17-Yr-Old Isaac Cooper (AUS) Now Ranks 4th In The World In 50 Back

2021 SYDNEY OPEN

Topping the men’s 50m backstroke podium this morning at the 2021 Sydney Open, 17-year-old Isaac Cooper rocked the fastest time of his career in 24.69. That not only edged out visiting New Zealander Andrew Jeffcoat, who touched in 25.05, but the outing overtook Cooper’s previous personal best of 25.27 from just last December.

Cooper, at just 17, has now become Australia’s 3rd fastest 50m backstroke of all-time, sitting only behind national record holder Ben Treffers and Mitch Larkin, who own the top times of 24.54 and 24.62, respectively. Prior to this morning’s swim, Cooper’s 25.27 ranked him as Australia’s 11th fastest performer today.

However, with Cooper’s 24.69 outing this morning, the teen now becomes just the 8th Aussie ever to dip under the 25-second barrier in the event.

The Queenslander now ranks 4th in the world with his big-time swim, with additional events on the schedule for this meet that runs through Sunday.

2020-2021 LCM Men 50 Back

2Grigory
Tarasevich
RUS24.6604/03
3Mitch
Larkin
AUS24.6704/15
4Mark
Nikolaev
RUS24.8004/03
4Mewen
Tomac
FRA24.8012/13
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Mr Piano
30 days ago

Holy sh**, why is everyone going so fast today? Especially a freaking 17 year old

its ya buoy
30 days ago

Fairly sure he went 24.9 at Nationals in April

Troyy
Reply to  its ya buoy
30 days ago

Yup.

PFA
30 days ago

Is this a new Aussie age group record?

Bruh
Reply to  PFA
30 days ago

Not sure but I would expect so if they kept track of it. The doc I found for Australian swimming had no 50 bk

Troyy
Reply to  Bruh
30 days ago

It’s included in the age rankings which should’ve already had him at #1 with his 24.92 but isn’t up to date.

https://www.swimming.org.au/sites/default/files/assets/documents/Boys%20All%20Time%20Top%2010_0.pdf

John
Reply to  PFA
30 days ago

Anyone know if FiNA does stroke 50’s for the WJR’s?

John
Reply to  John
29 days ago

Thanks for confirming that. Wasn’t sure if it was held by someone or still that silly « calculated WJR »

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