Chad Le Clos Defends 100 Butterfly SCM World Title; Dressel Second

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Photo Courtesy: Anesh Debiky

Men’s 100 Butterfly

South African World Record holder Chad Le Clos defended his short course world title in the 100 fly, winning the event in 48.50 tonight. He was a full two tenths ahead of American Caeleb Dressel, who had just swum the 50 free, in 48.71. That was a new lifetime best for Dressel, bringing him within sight of Tom Shields‘ American record of 48.63.

Le Clos has now won four straight World Short Course title in the 100 fly, winning in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018.

The two were well ahead of the field. China’s Li Zhuhao earned the bronze in a new Asian Record of 49.25.

France’s Mehdy Metella and Germany’s Marius Jusch were fourth and fifth. Japan’s Takeshi Kawamoto (50.07), USA’s Jack Conger (50.32), and Italy’s Piero Codia (50.71) also swam in the final.

All-Time Rankings:

  1. Chad Le Clos, RSA, 48.08 (2016)
  2. Evgenii Korotyshkin, RUS, 48.48 (2009)
  3. Tom Shields, USA, 48.63 (2015)
  4. Caeleb Dressel, USA, 48.71 (2018)
  5. Ian Crocker, USA, 49.07 (2004)
  6. Milorad Cavic, SRB, 49.19 (2008)
  7. Adam Barrett, GBR, 49.21 (2016)
  8. Steffen Deibler, GER, 49.23 (2009)

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3 comments

  1. Eric Colton

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  2. Mandy Dean

    Good one👍🏽