Hugo Gonzalez Blasts 1:54.51 Spanish Record In 200 Back, Erases 2009 Mark

2024 SPANISH SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day 3 of the 2024 Spanish Swimming Championships saw the national record go down in both the women’s and men’s 200m backstroke events.

First, for the women, Carmen Weiler followed up her 100m back Spanish standard with a new mark in the longer event, posting 2:08.89 as the gold medalist.

Opening in 1:02.99 and closing in 1:05.90, 19-year-old Weiler overtook the national record of 2:09.13 Duane Da Rocha put on the books in 2014.

Entering this competition, Wieler’s lifetime best rested at the 2:11.21 notched in March of 2023, meaning the teen hacked well over 2 seconds off her best-ever to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. She now sneaks into the world rankings on the season in slot #25.

This evening, runner-up status went to Africa Zamorano, who scored 2:09.75 to also qualify for Paris, while Estella Nollgen rounded out the podium in 2:10.95.

Then in the men’s 200m back, 25-year-old Hugo Gonzalez fired off a new national record en route to victory.

Gonzalez, who already neared a lifetime best here of 52.71 in the 100m back, cranked out a result of 1:54.51 to beat the field by over four seconds.

Splitting 55.96/58.55, the Cal swimmer outperformed the longstanding national record of 1:54.92 Aschwin Wildeboer logged over a decade ago at the 2009 World Championships.

Ivan Martinez was relegated to silver in 1:58.68 while Diego Albaladejo notched 1:59.26 for the bronze.

Before this meet, Gonzalez’s career boasted a lifetime best of 1:55.30, a time he posted for gold at this year’s World Championships. That means he notched his first-ever time under the 1:55 barrier with tonight’s 1:54.51 gold medal-worthy performance.

Gonzalez remains #1 in the world on the season and becomes the #13 performer of all time in the men’s 200m backstroke contest.

2023-2024 LCM Men 200 Back

RyanUSA
MURPHY
06/20
1:54.33
2Hugo
GONZALEZ
ESP1:54.5106/20
3Keaton
JONES
USA1:54.6106/20
4Jack
AIKINS
USA1:54.7806/20
5Jiayu
XU
CHN1:55.3709/29
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Alexy's_my_baby
25 days ago

Go Bears 🐻

Fast and Furious
25 days ago

1:58-1:54=7?

Here Comes Lezak
Reply to  Fast and Furious
25 days ago

Math! IS! HARD!

Troyy
25 days ago

Is this a proper trials meet or just a national championships?

Swimmerfan
Reply to  Troyy
25 days ago

Olympics trials of spain

Tencor
25 days ago

Wow finally some proper times being thrown down in this event

Andrew
25 days ago

How is 1:54.5 #1 in the world in 2024?

Swimmers were churning out 1:54s like clockwork 15+ years ago.

This event is in desperate need of a junior Milak/Peaty/Popovici to push it forward

Last edited 25 days ago by Andrew
Rafael
25 days ago

Kos vs Gonzalez for gold

Swimmerfan
25 days ago

Incredible, he may be the best backstroker in Paris in both together combination the 100/200 backstroke.
Surely that brand will be number 1 for Paris, I don’t think the Americans will surpass it tonight, but i dont know.

Last edited 25 days ago by Swimmerfan
snailSpace
Reply to  Swimmerfan
25 days ago

Surely, that’s still Murphy.

EXCALIBUR
Reply to  snailSpace
25 days ago

or Armstrong

Luis
Reply to  Swimmerfan
25 days ago

Murphy is capable of going 1:53 tonight. They are both capable of going it in Paris, same as Kos.

Helk bengur
Reply to  Luis
25 days ago

Kos yes, Murphy no

PFA
25 days ago

Backstroke U strikes again worldwide

Last edited 25 days ago by PFA

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