Emre Sakci Breaks SCM 50 Breast World Record, First Person Under 25 Seconds

by Emma Edmund 114

December 27th, 2021 Europe, International, News, Records

Emre Sakci broke the SCM 50 breaststroke World Record on Monday with a time of 24.95. He is the first person to swim under 25 seconds in the event.

Sakci broke Cameron van der Burgh’s record from 2009, which stood at 25.25. He swam the race at Turkey’s National Championships, just a week after getting disqualified from the event during the semifinals at Short Course Worlds. The fastest time at that meet was Nic Fink’s 25.53, but Sakci had posted the top time prior to his disqualification. 

Sakci’s disqualification was a result of the meet’s use of underwater cameras, which can pinpoint infractions. The exact reason for his disqualification was not revealed, but FINA Technical Swim Committee Chair Carol Zaleski told SwimSwam that the bulk of breaststroke disqualifications stemmed from swimmers using a downward dolphin kick at the turn or finish of the race.

At the Turkish National Championships, Sakci split the event at 11.23/13.72. He beat second-place Berkay Oemer Oegretir by almost two seconds–Oegretir’s time was 26.75. Sakci’s newest time is also a European Record and a Meet Record.

Sakci also broke his own Turkish Record, which he set in 2020 at 25.29. Sakci set the record as part of the second season of the International Swimming League, where he was Team Iron’s MVP. During that same season, he also set the 100 breast SCM Turkish Record at 55.74. This season, Sakci only competed in a couple of matches.

Earlier this year, Sakci hinted at what he was capable of when he swam a 25.02 50 breaststroke during his leg of the 4x50m medley relay of the LEN European Short Course Championships. He’s been consistently fast in the event, and still holds the Turkish 17-18 age group record in the 50 breaststroke.

You can watch Sakci’s race here:

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Dee
19 days ago

Congratulations, setting a WR must be an unbelievable buzz.

Last edited 19 days ago by Dee
Dee
Reply to  Dee
19 days ago

Well, I take this back 🙃

Stewart 100 back gold in Fukuoka
19 days ago

Why are they political?

Swimmerfromjapananduk
Reply to  Stewart 100 back gold in Fukuoka
19 days ago

People don’t like breaststroke swimmers that’s fast essentially. I don’t really care tbh, just boring to see peaty dominate every time he swims

Last edited 19 days ago by Swimmerfromjapananduk
Dee
19 days ago

It’s always political when you’re caught eh 🙄

lol
19 days ago

someone get the underwater footage

HJones
Reply to  lol
19 days ago

Probably looks something like this:

https://youtu.be/mjx_73qfi34?t=500

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  HJones
19 days ago

Ha. That’s funny. We need to abolish breastroke as its a joke now.

CRD
19 days ago

What a joke 😂
His illegal swim at worlds was a 25.5, no way he swims 5 tenths faster without those butterfly kicks.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  CRD
19 days ago

It was a semifinal swim. Not a final. You don’t think people drop from semifinal to final? Ask Nic Fink.

25Backstroke
Reply to  CRD
16 days ago

Mald harder please, there’s at least 3 1080p HD videos of his swim from different angles on YouTube and none show any prominent extra dolphin kicks

Big Mac #1
19 days ago

A bit out of the blue but a new wr is always fun

daeleb cressel
19 days ago

Sussy but still cracked

HJones
19 days ago

This is a very, very suspicious “record” for many reasons.

HJones
Reply to  HJones
19 days ago

Oh really? If this WR is so legit, then why couldn’t he have done it a week prior at SC Worlds, where he would collect a $65,000 payday ($15,000 to win, $50,000 for the WR)? That’s right, he couldn’t get close to the mark at Worlds without cheating and got caught. Sakci likely knew Turkish officials would turn a blind eye at this meet so he’d have the liberty to do whatever he wanted off the start/wall or into the finish. It makes zero sense otherwise as to why he did it at this meet rather than on the biggest stage in the world.

PFA
Reply to  HJones
19 days ago

It Should be marked on swimcloud as ‘suspicious time’

HJones
Reply to  PFA
19 days ago

Like Caeleb Dressel’s 17.63?

https://www.swimcloud.com/results/104736/event/5/

Seeing this makes me “lol” every time. I guess according to the algorithm of SwimCloud, this is the most absurd swim in history.

oxyswim
Reply to  HJones
19 days ago

I didn’t realize that they don’t even list that as his best time. How dumb.

Swimfan
Reply to  PFA
19 days ago

Speaking of suspicious times : Do you know why is Dressel’s 17.6 marked as a suspicious time on swimcloud ?

Swim nerd
Reply to  Swimfan
19 days ago

Cause it so far above and beyond what any other NCAA swimmer has ever swam

swimgeek
Reply to  Swimfan
19 days ago

He added dolphin kicks off his start and his turn. Very suspect. 🙂

IM FAN
Reply to  Swimfan
19 days ago

Good question. I just went back to watch it and he wasneven close to a 15m violation on either underwater so… I guess someone thought it would be funny to flag it since just shout everyone else isn’t even within a second of it?

anonymous
Reply to  IM FAN
19 days ago

I don’t see a 15 m marker.

TX Swim
Reply to  anonymous
17 days ago

There is no 15 meter mark in Breastroke.