Alexandrov Interview, 2014 Arena Grand Prix Orlando, 100 breaststroke Winner

Video edit – Coleman Hodges

Video Capture – GMM

MEN’S 100 Breaststroke – Reported by Jared Anderson

The men’s breaststroke was one of the tightest races of the night. Mike Alexandrov and Brazil’s Felipe Lima went shoulder-to-shoulder the entire way, with the race coming down to who could time their finish better. Both seemed to come into the wall just a bit oddly – Alexandrov elected to take one short stroke into the finish while Lima lengthened out his glide instead of taking another stroke. It was Alexandrov’s quickness that won out as he touched the wall first in 1:01.71 to Lima’s 1:01.85.

Tennessee post-grad Brad Craig pulled another half second off his prelims time to take the final money-earning spot in 1:02.68. He had to fight off Alexandrov’s Trojan teammate Azad Al-Barazi for the spot though; Al-Barazi was 1:02.85.

The B heat went to Melquides Alvarez Caraballo of Spain in 1:03.74. That nipped Canadian Andrew Poznikoff by two tenths. After them was former Louisville Cardinal Carlos Almeida and 14-year-old pro Michael Andrew, who went 1:04.47, a little more than a half-second off his own NAG record.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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