World Record Near Misses Highlighted Wednesday’s Competition At Masters Worlds

MONTREAL, Canada, August 7. FOUR more world records fell Wednesday at the FINA Masters World Championships, though nearly twice that number just barely survived another day in Montreal.

Jacobson had no trouble winning the 50 free in the 40-44 age group, posting a 23.61 in the event, the fastest time of the day outside of the25-29 age group. But the win was likely no consolation for the 41-year-old, as he was a hundredth of a second slower than his own world record of 23.60. Jacobson, who was one of the oldest competitors at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, is a former USA Swimming national team member now representing Minnesota Masters.

Massimiliano Gialdi also missed a world record by a slim margin in the 50 free, posting a 24.39. Brent Barnes’ 10-year-old mark of 24.26 survives another day.

A day after breaking the world record in the 400 IM for the 65-69 age group, Alek Shestakov went after Richard Burns’ record of 2:43.37. He managed to get under the mark with a 2:41.20, but Hubie Kerns got to the finish first with a blazing 2:39.23.

Comparative splits:
32.96, 41.22 ,45.58, 39.47
Shestakov: 33.73, 41.94, 46.23, 39.30

After a banner day of setting two world records in the 400 IM and 200 free in the 45-49 age group, France’s Nicolas Granger was back on Wednesday in the 200 IM. Chasing his own world mark of 2:11.22, Granger posted a 2:11.35 to miss breaking a third world record in Montreal.

One of the other notable swims in the 200 IM came from Canadian Olympian Keith Beavers, who posted a 2:04.91 to win the 30-34 age group by nearly eight seconds. Beavers missed the world record of 2:03.54 by Brazil’s D. Oliveira Yabe, however.

Josep Claret of Spain nearly cracked the world record of 1:14.20 in the 70-74 age group for the 100 fly with a 1:14.47. And Yoshihiro Osaki’s world record of 37.23 in the 50 breast for the 70-74 age group survived a chase by Kenneth Frost, who won the event with a 37.34.

Ellen Reynolds snatched her second IM record of the meet, taking down a revered Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen mark of 2:34.32 in the 50-54 age group with a 2:31.81.

Reynolds’ splits:

34.10, 37.25, 46.78, 33.68

Another Pipes-Neilsen record went down in the women’s 100 fly by Wenke Seider of Ojai Masters. Seider’s 1:04.96 was good enough to erase Pipes-Neilsen’s 1:05.69.

Laura Val, one of the most prolific world record breakers in history, has yet to set any records in Montreal, but came close in the 100 fly. She won easily with a 1:12.55 in the 60-64 age group, missing her own world record of 1:12.06. Brigitte Merten of Germany also missed out on breaking her own 100 fly world record of 1:26.13 in the 65-69 age group, posting a 1:26.37.

Great Britain’s Judy Wilson was able to set a world record in the 100 fly in the 70-74 age group, posting a 1:24.55 that shattered Yoshihiko Osaki’s mark of 1:34.51. Wilson was definitely racing the clock during her swim, as she won her age group by 27 seconds.

Katie Glenn and Linley Frame both missed their own world records in the 50 breaststroke by less than a second. In the 35-39 age group, Glenn posted a 33.33, just off her record of 32.86. Frame, an Australian Olympian, won the 40-44 age group with a 33.43, missing her world mark of 33.09. Also just missing a world record was Dagmar Frese of Germany, whose 37.83 missed Jenny Whiteley’s record of 37.04 in the 55-59 age group.

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Author: Jeff Commings

Jeff Commings is the Senior Writer for and Swimming World Magazine. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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