2019 PAN AMERICAN GAMES
- Villa Deportiva Nacional – Videna, Lima, Peru
- Tuesday, August 6th – Saturday, August 10th (pool swimming)
- Prelims 11 AM / Finals 8:30 PM (local time/US Central Time)
- Official Website
- Entry List
- Live Results
Will Licon followed up Annie Lazor‘s Pan Am Record in the women’s 200 breast with one of his own in the men’s event, producing a time of 2:07.62 to annihilate the previous record of 2:09.82 and earn himself a new personal best.
The old mark belonged to Brazilian Thiago Simon from the 2015 Games in Toronto, and Licon’s previous best was the 2:08.14 he went at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.
His splits compared to that swim three years ago were near-identical through the 150, with the biggest difference coming on the last length where he was four-tenths quicker.
|Licon, 2016 Olympic Trials||Licon, 2019 Pan Am Games|
|1:01.45 (32.21)||1:01.43 (32.29)|
|1:34.35 (32.90)||1;34.23 (32.80)|
|2:08.14 (33.79)||2:07.62 (33.39)|
This performance moves him into seventh in the world this year, and also bumps him up from fifth to fourth all-time amongst Americans. He is now the 19th fastest swimmer in history.
Runner-up Nic Fink also set a new personal best time in 2:08.16, moving him up one spot to seventh all-time in the United States.
ALL-TIME U.S. PERFORMERS, MEN’S 200 BREAST
- Josh Prenot, 2:07.17 – 2016 Olympic Trials
- Kevin Cordes, 2:07.41 – 2017 World Trials
- Eric Shanteau, 2:07.42 – 2009 World Championships
- Will Licon, 2:07.62 – 2019 Pan Am Games
- Andrew Wilson, 2:07.77 – 2019 FINA World Cup – Tokyo
- Nic Fink, 2:08.16 – 2019 Pan Am Games
Licon is competing in Lima just days after receiving a warning from USADA on August 1st. The punishment was given after he declared the use of an inhaler called Breo Ellipta, which contains the prohibited substance vilanterol trifenatate, without a proper Therapeutic Use Exemption. He never tested positive for the substance.