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Men’s 100 Butterfly – Dubai World Cup – as reported by SwimSwim contributor Jeff Grace
What were we saying about this night being field with exciting racing? Well the most thrilling finish so far came in the men’s 100 butterfly where American Tom Shields almost dethroned South African World Champion Chad le Clos. le Clos, who won both the 100 and 200 butterfly in Barcelona, took the first 50 meters out well ahead of the field turning in a time of 22.88, but Shields who hit the halfway point in a time of 23.20, owned the final 50 meters.
Shields surely thought he had done enough to catch le Clos, but ultimately finished just two one-hundredths of a second behind the South African. le Clos took the event in a time of 49.14 followed by Shields who posted a time of 49.16.
Konrad Czerniak of Poland finished third in a time of 50.27