Denys Kesyl Breaks 17-Year-Old Ukrainian Record In 200 Fly Final


18-year-old Denys Kesyl became the first Ukrainian man under the 1:55 threshold in the men’s 200 fly, producing a National Record of 1:54.79 in the World Championship final.

His time takes down the 17-year-old record previously held by Olympic silver medalist Denys Sylantyev, who went 1:55.42 at the 2002 European Championships to win the silver.

Sylantyev placed second to Tom Malchow at the 2000 Games in Sydney, and was also the 1998 World Champion in this event.

Kesyl had qualified third out of the prelims in a personal best time of 1:55.82 and then qualified for the final with the seventh-fastest time (1:55.95) in the semis. He ended up placing fifth in the final.

Coming into the competition, the Kryvyi Rih native held a lifetime best of 1:55.89, set at the Youth Olympic Games last October where he won silver behind Hungarian Kristof Milak.

Milak won tonight’s final with the fastest swim in history, breaking Michael Phelps‘ 2009 world record of 1:51.51 in an incredible 1:50.73.

The bronze medalist from Buenos Aires, Federico Burdisso, also had a strong showing here placing fourth in a Italian Record of 1:54.39. The defending champion Chad Le Clos won bronze in 1:54.15.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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