Shymanovich Swims Third-Fastest 50 Breast Ever At Belarusian SCM Champs


  • December 17-19, 2020
  • Brest, Belarus
  • SCM (25m)
  • Live Results

Ilya Shymanovich carried over the momentum from a successful opening day of the 2020 Belarusian Short Course Championships into Friday’s action, as the 26-year-old swam two of the fastest 50 breaststrokes in history.

On Thursday, Shymanovich lowered the Belarusian National Record in the 200 breast in a time of 2:02.77, and followed that up by recording the fastest 50 breast relay split of all-time on the 200 medley relay (25.04).

On day two, Shymanovich did not hold back in the prelims, dropping a time of 25.39 in the 50 breast to lower his national record of 25.48. That swim also goes down as the #3 swim of all-time, trailing only Cameron van der Burgh‘s world record of 25.25 and Emre Sakci‘s European Record of 25.29.

Previously, Shymanovich ranked fourth all-time, also behind Adam Peaty whose been 25.41, and shared the sixth-fastest performance ever with Peaty.

In the final, Shymanovich was just off his morning swim in 25.41, tying for the fourth-fastest swim in history.

Incredibly, seven of the 11-fastest swims ever in the men’s 50 breast have come over the last two months.

All-Time Performances, Men’s 50 Breaststroke (SCM)

Rank Swimmer Time Year
1 Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) 25.25 2009
2 Emre Sakci (TUR) 25.29 2020
3 Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) 25.39 2020
T-4 Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) 25.41 2020
T-4 Adam Peaty (GBR) 25.41 2020
T-4 Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) 25.41 2018
T-7 Emre Sakci (TUR) 25.43 2020
T-7 Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) 25.43 2009
9 Roland Schoeman (RSA) 25.45 2009
T-10 Adam Peaty (GBR) 25.48 2020
T-10 Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) 25.48 2020

Also notably lowering a Belarusian 50 breast record at the event was Alina Zmushka, who chipped .04 off her own record in the women’s prelims in 29.65. Zmushka had set the previous record at the 2019 European SC Championships, and also twice lowered the 200 breast record on day one.

In the final, the 23-year-old won in a time of 30.05.

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9 months ago

Sure there were lots of dolphin kicks also

Reply to  Hswimmer
9 months ago


9 months ago

The title of the table says all time performers, has to be all time performances right?

9 months ago

Roland Schoeman 25.45 Berlin 2009

Reply to  Fred
8 months ago

also from the FINA database not in the above list (yet):
Men 50 Breaststroke 25.43
1139 VAN DER BURGH Cameron RSA 1988 2009 South African Championships RSA
08 Aug 2009 

Reply to  Dan
8 months ago

However, many times are missing in the FINA database (especially in 2009 – valid at that time) and some are utterly wrong (ex: Jernej Godec in 50m freestyle LCM).
I was just thinking about best performers not performance when I sent the email.

Harry JK
9 months ago

And I wonder how many fly kicks…

Reply to  Harry JK
9 months ago

I liked the under water videos from the ISL, then it was very apparent who did multiple fly kicks and who did not.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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