Tom Shields Breaks American Record in 200 Fly at FINA World Cup

Photo by Qatar Swimming

DOHA, Qatar, August 27.

Out under world record pace at the 150-meter mark, USA’s Tom Shields still managed to down his American record in the 200-meter fly by about half-a-second as he hit the wall in 1:50.08.  That time lowered his 1:50.61 from the Duel in the Pool that had stood as the American record, while he came up a bit short of Chad le Clos’ world record 1:48.56 from the Singapore stop of the FINA World Cup.  Shields just did not have the same level of closing speed that le Clos had last year as can be seen in the splits below.

Comparative Splits:

Le Clos (2013):

24.68, 52.96 (28.28), 1:20.81 (27.85), 1:48.56 (27.75)

Shields (2014): 

24.12, 51.58 (27.46), 1:19.97 (28.39), 1:50.08 (30.11)

Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski took second in 1:51.18, while Russia’s Nikolay Skvortsov finished third in 1:52.23.

Russia’s Aleksandr Kudashev (1:53.53), Japan’s Ko Fukaya (1:54.42), Hungary’s David Verraszto (1:58.50), Colombia’s Julio Galofre (1:58.59) and Qatar’s Abdulrahman Alishaq (2:13.36) also competed in the finale.

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