World record progression 50 metres backstroke

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Graphic data for World Record Progression in Men and Women Swimming 50m-100m-200m Long and Short Course Butterfly-Backstroke-Breaststroke-Freestyle

This is a listing of the history of the World Record for the 50 backstroke swimming event. Swimming World Records are maintained by FINA, the international sports federation which oversees the sport. World Records are recognized only in meter-courses: long course (50m) and short course (25m). Like the other 50s of stroke (i.e. 50 breaststroke, 50 butterfly), World Record status/monitoring for this event first began in the 1990s.

Men[edit]

Long course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
WBT 25.13 Jeff Rouse  United States 15 Apr 1993 Robert Burns Invitational Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 24.99 (tt) Lenny Krayzelburg  United States 28 Aug 1999 Pan Pacific Championships Sydney, Australia
2 24.80 Thomas Rupprath  Germany 27 Jul 2003 World Championships Barcelona, Spain
3 24.47 (h) † Liam Tancock  Great Britain 2 Apr 2008 British Championships Sheffield, United Kingdom [1]
4 24.33 Randall Bal  United States 5 Dec 2008 Dutch Swimming Cup Eindhoven, Netherlands [2]
5 24.08 (sf) Liam Tancock  Great Britain 1 Aug 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy
6 24.04 Liam Tancock  Great Britain 2 Aug 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy
7 24.00 Kliment Kolesnikov  Russia 4 August 2018 European Championships Glasgow, United Kingdom [3]
Legend: # – Record awaiting ratification by FINA;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

Short course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
1 25.10 Daichi Suzuki  Japan 10 Feb 1990 World Cup Bonn, Germany [4]
# 24.66 Alexander Popov  Russia 13 Mar 1994 World Cup Desenzano, Italy
2 24.60 Franck Schott  France 26 Mar 1994 World Cup Paris, France
3 24.37 h Jeff Rouse  United States 12 Feb 1995 World Cup Sheffield, United Kingdom
4 24.25 Chris Renaud  Canada 28 Feb 1997 CIAU Championships St. Catharines, Canada
5 24.13 Thomas Rupprath  Germany 11 Dec 1998 European 25m Championships Sheffield, United Kingdom
5= 24.13 Matt Welsh  Australia 2 Sep 1999 Australia 25m Nationals Canberra, Australia
6 24.12 Neil Walker  United States 18 Nov 1999 World Cup College Park, United States
7 24.11 Matt Welsh  Australia 14 Jan 2000 World Cup Hobart, Australia
8 24.04 h Neil Walker  United States 13 Mar 2000 Short Course Worlds Athens, Greece
9 23.42 sf Neil Walker  United States 13 Mar 2000 Short Course Worlds Athens, Greece
10 23.31 Matt Welsh  Australia 2 Sep 2002 Australia 25m Nationals Melbourne, Australia
11 23.27 Thomas Rupprath  Germany 10 Dec 2004 European 25m Championships Vienna, Austria [5]
12 23.24 Robert Hurley  Australia 26 Oct 2008 World Cup Sydney, Australia [citation needed]
13 23.05 Peter Marshall  United States 12 Nov 2008 World Cup Stockholm, Sweden [6]
14 22.87 Randall Bal  United States 15 Nov 2008 World Cup Berlin, Germany [7]
15 22.75 Peter Marshall  United States 17 Oct 2009 World Cup Durban, South Africa [8]
16 22.73 Peter Marshall  United States 11 Nov 2009 World Cup Stockholm, Sweden [9]
17 22.61 Peter Marshall  United States 22 Nov 2009 World Cup Singapore [10]
18 22.22 Florent Manaudou  France 6 Dec 2014 World Championships Doha, Qatar [11]
Legend: # – Record awaiting ratification by FINA;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

Women[edit]

Long course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
1 29.00 Sandra Völker  Germany 24 May 1997 Mare Nostrum Monte Carlo, Monaco
2 28.78 sf Sandra Völker  Germany 12 Jun 1999 Mare Nostrum Monte Carlo, Monaco
3 28.71 Sandra Völker  Germany 1 Aug 1999 European Championships Istanbul, Turkey
4 28.69 Nina Zhivanevskaya  Spain 8 Apr 2000 Spain Spring Nationals Madrid, Spain
5 28.67 Mai Nakamura  Japan 25 Apr 2000 Japan Championships Tokyo, Japan
6 28.25 h Sandra Völker  Germany 17 Jun 2000 Germany Championships Berlin, Germany
7 28.19 Janine Pietsch  Germany 25 May 2005 Germany Championships Berlin, Germany
8 28.16 sf Leila Vaziri  United States 28 Mar 2007 World Championships Melbourne, Australia
8= 28.16 Leila Vaziri  United States 29 Mar 2007 World Championships Melbourne, Australia
9 28.09 Li Yang  China 19 Oct 2007 World Military Games Hyderabad, India
10 28.00 r Hayley McGregory  United States 7 Mar 2008 Texas Senior Circuit Championships Austin, United States
11 27.95 sf Emily Seebohm  Australia 22 Mar 2008 Australia Championships Sydney, Australia
12 27.67 Sophie Edington  Australia 23 Mar 2008 Australia Championships Sydney, Australia [12]
12= 27.67 Zhao Jing  China 9 Apr 2009 China Championships Shaoxing, China [13]
13 27.61 Daniela Samulski  Germany 26 Jun 2009 Germany Championships Berlin, Germany [14]
14 27.39 (sf) Daniela Samulski  Germany 29 Jul 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy
15 27.38 (sf) Anastasia Zuyeva  Russia 29 Jul 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy
16 27.06 Zhao Jing  China 30 Jul 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy
17 26.98 Liu Xiang  China 21 August 2018 Asian Games Jakarta, Indonesia [15]
Legend: # – Record awaiting ratification by FINA;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

Short course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
WBT 28.47 Lei Xue  China 9 Jan 1993 World Cup Beijing, China
1 28.33 Sandra Völker  Germany 16 Feb 1993 World Cup Sheffield, United Kingdom
2 27.64 Xiuyu Bai  China 13 March 1994 World Cup Desenzano, Italy
3 27.27 Sandra Völker  Germany 13 Dec 1998 European Championships Sheffield, United Kingdom [16]
4 27.25 r Haley Cope  United States 18 Mar 2000 NCAA Division I Championships Indianapolis, United States [17]
5 26.83 Li Hui  China 2 Dec 2001 World Cup Shanghai, China [16]
6 26.50 Sanja Jovanović  Croatia 15 Dec 2007 European Championships Debrecen, Hungary
7 26.37 Sanja Jovanović  Croatia 13 Apr 2008 World Championships Manchester, United Kingdom [18]
8 26.23 Sanja Jovanović  Croatia 13 Dec 2008 European Championships Rijeka, Croatia
9 26.17 Marieke Guehrer  Australia 6 Nov 2009 World Cup Moscow, Russia
10 26.08 h Zhao Jing  China 10 Nov 2009 World Cup Stockholm, Sweden [19]
11 25.82 Zhao Jing  China 10 Nov 2009 World Cup Stockholm, Sweden [20]
12 25.70 Sanja Jovanović  Croatia 12 Dec 2009 European Championships Istanbul, Turkey [21]
13 25.67 Etiene Medeiros  Brazil 7 Dec 2014 World Championships Doha, Qatar [22]
Legend: # – Record awaiting ratification by FINA;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial


All-time top 25[edit]

Men[edit]

  • Correct as of July 2019
Pos Time Swimmer Date Venue
1 24.00  Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) 4 August 2018 Great Britain
2 24.04  Liam Tancock (GBR) 2 August 2009 Italy
3 24.07  Camille Lacourt (FRA) 12 August 2010 Hungary
4 24.12  Robert Glinta (ROU) 3 August 2018 Great Britain
5 24.23  Mark Nikolaev (RUS) 11 April 2019 Russia
6 24.24  Junya Koga (JPN) 2 August 2009 Italy
 Ryan Murphy (USA) 27 July 2018 United States
8 24.29  Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 3 August 2018 Great Britain
9 24.31  Justin Ress (USA) 27 July 2018 United States
10 24.32  Shane Ryan (IRL) 3 August 2018 Great Britain
11 24.33  Randall Bal (USA) 5 December 2008 Netherlands
12 24.34  Johannes Zandberg (RSA) 2 August 2009 Italy
13 24.39  Michael Andrew (USA) 21 June 2019 Italy
14 24.42  Xu Jiayu (CHN) 8 April 2017 China
15 24.43  Zane Waddell (RSA) 28 July 2019 South Korea
16 24.44  Daniel Orzechowski (BRA) 24 April 2012 Brazil
17 24.45  Jeremy Stravius (FRA) 3 August 2013 Spain
18 24.48  Aschwin Wildeboer (ESP) 1 August 2009 Italy
19 24.49  Guilherme Guido (BRA) 1 August 2009 Italy
 Evgeny Rylov (RUS) 28 July 2019 South Korea
21 24.52  David Plummer (USA) 25 June 2013 United States
22 24.53  Matt Grevers (USA) 27 July 2018 United States
23 24.54  Ben Treffers (AUS) 1 April 2014 Australia
 Dmitry Maltsev (RUS) 11 April 2019 Russia
25 24.59  Helge Meeuw (GER) 1 August 2009 Italy
 Ryan Held (USA) 27 July 2018 United States´

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 24.59:

Women[edit]

  • Correct as of June 2019
Pos Time Swimmer Date Venue
1 26.98  Liu Xiang (CHN) 21 August 2018 Indonesia
2 27.06  Zhao Jing (CHN) 30 July 2009 Italy
3 27.11  Fu Yuanhui (CHN) 6 August 2015 Russia
4 27.14  Etiene Medeiros (BRA) 27 July 2017 Hungary
5 27.21  Georgia Davies (GBR) 4 August 2018 Great Britain
6 27.23  Daniela Samulski (GER) 30 July 2009 Italy
 Aliaksandra Herasimenia (BLR) 27 July 2017 Hungary
 Anastasia Fesikova (RUS) 4 August 2018 Great Britain
9 27.28  Gao Chang (CHN) 30 July 2009 Italy
10 27.33  Olivia Smoliga (USA) 25 July 2019 South Korea
11 27.37  Emily Seebohm (AUS) 27 July 2017 Hungary
12 27.42  Mimosa Jallow (FIN) 4 August 2018 Great Britain
13 27.48  Kathleen Baker (USA) 26 July 2017 Hungary
14 27.49  Minna Atherton (AUS) 29 January 2016 Australia
15 27.51  Sophie Edington (AUS) 29 July 2009 Italy
 Aya Terakawa (JPN) 11 April 2013 Japan
 Natalie Coughlin (USA) 19 June 2015 United States
 Holly Barratt (AUS) 26 July 2017 Hungary
 Daria Vaskina (RUS) 25 July 2019 South Korea
20 27.55  Wang Xueer (CHN) 8 April 2017 China
27 July 2017 Hungary
21 27.57  Fran Halsall (GBR) 21 May 2016 Great Britain
22 27.60  Chen Jie (CHN) 8 April 2017 China
13 April 2018 China
23 27.63  Mie Nielsen (DEN) 5 August 2015 Russia
 Hannah Stevens (USA) 29 June 2017 United States
26 July 2017 Hungary
25 27.64  Kylie Masse (CAN) 26 July 2017 Hungary

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 27.64:

References[edit]

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