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Blake Pieroni wins 200 Free World title

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Chesterton High grad and Olympic Gold Medalist Blake Pieroni has added to his collection again.

On day two of the short course World Championship in Hangzhou, China, swimming in Lane 8, Pieroni led from start to finish and held off a late charge from Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys in the 200-meter Freestyle.

Pieroni touched the wall in a winning time of 1:41.49.

Pieroni, an IU grad, became the first Hoosier to be an individual champion in a worlds or Olympics since Jim Montgomery did it in the 100-meter Freestyle at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

“It was a great race, probably not a perfectly split race, but I felt a lot better than this morning,” Pieroni told USA Swimming about qualifying eighth for the Finals in the prelims. “This morning was kind of a struggle, and I definitely wanted to go out a bit faster tonight. Not necessarily two seconds faster at the 100, but regardless of the time of how it was split, I’m happy with the win.”

Pieroni was also a part of Tuesday’s 400 Freestyle Relay with teammates Caeleb Dressel, Michael Chadwick and Ryan Held that won gold and set the world record (3:03.03).

Pieroni was awarded $10,000 for the individual gold and will share a $15,000 bonus with his teammates for the Relay win.

He has multiple victories on the recent World Cup circuit, including a 200 Freestyle win Nov. 17 in Singapore, where his time of 1:41.15 barely missed the American record of 1:41.08 set by Ryan Lochte in 2010.


Posted 12/13/2018




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