European National Records Fall in Men’s 100 Back Semis



  • World Record: 51.85, Ryan Murphy (USA) – 2016 Olympics
  • Championship Record: 52.17, Jiayu Xu (CHN) – 2019 World Championships
  • 2021 Olympic Champion: Evgeny Rylov (ROC), 51.98
  • 2019 World Champion: Jiayu Xu (CHN), 52.43

Top 8:

  1. Apostolos Christou (GRE) – 52.09
  2. Thomas Ceccon (ITA) – 52.12
  3. Hunter Armstrong (USA) – 52.37
  4. Ksawery Masiuk (POL) – 52.58
  5. Yohan Ndoye-Brouard (FRA) – 52.72
  6. Ryan Murphy (USA) – 52.80
  7. Ryosuke Irie (JPN) – 52.85
  8. Robert Glinta (ROU) – 53.00

The second semifinal of the men’s 100 back was lightning fast, as five of the top eight for tomorrow night’s final came from that heat. It also saw three national records broken, led by Apostolos Christou, who set a championship and Greek record for top seed in 52.09.

Christou was out in 25.26, the fastest in the field, and came home in 26.83. He obliterated his own national record of 52.77, which he set at last year’s European Championship.

Additionally, he rockets up the ranks of all-time fastest performers, moving from #23 to #7.

Joining him in the top 10 fastest performers of all time is Thomas Ceccon, who was second behind Christou in heat 2. On the front half of his 100 back/50 fly double, Ceccon rocketed to a new Italian record of 52.12. That betters his old record of 52.30, which he set at the Tokyo Games. This is Ceccon’s third Italian record in two days, as he lowered the 50 fly record twice on Day 1.

Ceccon was out in 25.31, just behind Christou. He split 26.81 on the second 50, the fastest in the field.

Top 10 Performers All-Time, Men’s 100 Back (LCM)

  1. Ryan Murphy (USA), 51.85 – 2016
  2. Xu Jiayu (CHN), 51.86 – 2017
  3. Aaron Piersol (USA), 51.94 – 2009
  4. Evgeny Rylov (RUS), 51.97 – 2019
  5. Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 52.00 – 2021
  6. Matt Grevers (USA), 52.08 – 2012
  7. Apostolos Christou (GRE), 52.09 – 2022
  8. Camille Lacourt (FRA)/Mitch Larkin (AUS), 52.11 – 2010/2015
  9. Thomas Ceccon (ITA), 52.12 -2022

The third European national record to go down in that semifinal was the Polish record. 17-year-old Ksawery Masiuk lowered the record he set in prelims, going from 53.33 down to a 52.58. That’s his first time sub-53 as he dropped .75 seconds from his time from earlier in the day. Before he dove in the water in Budapest, he held his national record in 53.40, which he set in May of this year.

That’s an impressive trajectory for the young Pole, who didn’t even compete in this event at the Tokyo Games.

All three of these men will race again in Day 3’s final, so get ready to be on record watch again.

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Sophie grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, which means yes, she does root for the Bruins, but try not to hold that against her. At 9, she joined her local club team because her best friend convinced her it would be fun. Shoulder surgery ended her competitive swimming days long ago, …

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