Fanny Lecluyse Edges Out Belgian Record In 100 Breast Prelims


Two-time Olympian Fanny Lecluyse slipped under her Belgian National Record in the preliminaries of the women’s 100 breaststroke in Gwangju, qualifying for the semi-finals ninth overall.

Lecluyse touched in a time of 1:07.27, inching out her 4-year-old mark of 1:07.29 set at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan where she placed 15th.

The now 27-year-old first broke the 1:08-barrier in 2015, doing so three times, and then couldn’t get back under until last summer’s European Championships. She placed 10th overall in a time of 1:07.95, and then followed up this year with an in-season best of 1:07.79 at the Sette Colli Trophy one month ago.

A four-time medalist at the European Short Course Championships, Lecluyse also owns a World Championship medal after winning bronze last December at SC Worlds in the 200 breast.

Heading into the semi-finals, defending champion and world record holder Lilly King is the top seed after clocking 1:06.31 this morning. Five more women were sub-1:07, including Yuliya Efimova (1:06.58) who sits in second.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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