2016 FINA WORLD CUP: CHARTRES-PARIS
- Friday, August 26th – Saturday, August 27th
- L’Odyssée – Chartres, France
- Prelims 3:30am EST/Finals 11:00am
- Short Course Meters (25m) pool
- Event website
- Entry list
- Live Timing
- Live Streaming – FINA Information
After failing to earn a medal at the Olympic Games in Rio, Russian Vladimir Morozov kicked off the World Cup Tour with a bang in Chartres, breaking the world record in the 100 IM with a time of 50.60.
That swim breaks the previous record held by Germany’s Markus Deibler, set back at the 2014 Short Course World Championships at 50.66. Morozov won silver behind Deibler in that race going 50.81. His previous best time stood at 50.77 from the Vladimir Salnikov Cup in Saint Petersburg, less than two weeks after those World Championships.
Here’s a look at a split comparison from Deibler’s world record swim, Morozov’s previous best and his new world record set today:
- Markus Deibler, 2014 SC World Championships: 23.32(27.34) – 50.66
- Vladimir Morozov, 2014 Vladimir Salnikov Cup: 23.06(27.71) – 50.77
- Vladimir Morozov, 2016 Paris/Chartres World Cup: 23.10(27.50) – 50.60
That swim gives Morozov two gold medals on the day 1 of the meet, as he already dominated the field in the 100 freestyle going 45.57, just off his best time of 45.51, also set back at the 2014 Worlds.
Morozov was one of the Russian athletes initially banned from competing in Rio at the Olympics for doping implications, as he was mentioned in the McLaren report for suspected ‘disappearing positive tests’. He was reinstated just as the other athletes were, but didn’t appear on the top of his game in Rio. Now swimming short course, Morozov is clearly back in peak form.
Along with the prize money for winning an event, Morozov also earns an extra 20 points and a $10,000 bonus check for breaking a world record.
Morozov will also swim the 50 free, 50 back and 100 breast tomorrow in Chartres.