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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.