Blake Pieroni Knocks Off Le Clos’ World Cup Record With 48.11 100 Free


American Blake Pieroni broke the World Cup Record en route to winning gold in the men’s 100 freestyle on day 2 in Doha, putting up a time of 48.11 to knock off Chad Le Clos‘ 2015 standard of 48.16.

Pieroni, who finished a close 2nd to Russian Vlad Morozov at the first stop in a respectable 48.30, opened up a lead in excess of a half-second at the 50 in 23.12, and didn’t relinquish much coming home in a blistering 24.99.

Morozov, known for his opening speed, was conservative on the opening 50, out in 23.68, and made up some ground with a 24.75 second half but it wasn’t enough to run down the 22-year-old American. He was 2nd in 48.43, and Belgian Pieter Timmers was nearly two-tenths better than he was in Kazan for 3rd (49.04). Morozov won the first stop in 48.26.

Pieroni’s swim fell just .03 shy of personal best of 48.08, set when he won the U.S. National title in July, as he continues to show good form after setting a pair of personal bests on day 1 in the 50 (22.17) and 400 free (3:53.98) where he finished 3rd and 1st respectively.

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Carol Glover

Way to go Blake!


Chad LeClos downvoted this.


how is Blake training over there if he is doing the entire series? Is he working out with Andrews? Giving USRPT a shot?


Might be smart!


Is he getting a little bit of a travel taper or is this a true in season swim


I think the only people that do real in season, middle of training, beat up swims are the boys at florida. when theres money on the line or big competition, the big names usually rest somewhat

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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