2021 FINA WORLD CUP – BERLIN
- October 1-3, 2021
- Europasportpark Pool (SSE), Berlin, Germany
- Short course meters (25m)
The first stop of the 2021 FINA World Cup concluded in Berlin, Germany over the weekend, where we were treated by two World Junor Records by the same swimmer.
18-year-old Matt Sates of South Africa swam lights out over the course of the 3-day meet, establishing a new WJR in the 200m IM and 200m free events in the process.
Sates, who is set to join the University of Georgia in the spring, first rocked a lifetime best of 1:51.45 to set a new mark in the 200m IM before stopping the clock in a world-class 1:40.65 to do the same in the 2free.
In that latter race, Sates held his own against the likes of Olympic multi-medalist Kyle Chalmers of Australia, with Chalmers finished runner-up just .02 off of the Aussie record in 1:40.82.
See how the duel unfolded in the race video below, with Sates racing in lane 4 with Chalmers right next doo in lane 5, while Lithuanian dynamo Danas Rapsys was also in the mix in lane 6.
WOW! 🇿🇦 Matt Sates
At his first international experience, 18yr-old Matt Sates was able to set two World Junior Records in the 200m Free and IM in the first meet of the Swimming World Cup 2021!
In the 200m free he touched home in 1:40.65 ahead of Chalmers and Rapsys 👇 pic.twitter.com/3awcfepBVS
— FINA (@fina1908) October 3, 2021