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

Olympic gold medalist Tom Shields of Huntington Beach won gold and silver medals at the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) Thursday in Windsor, Ontario, increasing his medal count for the meet to four.

Shields swam the opening leg on the gold medal-winning 200 meter mixed medley relay, which won in a meet-record time of one minute, 37.22 seconds.

Shields won a silver medal in the men’s 100 meter butterfly in 49.04 in a race South African Chad Le Close won in a world record time of 48.08, breaking his previous record of 48.44 set in 2014.

Shields was fifth after the opening 50 meters.

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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