Christian Diener Takes Down Super-Suited German 50 Back Record


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Just over an hour after winning the men’s 200 backstroke, London Roar swimmer Christian Diener went out and erased an 11-year-old German Record en route to winning the 50 back at the ISL’s second match in Budapest.

Diener, 27, touched in a time of 22.76, knocking off the previous record of 22.85 set by Thomas Rupprath in December of 2009. The swim marks the second time Diener has cracked 23 seconds, also doing so at the 2019 European Championships during the men’s 200 medley relay prelims (22.95).

The native of Cottbus, Germany also handed London Roar teammate Guilherme Guido the first 50 back loss of his ISL career. Guido went 4-for-4 last season, with his fastest showing come in at 22.55.

Guido placed second in this race, clocking 22.90, as the Roar walked away with 26 of the race’s 37 points due to Diener snagging points from finishers 5-8 because of the new jackpot rules.

Earlier on, Diener claimed the men’s 200 back in a time of 1:49.51, less than four-tenths off his national record set in 2014 (1:49.14).

Diener moves into a tie for 10th all-time in the event with Ireland’s Shane Ryan.

All-Time Performers, Men’s 50m Backstroke (SCM)

Rank Swimmer Time Year
1 Florent Manaudou (FRA) 22.22 2014
2 Guilherme Guido (BRA) 22.55 2019
3 Evgeny Rylov (RUS) 22.58 2018
4 Peter Marshall (USA) 22.61 2009
5 Ryan Murphy (USA) 22.63 2018
6 Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) 22.64 2019
7 Xu Jiayu (CHN) 22.70 2018
T-8 Stanislav Donets (RUS) 22.74 2010
T-8 Junya Koga (JPN) 22.74 2016
T-10 Shane Ryan (IRL) 22.76 2018
T-10 Christian Diener (GER) 22.76 2020

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2 years ago

Diener looks great. Looking forward to the 100 back tomorrow

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

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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