Watch Adrian Break the 50 Free American Record – Race Video

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Nathan Adrian swam like a man with something to prove.

After a rough season in which he reportedly battled shoulder issues and a disappointing 7th place finish in the finals of the 100 free two days ago, Adrian dropped the hammer in the semi-finals of the 50 free this evening.

Adrian’s time of 21.37 broke Cullen Jones’s American Record time of 21.40, set in the semi-finals of the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy, during the supersuited era.

In the post-race interview, Adrian said that he was feeling good today, and decided to “go for it.”

His time in the fastest in the world this year, and also sets him up as the top seed going into tomorrow night’s final.  The United States men haven’t picked up a medal in this event since Ben Wildman-Tobriner and Jones went 1-2 in the finals of the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.

If Adrian is to win gold here in Kazan, he’ll have to beat out reigning Olympic 50m free champion, Florent Manaudou, who had the second-fastest time in the semi-finals, a 21.41, and last year’s Pan Pacific Championships gold medalist, Brazil’s Bruno Fratus, among others.

Adrian also holds the American Record in the yards version of the 50 free short.  The short course meters record belongs to teammate Anthony Ervin, who will be facing off against Russia’s Vladimir Morozov shortly in a swim-off for the final spot in tomorrow’s 50 free final.


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That’s baller!!!

Philip Johnson

This makes Adrian the fastest textile 50/100 free swimmer?


London Olympics, Manaudou 21.34
2013 Worlds, Cielo 21.32
I make him 3rd

Philip Johnson

I meant being the fastest 50 & 100 free textile swimmer. Adrian has a faster textile 100 time than the mentioned swimmers.


Yeah I just figured that
I need to check that then


James Magnuson 21.52 / 47.10


50 free only he is 4th… Bousquet has 21,36.


Depends. Adrian have 21.3 and 47.5, Magnussen have 21.5 and 47.1.

I told before: Is very hard to do the parity(best 50 and best 100 at the same time). Adrian is getting older and I think he will do a wise decision having 50 as his main focus swimming 100 for relays.

Steve-O Nolan

Not great for US relays, though.


Adrian is always the anchor.With specific relay start training, I think Adrian can blast 46high closing relay, even if he don’t break 48 in individual race.I told before:I think Adrian got lucky to be OUT of 50free in London.He could do a taper specific just for 100.

Besides Adrian and Magnussen, we have Manaudou with 47.98 and 21.32,Cielo with 47.84 and 21.32 and Morozov with 47.63 and 21.47.But only Magnussen and Manaudou made the two bests in the same competition


IMO the difference between 47.1 and 47.52 is more than 21.37and 21.55( I think it was that). Still magnussen for me.

Philip Johnson

I agree, 47.1 is way more impressive. Nobody has been close to it yet either. 21.3 is not quite are rare as a few guys have done it.


Ben Wildman-Tobriner …..
He must be a doctor by now

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