MONTREAL, Canada, August 4. IN what is being viewed as one of the slowest Masters world championships in many years, only two world records have been set after two days of competition in Montreal.
Typically, we’d be applauding nearly a dozen world records at this point in the competition across multiple age groups. In Montreal, even perennial record breaker Laura Val, one of Swimming World Magazine’s World Masters Swimmers of the Year, has not broken a record.
The first record fell at the hands of Frederik Hviid, representing Germantown Masters, in the 200 backstroke. Hviid, 40 years old, posted a 2:11.56 in the 200 back, beating out the world record of 2:12.77 by Mark Vogel set in 2010. Hviid was born in Spain and competed in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. Formerly a distance freestyler, Hviid appears to be branching out into backstroke in his first year swimming in Masters.
Swimming in the 70-74 age group, Kenneth Frost swam a 1:23.65 in the 100 breast, smashing David Gildea’s world record of 1:24.12 set last year. The 70-year-old holds the world record in the 65-69 age group with a 1:18.11.
Nicolas Granger nearly made it three world records with a 1:06.66 in the men’s 100 breast today, missing the world record of 1:06.35 by Vladimir Pylypchenko in the 45-49 age group.