2016 SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
- December 6th – December 11th, 2016
- Windsor, Ontario, Canada
- WFCU Centre
- SCM (25m)
- Prelims: 9:30 AM EST/Finals: 6:30 PM EST
- Start Lists/Results
- Live Stream ($)
Lithuanian Simonas Bilis won an upset gold medal in the men’s 100 freestyle on the final night of swimming in Windsor, putting up a time of 46.58 to out-touch Japan’s Shinri Shioura by one one-hundredth.
Bilis noted that when ‘Vlad and all the fast guys’, speaking of Vladimir Morozov and Chad Le Clos, didn’t qualify for the semi-finals that he knew it was an opportunity of a lifetime and that he had to take advantage.
As reported by Lauren Neidigh:
MEN’S 100 FREE FINALS
- 2014 World Champion – 45.75: Cesar Cielo, BRA
- World Record – 44.94: Amaury Leveaux, FRA, 2008
- Championship Record – 45.51: Vladimir Morozov, 2014
GOLD: Simonas Bilis (LTU), 46.58
SILVER: Shinri Shioura (JPN), 46.59
BRONZE: Tommaso D’Orsogna (AUS), 46.70
The race for gold in the 100 free was just about as close as as they come, with Lithuania’s Simonas Bilis and Japan’s Shinri Shioura fighting to get a hand on the wall first. In the end, it was Bilis rocketing to the win, touching .01 ahead of Shioura, who set a new Asian Record for 2nd place. Taking 3rd was Australia’s Tommaso D’Orsogna, who pulled ahead of Team USA’s Blake Pieroni on the 2nd 50. Pieroni (46.88) was just off the podium at 4th.