RACE VIDEO – Watch Chad Le Clos Win 200 Free at SC World Championships, 1:41.45

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As reported by SwimSwam / Braden Keith

MEN’S 200 Freestyle – FINALS

2012 World Champ: 1:41.92 – Ryan Lochte – Poland
2010 World Champ: 1:41.08 – Ryan Lochte – United States
Meet Record: 1:41.08 – Ryan Lochte – United States – 2010
World Record: 1:39.37 – Paul Biedermann – Germany – 2009

The first gold medal of the 2014 World Short Course Championships went to the FINA World Swimmer of the Year: Chad le Clos. Le Clos sat in 2nd for most of this race as he let the hard-charging Serb Velimir Stjepanovic take a half-second lead early.

Surprisingly, though, Stjepanovic, who is a great 400 swimmer, ran out of gas in a big way on the last 50 meters – splitting just 26.84 (second slowest of the field).

As he faded, le Clos took up the baton and charged to the front, eventually winning in 1:41.45.

Russian Danila Izotov took 2nd in 1:41.67, using a big last 50 kick (by contrast, his 25.43 was the fastest) to hold off the two-time defending champion Ryan Lochte (1:42.09).

Dominik Kozma, the top seed in prelims, was a little faster in finals with a 1:42.25, and though a great finishing kick almost caught Lochte for him, the 23-year old wound up in 4th.

Hungary’s Peter Bernek was 5th in 1:42.44, and Cristian Quintero, after breaking a Venezuelan Record in prelims, slid to 8th in 1:43.45.

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Please, we all know he is amazing!. But stop the “King” thing already.


Good luck convincing them to remove that title…pretty soon it will be analogous as Phelps is to GOAT. I agree though…hasn’t earned that title yet in my book. He has yet to catch other swimming greats, even Lochte is waayyyyy ahead. What’s his title?


Hey Mike, relax. By the end of the meet we’ll even have you on side, paying homage to the King, and the Emperor. :-))

lane 0

He beat Lochte off the last turn… Wow

Le Clos is well on his way for a possible undefeated sc season.

Justin Thompson

Lochte with a weak finish could have got 2nd if he wouldn’t have let up like that. He always does that.


Very slow race for world’s title.
1:41.45 for the win?
Men’s 200 free has become a joke in the past 2 years.

No disrespect to the King, though. It’s not his fault men’s 200 free has been among the men’s weakest events in the past 2 years


Give credit to the king winning the 200 free when swimming it for the first time in championships. That an amazing stuff.


1.41x is a pretty solid time…considering that no one has been under 1.41 in textile except Agnel. (someone can fact check that for me :))


1:41.45 is SLOW when you had a kid swimming 1:41.1 for fun almost 15 years ago.

Wouldn’t you have thought the same thing if 4:10 would have won an olympics men 400 IM hold had it been held this year?


And again, credit to Le Clos.

lane 0

2010 was the only year it was faster. winning times by year:
2012: 1:41.92
2010: 1:41.08
2008: 1:43.46
2006: 1:43.51

Philip Johnson

That’s because the “real” 200 swimmers aren’t swimming it.

Justin Thompson

The Prince had a good race and it’s by no means his event. He won’t be a factor in LCM since he relies too much on his turns in the freestyle.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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