Verhoeven Nails World #1 50 Butterfly Time In Bergen

2022 Bergen Swim Festival

  • April 1-3, 2022
  • Bergen, Norway
  • Long Course Meters (50 meters)
  • Results

The 2022 Bergen Swim Festival wrapped up from Norway today, with Dutchman Thomas Verhoeven cracking a new lifetime best in the men’s 50m butterfly.

Competing in the heats of the event, 24-year-old Verhoeven threw down a mark of 23.22 to take the top seed, easily overtaking his previous lifetime best of 23.34 from last July.

In fact, Verhoeven’s 23.22 now takes over as the top time in the world for 2022, beating out Frenchman Florent Manaudou’s 23.31 from last month.

Verhoeven continued tearing up the 50m fly quarterfinals and semifinals before falling to silver in the final round. Verhoeven hit marks of 23.45, 24.54 and 24.78, while teammate Sean Niewold ultimately topped the last round in 24.62.


1 23.31 Florent Manadou (FRA) Meeting International FFN – Golden Tour 2 3/5/22
2 23.33 Naoki Mizunuma (JPN) Japan Selection Trial for 19th FINA World Championships 3/2/22
3 23.35 Tzen Wei Teong (SGP) 52nd Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships Invitational 3/16/22
4 23.44 Kouta Akahane (JPN) Japan Selection Trial for 19th FINA World Championships 3/2/22
5 23.44 Caeleb Dressel (USA) 2022 FL SZ South Sectionals Championships 2/10/22

Norway’s Jon Jontvedt topped the men’s 200m fly field in a mark of 1:58.90 after having already made some noise in the 800m free.

18-year-old Jontvedt posted a mark of 7:52.21 to take the men’s 800m free, rendering the teen as #4 in the world so far in 2022.


1 7:48.96 Oliver Klemet (GER) 2022 Pokal D. Gothaer and Friends Meet 3/27/22
1 7:48.96 Sven Schwarz (GER) 2022 Pokal D. Gothaer and Friends Meet 3/27/22
3 7:49.95 Daniel Jervis (GBR) McCullagh International Meet 2/24/22
4 7:53.03 Shogo Takeda (JPN) Japan Selection Trial for 19th FINA World Championships 3/5/22
5 7:53.78 Lukas Martens (GER) 2022 Pokal D. Gothaer and Friends Meet 3/25/22

Additional Notes:

  • The women’s 100m breast saw Rosey Metz beat the field in 1:08.00.
  • Maarten Brzoskowski captured the men’s 200m free gold in 1:48.98.
  • 2015 FINA World Championships gold medalist Marco Koch placed 1st in the men’s 200m breast, logging a somewhat pedestrian 2:13.62, however. He was 1:02.56 in the 100m breast earlier, finishing 3rd.

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Sean Niewold
10 months ago

Verhoeven swam 23.22 in the heats in the morning. This means he tops the World Rankings of this year.

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