Video Interview: Tom Shields Having the Meet of His Life

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Editorial coverage for U.S. Senior Nationals proudly sponsored by Master Spas!

IRVINE, California, August 8. TOM Shields provided the shock of the night as he upset the three-time Olympic champion in the 100 fly. Shields clocked a lifetime best time of 51.29, one one-hundredth of a second ahead of Phelps’ 51.30. Shields spoke to Swimming World afterwards about having the meet of his life and any potential race strategies he used to neutralize the early speed of Tim Phillips and the patented finish of Phelps. He even spoke of a surprising source of inspiration for mental toughness.

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Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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