Teenager Matt Sates claims 9th gold of FINA Swimming World Cup

The South African prodigy's 200m free victory over Kyle Chalmers and Kristof Milak at the Budapest stop gives him a ninth World Cup title, on a record-breaking day for Tom Shields and Emma McKeon too.

By Ken Browne
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Matt Sates added to his growing list of accolades with a ninth FINA swimming World Cup title in two weeks, on Saturday 9 October.

On night two of the stop in Budapest, the 18-year-old South African clocked 4:04.21 to win the men's 400m medley by a whopping five seconds.

Two hours later, Sates was back in the water, outpacing Australia's Kyle Chalmers in a thrilling men's 200m freestyle finale to win by 0.09s.

Sates clocked 1:41.51 to Chalmers' 1:41.60, and now sits atop the FINA World Cup 2021 men's individual rankings on 115.7 points, just ahead of USA's Tom Shields on 114.3.

Shields also had a memorable day in the Hungarian capital as he lowered Caeleb Dressel's 50m butterfly American record clocking 21.99, touching home just ahead of Hungary's Szebasztian Szabo on 22.24 and Vladimir Morozov who went 22.52.

If you want to get an idea of just how fast this race was then just look at who could only come fourth: 200m fly Olympic champ and world record holder Kristof Milak.

McKeon continues winning form

Emma McKeon never seems to tire of winning, and the five-time Olympic champ added another World title to her collection with a win in the women's 100m freestyle on Saturday.

It's a 13th World Cup title for the Australian, who was the most decorated female swimmer at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She swam the 100m free in 50.58 in Budapest to equal the World Cup record.

It's been a great meet for McKeown who stands top of both the meet rankings and the overall standings with 114.1 points, 4.1 ahead of second-placed Kira Toussaint from the Netherlands.