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Men’s 100 Backstroke – Doha World Cup – as reported by SwimSwim contributor Braden Keith.
American Tom Shields, as he’s said in his own words, is ‘learning how to play the game’ at the World Cup, and learning the “risk/reward’ of different entries, even outside of those one might hope to swim at Worlds or the Olympics.
For the second-straight meet, he’s turned that learning into a World Cup victory in the 100 backstroke: this time touching in 50.23. That put him ahead of the fast-starting Australian Bobby Hurley, who was 2nd in 50.29, and Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki, who was 3rd in 51.12.