World record progression 50 metres freestyle

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The first world record in the men's 50 metres freestyle in long course (50 metres) swimming was recognized by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) in 1976. In the short course (25 metres) swimming events the world's governing body recognizes world records since March 3, 1991.

The drop in world record times in the 2008/2009 coincided with the introduction of polyurethane suits from Speedo (LZR, 50% polyurethane) in 2008 and by Arena (X-Glide), Adidas (Hydrofoil) and Italian swimming suit manufacturer Jaked (all 100% polyurethane) in 2009. FINA's ban on non-textile suit came into effect on January 2010.[1] FINA also released a list of approved suits.

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

Men[edit]

Long course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
1 23.86 Jonty Skinner  South Africa August 14, 1976 AAU Nationals Philadelphia, PA, United States
2 23.74 Joe Bottom  United States July 3, 1977 Canada Cup Etobicoke, Canada
3 23.72 Ron Manganiello  United States Jul 29, 1978 - Miami, FL, United States
4 23.70 Klaus Steinbach  West Germany Jul 23, 1979 - Freiburg, West Germany
5 23.66 Chris Cavanaugh  United States Feb 2, 1980 International Invitational Amersfoort, Netherlands
6 23.12 (h) Chris Cavanaugh  United States Apr 10, 1980 USA Spring Nationals Austin, TX, United States
7 22.96 (h) Rowdy Gaines  United States Apr 10, 1980 USA Spring Nationals Austin, TX, United States
8 22.83 (h) Bruce Stahl  United States Apr 10, 1980 USA Spring Nationals Austin, TX, United States
8= 22.83 (h) Joe Bottom  United States Aug 15, 1980 Hawaiian Invitational Honolulu, HI, United States
9 22.71 Joe Bottom  United States Aug 15, 1980 Hawaiian Invitational Honolulu, HI, United States
10 22.54 (h) Robin Leamy  United States Aug 15, 1981 USA Nationals Brown Deer, WI, United States
11 22.52 Dano Halsall   Switzerland Jul 21, 1985 SUI Nationals Bellinzona, Switzerland
12 22.40 Tom Jager  United States Dec 6, 1985 USS Invitational Austin, TX, United States
13 22.33 Matt Biondi  United States Jun 26, 1986 USA World Championship Trials Orlando, FL, United States
13= 22.33 Matt Biondi  United States Jul 30, 1987 USA Nationals & Pan Pacific Trials Clovis, CA, United States
14 22.32 Tom Jager  United States Aug 13, 1987 Pan Pacific Championships Brisbane, Australia
15 22.23 Tom Jager  United States Mar 25, 1988 USA Spring Nationals Orlando, FL, United States
-[2] 22.18 Peter Williams  South Africa Apr 10, 1988 CSCA Invitational Indianapolis, IN, United States
16 22.14 Matt Biondi  United States Sep 24, 1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea
17 22.12 Tom Jager  United States Aug 20, 1989 Pan Pacific Championships Tokyo, Japan
18 21.98 (sf) Tom Jager  United States Mar 24, 1990 US Sprint Nashville, TN, United States
19 21.81 Tom Jager  United States Mar 24, 1990 US Sprint Nashville, TN, United States
20 21.64 (tt) Alexander Popov  Russia Jun 1, 2000 Russian Olympic Trials Moscow, Russia
21 21.56 Eamon Sullivan  Australia Feb 17, 2008 New South Wales State Championships Sydney, Australia
22 21.50 (sf2) Alain Bernard  France Mar 23, 2008 European Championships Eindhoven, Netherlands
23 21.41 (sf2) Eamon Sullivan  Australia Mar 27, 2008 Australian Championships & Olympic Trials Sydney, Australia
24 21.28 Eamon Sullivan  Australia Mar 28, 2008 Australian Championships & Olympic Trials Sydney, Australia [3]
25 20.94 Frédérick Bousquet  France Apr 26, 2009 French Championships Montpellier, France [4]
26 20.91 César Cielo  Brazil Dec 18, 2009 CBDA Open - Brazilian Championships São Paulo, Brazil [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 21.76 Nils Rudolph  East Germany 10 February 1990 FINA World Cup Bonn, Germany
2 21.64 Steve Crocker  United States 21 March 1992 - Dallas, TX, United States
3 21.60 Mark Foster  Great Britain 17 February 1993 World Cup Sheffield, United Kingdom
4 21.50 Alexander Popov  Russia 13 March 1994 World Cup Desenzano del Garda, Italy
5 21.48 h Mark Foster  Great Britain 13 December 1998 European SC Championships Sheffield, United Kingdom
6 21.31 Mark Foster  Great Britain 13 December 1998 European SC Championships Sheffield, United Kingdom
6= 21.31 h Roland Schoeman  South Africa 23 March 2000 NCAA Men's Division 1 Championships Minneapolis, MN, United States
7 21.21 Anthony Ervin  United States 23 March 2000 NCAA Men's Division 1 Championships Minneapolis, MN, United States
8 21.13 Mark Foster  Great Britain 28 January 2001 World Cup Paris, France
9 21.10 Frédérick Bousquet  France 25 Mar 2004 NCAA Men's Division 1 Championships East Meadow, NY, United States
10 20.98 h Roland Schoeman  South Africa 12 Aug 2006 Invitational Hamburg, Germany
11 20.93 Stefan Nystrand  Sweden 18 November 2007 World Cup Berlin, Germany
12 20.81 Duje Draganja  Croatia 11 April 2008 World SC Championships Manchester, United Kingdom
13 20.64 Roland Schoeman  South Africa 7 September 2008 South African SC Championships Germiston, South Africa [6]
14 20.48 Amaury Leveaux  France 11 December 2008 European SC Championships Rijeka, Croatia [7]
15 20.30 sf Roland Schoeman  South Africa 8 August 2009 South African SC Championships Pietermaritzburg, South Africa [8]
16 20.26 Florent Manaudou  France 5 December 2014 World Championships Doha, Qatar [9]
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 26.99 r, † Kornelia Ender  East Germany Jul 26, 1975 World Championships Cali, Colombia
2 26.95 Johanna Malloy  Canada Aug 16, 1977 Canada Summer Games St. John's, NL, Canada
3 26.74 Anne Jardin  Canada Aug 19, 1978 Canada Summer Nationals Etobicoke, Canada
4 26.61 h Cynthia Woodhead  United States Apr 10, 1980 USA Spring Nationals Austin, TX, United States
5 26.53 h Kelly Asplund  United States Apr 10, 1980 USA Spring Nationals Austin, TX, United States
6 26.32 h Jill Sterkel  United States Apr 10, 1980 USA Spring Nationals Austin, TX, United States
7 25.96 Jill Sterkel  United States Apr 10, 1980 USA Spring Nationals Austin, TX, United States
8 25.79 tt Jill Sterkel  United States Apr 3, 1981 Longhorn Invitational Austin, TX, United States
9 25.69 h Dara Torres  United States Jan 29, 1983 Speedo International Amersfoort, Netherlands
10 25.64 Annemarie Verstappen  Netherlands Jul 9, 1983 NED Nationals Amersfoort, Netherlands
11 25.62 Dara Torres  United States Aug 5, 1983 USA Nationals Clovis, CA, United States
12 25.61 r Dara Torres  United States Jul 21, 1984 Pre-Olympic meet Mission Viejo, CA, United States
13 25.50 h Tamara Costache  Romania Jul 16, 1986 ROU Nationals & World Championship Trials Bucharest, Romania
14 25.34 Tamara Costache  Romania Jul 16, 1986 ROU Nationals & World Championship Trials Bucharest, Romania
15 25.31 Tamara Costache  Romania Aug 1, 1986 Balkan Games Sofia, Bulgaria
16 25.28 Tamara Costache  Romania Aug 23, 1986 World Championships Madrid, Spain
17 24.98 Yang Wenyi  China Apr 11, 1988 Asian Swimming Championships Guangzhou, China
18 24.79 Yang Wenyi  China Jul 31, 1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain
19 24.51 Le Jingyi  China Sep 11, 1994 World Championships Rome, Italy
19= 24.51 h Inge de Bruijn  Netherlands May 26, 2000 Super Speedo Grand Prix Sheffield, United Kingdom
20 24.48 Inge de Bruijn  Netherlands Jun 4, 2000 NED Olympic Trials Drachten, Netherlands
21 24.39 Inge de Bruijn  Netherlands Jun 10, 2000 Trofeu Jose Finkel & BRA Olympic Trials Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
22 24.13 sf Inge de Bruijn  Netherlands Sep 22, 2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia
23 24.09 Marleen Veldhuis  Netherlands Mar 24, 2008 European Championships Eindhoven, Netherlands
24 23.97 Libby Trickett  Australia Mar 29, 2008 Australian Championships & Olympic Trials Sydney, Australia [10]
25 23.96 Marleen Veldhuis  Netherlands 19 Apr 2009 Amsterdam Swim Cup Amsterdam, Netherlands [11]
26 23.73 Britta Steffen  Germany 2 Aug 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy
27 23.67 sf Sarah Sjöström  Sweden 29 Jul 2017 World Championships 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

Short course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
1 24.75 Franziska van Almsick  Germany 4 November 1992 - Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
2 24.62 h Le Jingyi  China 3 December 1993 World Championships Palma de Mallorca, Spain
3 24.23 Le Jingyi  China 3 December 1993 World Championships Palma de Mallorca, Spain
4 24.09 Therese Alshammar  Sweden 11 December 1999 European Championships Lisbon, Portugal
5 23.59 Therese Alshammar  Sweden 18 March 2000 World Championships Athens, Greece
6 23.58 Marleen Veldhuis  Netherlands 17 November 2007 World Cup Berlin, Germany
7 23.25 Marleen Veldhuis  Netherlands 13 April 2008 World Championships Manchester, United Kingdom [13]
8 23.24 Ranomi Kromowidjojo  Netherlands 7 August 2013 World Cup Eindhoven, Netherlands
8 23.24 = Ranomi Kromowidjojo  Netherlands 12 December 2015 Duel in the Pool Indianapolis, United States [14]
9 23.10 Sarah Sjöström  Sweden 2 August 2017 World Cup Moscow, Russia [15]
10 22.93 Ranomi Kromowidjojo  Netherlands 7 August 2017 World Cup Berlin, Germany [16]
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

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Hi-tech suits banned from January". BBC News/BBC Sport. 2009-07-31. Archived from the original on 31 July 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Peter Williams' 1988 time was officially recognised, but not as a world record, because South Africa was banned from international competition at the time. Performance on all time performance list
  3. ^ "Sullivan snaps 50m record again". ABC News. 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  4. ^ Craig Lord (2009-04-26). "Bousquet: 20.94 WR 50 Free". Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  5. ^ Lydia Gismondi (2009-12-18). "Cielo: 20.91 WR 50 Free". Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  6. ^ "Schoeman breaks 50m freestyle world record". South Africa: The Good News. 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  7. ^ "Leveaux sets short-course record in 50 freestyle". 
  8. ^ "South African Short Course Championships: Roland Schoeman Lowers World Record". Swimming World Magazine. 
  9. ^ "Florent Manaudou Stuns Crowd With Blazing 50 Free World Record at Worlds". Swimming World Magazine. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Cowley, Michael (2008-03-30). "Just the Trickett: Libby breaks the speed barrier". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  11. ^ "Amsterdam Swim Cup result 50 freestyle women" (PDF). amsterdamswimcup.nl. 2009-04-19. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  12. ^ "17th FINA World Championships 2017, Women 50m Freestyle, Semifinal 2 results". FINA. 29 July 2017. Retrieved 29 July 2017. 
  13. ^ "WR: Veldhuis 50m Free 23.25". swimnews.com. 2008-04-13. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  14. ^ Lord, Craig (December 12, 2015). "Duel In The Pool Over Before Over: WRS For Grevers, Kromowidjojo; USA Keeps Crown". Swimvortex. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Women's 50m Freestyle Results". Omega Timing. 2 August 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  16. ^ "Women's 50m Freestyle Results". Omega Timing. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 

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