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  3 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | June 22nd, 2014 | Featured, News, US Grand Prix, Video

2014 Arena Grand Prix in Santa Clara

Men’s 200 Backstroke – FINALS

Make it four in a row for Arkady Vyatchanin. His stroke rate was a little faster than it was this morning, leaving the rest of the field behind him. He looked so smooth, as usual, winning the race with a time of 1:55.30. That time will stand as the fifth fastest time in the world this year. His first half looked good, but his back half was really impressive, splitting a 58.4. He was the only swimmer under a minute in the final 100.


  1. Sven says:

    Wow, six tenths off his PB at this stage in training. Could be either a really good or bad sign, but I’m thinking we’ll see something big out of him come taper. I hate seeing such a good swimmer and seemingly nice guy put in limbo like this, hopefully something works out for him!

  2. Floppy says:

    He’s making a REALLY strong statement in the pool… but he needs to put some attention into finding a COUNTRY. I don’t think you can swim at World Champs or Olympics unattached…

  3. bobo gigi says:

    Wow! If he swim 1.55 untapered it could be huge in 2 weeks in France!

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Mel Stewart, aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, and USA Swimming. Mel has also worked as an Olympic analyst for ABC, NBC, EPSN, FOX SPORTS and TBS. At SwimSwam.com, Mel hosts Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com, a weekly report featuring the world’s fastest swimmers and Olympic medalists. Read More »