Relive World Record Swims from Short Course Worlds (RACE VIDEOS)

2021 FINA Short Course Swimming World Championships 

  • Thursday, December 16th – Tuesday, December 21st
  • Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • SCM (25m)
  • Results


FINA has released several race videos featuring world record swims from the 2021 FINA Short Course World Championships on their YouTube channel. The race videos posted by FINA include the women’s 50 back, women’s 4×50 medley relay, the women’s 200 free, and the men’s 1500 free. 

Women’s 50 back

Canada’s Maggie MacNeil set a new world record in the 50 back with a time of 25.27. The old record was a 25.60, set by Kira Toussaint. As reported earlier by SwimSwam, MacNeil’s new record scored 1039 FINA points, which makes it a remarkable performance. 

50 back Top 3

  1. Maggie MacNeil – 25.27
  2. Kylie Massie (Canada) – 25.62
  3. Louise Hansson (Sweden) – 25.86

Women’s 4 x 50 medley relay

The next video posted by FINA features the world record performance of the Swedish women in the 4 x 50 medley relay. Their time of 1:42.38 tied the current world record, set by the United States in 2018 at the World Championships in Hangzhou. 


Stroke Swimmer Split
Back Louise Hansson  25.91
Breast Sophie Hansson 29.07
Fly Sarah Sjoestroem 23.96
Free Michelle Coleman 23.44


Women’s 200 free

The next world record performance posted by FINA is Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey in the 200 free. Haughey swam a 1:50.31, breaking Sarah Sjoestroem’s record time of 1:50.43 set in 2017. 

200 free Top 3

  1. Siobhan Haughey – 1:50.31
  2. Rebecca Smith (Canada) – 1:52.24
  3. Paige Madden (USA) – 1:53.01

Men’s 1500 free 

The final world record set at the meet was the men’s 1500 free, set by Germany’s Florian Wellbrock. Wellbrock swam a 14:06.88, breaking Gregorio Paltrinieri’s old mark of 14.08.06, set at the European Championships in 2015. 

1500 free Top 3

  1. Florian Wellbrock – 14:06.88
  2. Ahmed Hafnaoui (Tunisia) – 14:10.94
  3. Mykhailo Romanchuk (Ukraine) – 14:11.47


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Big Mac #1
4 months ago

This is why I love the Big Mac. Maggie sets an world record and has a ethereal performance and she looks at the board, gives a smile, and goes to give hansson and masse hugs. No show boating, just happiness and sportsmanship.

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
4 months ago

I love how we can’t see MacNeil’s turn and underwater bc of FINA’s camera angle when it was probably the most vital point of the race

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
4 months ago

Given it’s FINA, I’m just glad I got to watch the whole race lol.

Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
4 months ago

This world championship did have such weird camera angle in all races istg

Reply to  Kat
4 months ago

the isl really has made fina adapt lmao