Andrei Minakov Becomes First Russian Sub-51 In 100 Fly

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

17-year-old Andrei Minakov joined the elusive 50-point club in the men’s 100 fly semi-finals at the World Championships, clocking a time of 50.94 to set a new Russian Record.

The time breaks his previous mark of 51.12 set at the Youth Olympic Games last October where he won the gold medal. Prior to that, the record belonged to Egor Kuimov, who went 51.16 at the 2017 World Junior Championships.

SPLIT COMPARISON

Kuimov, 2017 World Juniors Minakov, 2018 YOGs Minakov, 2019 Worlds
24.07 24.22 23.58
27.09 26.90 27.36
51.16 51.12 50.94

Minakov qualified second for the final, trailing Caeleb Dressel who set a new world record by over three-tenths of a second in 49.50.

Already a medalist here in Gwangju with a silver in the men’s 400 freestyle relay, Minakov becomes the 18th swimmer in history to break 51, and the 11th to do it outside of 2009.

ALL-TIME PERFORMERS, MEN’S 100 FLY

  1. Caeleb Dressel (USA), 49.50 – 2019
  2. Michael Phelps (USA), 49.82 – 2009
  3. Milorad Cavic (SRB), 49.95 – 2009
  4. Joseph Schooling (SGP), 50.39 – 2016
  5. Ian Crocker (USA), 50.40 – 2005
  6. Rafael Munoz (ESP), 50.41 – 2009
  7. Chad Le Clos (RSA), 50.56 – 2015
  8. Kristof Milak (HUN), 50.62 – 2017
  9. Piero Codia (ITA), 50.64 – 2018
  10. Albert Subirats (VEN), 50.65 – 2009
  11. James Guy (GBR), 50.67 – 2017
  12. Jason Dunford (KEN), 50.78 – 2009
  13. Andrew Lauterstein (AUS) / Mehdy Metella (FRA), 50.85 – 2009/2019
  14. Laszlo Cseh (HUN), 50.86 – 2016
  15. Tyler McGill (USA), 50.90 – 2009
  16. Andrei Minakov (RUS), 50.94 – 2019
  17. Li Zhuhao (CHN), 50.96 – 2017

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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