2021 LEN EUROPEAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, November 2nd – Sunday, November 7th
- Aquatics Palace, Kazan Russia
- SCM (25m)
- Prelim Recap
This men’s 100m breaststroke semi-final saw a near World Record go down, as Ilya Shymanovich clocked a mark just .11 outside of it this evening.
Shymanovich of Belarus hit the wall in a massive 55.45 to claim the men’s 1breast top-seed, well within striking distance of his own WR time of 55.34 logged in December of 2020.
Splitting 25.89/29.56 here, Shymanovich leads Dutch ace Arno Kamminga by just under half a second, with two-time Olympic silver medalist Kamminga holding steady as the second seed in 55.82.
For Kammigna’s part, the 26-year-old just tied the fastest time of his career, matching the same 55.82 result he posted just last week at the final stop of the FINA World Cup Series in this same city.
Going back to Shymanovich, the 27-year-old Belarusian’s time tonight checks in as the 3rd fastest performance ever, sitting only behind his own aforementioned World Record and British Olympic champion Adam Peaty’s time of 55.41 also from 2020.
We’ll see what Shymanovich and others have in store come tomorrow night’s final here in Kazan.
This men’s 100m breaststroke was one of our top 5 men’s races to watch at these Championships, with SwimSwam having put the World Record on notice.
It’s important to note that Shymanovich has been called out by his peers for alleged dolphin kicking in the course of his breaststroke, as pointed out by then-London Roar coach Mel Marshall late last year.
In January of this year, Shymanovich addressed these allegations, telling SwimSwam, “People say that I have a very narrow kick and some of them consider it to be illegal, but it doesn’t break any FINA rules.”