Thomas Ceccon Clocks 22.68 50 Fly To Become #7 Performer All-Time, Breaks Italian Record



  • World Record: Andrii Govorov, Ukraine – 22.27 (2018)
  • World Junior Record: Diogo Ribeiro, Portugal – 22.96 (2022)
  • Championship Record: Caeleb Dressel, USA – 22.35 (2019)
  • 2022 World Champion: Caeleb Dressel, USA – 22.57

Top 8:

  1. Thomas Ceccon (ITA) — 22.68
  2. Diogo Ribeiro (POR) — 22.80
  3. Maxime Grousset (FRA) — 22.82
  4. Jacob Peters (GBR) — 22.84
  5. Ben Proud (GBR) — 22.91
  6. Dare Rose (USA) — 23.01
  7. Simon Bucher (AUT) — 23.26
  8. Abdelrahman El-Araby (EGY) — 23.34

In the final of the men’s 50 fly at the 2023 World Championships, Thomas Ceccon clocked a 22.68 to take gold and break the Italian record. The former Italian record, a 22.79 from the 2022 World Championships semi-final, was also held by Ceccon.

Ceccon now is the seventh-fastest performer of all-time in this event, as well as the fifth-fastest European of all-time.

All-Time Top Performers, Men’s 50-Meter Butterfly:

  1. Andrii Govorov, Ukraine — 22.27 (2018)
  2. Caeleb Dressel, United States — 22.35 (2019)
  3. Rafel Munoz, Spain — 22.43 (2009)
  4. Nicholas Santos, Brazil — 22.60 (2019)
  5. Oleg Kostin, Russia — 22.62 (2023)
  6. Milorad Cavic, Serbia — 22.67 (2009)
  7. Thomas Ceccom, Italy — 22.68 (2023)
  8. Henrique Martins, Brazil — 22.70 (2017)

Although Ceccon is the world record holder and defending World Champion in the 100 back, he had never won a Worlds medal in the event prior to Monday. At the 2022 World Championships, he swam a time in the semi-finals that would have medalled, but then added time in the final and finished fifth.

Ceccon took his 50 fly gold around 30 minutes after his 100 back semi-final, where he clocked a time of 52.16 to head into finals as the top overall seed. On Sunday, he anchored Italy’s 4×100 free relay in a time of 47.03 to help them win silver.

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9 months ago

Diogo didn’t break is own WJR because he is going to be 19 in October

9 months ago

The medal is cool ig, the stache is really the star of the show tho. LOL

Congrats Ceccon

and I do love the stache

9 months ago

He can do this while being a 51.6 backstroker and a reliable 47.0 anchor on relays is what’s crazy

Reply to  Andrew
9 months ago

And he can swim a decent 200 free as well. I imagine what he could do in the 200 medley…

Reply to  mrbr
9 months ago

Ceccon is also pretty good in breaststroke. He set some italian age group record in both 200 and 400 medley.

Italian fan
Reply to  mrbr
9 months ago

He doesn’t try the medley because he knows he would not be within medal conversation at thevbig meets. He does not have the endurance required to be up there with the best of them.

9 months ago

He said to Italian tv that now, that he won this medal, which was his goal, he is done with the 50s of stroke. I suspect he wants to give a shot at the 100 fly.

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Luigi
9 months ago

Michael Andrew in shambles

Nick the biased Aussie
Reply to  Luigi
9 months ago

I had the feeling that’s what he would do. Wonder if he’ll give the 200 IM a go? He has a 1:59.89 PB from 2019.
He won the 100 IM at SC Worlds last year.

Reply to  Nick the biased Aussie
9 months ago

Unfortunately he clearly said he doesn’t want to, same goes for 2back, the most likely events he’ll try to push to the limit are the 100 free and 100 fly, with a small chance of him picking up the 200 free seriously (I’d say mainly for relay purposes, especially if Ragaini and Galossi achieve their full potential, a 4×200 with them, Ceccon and an inform De Tullio could easily go for a medal)

9 months ago

In the water, Ceccon’s renowned,
His fly swift, breaking the Italian ground.
Seventh all-time, a champ’s feat,
His record, none can beat,
In history’s waves, his name is crowned.

Reply to  Zippo
9 months ago

Nice! Those bars going crazyyy

9 months ago

Good for him !!

9 months ago

Michael Andrew beat Ceccon at Marie Nostrum Monaco in the 50 fly skins final.

The unoriginal Tim
9 months ago

Ceccon was so good the finals page had to be deleted.

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