Zane Waddell Reclaims 50 Back Record at 2019 World University Games With 24.46

Photo Courtesy: Robert Sutton/Alabama Athletics

At the 2019 World University Games, Zane Waddell of South Africa set the meet record in the men’s 50 back during the prelims and lowered the record again during finals.

During heat 1 of the semi finals, USA’s Justin Ress was under the meet record set in prelims by Waddell. The new record set by Ress (24.52) only stood for a few minutes until Waddell swam a new meet record of 24.46 in heat 2 of the semi finals.

Russia teammates Grigory Tarasevich (24.64) and Mark Nikolaev (25.00) qualify third and fourth seed for the finals just ahead of Brazil’s Gabriel Fantoni (25.03) and Hungary’s Bence Szentes (25.05). Ukraine’s Bohdan Kasian and Belarus’ Viktar Staselovich tie in a time of 25.14 for the last two spots heading into the finals.

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  1. Zane Waddell, RSA, 24.46
  2. Justin Ress, USA, 24.52
  3. Grigory Tarasevich, RUS, 24.64
  4. Mark Nikolaev, RUS, 25.00
  5. Gabriel Fantoni, BRA, 25.03
  6. Bence Szentes, HUN, 25.05
  7. Bohdan Kasian, UKR / Viktar Staselovich, BLR, 25.14
  8. (Tie)