Americans Close Duel With Mixed Medley Relay World Record

In the biggest moment in the history of the Duel in the Pool, the United States quartet of Eugene Godsoe, Kevin Cordes, Claire Donahue, and Simone Manuel came through when it mattered most, topping the European All-Stars by two tenths of a second to win competition’s first ever mixed medley relay tiebreaker, breaking the previous world record in the process.

The Americans took an early lead with a world-leading 22.88 leadoff leg from Godsoe, a lead the European team of Chris Walker-Hebborn, Damir Dugonjic, Jeanette Ottesen-Gray, and Fran Halsall would never quite close.  With a gutsy anchor leg from Manuel, the Americans touched first in a new World Record of 1:37.17, just ahead of the 1:37.37 clocked by the Europeans.


The previous record was set earlier this month by Russia at the European Championships in Herning, Denmark.

A quick split comparison:

Team USA:
22.88 (Godsoe) – 25.40 (Cordes) – 25.28 (Donahue) – 23.61 (Manuel)

European All-Stars:
23.56 (Walker-Hebborn) – 25.40 (Dugonjic) – 24.76 (Ottesen-Gray) – 23.65 (Halsall)

Russia (previous WR):
23.70 (Vitaly Melnikov) – 28.39 (Yuliya Efimova) – 25.29 (Svetlana Chimrova) – 20.25 (Vlad Morozov)

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Congratulations Eugene! and Team USA – but Eugene won all his races and led off his relays to wins. So I’m glad that he gets to be included with Cordes and Shields in the wrap-up


Simone’s split converts to 21.1!


I would like to order one (1) lifesize poster of Simone Manuel for my front door please.
Make that two, for both sides.

In all this NAG talk… she’s just been lurking about waiting to pounce …

Can’t wait to see what she does in March.

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