World record progression 50 metres butterfly

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Graphs of the progression of the World Records in all four strokes (50m, 100m and 200m distances).

This is a history of the progression of the World Record for the Swimming event: the 50 butterfly. It is a listing of the fastest-time-ever in the event, in both long course (50m) and short course (25m) swimming pool. These records are maintained/recognized by FINA,[1] which oversees international competitive swimming and Aquatics.

The World Records in the 50s of stroke are the youngest Swimming World Records; FINA first recognizing them in the 1990s.

Men[edit]

Long course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
WBT 23.68 Denis Pankratov  Russia 10 Aug 1996 Meet of Champions Mulhouse, France
1 23.60 Geoff Huegill  Australia 14 May 2000 Australia Championships Sydney, Australia
2 23.44 (sf) Geoff Huegill  Australia 27 Jul 2001 World Championships Fukuoka, Japan
3 23.43 Matt Welsh  Australia 21 Jul 2003 World Championships Barcelona, Spain
4 23.30 Ian Crocker  United States 29 Feb 2004 Big 12 Time Trials Austin, United States [2]
5 23.01 (sf) Roland Schoeman  South Africa 24 Jul 2005 World Championships Montreal, Canada
6 22.96 Roland Schoeman  South Africa 25 Jul 2005 World Championships Montreal, Canada [3]
7 22.43 sf Rafael Muñoz  Spain 5 April 2009 Spain Nationals Málaga, Spain [4]
8 22.27 Andriy Govorov  Ukraine 1 July 2018 Sette Colli Trophy Rome, Italy [5]
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 24.11 Marcel Gery  Canada 23 February 1990 World Cup Leicester, United Kingdom
2 24.05 Nils Rudolph  Germany 29 March 1991 World Cup Sheffield, United Kingdom
3 23.72 Mark Foster  Great Britain 13 February 1993 World Cup Gelsenkirchen, Germany [6]
3= 23.72 Mark Foster  Great Britain 19 March 1994 World Cup Gelsenkirchen, Germany
4 23.68 Mark Foster  Great Britain 22 March 1994 World Cup Sheffield, United Kingdom [7]
5 23.55 Mark Foster  Great Britain 11 February 1995 World Cup Sheffield, United Kingdom
6 23.45 Mark Foster  Great Britain 15 December 1995 - Sheffield, United Kingdom
7 23.35 Denis Pankratov  Russia 8 February 1997 World Cup Paris, France
8 23.30 Miloš Milošević  Croatia 12 December 1998 European 25m Championships Sheffield, United Kingdom
9 23.21 Michael Klim  Australia 5 September 1999 Australia 25m Championships Canberra, Australia
10 23.19 (h) Lars Frölander  Sweden 19 March 2000 Short Course Worlds Athens, Greece
11 23.11 (tt) Michael Klim  Australia 19 June 2000 AIS Canberra, Australia
12 22.87 Mark Foster  Great Britain 17 January 2001 World Cup Sheffield, United Kingdom
13 22.84 Geoff Huegill  Australia 7 December 2001 World Cup Melbourne, Australia
13= 22.84 Geoff Huegill  Australia 22 January 2002 World Cup Stockholm, Sweden
14 22.74 (h) Geoff Huegill  Australia 26 January 2002 World Cup Berlin, Germany
15 22.71 Ian Crocker  United States 10 October 2004 Short Course Worlds Indianapolis, United States
16 22.60 Kaio de Almeida  Brazil 17 December 2005 Brazil 25m Nationals Santos, Brazil
17 22.50 Matt Jaukovic  Australia 25 October 2008 World Cup Sydney, Australia [8]
18 22.29 Amaury Leveaux  France 6 December 2008 French 25m Championships Angers, France [9]
19 22.18 (h) Amaury Leveaux  France 14 December 2008 European 25m Championships Rijeka, Croatia [10]
20 21.80 Steffen Deibler  Germany 14 November 2009 World Cup Berlin, Germany [11]
21 21.75 Nicholas Santos  Brazil 6 October 2018 World Cup Budapest, Hungary [12]
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 26.54 Inge de Bruijn  Netherlands 18 Jun 1999 Netherlands Championships Amersfoort, Netherlands
2 26.39 Anna-Karin Kammerling  Sweden 1 Jul 1999 Sweden Championships Halmstad, Sweden
3 26.29 Anna-Karin Kammerling  Sweden 27 Jul 1999 European Championships Istanbul, Turkey
4 25.83 (h) Inge de Bruijn  Netherlands 20 May 2000 Mare Nostrum Monte Carlo, Monaco
5 25.64 (h) Inge de Bruijn  Netherlands 26 May 2000 Super Speedo Grand Prix Sheffield, United Kingdom
6 25.57 Anna-Karin Kammerling  Sweden 30 Jul 2002 European Championships Berlin, Germany
7 25.46 Therese Alshammar  Sweden 13 Jun 2007 Mare Nostrum Barcelona, Spain [13]
8 25.33 Marleen Veldhuis  Netherlands 19 April 2009 Swim Cup Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands [14]
9 25.07 sf Therese Alshammar  Sweden 31 July 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy [15]
10 24.43 Sarah Sjöström  Sweden 5 July 2014 Swedish Championships Borås, Sweden
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 27.54 Christiane Sievert  East Germany 10 Feb 1990 World Cup meet Bonn, Germany
2 26.73 Amy Van Dyken  United States 1 Feb 1995 World Cup meet Espoo, Finland
3 26.56 (h) Angela Kennedy  Australia 12 Feb 1995 World Cup meet Sheffield, United Kingdom
4 26.55 Misty Hyman  United States 19 Apr 1997 World SC Championships Gothenburg, Sweden
5 26.48 Jenny Thompson  United States 29 Nov 1997 Canada Open Toronto, Canada
6 26.05 (h) Jenny Thompson  United States 2 Dec 1998 World Cup meet College Station, United States
7 26.00 Jenny Thompson  United States 18 Nov 1999 World Cup meet College Park, United States
8 25.64 Anna-Karin Kammerling  Sweden 10 Dec 1999 European SC Championships Lisbon, Portugal [16]
9 25.60 Anna-Karin Kammerling  Sweden 15 Dec 2000 European SC Championships Valencia, Spain
10 25.36 Anna-Karin Kammerling  Sweden 25 Jan 2001 World Cup meet Stockholm, Sweden
11 25.33 Anna-Karin Kammerling  Sweden 12 Mar 2005 Sweden 25m Championships Gothenburg, Sweden
12 25.32 Felicity Galvez  Australia 11 Apr 2008 World SC Championships Manchester, United Kingdom [17]
13 25.31 Therese Alshammar  Sweden 12 Nov 2008 World Cup meet Stockholm, Sweden [18]
14 24.99 Marieke Guehrer  Australia 15 Nov 2008 World Cup meet Berlin, Germany [19]
15 24.75 Therese Alshammar  Sweden 17 Oct 2009 World Cup meet Durban, South Africa [20]
16 24.46 Therese Alshammar  Sweden 11 Nov 2009 World Cup meet Stockholm, Sweden [21]
17 24.38 Therese Alshammar  Sweden 22 Nov 2009 World Cup meet Singapore [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 22.27  Andrii Govorov (UKR) 1 July 2018 Italy
2 22.35  Caeleb Dressel (USA) 22 July 2019 South Korea
3 22.43  Rafael Muñoz (ESP) 2 April 2009 Spain
4 22.60  Nicholas Santos (BRA) 11 May 2019 Hungary
5 22.67  Milorad Cavic (SRB) 27 July 2009 Italy
6 22.70  Henrique Martins (BRA) 26 May 2017 Brazil
 Oleg Kostin (RUS) 22 July 2019 South Korea
8 22.73  Matthew Targett (AUS) 27 July 2009 Italy
9 22.75  Benjamin Proud (GBR) 24 July 2017 Hungary
10 22.76  Cesar Cielo (BRA) 24 April 2012 Brazil
11 22.80  Michael Andrew (USA) 22 July 2019 South Korea
12 22.84  Frederick Bousquet (FRA) 22 April 2009 France
 Florent Manaudou (FRA) 2 August 2015 Russia
14 22.90  Roland Schoeman (RSA) 26 July 2009 Italy
 Yauhen Tsurkin (BLR) 28 July 2013 Spain
 Szebasztián Szabó (HUN) 22 July 2019 South Korea
17 22.91  Bryan Lundquist (USA) 18 July 2009 United States
18 22.93  Jakob Andkjaer (DEN) 27 July 2009 Italy
 Joseph Schooling (SGP) 23 July 2017 Hungary
20 22.94  Amaury Leveaux (FRA) 22 April 2009 France
21 23.02  Steffen Deibler (GER) 28 July 2013 Spain
22 23.03  Duje Draganja (CRO) 26 July 2009 Italy
23 23.04  Jason Dunford (KEN) 27 July 2009 Italy
24 23.05  Albert Subirats (VEN) 26 July 2009 Italy
 Eugene Godsoe (USA) 29 July 2013 Spain

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 23.05:

Women[edit]

  • Correct as of August 2019
Pos Time Swimmer Date Venue
1 24.43  Sarah Sjöström (SWE) 5 July 2014 Sweden
2 25.07  Therese Alshammar (SWE) 31 July 2009 Spain
3 25.11  Rikako Ikee (JPN) 10 June 2018 France
4 25.20  Fran Halsall (GBR) 24 July 2014 Great Britain
5 25.24  Jeanette Ottesen (DEN) 3 August 2013 Spain
6 25.28  Magdalena Veldhuis (NED) 31 July 2009 Italy
7 25.31  Holly Barratt (AUS) 16 August 2019 Singapore
8 25.35  Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) 27 July 2019 South Korea
9 25.37  Lu Ying (CHN) 8 August 2015 Russia
10 25.39  Farida Osman (EGY) 29 July 2017 Hungary
11 25.47  Cate Campbell (AUS) 1 March 2018 Australia
12 25.48  Marieke Guehrer (AUS) 1 August 2009 Italy
 Kelsi Dahlia (USA) 29 July 2017 Hungary
26 July 2018 United States
27 July 2019 South Korea
14 25.50  Dara Torres (USA) 7 July 2009 United States
 Inge Dekker (NED) 10 April 2014 Netherlands
 Marie Wattel (FRA) 27 July 2019 South Korea
17 25.53  Ingvild Snildal (NOR) 31 July 2009 Italy
 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (BAH) 24 July 2014 Great Britain
19 25.54  Madeline Groves (AUS) 7 April 2018 Australia
20 25.57  Anna-Karin Kammerling (SWE) 25 July 2002 Germany
 Zhou Yafei (CHN) 1 August 2009 Italy
22 25.62  Penny Oleksiak (CAN) 29 July 2017 Hungary
23 25.63  Melanie Henique (FRA) 28 July 2017 Hungary
6 April 2018 France
24 25.64  Inge de Bruijn (NED) 27 May 2000 Great Britain
25 25.68  Aliena Schmidtke (GER) 28 July 2017 Hungary

Notes[edit]

Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 25.68:

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