Produced by Coleman Hodges.
Reported by Jared Anderson.
MEN’S 200 FREE – FINALS
China’s Sun Yang provided the swim of the meet so far, blasting a 1:44.82 to win the 200 free and rise to #1 in the world ranks for the year.
That’s faster than Sun went in winning the silver medal at last summer’s World Championships, and would have earned him gold in Kazan.
Behind Sun was American Conor Dwyer, who had a great swim of his own, finishing at 1:45.41. That now sits #3 worldwide, with only World Champs gold medalist James Guy of Great Britain between him and Sun. Dwyer is another versatile American with some lineup decisions to make before Olympic Trials, but tonight’s swim suggests the 200 free should definitely be his marquee event in Omaha.
Australian 17-year-old Kyle Chalmers rattled the junior world record, going 1:47.65 for third place. Chalmers has been trending more towards pure sprint freestyle lately, but this swim shows great potential for Australia’s 4×200 free relays down the road.
The current junior world record-holder, American Maxime Rooney, was fifth in 1:48.85. Between the two was Zhi Yong Qian at 1:48.08.