2019 FINA WORLD CUP #3 – SINGAPORE
- Thursday, August 15th – Saturday, August 17th
- OCBC Aquatic Centre, Singapore
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Last year’s overall men’s winner of the FINA World Cup Series is kicking off the 2019 circuit with a bang, as Vlad Morozov of Russia just hit a lifetime best mark in the men’s 50m freestyle.
Entering this 3-day meet in Singapore, Morozov’s personal best and Russian National Record in the 50m free rested at the 21.44 he produced at the 2017 Russian National Championships and then matched at the 2018 European Championships. Tonight, however, the 27-year-old former USC Trojan cranked out a massive time of 21.27 to drop .17 off of that previous LTB and take gold handily at the UCBC Aquatic Centre.
Morozov’s time beat out the 21.53 he notched in Gwangju to fall just short of the podium in 4th. In fact, his 21.27 outing tonight would have taken the silver at those World Championships, surpassing the runner-up time of 21.45 logged by both Brazil’s Bruno Fratus and Greece’s Kristian Gkolomeev that took silver behind World Champion Caeleb Dressel (USA) and his time of 21.04.
For Morozov, his 21.27 monster effort this evening now checks the Russian in as the 10th fastest performer ever in the event worldwide, tying Fratus. His time also represents a new World Cup Series Record, overtaking his own previous standard of 21.49 from last year’s stop in Kazan.
Morozov already started his World Cup season off right with a sub-48 second 100m freestyle last week in Jinan, China, an outing which represented his first time under the 48-second barrier in over a year.
Men’s All-Time 50m Freestyle Performers Worldwide
|#1 20.91||Cesar Cielo||BRA||2009 BRA Open||12/18/2009||Sao Paulo|
|#2 20.94||Fred Bousquet||FRA||2008 Olympic Invite||4/26/2009||Montpellier|
|#3 21.04||Caeleb Dressel||USA||18th FINA World Championships 2019||7/27/2019||Gwangju|
|#4 21.11||Ben Proud||GBR||8/3/2018||Glasgow|
|#5 21.19||Ashley Callus||AUS||2009 Australian Champs||11/26/2009||Canberra|
|#5 21.19||Florent Manaudou||FRA||2015 World Champs||8/8/2015||Kazan|
|#7 21.20||George Bovell||TRI||2009 World Champs||7/31/2009||Rome|
|#8 21.23||Alain Bernard||FRA||2008 Olympic Invite||4/26/2008||Montpellier|
|#9 21.25||Amaury Leveaux||FRA||2009 World Champs||8/1/2009||Rome|
|#10 21.27||Bruno Fratus||BRA||7/29/2017||Budapest|
|#10 21.27||Vladimir Morozov||RUS||FINA Swimming World Cup 2019||8/15/2019||Singapore|
Update since publishing: A SCM swim from Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov was included in the USA Swimming database on the list of top 10 swims, but this has since been removed. As such, Fratus & Morozov are now the 10th fastest performers ever in the men’s 50m free.