Sates powers to gold at World Short Course Champs in Melbourne

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Matt Sates kicked off the World Short Course Championships in spectacular fashion, claiming gold in the 200m individual medley on Tuesday and smashing his own world junior record in Melbourne.

The 19-year-old from Pietermaritzburg turned first after the butterfly leg, dropped back but then regained the lead by the penultimate turn.

Sates powered to the finish in 1:50.15 for the gold, becoming the second fastest short course 200m IM swimmer in history.

"I don't even know what to say... I feel good, I wasn't expecting it so I'm very happy," said Sates.

"It was probably in the freestyle when I turned and looked to the side, and then I just gave it my all."

American Carson Foster took silver in 1:50.96 and Canadian Finlay Knox the bronze in 1:51.04.

Meanwhile, teen Pieter Coetzé finished fifth in the 100m backstroke as he swam a new African record time of 49.85.

Veteran Chad le Clos booked a spot in the final of the 50m butterfly, finishing third in his semi-final in 22.09 to progress to Wednesday's final as the fifth fastest swimmer on the night.

Clayton Jimmie finished 43rd overall in the 50m butterfly heats in 23.41.

Earlier in the day, Rebecca Meder set a new national record in the heats of the 200m individual medley, finishing in 2:07.47 to better the mark of 2:07.54 set by Kathryn Meaklim 13 years ago.

The 20-year-old won her heat but just missed out on a place in the final by 0.22 of a second.

Swimming action continues on Wednesday in Melbourne, with the championships coming to an end on Sunday, 18 December.

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