Ilya Shymanovich Shatters Peaty’s SCM 100 Breast World Record In 55.34


  • December 17-19, 2020
  • Brest, Belarus
  • SCM (25m)
  • Live Results

After standing for 11 years, the world record in the men’s short course meter 100 breaststroke has now been broken three times in the last 34 days.

Ilya Shymanovich blasted to a new world record on the final day of the Belarusian Short Course Championships in Brest, clocking 55.34 to erase the previous record of 55.41 set by Adam Peaty during the 2020 International Swimming League Final.

Peaty had first broken the all-time mark during the ISL Semis, when he put up a 55.49 to take Cameron van der Burgh‘s 55.61 from 2009 off the books.

Shymanovich, 26, reset his Belarusian Record in the event on five separate occasions during the ISL season, competing for Energy Standard, which included going under van der Burgh’s record in 55.49 alongside Peaty in the finale. That time stood as his personal best time prior to the world record swim.

Along with the world record, Shymanovich also claims the European Record from Peaty, which he had held both coming into the ISL season and had broken twice during the campaign.


Peaty, Old WR Shymanovich, Old PB Shymanovich, WR
25.85 25.99 25.88
29.56 29.50 29.46
55.41 55.49 55.34

Shymanovich has now been under 56 seconds seven times, with the feat having been accomplished a total of 15 times in history.

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

Rank Swimmer Time Year
1 Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) 55.34 2020
2 Adam Peaty (GBR) 55.41 2020
T-3 Adam Peaty (GBR) 55.49 2020
T-3 Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) 55.49 2020
5 Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) 55.61 2009
6 Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) 55.69 2020
7 Emre Sakci (TUR) 55.74 2020
8 Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) 55.83 2020
9 Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) 55.85 2020
10 Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) 55.86 2020
11 Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) 55.89 2019
12 Adam Peaty (GBR) 55.92 2019
13 Adam Peaty (GBR) 55.94 2017
14 Emre Sakci (TUR) 55.97 2020
15 Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) 55.99 2009

In addition to the world record, Shymanovich also set a new Belarusian Record in the 50 breast, swimming the third-fastest time ever in 25.39, and also broke his national record in the 200 breast (2:02.77).

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1 year ago

Can someone point me to any footage where he is doing anything illegal? I watched some race videos and he seems to have a pretty normal pullout. His kick is pretty narrow, but not against any rule (at least from the videos I rewatched)

Clown Show
Reply to  Ytho
1 year ago

I agree. I think we’re being hypocritical here. Molly Hannis’ kick is even more dolphin kick-like

1 year ago

How many fly kicks 😁

1 year ago


1 year ago

Get peaty to do triple fly kicks, he’ll go 52😂

Mr Piano
1 year ago

Reminds me of that report when Biedermann broke (tragically) Thorpe’s 400 free record by 0.01. The headline was “Biedermann smashes Thorpe’s world record”

NornIron Swim
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 year ago

Agreed. There’s enough overblown headlines in journalism. Keep it simple. WR broken – no unnecessary adjectives.

Reply to  Mr Piano
1 year ago

Don’t know what you’re talking about, Ian Thorpe’s near-20 year old 400 free WR is the most impressive one on the books!

1 year ago

Can we have a video? And a qualitative analysis of how this was probably NOT breaststroke…

Samuel Huntington
1 year ago

Swim swam writers use words like “shatters” and “annihilates” too frequently. 0.07 is not shattering a world record.

Here Comes Lezak
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
1 year ago

Yeah “clips” would be more apt here

1 year ago


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