The highlight of Day 2 at the FINA World Swimming Short Course Championships in Doha was South Africa’s Chad Le Clos breaking the world record while winning gold in the 100m butterfly with an impressive time of 48.44 seconds.
Team Zimbabwe came in with strong improved times in one event, indicating positive hopes for their performances next week at home in the Region 5 AUSC games in Bulawayo. Both Chad Idensohn and Peter Wetzlar swam the 50m freestyle, finishing together 59th and 60th with times of 22.91 and 22.96 seconds respectively, out of a field of 173 swimmers. The race was won by Brazilian Cesar Cielo Filho in an impressive time of 21.00 flat.
Tomorrow is a big day for James Lawson, who will swim in the 200m breaststroke, where he is ranked tenth, his strongest race. With his #10 world championship qualifying time in this event, Lawson will swim in the second heat, with perhaps Team Zimbabwe’s strongest chance of qualifying for a semi-final race in the meet.
Peter Wetzlar also competes tomorrow in the 50m backstroke.