Race Video: Watch Tom Shields Post Electric 21.99 50 Butterfly American Record


American Olympian Tom Shields stunned the field during the 50 butterfly final at the 2021 FINA World Cup meet in Budapest, Hungary. Shields, swimming from lane 5, powered his way down two lengths of the short course pool and stopped the clock in a 21.99 to reset his own best time as well as the American record in the event.

The former mark was held by Caeleb Dressel who swam a 22.04 during the 2020 International League Season, while Shields’ former PB was a 22.09 from just a week ago at the Berlin stop of the 2021 FINA World Cup.

Along with being the fastest American man in the history of this event, Shields is now the second man to swim a sub-22 second 50 fly in 2021, joining world record holder Nicholas Santos of Brazil who has posted a 21.81 and a 21.83 thus far in 2021.

Despite Shields being joined by an elite crew of butterfliers including Szebasztian Szabo, Kristof Milak, and Vlad Morozov, he was able to finish for gold a full 0.25 seconds before silver medalist Szabo. Read more about Shields’ record here and check out the race video, provided by FINA, below.

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1 month ago

Short course god.

Remel is the best sprinter of all time
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
1 month ago

Have you ever heard of Caeleb Remel Dressel ?

Ol' Longhorn

You mean the guy who’s AR he just broke?

Remel Dressel is a genetic freak
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

Yeah, the one who will get it back in November/ December.



There's no doubt that he's tightening up

By this logic Lochte’s not a swimming god because he was worse than Phelps…

Lochte's 4:05 is the real 400 IM WR

Lochte is better than Phelps.

Caeleb Dressel is the best swimmer that has ever lived.

Winning the 50 by a body length is next level. Phelps can dream about that speed.

1 month ago

BEEFY T GOT THAT DAWG IN HIM (seriously, that woof when he steps on the blocks🥶)

Wild Bill
1 month ago


Joel Lin
1 month ago

Tom Tommy Tom Tommay !!!

1 month ago

Get that start down and WR is his

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

It’s pretty unreal how much faster than Dressel he is in the actual water.

Coach Mike 1952
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katie’s gator arc
1 month ago

ay yooooo 🥶😳