Race Video: Bruno Fratus Breaks Away To Win 50 Free In Santa Clara

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SANTA CLARA, California, June 21. BRAZIL’s Bruno Fratus certainly proved to be disappointed after bashing the field in the men’s 50-meter free at the Arena Grand Prix in Santa Clara.

Fratus, who ranks second in the world with a 21.45, had to swim basically by himself after California’s Nathan Adrian scratched this morning. Adrian is the fifth-ranked swimmer in the world with a 21.66 and the two were destined for an epic head-to-head. But, Adrian, citing a need for a break after swimming nine 50s in just nine days due to his entrance in the Mare Nostrum tour, pulled out of the event this morning.

That left Fratus with a chance to post a half-a-second win against a world-class field as he clocked a 22.03. California’s Anthony Ervin, an Olympic gold medalist in his own right, took second in 2.558 with NYAC’s Josh Schneider placing third in 22.63.

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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