Andrii Govorov Shatters 50 Fly World Record In 22.27


After stating that he was aiming for it after the prelims, Ukrainian Andrii Govorov unleashed a new world record in the men’s 50 fly at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome, clocking a time of 22.27. He crushes the previous standard, held by Spain’s Rafael Munoz, of 22.43.

That record by Munoz was one of the records that had remained standing from the super-suit era of 2009, when world records fell like bowling pins with the advancement of new technology in racing suits. They were later banned in 2010.

This isn’t a shocking performance, as Govorov was just one tenth off of Munoz’s record a few weeks ago on the Mare Nostrum Tour in 22.53. Prior to that swim, his best was a 22.69 from 2016.

He now owns three swims inside the all-time top-10:

Fastest Performances Ever
1 Andrii Govorov 22.27
2 Rafael Munoz 22.43
3 Rafael Munoz 22.45
4 Rafael Munoz 22.48
5 Rafael Munoz 22.49
6 Nicholas Santos 22.51
7 Andrii Govorov 22.53
8 Milorad Cavic 22.67
9 Rafael Munoz 22.68
10 Andrii Govorov 22.69
10 Milorad Cavic 22.69

Govorov beat reigning world champ Ben Proud head-to-head in the race, and there was speculation that Proud could give him a run after his 21.16 50 free, but he ultimately was 22.93, which does improve his season-best time.

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Philip Johnson
2 years ago

Always a great day to see a suited record go down. It happens rarely on the men’s side so enjoy it.

2 years ago

What a BEAST!!!!

bear drinks beer
2 years ago

Wanna see a video of this swim.

Bon Jovi
Reply to  bear drinks beer
2 years ago

if you actually read the article there is a video

samuel huntington
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2 years ago

at the time he posted the comment, the video was not part of the article

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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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