Bukhov Boasts 21.91 50 Free, Linnyk Erases 2008 Record At Ukrainian Championships


  • May 5th – May 8th
  • Kupava Pool, Brovary, Ukraine
  • LCM (50m)
  • Results

Despite the war with Russia now spanning over 800 days, the 2024 Ukrainian Swimming Championships took place in Brovary over this past week.

Reigning world champion Vlayslav Bukhov was among the competitors, with the 22-year-old capturing a trio of medals with Paris 2024 in his sights.

Bukhov topped the men’s 50m free podium in a time of 21.91, earning a healthy advantage over the next-closest swimmer, Illya Linnyk who touched in 22.47 for silver.

This is the event in which Bukhov grabbed gold at this year’s World Championships, hitting a time of 21.44 to deny Aussie Cameron McEvoy a repeat world title. His semi-final swim of 21.38 there in Doha established a new national record.

Bukhov also raced in the men’s 50m fly at this competition, producing a result of 23.19 to win the race by nearly a second. That outing fell just .05 off his lifetime best of 23.14 notched at the 2020 Luxembourg Euro Meet.

The 100m freestyle also had Bukhov among its field, although it was Linnyk who got to the wall first as the gold medalist. Linnyk hit 49.46 for a new lifetime best while Bukhov settled for silver in 49.78.

Linnyk also wreaked havoc in the 200m free, turning in a time of 1:48.13 for a big new personal best. That erased his previous career-quickest 1:48.63 registered at this year’s Eindhoven Qualification Meet.

However, it also overtook the longstanding Ukrainian national record of 1:48.18 Serhii Advena put on the books over 15 years ago at the 2008 Olympic Games.

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2 months ago

Buhov’s prelim 21.66, final 21.91 at this meet.

Last edited 2 months ago by Alexander
2 months ago

Is it just me or does 21.9 50m and “only” 49 mid 100m seem disproportionate pacing? This 50 speed indicates a much quicker 100 time potential, must be the training style that is so different to other parts of the world 🤷.

Reply to  SHRKB8
2 months ago

I haven’t seen the race video nor do I remember the WC race but I imagine it’s probably a technical thing. Maybe straight arm in the 50 and more standard recovery in the 100, or maybe he follows the MA school of breathing

This Guy
Reply to  SHRKB8
2 months ago

The fact that he has the slowest first 15 meters of anyone shows that his pure swimming speed is incredible. I would wager it may be a strength issue, being able to power all that water for that much longer. His development will be interesting to watch

Former Big10
Reply to  SHRKB8
2 months ago

may i introduce you to Ben Proud…

Reply to  SHRKB8
2 months ago

The fact that his training time is limited and interrupted by air raid sirens might have something to do with it.

2 months ago

Pretty surprised the NR was only at 1:48.1, since I can name a good amount of world-class Ukrainian swimmers off the top of my head (Bukhov, Govorov, Romanchuk, Zheltyakov, etc.)

2 months ago

most mickey mouse LCM world champion in recent history (other than Hugo gonzalez going 1:55 and winning 2 back)

Former Big10
Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

did you even qualify for a senior national meet?

Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

Paul Biedermann in 2009 was as Mickey Mouse as you can get

Also he isn’t a Mickey Mouse world champion when he’s going against the literal choke god of the century Chokevoy

Reply to  RealCrocker5040
2 months ago

Calling McEvoy a choker when he is a literal World Champion is hilarious. He said he was trying a few new things in Doha. Better there than in Paris. McEvoy’s time in 2023 was only 0.01 slower than Dressel’s PB. Is Dressel a choker too?

Just Keep Swimming
Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

His time in Doha would have got silver in Fukuoka. Out of all the pedestrian times that won gold in Doha this isn’t one of them.

For contrast, Claire Curzan’s “backstroke sweep” would have been 7th, 4th and 3rd in Fukuoka.

Reply to  Just Keep Swimming
2 months ago

Curzan’s backstroke times would have even lost to Mollie O’Callaghan (if she had gone with Boxall and the other SPW swimmers) and she doesn’t even train backstroke and just does it for fun

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