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Shields edges Le Clos, Schoeman claims another gold

August 11, 2013
World SC Champs 2012 Mens 100 fly medlaists : Tom Shields (USA) silver, Chad le Clos (RSA) gold. Photo G.Scala/Deepbluemedia

World SC Champs 2012 Mens 100 fly medlaists : Tom Shields (USA) silver, Chad le Clos (RSA) gold. Photo G.Scala/Deepbluemedia

USA‘s Tom Shields completed a sweep of the short course meter butterfly American records by downing a legendary mark by Ian Crocker in the 100 fly this evening in Berlin.

Shields crushed a loaded field, including South Africa stalwart Chad Le Clos, as he raced to a winning time of 49.01. That performance eclipsed the American record of 49.07 set by multiple-time Olympic gold medalist Crocker back in 2004.

The record-breaking performance gave Shields a sweep of the American butterfly records as he already owns the 50 fly (22.46) and 200 fly (1:51.31) marks, with the 200 fly record going down this week for Shields. All that’s left now for Shields outside of a world record is to join the 48-second club.

Le Clos clocked a 49.48 to take second this evening, while Germany‘s Steffen Deibler placed third in 49.72 to round out the sub-50 second times.

Meanwhile Australia’s Kenneth To touched out Chad Le Clos en route to an Australian record in the 200 medley event.

To led wire-to-wire with a 1:52.01 as he held off a hard-charging Le Clos in the process. That time bested To’s national record of 1:52.40 from the Eindhoven stop and nearly moved him into the exclusive 1:51 club. He’s only half-a-second off Darian Townsend‘s World Cup circuit record of 1:51.55 set in Berlin in 2009.

Le Clos, closing in 25.72 down the stretch, took second overall in 1:52.11, while Japan’s Daiya Seto pocketed third-place honors in 1:52.62. The time for Le Clos smashed his previous best of 1:54.06, while Seto just missed his lifetime best of 1:52.48 from last year.

USA’s Conor Dwyer (1:53.03), Germany’s Markus Deibler (1:53.24), Australia’s Daniel Tranter (1:54.18), Townsend (1:56.37) and Dimitri Colupaev (1:56.42) comprised the rest of the top eight.

South African veteran Roland Schoeman continued to defy age as he collected his third sprint first-place check of the meet. There really isn’t much this man can’t sprint as he owns one of the best sprint games ever in this sport.

He popped a 20.86 to win the men’s 50-meter free tonight, just a bit off his techsuited World Cup record of 20.57 from here in Berlin in 2009, and just half-a-second off his world record of 20.30 from Pietermaritzburg also in 2009. That’s a quick $4,500 after three wins for Schoeman this week.

Russia’s Vlad Morozov kept on pulling in the podium checks with a second-place time of 21.00, while Germany’s Steffen Deibler also is in the same boat with plenty of top threes en route to cash as he finished third in 21.04.

For the full story go to Swimming World Magazine

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