Matthew Temple Blasts 50.45 100 Fly Australian Record, #8 Performer Ever

2021 SWIMMING AUSTRALIA OLYMPIC TRIALS

In the men’s 100 backstroke final at the 2021 Australian Olympic Trials, Matthew Temple hit a 50.45 Australian record, taking the mark from Andrew Lauterstein who swam a 50.85 in 2009.

Temple took it out with a 23.67 which is actually a little slower than Lauterstein’s opening split of 23.28.

Split Comparison:

Temple 2021 Lauterstein 2009
50 23.67 23.28
100 50.45 (26.78) 50.85 (27.57)

Temple’s Australian record was more than a second faster than both his entry time in the event of 51.57 as well as his prelims swim of 51.79. That marks Temple’s 3rd individual event qualification for Tokyo, adding to his 200 butterfly victory on day 3 of the meet as well as his second-place finish in the 100 free on day 4.

A 50.45 100 butterfly is more than enough to qualify Temple for Tokyo in the event, getting under the 51.70 qualifying mark by more than a second.

Along with setting a new Australian record and qualifying for Tokyo, Temple has now advanced to the #2 spot in the world this season, trailing Kristof Milak‘s 50.18 from the 2021 European Championships.

2020-2021 LCM Men 100 Fly

2Kristof
Milak
HUN50.1805/23
3Matthew
Temple
AUS50.4506/17
4Michael
Andrew
USA50.8005/14
5Josif
Miladinov
BUL50.9305/23
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This swim also makes Temple the 8th fastest swimmer in the history of the event; a major improvement upon his former 56th place ranking.

All-Time Men’s Long Course 100 Butterfly Rankings

  1. Caeleb Dressel – 49.50 (2019)
  2. Michael Phelps – 49.82 (2009)
  3. Milorad Cavic – 49.95 (2009)
  4. Kristof Milak – 50.18 (2021)
  5. Joseph Schooling – 50.39 (2016)
  6. Ian Crocker – 50.40 (2005)
  7. Rafael Munoz – 50.41 (2009)
  8. Matthew Temple – 50.45 (2021)
  9. Chad le Clos – 50.56 (2015)
  10. Piero Codia – 50.64 (2018)

World record holder Caeleb Dressel is slated to contest the 100 butterfly at the US Olympic Trials on Friday, June 18, and will be gunning for a spot on the US Olympic team in the event.

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sven
1 month ago

Filthy. IIRC, that ties Phelps’ textile best. This event finally seems to be getting over the stagnation that seemed to follow Crocker’s 50.40. Hopefully this is a fast event at the Olympics and not a case where 51.xx gets silver.

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  sven
1 month ago

Think it’s just more that Crocker (and Phelps) were kinda alien.

In June 2003 the WR was 51.8. Then Serdinov, Phelps (via a 25 point opening 50) and Crocker lowered it consecutively down to 50.98.

Two years later Crocker busts out a 50.4.

Brownish
Reply to  sven
1 month ago

Two 49.xx for gold and silver and 50 very low – low for the bronze.

Last edited 1 month ago by Brownish
Akos
1 month ago

Wow, this event is looking fast. I wonder what time it will take to make the final in Tokyo. Any guesses?

Rafael
Reply to  Akos
1 month ago

I would like a 51 flat low

Goag
Reply to  Akos
1 month ago

51.14 to make the finals. On one hand it’s 6/10th faster than what it took in Rio, on the other hand plenty of swimmers have been faster this year. So I simply picked it for the historic significance.

Last edited 1 month ago by Goag
Brownish
Reply to  Goag
1 month ago

And plenty of new young guns.

Akos
Reply to  Akos
1 month ago

Personally, I’m hoping for a whole final of sub-51! Although it does seem incredibly fast and not very likely.

Mike
Reply to  Akos
1 month ago

That almost happened in 2017. 8th place 51.00

Brownish
Reply to  Akos
1 month ago

Will happen here. And e.g in the m100 free you’ll need 47 for the final.

Notanyswimmer
1 month ago

If the Australian breaststroker splits 59.XX in the medley relay, then Australia could be in the mix for a medal. Both the American and the Russian breaststroker may very well end up in 59.XX territory, so it’ll come down to 3 good legs for the USA, Russia, and Australia and trying to mitigate any setbacks from the breaststroke leg.

Luciano
Reply to  Notanyswimmer
1 month ago

La mista gbr è fortissima con peaty a rana fa la differenza

50free
Reply to  Notanyswimmer
1 month ago

Between Wilson and Andrew one of them will be 58.

Jack
Reply to  50free
1 month ago

Same for between Prigoda and Chupkov.

Drake
Reply to  Notanyswimmer
1 month ago

what are u saying lol. Michael Andrew may go 57.9X in the relay

Brownish
Reply to  Drake
1 month ago

The gold will be difficult because of the Peaty factor or the Russians.

Brownish
Reply to  Notanyswimmer
1 month ago

I think 59 won’t be enough.

Verram
1 month ago

He might be in contention for that 4×100 mixed medley now too

Joe
Reply to  Verram
1 month ago

who else would be?

Verram
Reply to  Joe
1 month ago

It’s between him and Emma mckeon in butterfly leg

50free
Reply to  Verram
1 month ago

In every event there could realistically be a 5 second gap between the Aussie boys and girls.

Drama King
1 month ago

Now, any chance of he’s dropping 200fly from his schedule.
He is 1.55.2 there. But you got Milak, Kenderasi, Two Japanese, Burdisso, Ivanov and lots of 1.55 swimmers in the mix. There is no chance of medaling there.
Then 200fly would clash with his 100 free.
I say drop 200 fly. Put the focus on 100 fly. He has realistic chance of winning medal there.
Then there are 3 relays.

And finally it gives the chance for Bowen Gough (his club teammate) the chance to make it to Olympics. He has the OQT in 200 fly.

Any thoughts?

Last edited 1 month ago by Drama King
SBOmega
Reply to  Drama King
1 month ago

He’s a better chance of a medal in the 200m fly than the 100m free so I’m not sure why he would cut the former because it clashes with the latter…

Drama King
Reply to  SBOmega
1 month ago

Lets be honest. There is no chance of a medal in 100 free or 200 fly.

2 or 3 * 200 fly races would be brutal, then he has 100 free and 4*100 free relay and possibly Mixed Medley Relay. He will be exhausted by the time of 100 fly. ‘Be more fresh going into your best event’. Thats the thought.

And 100s mean you can do more speed works upto olympics and be more prepared for shorter distance races.

Drama King
Reply to  Drama King
1 month ago

And in 200 fly , Aus got Gough who made the OQT and finished third.
But in 100 free 3rd place swimmer (Mcevoy) does not have the OQT.

Brownish
Reply to  Drama King
1 month ago

Not two much chance in any of them. The gold and silver are between Chalmers and Dressel, in 100free only one place will left on the podium for six guys. From Brazil, GBR, Italy, Japan, Roumania, Russia (2), USA, Hungary etc. idk. Tough.
200 fly it’s Milak’s gold Seto for the silver and who knows the third. Burdisso, LeClos, Kenderesi or? Not so easy.

123456
1 month ago

when I see his winning time, I inevitably remember this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvKB5iJTiX4&t=191s&ab_channel=USASwimmingUSASwimmingVerified

Bobo Gigi
1 month ago
STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
1 month ago

For me this was the swim of the meet on the men’s side. Stubblety-Cook’s 200BS ranks higher on the all-time lists but I would give it to Temple because he improved his PB by a full second and is now seen as a medal contender when he wasn’t on anyone’s radar before.