Video Interview: Clary explains Back Injury

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MEN’S 200 butterfly – 2014 Arena Grand Prix Orlando – Swimming News Reported by Jared Anderson

Joseph Schooling snags 3rd in 200 Fly at the 2014 Orlando Grand Prix (courtesy of Mike Lewis)

Joseph Schooling snags 3rd in 200 Fly at the 2014 Orlando Grand Prix (courtesy of Mike Lewis)

The men’s 200 fly will probably go down as the tightest 3-man finish of the weekend. American Tyler Clary and Singaporean Florida high schooler Joseph Schooling battled much of the way before Hungarian David Verraszto suddenly sprang into the dual on the last 50. The three came to the wall dead even, but it was Verraszto that got the touch, going 1:59.59. Clary was just behind in 1:59.63 and Schooling was even closer to him at 1:59.65 in a thrilling photo finish. That’s the second victory for Verraszto this weekend; he won the 400 IM in a huge time last night.

Island Swim Club’s Alec Page led the next pack of swimmers into the wall, going 2:01.03 for fourth place. Puerto Rico’s Yeziel Morales was fifth, Brazil’s Luiz Pedro Ribeiro Pereira sixth, Colombia’s David Arias Gonzalez seventh and another Canadian, Eric Hedlin, eighth.

The B final went to Swim Ontario’s Evan White. The 18-year-old went 2:03.18 to win by a second and a half.

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It does suck to be injured. It even sucks worse when injuries occur because of the unethical behavior of others. A few years ago, you were on a LSC FIXED hearing panel. The hearing was postponed over and over again because the Review Chair was waiting for a MATURE athlete to be available. The board of review athletes were Kicker Vencill, Peter Marshall, Jessica Hardy and Rebecca Soni. After 10 months of waiting, I was surprised that you were chosen since you were only 21 and not one of the review athletes. It’s a good thing that the House of Delegates voted to get rid of the LSC level hearings. Now that you are older, do you feel bad that… Read more »

That’s funny that you bring that up. The details were a little different than you describe, but a similar thing did happen to me. At the time I felt very much like a pawn in the game. In my rules however, the pawn which makes it to the other side becomes king.

That’s the problem – the panel members should not be “crowned”. The panel members should not benefit at all. So you played the game well and benefited, therefore, no regrets? That’s sad!

While you bask in your glory, there were a couple of athletes squeezed out of the sport. How would you feel if you FINALLY beat Phelps and then admin. changed Phelps time so he would advance and not you? Of course you would file a complaint, but wouldn’t expect to see admin. on the review panel.

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About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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