WATCH: Pavel Sankovich Goes 22.73 50 Free… Underwater

2017 ARENA PRO SWIM SERIES – ATLANTA

Belarusian Pavel Sankovich won the B final of the 50 free at the Atlanta stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series, going 22.73. His time not only won the heat, but he actually beat Anthony Ervin, who just nine months ago won the Olympic gold in the 50 free. Ervin touched second in 22.81.

Most impressively, however, Sankovich swam the entire race doing underwater dolphin kick. Going sub-23 in the 50 free is no easy feat, let alone doing it underwater. Obviously, he was disqualified for coming up after the 15-meter mark, but he was only five tenths off of the Belarusian record in the 50 free, a 22.22 from Yauhen Tsurkin in 2015. Watch in the video above as he wins his heat, swimming out of lane 3.

Sankovich holds Belarus‘s 50 and 100m back national records. He has competed at the last three Olympics, and swam for Florida State University in the States. At FSU, he broke multiple school and ACC records in the butterfly, backstroke, and IM events.

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Scoobysnak
3 years ago

Dang that’s some serious new ink Ervin got there.

Billy
Reply to  Scoobysnak
3 years ago

It looks like Anthony Ervin has joined the Yakuza.

DMacNCheez
Reply to  Scoobysnak
3 years ago

Theres a really cool article on this in the latest swim swam magazine, you should check it out.

Uberfan
Reply to  DMacNCheez
3 years ago

Nice try Mel

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Scoobysnak
3 years ago

its an awesome japanese inspired one he got there …..

Uberfan
3 years ago

Not that insane

Uberfan
Reply to  Uberfan
3 years ago

Downvotes from people who don’t know swimming

Kurt Wienants
Reply to  Uberfan
3 years ago

I’ve been involved in swimming for over 50 yrs. it was impressive. Uber gets my down vote.

Ex Quaker
Reply to  Uberfan
3 years ago

Upvote because Hill Taylor did this nearly as fast from a backstroke start many years ago.

swimswammer
Reply to  Ex Quaker
3 years ago

23.10 with a full bodysuit and on his back. For a lot of swimmers kicking on their back is faster.

????
Reply to  Uberfan
3 years ago

Where in this article does anybody state that this is “insane!” If your answer was “nowhere,” then you are correct. This is something that not too many people in the world can do. Swallow your pride and have the decency to say that this is impressive.

Uberfan
Reply to  ????
3 years ago

It really isn’t that jaw dropping anybody who can go a 23 low should be able to reach this time or get near it.

????
Reply to  Uberfan
3 years ago

So, are you saying that anyone who can go a 23 low in a 50 M Freestyle, should be able to go a 23 low or better in a 50 M underwater dolphin kick?

Uberfan
Reply to  ????
3 years ago

Well they “should” be able to

NBAC2FSU
Reply to  Uberfan
3 years ago

You sir, are incorrect. This is very impressive. Lochte only did it in 25.0. Granted, there was not dive for lochte but a dive is not a 2.3 second difference. https://swimswam.com/ryan-lochte-takes-dq-and-swims-50m-freestyle-entirely-underwater/

Uberfan
Reply to  NBAC2FSU
3 years ago

You have no idea what I am talking about

Brownie
Reply to  Uberfan
3 years ago

If anybody can do it then why haven’t you yet? Why have we yet to see an article about UBERFAN completing a 50 meter underwater dolphin kick in under 23 seconds, oh wait that’s because not anybody can just do it.

Uberfan
Reply to  Brownie
3 years ago

Did I say anybody can do it?

Ben
Reply to  Uberfan
3 years ago

“It really isn’t that jaw dropping anybody who can go a 23 low should be able to reach this time or get near it.” Yeah that’s exactly what you said

Uberfan
Reply to  Ben
3 years ago

Can everybody go a 23 low?

ben
Reply to  Uberfan
3 years ago

Everybody is a ridiculously broad group for example that would contain my grandma your grandma everyone on this planets grandma etc. However the distinctly different and more elite group that you referred to is “anybody who can go a 23 low” meaning anyone capable of going 23 seconds over a distance of 50m so for that category of people who can go a 23 low I would say that yes “everybody” who can go a 23 low is capable of going a 23 low.

meeeeee
3 years ago

what is that tat supposed to be?

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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