Ilya Kharun Sets Second Canadian Record In Two Days With 1:51.70 SCM 200 Fly



  • World Record: 1:46.85, Tomoru Honda (JPN) – 2022
  • World Junior Record: 1:49.62, Chen Juner (CHN) – 2022
  • World Cup Record: 1:48.56, Chad Le Clos (RSA) – 2013


  1. Chad Le Clos (RSA) – 1:49.89
  2. Trenton Julian (USA) – 1:50.08
  3. Ilya Kharun (CLB) – 1:51.70

In the last event on Night 2 of the Indianapolis FINA World Cup stop, Ilya Kharun finished third in 1:51.70, setting a new Canadian record. This marks his second Canadian record in as many days: on night 1, he broke Josh Liendo‘s record in the 100 fly and brought the record under 50 seconds for the first time. With this swim, he broke Javier Acevedo‘s record of 1:52.93, which he set in December 2021. This time also stands as up as a new Canadian age group record for the 17-year-old Kharun.

While this is Kharun’s second Canadian record, he is still in the middle of his first meet representing Canada internationally. A Canadian citizen, Kharun was originally named to the USA’s 2022 World Junior Championships team but was removed to due an issue with his citizenship. A few weeks later, Kharun was named to Canada’s roster for the 2022 Short Course World Championships, where he’ll make his national team debut.

Splits Comparison: Kharun vs. Acevedo

Kharun – November 2022 Acevedo – December 2021
50 24.68 25.13
100 53.51 (28.83) 53.68 (28.55)
150 1:22.66 (29.15) 1:22.71 (29.03)
200 1:51.70 (29.04) 1:52.93 (30.22)

Many expected Kharun, who’s commited to swim at ASU, to break this record, as he was only .06 seconds off the mark with his prelims swim. As you can see, Kharun opened the race much faster than Acevedo did. Though he split slower on the middle 100 than the former Georgia Bulldog, he still maintained his lead over the former record because of his front end speed.

The 17-year-old also managed to keep his all his splits under 30 seconds, coming home in 29.04 compared to Acevedo’s 30.22.

Kharun swims for the Sandpipers of Nevada swim club. His swim capped off an exceptional day for the team, as they were responsible for the three world junior records on the day. First, it was Katie Grimes setting a world junior record in the 1500 freestyle, then Bella Sims followed that up in finals with world junior records in the 200 free and 100 back only 12 minutes apart. With Kharun’s record, the team set four major records on Day 2 in Indianapolis.


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2 months ago

Wow Sandpipers crushing it at this meet…

2 months ago

Wow. What a great addition to Team Canada. Welcome, Ilya!

2 months ago

C´mon Ron, it´s getting ridiculous at some point

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2 months ago

Can you imagine the post-meet de-brief?

Reply to  swammer
2 months ago

Club kids going off like it’s the 1970s🔥

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