2021 FINA WORLD CUP – BERLIN
- October 1-3, 2021
- Europasportpark Pool (SSE), Berlin, Germany
- Short course meters (25m)
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- Day 1 Recap
South African teenager Matt Sates broke his second world junior record in as many days on Sunday at the FINA World Cup stop in Berlin.
Sates went 1:40.65 to win the men’s 200 free, obliterating Russian star Kliment Kolesnikov‘s previous record of 1:41.75. Sates split 23.58/25.93/25.63/25.51, edging out a very strong swim from Australia’s Kyle Chalmers, who went 1:40.82.
Sates’ 200 free is a South African record, besting Darian Townsend‘s 1:40.89 from 2009, and makes him the sixth-fastest performer in history. Paul Biedermann owns the world record at 1:39.37, also from 2009.
At the South African Short Course Championships in September, where the future Georgia Bulldog won 10 events, he went a then-lifetime best of 1:42.91 in the 200 free.
All-Time Men’s SCM 200 Freestyle Performers
- Paul Biedermann (2009) – 1:39.37
- Yannick Agnel (2012) – 1:39.70
- Danila Izotov (2009) – 1:40.08
- Duncan Scott (2020) – 1:40.25
- Towley Haas (2020) – 1:40.49
- Matt Sates (2021) – 1:40.65
Earlier in the Sunday session, the 18-year-old Sates put up the top time in the 400 IM with a 4:01.98. Seto’s world junior record in the event is 3:59.15.
On Saturday, Sates took out Daiya Seto’s 1:52.48 world junior record in the 200 IM with an event-winning time of 1:51.45. Sates’ swim was more than a second faster than Seto’s former WJR, which he set almost a decade ago in November 2012.