Park Tae Hwan Pulls Away from Joao De Lucca on Last 50 to Win 200 Free

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South Korea’s Park Tae Hwan won his second event of the meet, adding the 200 free to his earlier win in the 400 free. Park was challenged for the first 150 meters by Louisville’s Joao De Lucca but finished in 27.00 on the last 50 to pull away.

Park touched in 1:46.71 for the win, moving ahead of Australia’s Mack Horton into the sixth spot in the world rankings, while De Lucca settled for second in 1:47.83. Club Wolverine’s Felix Auboeck finished third in 1:48.27, while Badger’s Zane Grothe also broke 1:49, finishing in 1:48.81.

AZFL’s Marcos Lavado took fifth in 1:49.11, and Tidewater’s Patrick Callan grabbed sixth in 1:49.51. Cal’s Tom Shields, making a rare appearance in an event that was once his best, took seventh in 1:49.96, while Texas’ Clark Smith, a U.S. Olympian in the 800 free relay, could not get anything going and ended up eighth in 1:50.17.

Meanwhile, Indiana’s Blake Pieroni bounced back from a ninth-place finish in prelims to win the B-final in 1:49.10. Pieroni’s time ended up as the fifth-fastest time of the night.


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