Andrii Govorov Swims 22.7 to Lead 50 Fly Semis in Monaco


The semi-finals of the 50m shootout races started to heat up on Sunday morning in Monaco, as 8 fields of 4 were whittle to 8 fields of 2: one for each gender for each stroke over 50 meters.

Andriy Govorov was a bit slower in the 50 fly semi-finals than he was in the quarterfinals on Saturday. After a 22.69, that tied his own best and Ukrainian Record, he went 22.77 in the semis. That’s still good enough for easily the top seed, and he’ll have a head-to-head battle against American teenager Michael Andrew in the final. Andrew swam 23.36 in the semi-finals, which was also a touch slower than he was in the earlier round.

In the women’s 50 fly, Rikako Ikee swam a 25.96 to qualify first into that final. That’s her best time of the four rounds so far in Monaco, and is beginning to approach the Asian Record of 25.11 that she swam last week in Canet.

American Ryan Held led the semi-finals of the 50 back, finishing in 25.32, which just out-touched Russia’s Nikita Ulyanov (25.39) and Australian Ben Treffers (25.41).

Aside from the shootouts, with a top 2 spot required to advance to finals ratcheting-up the pressure, prelims were again on cruise control on Sunday morning, just like they were on Friday. That didn’t dampen the speed on Saturday evening, where several world-top-5 times were set, so we’ll expect the same on  Sunday.

Other Day 2 Prelims Highlights:

  • Svetlana Chimrova followed up her Russian Record in the 200 fly in Barcelona with a top qualifying 2:12.16 in prelims on Saturday Britain teenager Laura Stephens qualified 2nd in 2:12.39.
  • Denmark’s Mie Nielsen won the  men’s 100 back in 1:00.53, topping American Kathleen Baker (1:00.59), who currently ranks 3rd in the world this year. Katinka Hosszu is seeded 3rd in 1:00.70. American Missy Franklin scratched that race.
  • Yasuhiro Koseki qualified 1st in the men’s 100 breast in 1:00.24. Anton Chupkov (1:01.23), Ippei Watanabe (1:01.65), and Michael Andrew (1:01.90) are all lurking lower in the A-Final.
  • France’s Charlotte Bonnet lead prelims of the 100 free in 54.82, followed by Dutch swimmer Kim Bush (54.87). Ikee is the 3rd qualifier in 55.46, while Franklin scratched again (she didn’t race on Sunday morning).

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Govorov 22,53 on finals textile wr


Wow. Monster

bear drinks beer

Just notice your name is the same with the 50fly WR holder’s.😂

bobo gigi

For MA fans, he finished second in 23.16.


PR by 0.06


After proof of systemic doping by the Russian government, I think all Russians who post great times should be tested. I would love to celebrate fast swim times, but actions have consequences and I am skeptical of Russians now.


I think hes Ukrainian.

Sum Ting Wong

Poroshenko on reading this . FGS we have a real civil war with deaths & destruction & lose 1/3 of our gdp to try & convince ppl we are the best & they are sc*m . Then I see Scribble writing this ! ‘


Also koseki 58,78 fratus 21,62 now fratus has 60 sub-22!

bobo gigi

I believe that Powell has by far the most sub 10 runs in the 100m. But who cares if you don’t win the gold medals?


Asafa Powell is a drug cheat.


Fratus has to be the unluckiest 50 freestyles ever had Cielo Manadou now dressel had a bad 2016


Still the 2nd best 50 free swimmer, not a small feat.


Wow so many fast times koseki koseki 58.78 fratus 21.62 blume 24.05 fesikova 27.33

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