At 42 Years Old, Nicholas Santos Roars to #1 Time in the World with 22.73 50 FL

2022 Brazil Swimming Trophy

At 42 years old, Brazilian superstar Nicholas Santos is as fast as ever, breaking away from a stacked field in the men’s 50 fly final tonight at the 2022 Brazil Swimming Trophy. Santos threw down an eye-popping 22.73 to win the race, easily qualifying for World Champs this summer.

Santos nearly broke his own Brazilian and South American Records, which stand at 22.60, a time which he swam in May of 2019. On top of that, Santos’ time marks the top performance in the world this year by a huge margin. Netherlands’ Thomas Verhoeven held the previous top time in the world this year at 23.22. Here are the top 5 times in the world this season (starting on September 1st, 2021):

Rank Time Swimmer Date
1 22.73 Nicholas Santos (BRA) 4/5/22
2 23.22 Girgori Pekarsky (BEL) 4/5/22
2 23.22 Thomas Verhoeven (NED) 4/3/22
4 23.31 Florent Manaudou (FRA) 3/5/22
5 23.33 Naoki Mizunuma (JPN) 3/2/22

Santos has aged as well as anyone in the sport, becoming the oldest swimmer in history to win a world title this past December when he won the SCM 50 fly as SC World Champs in Abu Dhabi when he was 41. With the 22.73 tonight, it appears Santos may be ready to win an LCM world title this summer. 22.73 was the exact time it took to earn Silver at the last LC World Championships, which took place in 2019. In order to win Gold this year, Santos would have to go through Caeleb Dressel, who has a personal best of 22.35.


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9 months ago

Well funny how you guys think everyone are doping but Americans are not! Give me a break and e a little bit less jealous at the others achievement!

Lil Swimmy
9 months ago

hi old

9 months ago

I’m impressed no matter what’s going on.

But unless they’re using a bio-passport with his blood work he could be on exogenous testosterone and his blood work is showing “normal” from a doping control standpoint but at a level that’s probably not naturally achievable for a 42 year old man.

cynthia curran
Reply to  Riccardo
9 months ago

What Laurie Val in masters swam some best times in her 40’s or 50’s. He is swimming a sprint which is easier to do in your 40’s than a 200.

Eric the eel > Phelps
9 months ago

this bloke gonna retire at 50 years old

Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
9 months ago

He will beat MA son that will be using the GURPS Giga Ultra Race Pace shortage

Last edited 9 months ago by Rafael
Reply to  Rafael
9 months ago

No idea what this comment means but I like it

Reply to  SprintDude9000
9 months ago

GURPS is a table top role playing game system. Generic Universal RolePlaying System. I think you can follow from there. I dig the comment 🙂

Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
9 months ago

I believe he said he will retire after 2022.

9 months ago

I’d like to have what he’s having.

The older I get the faster I was
9 months ago

That’s it, where’s my paper suit!

9 months ago

Can we have live recaps of the meet?

Bobo Gigi
9 months ago

MP will be 43 when he’ll come back for LA 2028.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
9 months ago

But he’ll be clean

Reply to  Mr Piano
9 months ago

Drug tested doesn’t mean drug free

Mike Skinner
Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
9 months ago

So what exactly do you class as drug free !