BOWEN Gough is now the fastest 200m Butterfly Short Course swimmer in Victorian history after breaking Olympic gold medallist Michael Klim’s 17-year-old Victorian Open record on the weekend.
Gough was competing at the Australian Short Course Championships held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre October 25-27 against the best swimmers in Australia.
In an exciting final with the huge home Melbourne crowd in full support, Bowen swam courageously from the start coming home with the Silver medal behind Nic Brown from Perth.
Bowen’s phenomenal time of 1.53.47 smashed the previous record by over 2 seconds which had been held by Olympian Michael Klim, set in 2001 at 1.55.96.
His extraordinary swim also places him in the top 10 Australian all-time list as the seventh fastest swimmer in the history of Australian swimming in the 200m Butterfly.
Bowen’s record breaking time also has him currently ranked sixth fastest in the world this year which is an amazing achievement for the young swimmer.
His efforts at the Australian Championships also saw him finish fifth in the 100m Butterfly in a huge personal best time of 51.53 and he won a bronze medal in the Men’s 4 x 100m freestyle with Nunawading team mates Andrew Rice, Matt Temple and Caiden Gill.
Bowen, now 20 years of age, attended Inverloch Primary and Newhaven College beginning his swimming journey with the local South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club, which on the weekend had the honour of being named Australian Swimming Club of the year.
He was coached as a junior by current SGB coach Dylan Muir and past coach Frances Toohey.
Bowen was also extremely fortunate to have the technical coaching expertise of local legendary coach Ivan Moore who was well known for his knowledge of stroke mechanics particularly Butterfly when he trained with the South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club for six years.
Bowen is currently a member of the Nunawading Swimming Club High Performance Squad coached by Scott Talbot who is the son of former Australian head coach Don Talbot.
He is looking forward to travelling to Tokyo and Singapore next week to compete in the FINA Swimming World Cup with the Australian Youth Squad.
Bowen breaks Klim’s Victorian record