Wilson Downs Longstanding Sprenger 100 Breast Aussie Record


The records keep falling at these 2020 Swimming Australia Virtual Championships, with Matt Wilson joining the party with a new mark in the men’s 100m breaststroke.

Firing off a time of 56.89 from Brisbane, the 21-year-old produced the only sub-57 time of the field en route to taking the national title. Entering these virtual championships, which are taking place at 5 separate locations with final results combined, Wilson’s lifetime best rested at the 57.24 he produced at the Singapore stop of the 2018 FINA World Cup.

As such, Wilson’s effort here makes the first time the once-LCM 200m breaststroke World Record has ever been under the 57-second threshold in this short course event.

Wilson’s time overtakes the previous Aussie national record of 57.14 that now-retired Olympian Christian Sprenger logged way back in 2013. Wilson’s splits have been made available since the original time of publishing.

Putting Wilson’s 56.89 in perspective in the all-time frame, the Aussie now sits just outside the top 25 male 100m breaststrokers ever worldwide.

Also of note is the fact that Sam Williamson of Firbank was also under Sprenger’s old record. Wilson raced his swim in Brisbane while Williamson was at Melbourne.

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1 month ago

Victorian swimmer Samuel Williamson swam a 57:00 the night before at the Victorian session of the virtual event but holding the record for just 24 hours before the great swim from Wilson

Neptunian Merman
1 month ago

why does he like look twice his age

Corn Pop
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1 month ago

Because he comes f from an ancient land of Blue Mountains. He carries the wisdom of the ages .

Reply to  Corn Pop
1 month ago

Some say he was handcrafted out of Jenolan cave limestone 300 years ago. He once ran down the Black Panther just to give it scritches behind the ear and release it back to the wild

Reply to  Neptunian Merman
1 month ago

I heard it is because he is the love child of one of the three sisters

Last edited 1 month ago by Wilsonfan1
Neptunian Merman
Reply to  Neptunian Merman
1 month ago

Of course, I should have known

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