SwimmingColeman Stewart Sets 100 Back World Record at ISL Match 2

Coleman Stewart Sets 100 Back World Record at ISL Match 2

Coleman Stewart Sets 100 Backstroke World Record at 48.33 at ISL Match 2

Coleman Stewart wasn’t at the Olympics this summer. He’s out to prove that the next three-year cycle will be different.

A day after downing Matt Grevers’ six-year-old American record, Stewart went one better Sunday in Day 2 of ISL Match 2, trouncing the world record in 48.33 seconds.

The swim downs the world record set last November by Energy Standard’s Kliment Kolesnikov at 48.58. The splits:

  • Kliment Kolesnikov, Nov. 21, 2020: 23.80, 24.78
  • Coleman Stewart, Aug. 29, 2021: 23.45, 24.88

“Amazing, I’m at a loss for words right now,” Stewart said deckside on the ISL broadcast. “It’s unreal. I don’t know what to say. I’m just so happy right now.”

Stewart had gone 48.91 on Saturday to clip one one-hundredth of a second off Grevers’ American record. But Sunday, he trounced that, taking it out at a savage pace of 23.45 and holding on to that speed to best the field. The mustachioed Stewart also took a full jackpot on the field, scoring all 37 points on offers. It’s also the ISL league record.

“I’m just happy I was able to finish it,” Stewart said. “Oh man, I’m tired.”

Stewart was 10th in the men’s 100 backstroke at Olympic Trials in June. He finished eighth in the men’s 100 freestyle, his nearest brush at qualification. He tied for fourth in the 100 butterfly.

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