MESA, Arizona, April 26. THE men’s 100 breast final at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz., was an opportunity for Damir Dugonjic to continue working on a new race strategy that gives him more energy to finish races.
He believes holding back on the first 50 meters allows him to have the ability to be competitive at the end of a race, and it paid off tonight, as he overtook Kevin Cordes at the finish to win the race. Previously, he would be aggressive on the first 50, and he “would start sinking” as the finish approached. After finishing fourth in the 100 breast at the world championships last summer using this new approach to the race, he is confident in this new strategy.