Diogo Ribeiro Becomes First Junior Under 23 With 22.96 50 Fly World Junior Record

by Ben Dornan 7

September 03rd, 2022 Europe, International, News, Records


During the boys 50 butterfly final at the 2022 World Junior Swimming Championships, Portugal’s Diogo Ribeiro established a new world junior record of 22.96. That time makes him the first junior to crack 23 seconds in the event, improving upon Andrei Minakov‘s WJR of 23.05 from back in 2020.

This swim also makes Ribeiro the 11th fastest male swimmer in the world in this event in 2022 behind Szebasztian Szabo who hit a 22.91 at the World Championships in Budapest.

Top Male 50 Butterfly Performers – 2022

  1. Caeleb Dressel (USA) – 22.57
  2. Oleg Kostin (RUS) – 22.72
  3. Nicholas Santos (BRA) – 22.73
  4. Ben Proud (GBR) – 22.76
  5. Michael Andrew (USA) / Thomas Ceccon (ITS) – 22.79
  6. Dylan Carter (TTO) – 22.85
  7. Nyls Korstanje (NED) – 22.88
  8. Maxime Grousset (FRA) – 22.90
  9. Szebasztian Szabo (HUN) – 22.91
  10. Diogo Ribeiro (POR) – 22.96
  11. Tzen Wei Teong (SGP) – 23.03

This time for Ribeiro is also a new Portuguese national record, improving upon his own former mark of 23.07 from the European Championships in August. Ribeiro has won several medals in this event in 2022 including a bronze medal at the European Championships and a gold at the Mediterranean Games.

This is also Ribeiro’s third gold medal of the World Junior Championships, having already won the 50 freestyle (21.92) and 100 butterfly (52.03). If Ribeiro had swum this time at the World Championships in 2022 he would have placed 2nd overall in the final behind Thomas Ceccon‘s 22.86.

Ribeiro started off with a 23.12 meet record in the prelims round at World Juniors to lead the field followed by a 23.94 in semis to place third overall. His new world junior record was enough to get him the gold medal here by half a second as Daniel Gracik followed with a 23.46 for silver and Casper Puggaard a 23.96 for bronze for Denmark.

That time from Gracik was a new Czech record, beating his 23.53 national record from semi-finals by 0.13 seconds.

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1 year ago

That recent photo of the 50 fly podium at Euros in Rome (first Ceccon, second Grousset, third Ribeiro) showes how Diogo Ribeiro, so young, is capable to swim so fast northeless he isn’t very high. Officially Ceccon is 1,96 m, Grousset 1,94m and Ribeiro 1,84m. I think that the height difference between Ceccon and Ribeiro is a bit more than 12 cm. These young amazing talent like Popovici and Ribeiro are successful northeless they haven’t so many muscles.

Reply to  nuotofan
1 year ago

There are pics where Ceccon looks taller than Hunter Armstrong who’s listed at 198cm and almost as tall as Miressi who’s 202cm, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out he’s about 198-199.
In this very pic it’s visibile he has at about 4 cm on Grousset, so Ribeiro being 184 seems legit

Anyway, your point about lean swimmers being on the rise still stands and I’d add Ceccon himself and Masiuk to your list

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1 year ago

Had to look twice at the photo thought it was Thomas Ceccon!

Edited – just realised it’s archived photo – doh!!!

Last edited 1 year ago by Chlorinetherapy
Samuel Huntington
1 year ago

European junior men incredibly impressive this year – Popovici of course, but Ribeiro, Masiuk, and Galossi all swimming lights out.

Memma Eckeon
1 year ago

This kid is out of this world

Reply to  Memma Eckeon
1 year ago

Not yet, but has the potencial for sure.