Update: This record will not count, as FINA is only beginning to accept records from April 1.
Russian 18-year old Evgeny Sedov has broken the Junior World Record in both the 50 freestyle and butterfly races at this week’s Russian Cup No. 2 in Rostov-on-Don.
In the 50 free Sedov swam a 21.98 in long course meters, which cleared the officially-established 22.11 Junior World Record done by Australian Luke Percy at the 2013 World Junior Championships.
In the 50 fly Sedov was a 23.48, which is faster than the 23.61 done by New Zealander Daniel Bell at the 2008 World Junior Championships.
There will still be a little bit of hand-wringing as to whether these swims will go in the books, as FINA has not declared when they’ll officially begin accepting applications for new Junior World Records after voting to establish them a few weeks ago. This is also not to say that Sedov’s are the fastest times ever by a swimmer in the 15-18 age group, rather FINA decided that they will use the Junior World Championships records as a “starting point” for the official records.
However, we do know that the 50 free is faster than both the American (Caeleb Dressel – 22.22) and Australian (James Roberts – 22.05) Junior Records, though neither country keeps 50 fly records in that age group. It also clears the Russian 18 & under record that Sedov himself held at 22.06 in the 50 free and 23.64 in the 50 fly.