Competing in the first meet of the second cluster of this year’s World Cup, Shields took down world record holder Chad le Clos in the finals of the 200 fly, touching the wall in 1:49.62, just over a second off the world record in the event. Shields was the only swimmer under 1:50 in the finals of the event, and was under world record pace through the 100.
Because of the recent rules change to the FINA World Cup, le Clos had direct access to the final as the current world record holder. And while he did challenge Shields with a strong last 50, the American was able to hold him off for the win.
While taking down the world record holder in their own event is always significant, this swim should be a major confidence boost for Shields, who despite making the 2016 Olympic Team was left off of this summer’s World Championship roster after finishing fourth at the 2017 U.S. Nationals.
Shields and le Clos are tied in overall World Cup points with 75 each after the Hong Kong meet, so expect plenty more showdowns between these two in the coming weeks.
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