Video: Watch Coleman Stewart Blast 48.33 for 100 Backstroke World Record

2021 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE – SEASON 3, MATCH 2

Coleman Stewart produced the first World Record of the 2021 ISL season on Sunday with a stunning 48.33 effort in the 100 meter backstroke, taking more than half-a-second from his previous lifetime best, set Saturday at 48.91, an American Record.

The 100 meter backstroke World Record Sunday is the first of Stewart’s career. Stewart spent the maximum of 60 meters underwater and only took 34 strokes in the race.

Stewart stroke count, 48.33:

  • 1st 25: 8 strokes
  • 2nd 25: 8 strokes
  • 3rd 25: 8 strokes
  • 4th 25: 10 strokes
  • Total: 34 strokes

Kliment Kolesnikov, the former World Record holder in the event, took a total of 44 strokes when he went 48.58 in 2020. By comparison, Stewart made much better use of the underwaters.

Kolesnikov stroke count, 48.58:

  • 1st 25: 10 strokes
  • 2nd 25: 11 strokes
  • 3rd 25: 11 strokes
  • 4th 25: 12 strokes
  • Total: 44 strokes

In the yards version of the race, Stewart is the 2nd-fastest performer all-time with a lifetime best of 43.62. In that race, Stewart took 7 strokes on the first 3 lengths and then 8 strokes on the final 25 yards, making for a mere 29 strokes total, once again maximizing his underwater dolphin kick.

Stewart’s 48.33 knocked 0.25 from Kolesnikov‘s 2020 World Record, set at the ISL Season 2 Final. Stewart’s swim also jackpotted the entire field, stealing all the points from the competition, resulting in a 37-point haul for the Cali Condors. Stewart’s 7-swimmer jackpot was the first in ISL history.

Video: Coleman Stewart Blasts 48.33 for 100 Backstroke World Record

Stewart was out in a blazing 23.45 and back in a 24.88. Yesterday, for comparison, Stewart turned in 23.94 and brought it home in 24.97.

SPLIT COMPARISON

STEWART VS. KOLESNIKOV

STEWART, 2021 WR KOLESNIKOV, 2020 WR
1st 50 23.45 23.80
2nd 50 24.88 24.78
Total 48.33 48.58

STEWART VS. STEWART

STEWART, 2021 WR STEWART – DAY 1
1st 50 23.45 23.94
2nd 50 24.88 24.97
Total 48.33 48.91

TOP-10 PERFORMERS ALL-TIME

  1. Coleman Stewart, USA (2021) — 48.33
  2. Kliment Kolesnikov, RUS (2021) — 48.58
  3. Xu Jiayu, CHN (2018)/Evgeny Rylov, RUS (2020) — 48.88
  4. Matt Grevers, USA (2015) — 48.92
  5. Nick Thoman, USA (2009) — 48.94
  6. Stanislav Donets, RUS (2010) — 48.95
  7. Arkady Vyatchanin, RUS (2009) — 48.97
  8. Mitch Larkin, AUS (2015) — 49.04
  9. Aschwin Wildeboer Faber, SPA (2009) — 49.05

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Comet
1 year ago

Murphy has certainly heard of him

tea rex
1 year ago

Underwater specialists have more opportunity to shine in the last 5 years than ever before.

Backstroke WR-holders? Manaudou, Stewart, Larkin, Toussaint, Atherton, McKeown. Only McKeown is a WR-level backstroker in long course. Only 5 of 34 individual events have the same WR holder in LC as SC – 100 fly (Dressel/Sjostrom), 200 IM (Lochte/Hosszu) and men’s 200 free (Biedermann).

THEO
1 year ago

the 5th stroke is strong with this one. damn. Also wow… all 4 of those walls were CLOSE calls. Power to him – clearly its a well-polished routine there that is working with remarkable accuracy.

Coach Coach
1 year ago

Does the ISL follow the same drug testing protocols as FINA?

Gheko
1 year ago

Remember Minna Atherton?

whever
Reply to  Gheko
1 year ago

Minna had a silver medal at 2019 LC World Championships. She was just off since 2020.

Wave 1.5 Qualifier
1 year ago

Underrated performance. Now I wonder what he can throw down in the fly events this month as well.

Snarky
Reply to  Wave 1.5 Qualifier
1 year ago

48.4 and 51.5 lcm free and fly. Watch out 2022

Joel Lin
1 year ago

That was awesome. He was just flying through the water.

ACC fan
1 year ago

Would shaving the stache take off more time?

leisurely1:29
Reply to  ACC fan
1 year ago

If you’re scrunching your lips to your nose on every underwater to hold your breath like he probably does, the mustache probably doesn’t cause any drag whatsoever

Eagleswim
Reply to  leisurely1:29
1 year ago

In my experience a thick mustache makes this tactic a recipe for water up your nose

Snarky
Reply to  ACC fan
1 year ago

First WR in a stache since Spitz.

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