David Morgan Betters Own Oceanic Record In 100 Fly, Wins Bronze


Australian David Morgan put forth a fantastic swim in the men’s 100 fly final, lowering the Australian and Oceanic Record in a time of 49.31, earning him the bronze medal. His old record stood at 49.52, set just a month ago in Brisbane. Previous to that, the record belonged to 2008 100 fly Olympic bronze medalist Andrew Lauterstein, who went 49.54 twice during the 2009 World Cup circuit.

Morgan had solid swims of 50.58 and 50.06 in the heats and semis, and had an outside medal shot coming into tonight, though the top three seeds from the semis were going to be tough to beat. Adam BarrettChad Le Clos and Tom Shields all cracked 50 seconds in the semi-finals, including a 49.21 British Record from Barrett. He was just over two tenths slower tonight, opening the door for Morgan to sneak in for bronze by 16 one-hundredths.

Le Clos won gold in a blistering World Record of 48.08, and Shields took silver in 49.04. That was the exact same order they finished in two years ago at the Championships in Doha. At that same meet, Morgan finished 15th overall in a time of 50.96.

Morgan still has the 50 fly to come, which have the prelims going off tomorrow morning. He finished 11th in the 200 fly on day 1.

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About James Sutherland

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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