GLASGOW, Scotland, December 20. IT wasn’t enough to take down a pair of swift Europeans, but Team USA’s Kevin Cordes managed to down the American record in the 200-meter breaststroke at the Duel in the Pool this evening.
Cordes managed to finish third for the U.S. in the bragging rights meet with a 2:02.38. That performance cut half-a-second off Ed Moses’ American mark of 2:02.92 set in Berlin back in 2004. That’s one of the older records in the American short course meter record books.
Michael Jamieson, the hometown Scottish favorite, did not disappoint his home crowd as he edged ahead of Euro teammate Marco Koch to capture the victory in his pet event. Jamieson, who ranks second in the world with a 2:01.43 from the European Short Course Champs, topped the finale in 2:01.83.
Germany’s Marco Koch raced his way to second in 2:01.90 after leading throughout most of the rest of the swim. That’s just off his third-ranked season best of 2:01.62. Andrew Willis (2:04.64), Nic Fink (2:05.20), Cody Miller (2:05.40) and Chase Kalisz (2:09.03) turned in the rest of the finishes in the team battle.