South African Roland Schoeman made his final World Championship preparations on Saturday at the 2013 Arizona State Masters Championships with a pair of wins in the 50 meter fly and then the 50 meter free.
Those are the two events he’s expected to swim in Barcelona as part of a smaller-than-normal South African contingent, and given the timing and the lack of competition, his results were stellar.
He started with a 23.26 in the 50 fly. That’s not as good as the time that Schoeman used to qualify for World, but only 6 men aside from him have been better. This race will be an outstanding chance at a medal for him in Barcelona.
Then, just about an hour later, Schoeman put up a 22.13 in the 50 free. This 50 free field is as deep as any at this year’s World Championships, but that leaves Schoeman a puncher’s chance at a making a final, though it would take a really special swim from him to break into the top three. His start continues to be right on target, which in the massive wake generated in the men’s sprint events, getting out quick can be a big advantage.
With both swims coming at a Masters meet, both also break the Masters World Records for the 33-year old Schoeman in the 30-34 age group. The freestyle broke Sabir Muhammed’s old record of 22.39, and the fly broke Ozzie Quevedo’s old record of 24.15.
Full meet results are available on the Meet Mobile App on the smartphone.