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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.
Correction , 1st individual pool medal at a world champs or Olympics games since 2015 , in a pool event 🙏🏾💥🇨🇦🇨🇦, WAY TO GO JOSHUA LIENDO!! @JohnAtkinSwim @SwimmingCanada @SwimOntario @swimswamnews #whatarace pic.twitter.com/VgtnYnf71Q
— Greg Arkhurst (@Greg76kk) December 19, 2021
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.