Gold Medalist Sydney Pickrem Almost Didn’t Come to World Champs At All


Reported by Michael Hamann.

Women’s 200 IM Final

  • World Record: 2:01.86 – HOSSZU Katinka (HUN) 6 DEC 2014
  • Championship Record: 2:01.86 – HOSSZU Katinka (HUN) 6 DEC 2014
  • World Junior Record: 2:04.64 – SANCHEZ Kayla (CAN) 14 DEC 2018

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Sydney Pickrem (CAN): 2:04.29
  2. Yiting Yu (CHN): 2:04.48
  3. Kate Douglass (USA): 2:04.68
  4. Melanie Margalis (USA): 2:06.02
  5. Bailey Andison (CAN): 2:06.13
  6. Ilaria Cusinato (ITA): 2:06.92
  7. Maria Ugolkova (SUI): 2:07.26
  8. Seoyeong Kim (KOR): 2:09.94

Canada’s Sydney Pickrem used a massive back half, including a 35.53 breast split, to take the win in the women’s 200 IM in 2:04.29. She turned in third at the halfway point behind China’s Yiting Yu and the USA’s Kate Douglass, but made up ground in the breaststroke and held her lead to the finish.

Pickrem’s win continues a fantastic meet for the Canadians, as is their second IM event win of the meet after Tennessee post-grad Tess Cieplucha won the 400 IM earlier.

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