Shymanovich, Rothbauer Down National Records In 200 Breast At ISL Match 8

2021 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE – SEASON 3, MATCH 8

Belarusian Ilya Shymanovich and Austrian Christopher Rothbauer reset their respective National Records in the men’s 200 breaststroke during Match 8 of the International Swimming League’s (ISL’s) third season, finishing first and third in the event, respectively.

Shymanovich, representing Energy Standard, edged in front of LA Current’s Rothbauer on the second 50 and pulled away on the third, ultimately holding off Tokyo’s Daiya Seto for the victory in a time of 2:02.10.

That time lowers Shyamnovich’s previous Belarusian Record of 2:02.77, set at the Belarus Open Championships in December 2020, and marks his first win in the event this season.

This is only Shyamnovich’s second match of the season, having missed Match 1. In Match 3 he was the runner-up to Iron’s Erik Persson in a time of 2:04.78.

Split Comparison

Shymanovich, Old Record Shyamnovich, New Record
27.36 28.14
31.69 (59.05) 31.33 (59.47)
32.07 (1:31.12) 31.39 (1:30.86)
31.65 (2:02.77) 31.24 (2:02.10)

Seto ended up charging home to take second in 2:02.83, while Rothbauer touched third in 2:04.34, smashing his previous Austrian Record of 2:05.31 set at the 2019 European SC Championships.

Earlier this season Rothbauer had produced clockings of 2:05.54, 2:05.78 and 2:06.47 for the LA Current. He had been 2:05-something a total of five times before finally cracking the barrier on Saturday.

Split Comparison

Rothbauer Old Record Rothbauer, New Record
28.59 28.11
31.85 (1:00.44) 31.56 (59.67)
31.93 (1:32.37) 31.98 (1:31.65)
32.94 (2:05.31) 32.69 (2:04.34)

The 23-year-old Austrian Olympian employed the same strategy as he did in December 2019, going out hard and holding on for dear life. His improved front-end speed was the key difference-maker in resetting the record.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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