16-Year-Old South African Ethan Du Preez Fires Off 1:56.97 200 Fly PB

SOUTH AFRICAN GRAND PRIX #2 – DURBAN

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Although South African superstar Chad Le Clos isn’t competing at this South African Grand Prix #2 in Durban this weekend, another man has stepped up to the plate to put on a show in the men’s 200m fly.

Ethan du Preez, just 16 years of age, produced a monster lifetime best of 1:56.97 in today’s prelims to take the 2fly top seed by almost 5 seconds. Splitting 56.08/1:00.89, the Cybersmart Aquatics athlete hacked well over 1 1/2 seconds off his previous lifetime best of 1:58.67, a time he logged in the heats of this event at the 2019 World Junior Championships.

There in the Budapest, Preez wound up stopping the clock in a slightly slower effort of 1:58.83 to finish in 8th place in a World Juniors final that saw American Luca Urlando top the podium in 1:55.02. Preez’s time of 1:56.97 here, for perspective, would have bumped him up to 5th in that race as just a newly-turned 16-year-old.

Du Preez still has the final to go tomorrow here in Durban, but his time from prelims already bumps him up to become South Africa’s 4th fastest performer ever in this men’s 200m fly event.

South Africa’s Top 5 Performers All-Time in Men’s 200 Fly

#1 – 1:52.96 Chad le Clos RSA 2012 Olympic Games 7/28/2012 London
#2 – 1:54.51 Sebastien Rousseau RSA 2009 World Champs 7/26/2009 Rome
#3 – 1:56.92 Dylan Bosch RSA 4/7/2014 Durban
#4 – 1:56.97 Ethan du Preez RSA 2020 South African Grand Prix #2 2/21/2020 Durban
#5 – 1:58.33 Michael Meyer RSA 2014 Pan Pacific Champs 8/21/2014 Gold Coast

For additional perspective, du Preez’s time would rank him as the 4th fastest American 15-16-year-old performer all-time, sitting only behind Michael Phelps (1:54.58), Urlando (1:55.21) and Andrew Seliskar (1:56.42).

Taking into account this year we have the Olympic Games, du Preez has now suddenly entered the chat for potential Tokyo qualification come April’s South African Championships. Even if he doesn’t replicate his 1:56-range time in tomorrow’s final, the fact he put up a time within striking distance of the FINA ‘A’ Olympic qualification time of 1:56.48 bodes well for this young flyer.

Du Preez now enters the list of top 20 performers in the world this season at slot #18.

2019-2020 LCM MEN 200 FLY

DaiyaJPN
Seto
01/18
1:52.53
2Kristof
Milak
HUN1:53.7511/21
3Federico
Burdisso
ITA1:55.1112/13
4Tamas
Kenderesi
HUN1:55.1701/14
5Nao
Horomura
JPN1:55.2508/03
6Masato
Sakai
JPN1:55.4801/24
7Daiki
Tanaka
JPN1:55.5309/06
8Luca
Urlando
USA1:55.6012/07
9Eddie
Wang
TPE1:55.7210/12
10Grant
Irvine
AUS1:55.9408/09
11Tomoru
Honda
JPN1:56.1902/15
12Gunnar
Bentz
USA1:56.2003/05
13Zach
Harting
USA1:56.2608/03
14Takumi
Terada
JPN1:56.3309/06
15Ethan
Du Preez
RSA1:56.5002/22
16Zheng
Quah
SGP1:56.6112/09
17James
Guy
GBR1:56.6203/13
18Ramon
Klenz
GER1:56.7902/28
18Leonardo
de Deus
BRA1:56.7909/07
20Jonathan
Gomez
COL1:56.9012/07
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Caleb Montrealez

Lmao Chad Le Clos hasn’t gone a PB in the 200 fly since 2012.

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