Felipe Lima Moves To #4 All-Time With Semifinal 50 Breast


Brazil’s Felipe Lima moved up to #4 all-time in the men’s 50 breaststroke with a 26.68 in semifinals at the 2017 World Championships.

Lima put up that time to win the first of two semifinals, beating former world record-holder Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa. One heat later, Great Britain’s Adam Peaty would smash his own world record all the way down to 25.95. Peaty and Lima are the top two seeds into tomorrow night’s final, with van der Burgh (26.74) sitting third.

Lima now sits one one-hundredth behind his Brazilian countryman Joao Gomes, Jr for the third-fastest all-time, as well as the Brazilian and South American records. Gomes was just 26.86 trying to keep up with Peaty in the second semi, but will be in the final after tying for 5th.

In the same semi, Kirill Prigoda broke a Russian record with a 26.85. That puts him #10 all-time, displacing American Mark Gangloff from that spot. In all, 6 of the 10 fastest swimmers of all-time will take the pool for tomorrow night’s 50 breast final. Those six are italicized below.

Top 10 Performers All-Time: Men’s 50 Breast

1 Adam Peaty 25.95
2 Cameron Van Der Burgh 26.54
3 Joao Gomes 26.67
4 Felipe Lima 26.68
5 Damir Dugonjic 26.70
6 Christian Sprenger 26.74
7 Felipe Franca 26.76
8 Kevin Cordes 26.76
9 Hendrik Feldwehr 26.83
10 Kirill Prigoda 26.85

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