Tom Shields: “I haven’t been on my own like that since 2009” (Video)

Reported by Chelsea Howard. 


The whole field in the men’s 100 fly seemed to get faster at night with the top 7 all under 54 seconds – in prelims it was only the top 5. It was Tom Shields‘ underwater coming off of the 50m mark that separated him from the field. He won the event for Team USA with a 52.42. He was 1.12 faster than this morning. Fellow American Tim Phillips was right behind him with a 52.87 followed by Germany’s Marius Kusch with a 53.43.

Russia’s Daniil Antipov was another swimmer under 54:00 in the B Final with a time of 53.79.

Top 8:

  1. Shields, 52.42
  2. Phillips, 52.87
  3. Kusch, 53.43
  4. Grassi, 53.45
  5. Gutierrez, 53.55
  6. Carter, 53.61
  7. Harting, 53.87
  8. Stubblefield, 54.49

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7 years ago

This guy will swim fast this summer 🙂 GO TOM!!

7 years ago

Cool insight into Dressel’s underwater technique. Shields has always been pretty observational and openly analytical of his technique and technique in general. As the previous (and possibly current as well) “King of Underwaters” it’s interesting to see the varying techniques between him Schooling and Dressel. Shields has typically kept a very rigid upper body above the ribcage whereas Dressel shows much more extreme full body undulation. I wonder if he’ll try tweaking things at all or if it would even work for him as well.

Sean S
7 years ago

In the swimming world video of this interview he says he doesn’t currently have a suit deal.

Reply to  Sean S
7 years ago

that sucks

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