Eddie Wang breaks another national 200m short course record

11/17/2020 11:33 AM
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Taipei, Nov. 17 (CNA) Taiwanese swimmer Eddie Wang (王冠閎) has broken the national 200m butterfly short course record for the third time while competing in the semifinals of the 2020 International Swimming League (ISL) season in Budapest.

The 18-year-old swimmer, who is representing the San Francisco-based Cali Condors in the ISL competition, finished second in his race Monday in a time of 1 minute 49.89 seconds, behind American Tom Shields of the LA Current (1:49.02).

Wang's two previous national records -- 1:50.79 and 1:50.14 -- were also set in Budapest, on Oct. 17 on the league's opening day and on Nov. 10.

Wang's coach Huang Chih-yung (黃智勇) said the strategy in Monday's race was for Wang to stay close to Shields the entire race, and he praised the young Taiwanese for his accomplishment.

"Being able to compete with these top athletes every week is especially rewarding," he said.

Wang is scheduled to compete in the 200m butterfly finals this weekend.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Ko Lin)

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