2021 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE – SEASON 3, MATCH 16 – PLAYOFFS MATCH 5
- Thursday, November 25th – Friday, November 26th
- 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm local time; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST
- Pieter van den Hoogenband Zwemstadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands
- Short Course Meters (25m – SCM) Format
- ISL Season 3 Schedules, Start Times, & More
- Live Results
- Teams Competing: Energy Standard, London Roar, LA Current, DC Trident
- Day 1 Start Lists
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy dropped the third-fastest SCM 50 backstroke time in history during the ISL’s fifth playoff match in Eindhoven on Thursday, clocking 22.53 to inch out his own American and ISL Record.
Murphy used an explosive start and dynamic underwaters to dominate the talent-stacked field, breaking his previous national and league records of 22.54 set during the ISL Season 2 Final in Budapest.
The LA Current swimmer’s performance stacks up as the third-fastest ever, trailing Florent Manaudou‘s world record of 22.22 set back at the 2014 Short Course World Championships in Doha and Kliment Kolesnikov‘s 22.47 from the European SC Championships earlier this month.
All-Time Performances, Men’s 50 Backstroke (SCM)
- Florent Manaudou (FRA), 22.22 – 2014
- Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 22.47 – 2021
- Ryan Murphy (USA), 22.53 – 2021
- Ryan Murphy (USA), 22.54 – 2020
- Guilherme Guido (BRA), 22.55 – 2019
- Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 22.57 – 2021
- Evgeny Rylov (RUS) / Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) 22.58 – 2018 / 2021
- Guilherme Guido (BRA) / Guilherme Guido (BRA), 22.60 – 2021 / 2021
Murphy didn’t compete at all during the ISL regular season this year, joining the Current for the first time during the first match of the Season 3 playoffs two weeks ago.
Despite the time off, the 26-year-old has been on fire since he entered the fold, winning the 50 back in all three of his appearances while also adding two wins apiece in the 100 and 200 back (with the 100 still to come here in Match 5 on Friday).
Murphy’s previous-fastest swim this season came at 22.63 in his win from last weekend.
Prior to Murphy’s swim on Thursday, the fastest time done in the ISL this season came from London’s Guilherme Guido, who clocked 22.60 in both Match 3 and Match 6.
Guido was in the field in Match 5, but fell to fourth, with DC Trident’s Mark Nikolaev putting up a time of 22.70 for second, while Energy Standard’s Kolesnikov took third in 23.04.
Prior to his record-breaking swim last year, Murphy was the official American Record holder with his time of 22.63 from the 2018 SC World Championships, despite the fact that Peter Marshall had gone 22.61 in 2009. That swim from Marshall was not recognized as the official American Record because it was done in November of ’09, during the period in which USA Swimming stopped recognizing national records due to the super-suits.
The 50 back is one event I wouldn’t mind being exempted from the 15 meter rule. Just a whole blastoff contest.
Four, possibly all five (any word on Florent?) of the top 10 performances of all time will be at the final next week.
Better put, 9/10 performances, 4/5 performers (10/10 and 5/5 with Manadou)
He’s reuniting with the dancing queen. No way he’ll be there.
Coleman Stewart > Ryan Murphy
We’ll see next week. Men’s back is going to be absolutely stacked in the final.
What was Manadou’s best time before his WR swim? Prior to SC Worlds that year, I didn’t even know the guy could do backstroke. Then BAM! Dude sets a WR that no one has touched in 7 years.
Probabily something like 22 hig doin at Fr nationals
His best time before the 22.22 was a 22.97 in the semifinals. His best time before 2014 SC Worlds was a 22.98 at french SC nationals a month before.
Should be the *third* fastest all-time, behind Manadou’s WR and KK’s 22.47 from EC’s this year.
And yet, Manaudou’s WR still stands far ahead of the rest of the field !
Didnt kolesnikov go 22.47 or something at euros couple weeks back?
Yes, updated now, thank you.
The true hottest Olympian #snubbed
Lol true but I think the selectors simply got distracted by the size of Dressel’s gold medal winning haul in Tokyo ..