Taiwan’s Eddie Wang smashed the 200m short course butterfly world junior record at the International Swimming League’s (ISL) 2020 season in Budapest, Hungary on Oct. 17. He finished third with a time of 1:50.79 behind FINA World Swimming Championships gold medalist Tom Shields (1:50.43) and Olympics gold medalist Chad le Clos (1:50.48).
Wang, 18, is a student at National Taiwan Normal University’s Department of Physical Education and also represents the “Cali Condors,” a San Francisco-based swimming club of the ISL. He broke the world junior record set in 2012 by Japan’s Daiya Seto, becoming the first Taiwanese swimmer to set a world junior record in history.
Wang is the national record holder in the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly and the first Taiwanese to compete in the ISL. His coach Huang Chih-yung said that he was surprised by Wang’s impressive 1.59-second improvement, as they were just using the six-week event to prepare for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. Apart from Wang, top Taiwanese swimmer Wang Hsing-hao has also qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.
Photo courtesy of Huang Chih-yung 照片︰黃智勇提供
(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
1. butterfly n. 蝶式、蝴蝶 (die2 shi4, hu2 die2)
2. physical education phr. 體育 (ti3 yu4)
3. condor n. 雕、鷲、兀鷹 (diao1, jiu4, wu4 ying1)
4. improvement n. 進步 (jin4 bu4)
5. qualify v. 合格 (he2 ge2)
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