FLASH! Ilya Shymanovich Swims 55.28 to Take Down World Record in 100 Breaststroke

SHYMANOVICH Ilya ENS Energy Standard (ENS) ISL International Swimming League 2021 Match 8 day 1 Piscina Felice Scandone Napoli, Naples Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto
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Ilya Shymanovich Swims 55.28 to Take Down World Record in 100 Breaststroke

One week after Ilya Shymanovich of Belarus and Energy Standard swam a 55.32 to break his own world record in the men’s 100 breast by two hundredths, he did it again during the fifth playoff match. Here, Shymanovich went out in 25.85, just off his opening-half pace of 25.77 from last week, but then he closed in 29.43 to touch in 55.28 for the new record. Shymanovich out-split the entire heat by more than a second on the second 50.

Shymanovich won by more than two seconds as Energy teammate Felipe Lima touched in 57.34. That barely got Lima inside the 2.1-second jackpot margin, but Shymanovich jackpotted the other six swimmers in the field, including third-place finisher Tommy Cope of DC Trident (57.57). Shymanovich scored 30 points on his own, and Lima scored seven — so Energy Standard scored 37 points here while no other team scored a single point. That is the exact same outcome as what transpired in Thursday’s 50 breast.

The only swimmer in the world capable of challenging Shymanovich in a short course 100 breast is long course world-record holder and two-time Olympic gold medalist Adam Peaty, and Peaty actually edged out Shymanovich in last year’s ISL final. But Peaty has yet to compete in the ISL this season after his appearance on the British show Strictly Come Dancing. There is still a chance that Peaty makes an appearance in the ISL final for the London Roar, but that is looking unlikely at this stage.

Energy trailed London by five going into this race, but afterward, Energy ended up with a huge 32-point advantage, 401 to 369, thanks to this 37-point sweep.

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