On December 5, 2014, Florent Manaudou dispossessed the South African Roland Schoeman of his world record in the 50m freestyle in short course, as part of the Doha Worlds. Just over five years later, this benchmark brand fell last night in Las Vegas, the home of the International Swimming League (ISL) finals. The double world champion in long distance, Caeleb Dressel, decided to do so.
Friday night in Nevada waters, the American swam in 20 ″ 24, two hundredths faster than Florent Manaudou, who finished second in this final in 20 ″ 69, ahead of Australian Kyle Chalmers, third in 20 ″ 74. Barely back to business, he who plunged only last spring, Laure's little brother is already familiar with the best swimmers of the moment. A good omen for its declared objective: the Tokyo Olympics.
To note during this same evening another world record: that of the 400m medley in short course, now held by the Japanese Daiya Seto in 3’54 ″ 81. American Ryan Lochte, credited with this honor since the 2010 Dubai Worlds (3’55 ″ 50), finds himself erased from the shelves.
– International Swimming League (@iswimleague) December 20, 2019