Michael Andrew has been under World Record pace for three-fourths of the 200 IM twice now at the 2021 U.S.Olympic Trials Wave II. But his closing speed on the freestyle left him 1.26 seconds off the record in the semifinals Thursday night.
He took out the race in 23.9. It is rare to break 24.0 on the butterfly leg; Ryan Lochte‘s World Record swim at the 2011 World Championships started off with a 24.89. Andrew also beat Lochte’s breaststroke split by .82. Their backstroke splits are not too far off, with Lochte ahead by.60.
The biggest difference between their race splits? Lochte closed the race in under 28 seconds, at 27.49. Andrew finished in 29.96.
Michael Andrew 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Splits Comparison
|MICHAEL ANDREW – 2021 US OLYMPIC TRIALS SEMI-FINALS||MICHAEL ANDREW – 2021 US OLYMPIC TRIALS PRELIMS||RYAN LOCHTE – 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (CURRENT WR)|
Watch Lochte’s World Record-setting approach here:
Ryan Lochte – 2011 World Championships
The most memorable case where someone went out ahead of the World Record pace but missed it in recent history was the men’s 200 IM final at the 2016 Olympic Games. Brazil’s Thiago Pereira was first at the 50-meter mark, ahead of gold medalist Michael Phelps. He remained in medal contention and below Lochte’s World Record pace through the 100-meter mark.
Pereira was still challenging World Record pace until he fell off on the breaststroke and freestyle. He split a 30.65 on the 50 freestyle compared to the World Record split of 27.49. You can watch the race video here.
Thiago Periera 2016 Olympics Splits Comparison
|Thiago Pereira (2016 Olympics Final)||Michael Phelps (2016 Olympics Final Champion)||Ryan Lochte– 2011 World Championships (current WR)|
Andrew, unlike Pereira, had a solid breaststroke split that was .8 faster than Lochte’s World Record pace. Andrew will race the event in the finals tonight, which start at 8 pm U.S. Central Time.