How Is Nicholas Santos Still Winning World Titles at 41 Years Old?


Reported by Michael Hamann.

Men’s 50 fly Final

  • World Record: 21.75 – SANTOS Nicholas (BRA) 6 OCT / SZABO Szebasztian (HUN) 6 NOV 2021
  • Championship Record: 21.81 – SANTOS Nicholas (BRA) 15 DEC 2018
  • World Junior Record: 22.34 – MINAKOV Andrei (RSF) 18 DEC 2020

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Nicholas Santos (BRA): 21.93
  2. Dylan Carter (TTO): 21.98
  3. Matteo Rivolta (ITA): 22.02
  4. Szebasztian Szabo (HUN): 22.14
  5. Grigori Pekarski (BLR): 22.35
  6. Nyls Korstanje (NED): 22.39
  7. Tom Shields (USA): 22.42
  8. Oleg Kostin (RUS): 22.43

In a battle of the current World Record holders, Brazil Nicholas Santos came out on top in 21.93. Santos initially set the World Record at 21.75 in 2018 in Budapest. In a disappointing finish, the Hungary’s Szebasztian Szabo finished off the podium in fourth in 22.14, just a month after matching Santos’ World Record at the European Championships.

Three years ago, Santos became the oldest person to ever win a world title, winning this event in World Record fashion as a 38 year old. He returned this year, as a 41 year old, to show that he still has plenty left in the tank and can compete with athletes nearly half his age.

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1 year ago

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1 year ago

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1 year ago

Gotta love them Americanos man… always the first ones to point fingers

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1 year ago

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1 year ago

Short, fast, technical races. Ervin came back in 2011 after 7 years of inactivity and immediately was back on top. Then in another 5 years he was Olympic champ. Granted he was not 41, but you see my point. If the talent is there and the commitment is there …

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

He focuses on one event, has learned to nail every technical detail of it, and has learned what works for him.

Scotty P
1 year ago

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1 year ago

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