39 and Chris Thompson, possibly still recovering from breaking both arms in a training accident in early summer, at 15:16.02.
-- D. Scott