Kornfeld Blows Away the Competition in the Breaststroke
Aug. 9, 2009
LEEDS, England-- Stanford's Paul Kornfeld dominated the 200 breaststroke at the English Shortcourse Grand Prix on Sunday, winning his third gold medal of the event by blowing away his personal-best by nearly seven seconds.
Kornfeld, who already took home first place trophies in the 50 and 100-yard events, set his personal-best in the Finals with a time of 2:03.26, two seconds ahead of Henrique Barbosa (2:05.79) for his final trophy of the four-day event. He entered the Finals with a preliminary-best of 2:05.85, breaking his previous-low of 2:10.10 coming into the week.
It has been a spectacular summer for the four-time All-American in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke, has he won three medals at the Canadian World Championship Trials last month in Montreal, and just over a week ago competed in the World Aquatic Championships in Rome. In all three breaststrokes in England, he set a personal-best.
In other Finals action at the Grand Prix, Stanford's Michael Zoldos finished eighth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:47.32, a personal-best.