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As world records continue to fall, so too do other records. Polish swimmer Krzysztof Chmielewski set a new European Junior Record in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2021 FINA Short Course World Championships.
The 17-year-old finished in 1:51.84, eclipsing the old mark of 1:52.02. That old record was set in November 2017 by Hungarian Kristof Milak, who won gold in the 200-meter butterfly at this year’s Tokyo Olympics. Milak also holds the world record in the race.
Chmielewski opened in 25.36, went a consistent 28.70 and 28.77 on his middle 100, and finished in 29.01. The 17-year-old barely missed out on the Championship Final as he was out-touched by Norway’s Tomoe Hvas, who finished .01 faster.
His previous best time was 1:52.66, which he accomplished earlier in November. Almost three years ago, his lifetime best was 2:01.11.
The young Pole won gold in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2021 European Junior Swimming Championships, which were held in Rome from July 6-11. At the Tokyo Olympics, he finished eighth overall in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1:55.88.
Chmielewski is also set to swim in the 1500-meter freestyle at Short Course Worlds this Monday, December 20.