Ilya Kharun Swims 22.32 in the 50 Butterfly (SCM) to Set New WJR, Canadian Records


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Canadian Ilya Kharun has set a new World Junior Record in the 50 butterfly SCM after swimming a time of 22.32 in the prelims of the event at the 2022 SC World Championships. 

With his swim, Kharun broke the previous World Junior Record of 22.34 set by Russian Andrei Minakov back in 2020. A year after his record-setting swim, Minkanov finished 4th in the 100 butterfly in the long course pool at the 2021 Olympic Games. 

Kharun also set a new Canadian Record with his swim, bettering his own time of 22.47 that he set during the World Cup stop in Indianapolis early last month.

In prelims, Kharun tied for 8th with Italian Matteo Rivolta, giving himself another chance to lower his record during the event’s semi finals and potentially the finals if he can make it through.

Kharun stood up strong in his first senior international race: he swam in a heat against veterans and giant swimming names like Dyland Carter, Chad le Clos, and Florent Manaudou.

This is Kharun’s first time representing Canada at a senior level international championships after also representing the country on the World Cup circuit this fall. He recently began representing the country after being removed from the US Junior Pan Pacs Roster due to a mix-up with his citizenship status. At the time, sources cited that he may have been born in Canada, a fact that was confirmed when he was first confirmed to the Canadian roster for these championships. 

Living and training in the US, Kharun is a product of Ron Atiken’s standout group of age-group stars with the Sandpipers of Nevada in a group that includes American Olympians Katie Grimes and Bella Sims, along with World Champion Claire Weinstein

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1 year ago

Crazy swim. So far behind off the start and initial underwaters. Was crazy to see how much he gained when swimming on top of the water. Going to be awesome to see how this translates to long course meters! Go team Canada!

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