Govorov Takes it Easy in Prelims, Shooting for 50 Fly WR in Finals (Video)


Ukrainian swimmer Andrii Govorov has been flirting with the World Record in the 50 fly all summer, and after what he calls a “not pushed” 22.89 in prelims on Sunday at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome, he’s gunning for that record in finals.

In an interview with SwimSwam Italia reporter Giusy Cisale on Sunday, Govorov stops short of calling his shot, but did broach the topic of the World Record.

“Tonight I’m going to try to do my best to be as close as possible to the World Record,” Govorov said. “It was pretty easy this morning.”

His prelims swim was already a new Sette Colli Meet Record, and in mid June in Monaco he swam a 22.53 in a head-to-head final against Michael Andrew, which makes him the 2nd-fastest swimmer ever, and left him just a tenth of a second short of the World Record.

Fastest 50 LCM Fly Performances in History

  1. Rafael Munoz, Spain, 4/5/2009 – 22.43
  2. Rafael Munoz, Spain, 4/5/2009 – 22.45
  3. Rafael Munoz, Spain, 4/11/2009 – 22.48
  4. Rafael Munoz, Spain, 4/11/2009 – 22.49
  5. Andrii Govorov, Ukraine, 6/17/2018 – 22.53

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The fact that 50s of stroke are not an Olympic event is the weirdest thing to me. Even in college I don’t get why they don’t have 50s of stroke. There is a 200 medley relay and 50 free, so why not have all of them? This guy is an incredible athlete, but doesn’t get to swim the 50 fly at the olympics because why again?


Could be because it’s hard to see anything on TV during the 50’s, because of all the splashing going on.


Of the 14 Olympic events, 10 of them are 200m and below and five are 100m and below. Add to that four relays, three of which consist of 100m legs. There are already enough opportunities for sprinters to medal. I would rather see a 4×200 medlay relay if we’re really that sure that swimming needs more events. Swimming already offers a ton of medals, which is great for the US and helps us win the medal table every summer OG. Realistically, adding 6 more would be too much. I love it, personally, but the Olympics isn’t just about swimming. Adding the 50’s would be cool for me as a swim fan, but for an event that is supposed to showcase… Read more »


22.27!, New WR

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