Tom Shields. Courtesy USA Swimming
Tom Shields. Courtesy USA Swimming

Olympic gold medalist Tom Shields of Huntington Beach will seek to add to his medal count in the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) Thursday in Windsor, Ontario, when he swims in the final of the men’s 100 meter butterfly.

Shields posted the second-fastest time in Wednesday’s semifinals, 49.46 seconds. Adam Barrett of Britain had the fastest time, 49.21 seconds.

Shields won a silver medal in the men’s 200 meter butterfly and was part of the U.S. team that won a bronze medal in the men’s 400 freestyle relay, finishing in a dead heat with Australia on Tuesday, the opening day of the six- day meet.

The meet is conducted in a 25-meter pool, half the length of the pools used in the Olympics, at the WFCU Centre, usually the home of the Windsor Spitfires junior hockey team.

The 25-year-old Shields is among five co-captains on the 35-member U.S. team and the oldest man on the team.

Shields won a gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics for swimming in the preliminaries in the 400 meter medley relay. He finished seventh in his lone individual event, the 100 meter butterfly.

Shields set the American record in the men’s 100 yard butterfly Friday in the AT&T Winter Nationals in Atlanta.

Shields swims 7,000 meters — 4.3 miles — a day, six days a week during training. He began swimming when he was 8 years old in an effort to be safe in pools.

Shields graduated from Edison High School in Huntington Beach in 2009, the year he was selected as the National High School Swimmer of the Year. Shields swam four years for California, winning six NCAA individual championships and one in a relay.

—City News Service

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