Swimmer Eddie Wang wins first professional league race

10/28/2020 11:25 AM
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Eddie Wang competes in a race in Taiwan. CNA file photo Aug. 2, 2020
Eddie Wang competes in a race in Taiwan. CNA file photo Aug. 2, 2020

Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) Taiwanese swimmer Eddie Wang (王冠閎) scored his first win in a professional swimming league race in the men's 200m short course butterfly in Budapest on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old swimmer, who is representing San Francisco-based swimming club the Cali Condors in the 2020 International Swimming League (ISL) season, won the race in a time of 1 minute 51.32 seconds.

He finished well ahead of German Ramon Klenz, who was competing for the Budapest-based swimming club Team Iron and swam the distance in 1:53.09, and Michal Poprawa of Poland, who is representing the New York Breakers and came in third at 1:53.10.

Wang's time of 1:51.32 was slightly slower than his performance at the ISL opening meet in mid-October when he completed the race in 1:50.79, which his coach Huang Chih-yung (黃智勇) attributed to a change in technique.

Wang used fewer strokes to complete each lap to better control his speed, said Huang, who was not surprised that the change in approach led to a difference in results.

Earlier Tuesday in a short course 100m butterfly race, Wang's time of 50.80 broke his own national record of 51.81 set during the 2018 FINA Swimming World Cup stop in Singapore.

Short course swimming events are held in pools 25 meters long while the "long course" races seen in the Olympics are in pools 50 meters long.

(By Lung Po-an and Chiang Yi-ching)

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