21-Year-Old Kregor Zirk Re-Sets Estonian 200 FR Record at 1:47.06 in Stockholm

2021 SWIM OPEN STOCKHOLM

During day two prelims of the 2021 Swim Open Stockholm, 21-year-old Kregor Zirk re-set his own Estonian national record in the 200-meter free, dropping nearly a full second from his lifetime best. Zirk led prelims with a 1:47.06, taking down former national record of 1:47.99 from the 2021 Turkish LCM Open Meet in late March. Zirk is now the 67th-fastest performer in European history.

Zirk currently trains in Turkey with Tom Rushton again after the Energy Standard training group hit paused in January 2021 due to travel restrictions preventing them from meeting at the Gloria Sports Arena in Antalya. With Zirk’s move to the Turkey-based Fenerbahce club in February 2021, Zirk also became the 2nd-fastest Baltic States performer (EST, LAT, LTU) in history, only behind Lithuanian Danas Rapsys (1:44.38). Before breaking the 1:48-barrier in 2021, Zirk’s pre-pandemic personal best was 1:48.51 from the 2019 World Championships, which placed 26th overall.

Zirk also holds LCM national records in the 400 free (3:51.12), 800 free (8:23.12), and 200 fly (1:58.04) as well as SCM records in the 200 free (1:43.44), 400 free (3:42.12), 800 free (7:55.05), 100 fly (50.64), and 200 fly (1:52.25). All SCM records except the 800 free were set while Zirk was competing with ISL’s Energy Standard.

At the time of his morning effort, Zirk’s time ranks 21st in the world for the 2020-2021 season. He also currently ranks 11th in Europe for the 2021 calendar year. Finals are set to being at 6 PM local time/11 AM Central time.

2020-2021 LCM Men 200 Free

DuncanGBR
Scott
04/18
1:44.47
2Tom
Dean
GBR1:44.5804/18
3Katsuo
Matsumoto
JPN1:44.6504/05
4Martin
Malyutin
RUS1:44.7905/21
5Sun-Woo
Hwang
KOR1:44.9605/17
6Ivan
Girev
RUS1:45.4904/05
7Alexander
Graham
AUS1:45.6912/13
8Felix
Auboeck
AUT1:45.7004/09
9Danas
Rapsys
LTU1:45.7205/21
10Kristof
Milak
HUN1:45.7405/21
11Matthew
Richards
GBR1:45.7704/18
12Elijah
Winnington
AUS1:45.7912/13
13Aleksandr
Shchegolev
RUS1:45.8204/05
14Alexander
Krasnykh
RUS1:45.8804/05
15James
Guy
GBR1:46.0404/18
16Antonio
Djakovic
SUI1:46.1005/21
17Mikhail
Dovgalyuk
RUS1:46.1610/26
18Fernando
Scheffer
BRA1:46.2804/20
19Kieran
Smith
USA1:46.3005/14
20Daniil
Shatalov
RUS1:46.3304/05
21Lukas
Maertens
GER1:46.4104/16
22Calum
Jarvis
GBR1:46.4704/18
23Robin
Hansson
SWE1:46.5005/20
24Shun
Wang
CHN1:46.5505/03
25Breno
Correia
BRA1:46.7204/20
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benthehen
2 months ago

All that work he put in freeing the ship from the Suez canal is clearly paying off

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