Matt Sates Hits SC 200 IM World Junior Record As 8th Fastest Man In History

Matt Sates Hits SC 200 IM World Junior Record As 8th Fastest Man In History

Swimming in Berlin, Germany at the 2021 FINA World Cup, South Africa’s Matt Sates took out Daiya Seto‘s 1:52.48 world junior record in the 200 IM with an event-winning time of 1:51.45. Sates’ swim was more than a second faster than Seto’s former WJR which he set almost a decade ago in November 2012.

Sates was out almost a second faster than Seto on the first 50 alone and was more than a second ahead of Seto’s pace by the 100m mark. Despite a quicker breaststroke split from Seto, Sates closed with a 26.89 on the freestyle to knock down the mark.

Split Comparison

Matt Sates (2021) Daiya Seto (2012)
Butterfly 23.90 24.88
Backstroke 28.45 (52.35) 28.51 (53.39)
Breaststroke 32.21 (1:24.56) 31.78 (1:25.17)
Freestyle 26.89 (1:51.45) 27.31 (1:52.48)

For further context on Sates’ swim, it would make him the 3rd fastest man in ISL thus far in season 3, trailing only Daiya Seto‘s 1:51.12 and Caeleb Dressel‘s 1:51.14. Additionally, the swim makes him the 9th fastest man in the history of the event.

All-Time Men’s SCM 200 IM Performers

  1. Ryan Lochte – 1:49.63 (2012)
  2. Kosuke Hagino – 1:50.47 (2014)
  3. Daiya Seto – 1:50.76 (2019)
  4. Andreas Vazaios – 1:50.85 (2019)
  5. Shun Wang – 1:51.01 (2018)
  6. Caeleb Dressel – 1:51.14 (2021)
  7. Laszlo Cseh – 1:51.36 (2015)
  8. Matt Sates – 1:51.45 (2021)
  9. Andrew Seliskar – 1:51.53 (2020)
  10. Darian Townsend – 1:51.55 (2009)

This swim from Sates is a massive improvement upon the 1:55.43 he swam just a few weeks ago at the short course South African National Championships. At that meet, Sates claimed a total of 10 individual titles.

Sates has been among those leading the surge of young swimmers rising in the ranks in South Africa and with this swim has broken his first-ever national record. The 1:51.45 world junior record by Sates was 0.10 second faster than Darian Townsend’s 2009 South African record of 1:51.55. Townsend actually set that former record at the Berlin stop of the 2009 FINA World Cup Series; the exact meet at which Sates would eventually lower the mark.

Sates also recently raced at his first Olympic Games for South Africa, swimming both the 100 butterfly and 200 IM in Tokyo. He finished 32nd overall in the 100 butterfly with a 52.34 in the prelims but managed to advance to semi-finals in the 200 IM with a 1:58.08 where before ending up 14th overall in a 1:58.75.

After Sates wraps up his 2021 season, he will be heading to the United States in order to commence his NCAA career at the University of Georgia.


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