Nicholas Santos Breaks Suited World Record In Men’s SCM 50 Fly – 21.75


Ageless wonder Nicholas Santos took another one of the vaunted super-suit era world records down in the men’s 50 fly at the 2018 FINA World Cup stop in Budapest, blasting a 21.75 to break Steffen Deibler‘s record of 21.80 that had stood for nearly nine years.

Santos, who is 38 years of age, had tied his South American Record from 2014 at the Eindhoven stop of the World Cup last week in 22.08, defeating Chad Le Clos by .01. Le Clos has been dominant on the circuit for the past number of years, especially in the fly events where he’s rarely been defeated.

Santos managed to do it for a second straight competition, ultimately beating the South African by over three-tenths of a second with Le Clos 2nd in 22.11.

With this record swim, he joins Deibler, Roland Schoeman and Le Clos as the only men to break 22 seconds in the event, with Le Clos the only man to ever do so on multiple occasions (three times). In total he owns six of the ten fastest performances of all-time.

All-Time Performances, Men’s SCM 50 Fly

  1. Nicholas Santos – 21.75
  2. Steffen Deibler – 21.80
  3. Roland Schoeman – 21.87
  4. Chad Le Clos – 21.95
  5. Chad Le Clos – 21.98 / Le Clos – 21.98
  6. Chad Le Clos – 22.02
  7. Chad Le Clos – 22.03
  8. Roland Schoeman – 22.05
  9. Steffen Deibler / Chad Le Clos – 22.06

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2 years ago

Impressive swim, especially at 38. 38 is old for any sports, so to be swimming personal bests and world records at that age is nuts.

Reply to  mcgillrocks
2 years ago

Really makes you think!

2 years ago

that picture explains it. wow!

2 years ago

He wanted the LC WR, but Govorov has put that massively out of reach – Great consolation for him.

Reply to  Dee
2 years ago

IMO 21.75 short course meters is more impressive than 22.27 long course

Reply to  SprintDude9000
2 years ago

lol wut? you‘ve got to be joking right?

Reply to  Anonymoose
2 years ago

he is joking of course

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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