Hvas Does It Again, Knocks Norwegian 200 IM Record Down To 1:59.58

2018 Youth Olympic Games

18-year-old Norwegian Tomoe Hvas followed up his national record breaking preliminary swim in the 200 IM with another in the final, winning gold at the Youth Olympic Games in a time of 1:59.58.

Hvas, who entered the meet with a lifetime best of 2:01.78, dropped a 1:59.77 this morning to erase a ten-year-old national record previously held by Gard Kvale. Kvale had set the record at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing where he placed 25th in 2:01.52.

Tonight, he was three-tenths quicker on the backstroke leg (29.95) to ultimately crack the record by two-tenths, going two-tenths slower on breast and improving his fly and freestyle splits by a few one-hundredths each.

Below, check out a comparison of the splits of his two record setting swims:

Hvas, Prelims Hvas, Final
25.05 25.03
30.27 (55.32) 29.95 (54.98)
34.84 (1:30.16) 35.05 (1:30.03)
29.61 (1:59.77) 29.55 (1:59.58)
1:59.77 1:59.58

In the race for silver, Italian Thomas Ceccon picked up his second medal of the night from lane 1 in 2:01.29, using a very strong front half to hold off Canadian Finlay Knox (2:01.91) and Israel’s Gal Cohen Groumi (2:02.41).

For a full recap of day 2 finals, click here.

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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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