Morozov Takes Debut World Crown
Dec 16, 2012 - Craig Lord
Istanbul, World Short-Course Championships, Day 5 finals:
Men's 100m freestyle
Vladimir Morozov (RUS) was out in 21.48 and back in 24.17 for a 45.65 victory over Tommaso D'Orsogna (AUS), on 46.80, 0.01sec ahead of Evgeny Lagunov (RUS), Luca Dotto (ITA) locked out of the medals by 0.03sec. Morozov had set a world textile mark of 45.52 - a championship record - leading Russia in the 4x100m relay on day 1 of the meet.
Morozov said: "Before the race, I thought I had to break the world record to win a gold medal here. That was not really possible for me today. I already broke my personal best time, and it is already improved by 1.7 seconds since last year. I tried to begin very fast, but I think it was a bit too fast, so I was not able to speed up in the last metres."
Dubai 2011 compared:
History in the making:
Most world titles in this event: 2 - Fernando Scherer (BRA) 93, 95; Lars Frolander (SWE) 99, 00
All-time textile rankings top 5: