Govorov on WR – “I’m not training fly, it’s just natural” (Video)


Reported by James Sutherland.


  1. Andrii Govorov, UKR, 22.27
  2. Ben Proud, GBR, 22.93
  3. Mathys Goosen, NED, 23.55

Andrii Govorov unleashed the fastest swim of all-time in the men’s 50 fly final, clocking 22.27 to shatter the 9-year-old world record of 22.43 by 0.16. That record, set in 2009 amidst the super-suit era, belonged to Spaniard Rafael Munoz.

Interestingly enough, when SwimSwam Italia reported Guisy Cisale asked him about his training for this specific event, Govorov said that he had just decided to start racing the 50 fly for this training block, and is actually focused more on freestyle events in practice.

Ben Proud dropped his season-best by .03 for 2nd in 22.93, moving past Brazilian Nicholas Santosfor 2nd in the world rankings. Mathys Goosen of the Netherlands also clipped his season-best for 3rd in 23.57.

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wild Bill


Seeing exciting racing ahead – Caeleb Remel Dressel vs. Andrii Govorov.

Lesson – take nothing for granted ( except Katie Ledecky swimming faster than anyone else – 400 meters and up. Note: Katie does have a good shot at the 200 meter Freestyle WR record this summer ).

E Gamble

I don’t think Remel cares too much about the 50 fly. He said he had not raced a 50 fly since he swam age group before Worlds last year. I guess you can say he wings it like Govorov. lol

Tea rex

Not too surprising. I often found my butterfly improved when not swimming too much of it in practice. You want to be in great shape and swim perfect butterfly, not practice tired butterfly where your stroke is too long


Honestly this seems to be a very common trend for short Fly distances – it’s almost as if training it makes your feel for the water worse and sluggish. I remember I didn’t train fly for 5+ years and pulled off a 27.8 LCM 50FL when I was 16 after a teammate (who was a butterflyer) made a bet with me and my coach put me in it. I started training Fly shortly thereafter and the fastest I went after that was a 29.0, after which I went back to Freestyle haha.

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