Prigoda Leads 50 Breast Semis; Miller & Andrew Both Down Records at SC Worlds

Photo Courtesy: R-Sport / MIA Rossiya Segodnya

Men’s 50 Breast Semi-Finals:

The men of the 50 breaststroke semi-finals came ready to sprint and etch their names in the record books as the top eight for tomorrow night’s finals were decided and both an American Record and a Junior World Record fell.

Russia’s Kirill Prigoda turned in the fastest time of the morning with the only sub-26 second swim. Prigoda returns tomorrow as the top seed with a 25.95.

Brazil’s Felipe Lima and South Africa’s Giulio Zorzi posted matching times of 26.08 to tie for second from heats one and two respectively.

Fellow Brazilian Felipe Franca Silva grabbed the fourth place seed with a time of 26.10, followed by Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli’s 26.11.

Cody Miller of the USA posted a 26.15 from semi-final two to pick up the sixth place seed. Miller’s time overturns the previous American Record of 26.28, set in 2002 by Ed Moses. 

South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh and Slovakia’s Peter Stevens rounded out the top eight qualifies with times of 26.20 and 26.29 respectively.

While he did not make the final of the 50 breaststroke, Michael Andrew of the USA once again sprinted past the Junior World Record. Andrew first lowered the record to a 26.56 in prelims before posting a time of 26.39 in semi-finals.

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