Joshua Liendo Re-Breaks Canadian Record in 50 Free

2021 FINA SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

DAY 4 FINALS LIVE RECAP

Canadian teenager Joshua Liendo has continued his stellar breakout meet, re-breaking his own Canadian Record in the 50 free to snag the bronze medal in 20.76. Coming into the meet, the 19 year-old’s lifetime best stood at 21.45 from 2019, but he has now undercut that mark, and Brent Hayden‘s former national record of 21.34, four times this week.

Liendo’s first hint at record-breaking speed came from his lead off split of 20.88 Canada’s 4×50 mixed free relay on Friday, though leadoff splits in mixed relays do not officially count for records or personal bests. He came back in yesterday’s 50 free prelims to officially break the record in 21.01, then lowered it to 20.88 in last night’s semis, before blasting the 20.76 in tonight’s final, his last 50 free of the meet.

The swim also signifies a breakthrough for the Canadians, with Liendo winning the first men’s major individual international medal for the country since distance swimmer Ryan Cochrane won silver in the 1500 and Brent Hayden won bronze in the 100 free at the 2012 London Olympic Games. While the country has been one of the top nations in the world for women’s swimming the last several years, the Canadian men have comparatively lagged behind.

Below is the men’s 50 free final race video, with Liendo swimming in Lane 5, the bottom “gold” lane.

Perhaps most impressive about Liendo’s swim is his prowess in the event at such a young age. In an event historically dominated by swimmers in their mid 20s, Liendo now sits fourth in the world this year and was the youngest swimmer in the final by over three years.

While there are no complete or good records of “under 20” lists, as far as we can tell Liendo is the fastest teenager of all time in the event, with his swim surpassing names like Dressel, Cielo, Manaudou, Morozov, McEvoy and Chalmers.  The current World Junior Record (18 and Under) stands at 20.98, set by the Netherlands’ Kenzo Simons in 2019.

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Gheko
11 months ago

Kyle’s pb is 20.68!

Gheko
Reply to  Gheko
11 months ago

Not sure about his 17yrs best, The young Canadian swim well to grab bronze!

Seamus
11 months ago

title added 1 to his time lol

Tommy Schmitt
11 months ago

his underwaters seem a bit weaker than the rest of the field, which should make him even more lethal in lcm

njones
Reply to  Tommy Schmitt
11 months ago

And in the years to come as they can only improve…?

Njones
11 months ago

Amazing for Joshua. What a sprint talent. Would have challenged for a 50 fly final if the 2 events were not so close.
3 young Canadian males on the upswing with Knox and Pratt as well. Kisil and Acevedo (🇨🇦 record 200 fly yesterday in a local Ontario meet!) providing a bit of depth. Haven’t heard much about Thormeyer this fall but he is training at UBC.
Looking FWD to Trials, worlds and Commonwealth’s this spring, summer!

Eric the eel > Phelps
11 months ago

Italy and Canada are having their golden generation, just like france did in 2004-2016

Last edited 11 months ago by Eric the eel > Phelps
bob
11 months ago

The HPC in Toronto seems to be doing great things these days developing young swimmers.Congrats to Josh.

Go, Summer, go!
Reply to  bob
11 months ago

unfortunately, though, almost only girls are training there 🙁 Ratio is about 1:4. I wonder why?

Njones
Reply to  Go, Summer, go!
11 months ago

Hockey…🤷

Go, Summer, go!
Reply to  Njones
11 months ago

There are plenty of boys in Canadian swimming, not everyone plays hockey to say the least. And btw, my two daughters are playing hockey indeed, unlike my son 🙂

njones
Reply to  Go, Summer, go!
11 months ago

I’m partly joking, old cliche. Wonderful your girls play, and hopefully all 3 are doing something they enjoy.
However facts are that swimming, especially on the male side, loses out to many other sports either for cost, less demanding commitments, their ‘cache’ (ie hockey) and simply because swimming is ‘hard’. It teaches great values and is the sport I am involved in career-wise, but it is not always 1st or 2nd choice amongst young talented athletes, especially during the HS years.

Hodbsosn
Reply to  Go, Summer, go!
11 months ago

Swim canada doesn’t care about men

Swimfan
Reply to  Hodbsosn
11 months ago

Ben Titley’s focus is primarily on the females. Swim Canada should start developing more on the men’s side… Last month they added 2 more females to the program and zero men. Hard to believe Canada doesn’t have any men who have potential. Very unfortunate.