Govorov Breaks Ukrainian Record In 50 Free, Sits 1st Heading To Semis


Ukraine’s Andriy Govorov continues to have a memorable 2016, breaking his own Ukrainian record in the men’s 50 free prelims to qualify 1st for tonight’s semi-finals.

Govorov touched in a time of 21.49, winning the final heat ahead of pre-race favorite Florent Manaudou, and erasing over a tenth off his own national record of 21.61. Govorov set that national record at the Barcelona stop of the Mare Nostrum Tour in May, as he won all three competitions on the circuit.

Govorov’s excellent 2016 is highlighted by his silver medal in this event at the European Championships in May, just six one-hundredths behind Manaudou for gold.

His swim of 21.49 marks the twelfth time he’s been under 22 in 2016, more than anyone else. Both Manaudou and American Nathan Adrian did it for the eighth time in 2016 this morning, qualifying 4th and 2nd overall respectively.

Govorov’s best event has traditionally been the 50 fly, where he’s won two World Short Course medals along with seven European Championship medals between SC and LC throughout his career. With the 50m stroke events not on the Olympic schedule, this will be his only event in Rio.

Govorov has steadily improved in the 50 free, finishing in a tie for 5th at the World Championships last year and then as previously mentioned has been very consistent this year getting under 22 seconds.

He’s one of only five male Ukrainian swimmers here in Rio, and their only realistic shot at a medal.


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7 years ago

Adrian, Manaudou, Ervin… Any of them can win, but thanks Andriy for the national record and great time

7 years ago

Amen. Thumbs up my comment if you agree.

7 years ago

Manaudou will eat him in the final. Adrian for second, Ervin third. These are my predictions and my wishes !!

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7 years ago

Not sure yet LOL

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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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