Gomes Moves To #2 All-Time In 50 BR, Cracks South American Record


Joao Gomes Junior capped the record onslaught of records we saw in the men’s 50 breaststroke with another South American mark in the final, becoming the 2nd fastest performer in history with a time of 26.52.

Coming into the meet with a best time of 26.83, Gomes broke Felipe Franca‘s 2009 South American mark of 26.76 in the heats in 26.67. His countryman Felipe Lima almost lowered that in the semis, clocking 26.68, while Gomes safely qualified for the final in 26.86.

In the final his 26.52 won him the silver medal, moving him past two-time world champion Cameron van der Burgh for 2nd all-time in the event. van der Burgh went a best of his own in the prelims, clocking 26.54. He took bronze in the final in 26.74, while Adam Peaty dipped below 26 for the second time to win gold in 25.99.

Top 5 Performers In History – Men’s 50 Breast

1 Adam Peaty 25.95
2 Joao Gomes 26.52
3 Cameron van der Burgh 26.54
4 Felipe Lima 26.68
5 Damir Dugonjic 26.70

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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