Brazilian Santos Defied Age To Win Gold As MacNeil And Chinese Tang Break Record

On Monday, Nicholas Santos of Brazil defied age to win the men’s 50m butterfly. Santos, 41, was competing against swimmers more than 10 years younger than him, but nevertheless managed to win the race, only 0.12 seconds shy of the championship record he set three years ago.

“I have my own company. I have to work. I also have a son to take care of, so I’m changing my life now,” Santos said. “But at the same time, the competition still gives me great feelings. I simply love races. I still cannot live without them.”

But earlier on, Canadian Margaret MacNeil was sensation by breaking the world record. She took gold in women’s 50m backstroke in 25.27 seconds, slicing 0.33 seconds off of the previous world record.

China’s Tang Qianting broke the Asian record in the women’s 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:03.47, clinching her first gold medal at the short-course world championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Monday.

Tang, 17, first broke the record in the semifinal round where she also finished first in 1:03:99. 

Tang’s compatriot, Yu Yiting, broke the world junior record in the women’s 200m individual medley in 2:04.48, but had to settle for a silver medal as Canadian Sydney Pickrem took gold with a time of 2:04.29.

By discernsportblog

Former sprinter, Taewondo and Badminton Player. Sport Physiotherapist

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