2023 AP RACE INTERNATIONAL MEET
- Saturday, May 27th – Monday, May 29th
- London Aquatic Center
- LCM (50m)
- Meet Central
- SwimSwam Preview
The first day of the inaugural 2023 AP Race International Meet was a success, with over 1500 spectators taking to the London Aquatic Center stands to watch both local youth and seasoned elite talent.
We reported how Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands took the men’s 100m breaststroke in a time of 59.04 while Germany’s Lucas Matzerath snagged silver in 59.12. Mastzerath was quicker in the morning to produce a swim of 59.09 to become his nation’s #2 performer of all time.
The women’s 200m breast saw Dutch national record holder Tes Schouten get it done for gold in a result of 2:24.25 beating out Canadian Sydney Pickrem who picked up silver in 2:25.67. Sweden’s Sophie Hansson collected bronze in 2:26.71.
Schouten already ranks as the 2nd fastest performer in the world this season, courtesy of the 2:22.21 she logged at the Eindhoven Qualification Meet last month.
South Africa’s Chad Le Clos was also in the water tonight, claiming gold in the men’s 100m fly.
Multi-Olympic medalist Le Clos clinched the victory in a mark of 52.05, although he’s already been as quick as 51.37. He posted that faster mark at the South African National Championships last month to qualify for this summer’s World Championships.
Anna Hopkin followed suit with gold in the women’s edition of the 50m free.
Hopkin of Loughborough stopped the clock in a rapid 24.84, beating out American Catie DeLoof by just .03. Polish swimmer Kornelia Fiedkiewicz rounded out the top 3 with a time of 25.20.
- Daniel Wiffen of Ireland boasted a time of 14:57.30 as the men’s 1500m winner, getting the victory over twin brother Nathan Wiffen who touched in 15:45.71.
- The men’s 200m back saw Elliot Clogg get it done for gold in 2:01.13.
- Millfield’s Emily Large hit a time of 2:10.26 to win the women’s 200m fly event by over 8 seconds.
- The men’s 400m IM saw 17-year-old Edward Whittles log a time of 4:28.04 to take the men’s 400m IM.
- Lauren Cox clocked a time of 27.97 to win the women’s 50m bac while Sweden’s Louise Hansson settled for silver in 28.90.
- American Paige Madden, who trains at Loughborough, posted a winning result of 4:08.66 to win the women’s 400m free.