2022 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- June 18-25, 2022 (pool swimming)
- Budapest, Hungary
- Duna Arena
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Ceccon, of course, also reset the Italian, European, and World Championships records with that swim. Evgeny Rylov of Russia held the European record previously at a 51.98, while Thomas Ceccon had the Italian record at a 52.12 from earlier at this meet. The World Championships record in this event was reset during semi-finals by Apostolos Christou of Greece who hit a 52.09.
Ceccon broke the world record by a quarter of a second, splitting 0.01 seconds slower than Murphy did on the opening 50 and then 0.26 seconds faster on the back half. Murphy broke the world record in 2016 during the 4×100 medley relay at the Rio Olympics.
|CECCON – 2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS||MURPHY – 2016 OLYMPICS|
|100||51.60 (26.46)||51.85 (26.72)|
Ceccon’s best time coming into this meet was a 52.30 from the Tokyo Olympics where he finished 4th overall in the final. He’s now dropped more than a second from his best time since the beginning of 2021, having entered last year with a PB of 52.84 from December 2020.
Ceccon was the world junior record champion in this event back in 2019 when he won the event with a 53.46, having also hit a 53.37 time during the medley relay there. That means that in the 3 years between the 2019 World Junior Championships and the 2022 World Championships, he’s gone from a 53.37 to a 51.80. That’s a 1.57 second drop.
Thomas Ceccon Time 100 Backstroke Best Time Progression
This is Ceccon’s first individual medal at a long course World Championships meet, having previously won bronze at this meet in the 4×100 freestyle relay. He also won two Olympic medals last year, taking silver in the 4×100 free and bronze in the 4×100 medley with his fellow Italians.
Ceccon is now the 5th man in history to crack the 52-seconds barrier. Notably, Hunter Armstrong of the USA became the 6th man to do so during the 100 backstroke final by swimming a 51.98 to take the bronze medal.
All-time 100 Men’s Backstroke Performers