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
4 years ago

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

Billy
Reply to  Scoobysnak
4 years ago

It looks like Anthony Ervin has joined the Yakuza.

DMacNCheez
Reply to  Scoobysnak
4 years ago

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

Uberfan
Reply to  DMacNCheez
4 years ago

Nice try Mel

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Scoobysnak
4 years ago

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

Uberfan
4 years ago

Not that insane

Uberfan
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

Downvotes from people who don’t know swimming

Kurt Wienants
Reply to  Uberfan
4 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
4 years ago

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

swimswammer
Reply to  Ex Quaker
4 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
4 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  ????
4 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
4 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  ????
4 years ago

Well they “should” be able to

NBAC2FSU
Reply to  Uberfan
4 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
4 years ago

You have no idea what I am talking about

Brownie
Reply to  Uberfan
4 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
4 years ago

Did I say anybody can do it?

Ben
Reply to  Uberfan
4 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
4 years ago

Can everybody go a 23 low?

ben
Reply to  Uberfan
4 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
4 years ago

what is that tat supposed to be?

Swimnerd
4 years ago

I’d love for Dressel to respond with his own 50 underwater at a meet leading up to trials

Swammer
Reply to  Swimnerd
4 years ago

Or Hoffer, that would actually be a great race

Dylab
Reply to  Swammer
4 years ago

Hoffer might actually beat him

Tm71
4 years ago

I thought lochte wasn’t at the meet

Catherine
4 years ago

impressive! But I can see why they instituted the 15 m rule. It would be a boring race if everyone swam it underwater.

phelps swims 200 breast rio
Reply to  ricky bobby
4 years ago

awesome! I had no idea there was competition underwater racing.

ricky bobby
Reply to  Catherine
4 years ago
Bigly
4 years ago

Hill Taylor 23.1 with a backstroke start (albeit with a tech suit). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxrYJf48s-4

Uberfan
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

Ryan Lochte went a 23.0 in briefs underwater backstroke. People on here don’t realize underwater speed> surface speed. I’d say at least 100 people can go as fast or faster than Pavel like this

Dan
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

Watch time with no starting system if I remember correctly

Dylab
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

I wonder what Lochte could have done in a 50 underwater with a suited and tapered

Uberfan
Reply to  Dylab
4 years ago

22.12

joe
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

Name them

Uberfan
Reply to  joe
4 years ago

1.Nathan Adrian
2. Anthony Ervin
3. Ryan Hoffer
4. Bruno Fratus
5.Vlad Morozov
6.Kenta Ito
7.Cullen Jones
8.Schneider
9.Michael Andrew
10.Zane Wadell
11.Chadwick
12.Robrock
13.Grevers
14. Khalafalla
15. Jensen
16..Pieroni
17. Kalontarov
18. Koski
19. Junya Koga
20. Dillon Virva
21.Daniel Speers
22. Santana
23. Dressel
24.Holoda
25. De Lucca
26. Yusuke Legard
27. Richard Bohus
28. Laurent Bams
29. Luke Pechmann
30. Andrej Barna
31. Will Davis
32. Peter Wetzlar
33. Andreas Schiellerup
34. Simonas Billis
35. Brad Tandy
36. Gkoleemov
37. Patrick… Read more »

JP input is too short
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

Are you just picking people who can do a fast 50 free and saying that they can automatically do a faster 50 underwater?

Uberfan
Reply to  JP input is too short
4 years ago

Faster than their best time? Not all of them but Adrian can definitely match or beat Pawel’s time.

O_O
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

LOL many of those swimmers, including 1, 2, 7, 9 , 10 are mediocre underwater at best. I don’t know much about many of the others. You are living in a fantasy world.

Uberfan
Reply to  O_O
4 years ago

Well most competent swimmers can swim faster underwater than above, I may be wrong about Cullen though.

O_O
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

That is just not true.

O_O
Reply to  O_O
4 years ago

In the finals of the 50M Free at Rio. None of the men and none of the women kicked out to 15M. If you were correct and they are faster UW they would have all kicked out the maximum allowed distance.

Uberfan
Reply to  O_O
4 years ago

You are right. I’m still 100% positive they can equal his time though.

Dylab
Reply to  O_O
4 years ago

Yeah because in the final in Rio 22.7 would be embarrassing. Doesn’t mean they couldn’t go 22.7 if they went for it

Uberfan
Reply to  O_O
4 years ago

Guess Pawel is a bad swimmer then cause his 50 free underwater is better than his surface 50 free

Big Calves
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

Yeah a bunch of swimmers don’t know about this

Bigly
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

I’d say everyone on here understands that underwater speed>surface speed. However, it depends on the distance and it depends on coming off a start or turn. From dead stop in the water, it’s not Underwater is just better at maintaining the speed off the wall or start. Usually in these stunts, as it was with Pavel’s, where someone goes underwater while everyone else in the heat swims, the swimmers are faster in the last 15 meters. There’s a reason Berkoff and others back when it was legal, surfaced at 35 meters. It wasn’t just for air, they were losing momentum.

MrBriefStroke
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

Bigly you nailed it. Uber you are coming off as a cocky uninformed jacka**.

Uberfan
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

They also wore different suits. And swimming has gotten much faster bad argument to use times from the past.

Ben
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

“Uberfan” please tell me your username is in reference to the california based car service and not swimming because you seem to know less than my dog

Uberfan
Reply to  Ben
4 years ago

Tell me how?

Bigly
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

UBERFAN, if you look at the video of Pavel at 46-48 seconds into it, by about 25 meters into the race, he’s at least a half a body length (close to a full body length) ahead of everyone. At the end he was less than an arm length. The surface swimmers ran him down – a lot. Underwaters are faster for maintaining momentum off a start or turn. Once that momentum is gone, surface swimming in free, and probably fly, is faster. He just proved it just like every other time this stunt has been done.

Uberfan
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

Okay my point still stands multiple people can do what he did

ben
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

Taking a list of the top 100 50 freestyles and saying they can automatically lay down a comparative swim underwater is ludacris particularly when a number of them surface before 15m as they recognise their underwater’s are not their strong suit.

Uberfan
Reply to  ben
4 years ago

22.71 isn’t competitive

Swim/Swam/Swum
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

A few key flaws with you argument:
1. You can’t just take the top ranked times in the 50 Free and expect them to correlate to underwater times. *Most* people is a generalization that I always felt simplified the notion of doing underwaters. Underwater swimming is, in my mind, an entirely separate stroke; a stroke that each person has different natural aptitude for.
2. You left out three of the best underwater kickers in the sport: Phelps, Shields, Murphy, and Manaudou. Those first three are not excellent 50 swimmers but they’ve got some game underwater; one (or three) examples why Speed above water does not necessarily correlate to speed below the water.
3. In general (and I… Read more »

youknowwho
4 years ago

holy ****

About Karl Ortegon

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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