David Cumberlidge Becomes 4th British Man Under 22 in 50 Free


After no one could quite break 22 in heats or semifinals at the World University Games, 22-year-old British sprinter David Cumberlidge snuck under the barrier in finals, becoming just the 4th man in British swimming history to do so.

Cumberlidge won gold in 21.97, besting the field by almost three tenths. Cumberlidge had been 22.00 at last summer’s Commonwealth Games, which ranked him 4th all-time in British history. He maintains that rank, but is now .01 seconds back of third-place. Here’s a look at the top 50 freestylers in British swimming history:

Top 50 Freestlyers – British Swimming History

  1. Ben Proud: 21.11 (2018 European Championships)
  2. Adam Brown: 21.92 (2013 British Championships)
  3. Mark Foster: 21.96 (2008 Zlatni Medvjed)
  4. David Cumberlidge: 21.97 (2019 World University Games)
  5. Thomas Fannon: 22.09 (2018 Commonwealth Games)

Cumberlidge continues to improve his chances of joining European champ Ben Proud on the British Olympic roster next summer. He missed out on the British World Championships roster this season, but was on the Commonwealth Games roster last summer.

Cumberlidge will turn 23 next week, per his birthday listed in World University Games results.

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Swammer from Wakanda
3 years ago

Wow Ben Proud is nearly a second ahead of the 2nd fastest Brit ever. Talk about dominance.

Reply to  Swammer from Wakanda
3 years ago

Sprint free & fly are historically the weaknesses. I think Halsall at 25.2 is the only British woman under 26 for 50 fly.

Reply to  Dee
3 years ago

Indeed, amazing that we see 21.97 as a good time- would not have won European Juniors.

Reply to  ScoSwimmer
3 years ago

What was the final spread at Euro juniors? Major detractors in the 50 free at big meets is how late it is in the meet weekend and the level of competition around. Waves matter in finals. Bigger guys = bigger waves and typically slightly slower times in finals.

Reply to  SwiMark
3 years ago

50 free was the last individual event at european juniors on Sunday (meet started on Wednesday).
Winning time was 21.83 (lane 4), 2nd was 22.10 (lane 3) and 3rd was 22.37 (lane 5).
Here is the race video:

3 years ago

His teammates must B. Proud.

3 years ago

That’s pretty impressive from Mark Foster to be sub 22 at 38

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