Tomac Lowers Own French Age Record For 17-Year-Olds With 54.17 100 Back


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Mewen Tomac of France finished off the podium in the men’s 100m backstroke tonight in Budapest, but he did produce a new lifetime best and new French Age Record.

The 17-year-old’s previous personal best headed into these World Junior Championships was the 54.57 he threw down in Kazan for 4th place at this year’s European Junior Championships. In last night’s semi, the teen cranked out a time of 54.42 (26.46/27.96) to establish himself as the 2nd seeded swimmer heading into tonight’s final. That time also checked in as a new French Age Record for 17-year-olds.

In tonight’s final, Tomac ultimately hit the wall in an eye-catching 54.17 for a new lifetime best by .25 and just .03 outside of Wyatt Davis’ (USA) bronze medal time of 54.14.

Splits for Tomac this evening included 26.30/27.87, showing how he found more speed both on the front-end and the back-end.

Tomac earned silver in the 200m back at this year’s European Junior Championships, so he has another opportunity to land on the podium before this 6-day meet is through.

Podium here in Budapest for men’s 100 back:

  1. Thomas CECCON ITA 53.46 CR
  2. Nikolay ZUEV RUS 53.50
  3. Wyatt DAVIS USA 54.14

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