Ilya Shymanovich Betters Own SCM 100 Breast World Record In 55.32


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Belarusian breaststroking star Ilya Shymanovich broke the world record in the men’s 100 breast (SCM) during Match 3 of the International Swimming League (ISL) playoffs in Eindhoven, blasting his way to a time of 55.32.

Shymanovich’s time slices .02 off his previous world mark of 55.34, set at the 2020 Belarusian Championships last December.

Split Comparison

Shyamnovich, Dec. 2020 Shymanovich, Nov. 2021
25.88 25.77
29.46 (55.34) 29.55 (55.32)

The world record in the men’s SCM 100 breast had been on the books for 11 years heading into last season’s ISL semi-finals, where London Roar’s Adam Peaty broke Cameron van der Burgh‘s 2009 mark of 55.61 in a new world record of 55.49. Peaty went on to re-lower the record in the ISL final at 55.41, with Shymanovich going 55.49 at the same meet, and the Belarusian grabbed hold of the record one month later on home soil.

World Record Progression, Men’s 100 Breaststroke (SCM)*

*Since January 1, 2000

Just two weeks ago, Shymanovich registered what now ranks as the fourth-fastest swim in history at the European SC Championships in 55.45. That swim notably came in the semi-finals, as he ultimately settled for silver in the final behind Italian Nicolo Martinenghi (55.63) in 55.77.

The 27-year-old Shymanovich now owns six of the 10-fastest swims in history.

All-Time Performances, Men’s 100 Breaststroke (SCM)

  1. Ilya Shymanovich (BLR), 55.32 – 2021 ISL Playoffs Match 3
  2. Ilya Shymanovich (BLR), 55.34 – 2020 Belarusian Championships
  3. Adam Peaty (GBR), 55.41 – 2020 ISL Final
  4. Ilya Shymanovich (BLR), 55.45 – 2021 European Championships
  5. Adam Peaty (GBR) / Ilya Shymanovich (BLR), 55.49 – 2020 ISL Semi-Final 1/ 2020 ISL Final
  6. Cameron van der Burgh (RSA), 55.61 – 2009 FINA World Cup
  7. Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) / Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA), 55.63 – 2021 ISL Match 8 / 2021 European Championships
  8. Ilya Shymanovich (BLR), 55.69 – 2020 ISL Semi-Final 1

In the race itself, Shymanovich’s victory scored 15 points for his Energy Standard club, jackpotting a pair of swimmers. Dutchman Arno Kamminga (56.26) was the runner-up for the Aqua Centurions, while his teammate Martinenghi (56.62) took third.

Shymanovich earned MVP honors in the opening playoff match last week, and has now won 13 individual events in the ISL’s third season, including going a perfect five-for-five in the 100 breast.

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10 months ago

Well Cody got dqed so we know the officials aren’t completely incompetent…

Caeleb’s left suit string
Reply to  Deepblue
10 months ago

Dear Lord did he actually get dqed again?

Greg Peter
Reply to  Caeleb’s left suit string
10 months ago

He’d rather get dq’d than finish 8th place. What a legend!

Reply to  Deepblue
10 months ago

Was it for dolphin kicking?

Big mac #1
10 months ago

He got those sad eyes

NornIron Swim
Reply to  Big mac #1
10 months ago

Don’t be discouraged,

10 months ago

mıre like dolphinovich

Scotty P
Reply to  Arnold
10 months ago

“My kick is narrow guys.”

Reply to  Scotty P
10 months ago

If he’s lasted this long without being disqualified, he’s doing something right. Others are not thinking on the same level as this man. If they had the same narrow kick as shymanovich, they might be able to go just as fast or faster

Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
10 months ago

I think it is more so that it is very difficult to see if he doing anything out of line above the water, and officials must always give the swimmer the benefit of doubt. Underwater is a different story–we can all see his stroke is at least in a grey area of the rules. Until underwater review/officiating can be used with greater authority, he won’t be DQ’d in a race for his stroke.

Reply to  HJones
10 months ago

But the olympics or worlds will almost definitely have underwater cameras so it shouldn’t be that long till he actually gets disqualified.

Anyway, it was his own record that he broke so essentially we should be praising for that fact

Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
10 months ago

Unfortunately I don’t think they use underwater footage for this purpose.

Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
10 months ago

???? He’s been doing the same technique for like 6 years

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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