National Record Round-Up By Country: Day Three Prelims

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The World Championships play host to a multitude of countries for a total of eight days and national records have been tumbling left and right. Throughout the remainder of the World Championships Swimming World will be providing updates of the national records that tumble down.

Men’s 50 Breast

An astounding 28 countries set national records during the preliminary heats of the men’s 50 breast.

Great Britain

Unsurprisingly, Adam Peaty sprinted well ahead of the competition in the 50 breast. Peaty scorched the competition with a 26.10, which not only set a new British Record, but also a World and Championship Record. He previously held the WR at a 26.42 set during the 2015 World Championships in Kazan.

He returns as the top seed for the men’s 50 breast semi-finals.

South Africa / African

Cameron van der Burgh posted a new South African record of 26.54, a time that doubles as a new African record for the entire continent. Van der Burgh’s previous S.A. record was a 26.62 from the 2015 World Championships in Kazan.

He returns as the second place seed for the men’s 50 breast semi-finals.


Joao Gomes Junior established a new Brazilian record in prelims of the 50 breast, posting a final time of 26.67. That takes down Felipe Silva’s record of 26.76 and also establishes a new South American record.

He returns as the number three seed for semi-finals.


Kirill Prigoda continued his record-breaking ways with a new 50 breast national record, delivering a 26.91 in prelims. His time takes down Andrey Nikolaev’s 27.14 from 2016 and makes him the first Russian to finish under 27 seconds.

He returns as the fifth place seed for semi-finals.


Ilya Shymanovich added the 50 breast Belarusian National Record to his name with a final time of 27.01. The previous record was a 27.61 set by Yury Klemparski in 2013.

He returns as the seventh place seed for semi-finals.

Japan / Asian

Yasuhiro Koseki improved upon his own Japanese National Record in the men’s 50 breast with a preliminary showing of 27.21. Koseki’s previous record was a 27.23 from the 2017 Japanese Championships. His new record of 27.21 doubles as an Asian Record.

He returns as the number 10 seed for semi-finals of the 50 breast.


Yan Zibei bettered his own Chinese National Record of 27.34 with a 27.25 showing in prelims. His previous record was posted at the 2017 Chinese National Championships.

He returns as the number 12 seed for semi-finals of the 50 breast.


Nikolva Obrovac turned in a new Croatian National Record of 27.61 to become the first man under 28 seconds. The previous record was set by Vanja Rogulj at a 28.08 in 2003.


Youssef Elkamash became the first Egyptian man to post a 50 breast time beneath 28 seconds, delivering a 27.79. He had previously held the record at a 28.05.

Additional Countries include:

  • Paraguay – Renato Prono (27.79)
  • Uruguay – Martin Melconian (28.10)
  • Phillipines – James Deiparine (28.13)
  • Aruba – Jordy Groters (28.40)
  • Kyrgyztan – Kirill Vais (28.61)
  • Zimbabwe – James Lawson (28.85)
  • Angola – M. Ervedosa (29.26)
  • Botswana – Adrian Robinson (30.38)
  • Brunei – Muis Ahmad (30.73
  • Lebanon – Anthony Souaiby (30.84)
  • Micronesia – Dionisio Augustine (32.28)
  • Nepal – Shuvam Shrestha (32.50)
  • Laos – Slava Sihanouvong (32.60)
  • Tanzania – Adil Bharmal (32.67)
  • Uganda – E. Tibatemwa (32.77)
  • Swaziland – Simanga Dlamini (33.07)
  • Sierra Leone – Moris Beale (35.13)
  • Tajikistan – Ramziyor Khorkashov (35.52)
  • Benin – Ablam Awoussou (36.34)

Women’s 200 Free

Four countries posted new national records in prelims of the women’s 200 free.

Hong Kong

Siobhan Haughey slashed her own national record in prelims with a 1:56.62 showing. Previously she had set the record at a 1:56.91 while swimming at the 2016 Olympic Games.

She returns for tonight’s semi-finals as the number five seed.


Diana Duraes took down her own Portuguese National Record with a final time of 2:01.48. This past February she had posted a 2:01.78 for the record.


Sonia Tumiotto lowered the Tanzanian National Record in prelims of the 200 free, stopping the clock at a 2:11.01. The previous record was held by Sonia Franco at a 2:14.18.


Osisang Dibech Chilton edged past the previous Palauan National Record in prelims of the women’s 200 free, posting a time of 2:25.83. Her time takes down the previous record of 2:26.87, set in 2015 by Dirngulbai Misech.

Men’s 200 Fly

Seven countries established new national records in prelims of the men’s 200 fly.


Antani Ivanov took down the Bulgarian National Record by more than a second and a half, stopping the clock in prelims with a final time of 1:55.55. Ivanov owned the previous record with a 1:57.11 set at the 2016 European Championships.

He returns as the fourth place seed for tonight’s semi-finals.


Jonathan Gomez etched past his own Colombian National Record of 1:56.65 with a 1:56.60. His previous record was posted in the prelims heats of the 200 fly at the 2016 Olympic games. Gomez’s time in prelims qualified him for the semi-finals of the 200 fly as the 14th place seed.


Nils Liess continued to strike away at the men’s 200 fly Swiss National Record, lowering his previous record of 1:58.02 down to a 1:57.96. His previous record was posted at the 2016 Sette Colli meet.


Deividas Margevicius edged closer to the two-minute mark in the men’s 200 fly, turning in a new Lithuanian National Record of 2:00.63. He had set the previous national record at a 2:01.17 at the 2017 Romanian Swimming Championships.


Ayman Kelzie slashed one and a half seconds off his Syrian National Record of 2:02.97, stopping the clock at a new record of 2:01.44.


Michael James Gunning finished well under the previous Jamaican National Record of 2:06.72 in prelims of the men’s 200 fly. Gunning stopped the clock at a final time of 2:01.73, tearing down an 11-year-old record that was posted in 2006 by Brad Hamilton.


Luis Carlos Martinez established a new Guamanian National Record by more than ten seconds in prelims of the men’s 200 fly. Martinez posted a final time of 2:03.10 to finish well below the previous record of 2:13.46. The previous record had stood since Ken Barcinas posted it in 2010.

Men’s 800 Free

Prelims of the men’s 800 free saw four different countries establishing new national records.


The most notable of the national records coming out of the men’s 800 free was Felix Aubock’s Austrian record. Aubock lowered the previous record of 7:55.97 to a sizzling 7:49.24. The previous record was set in 2009 by Florian Janistyn. 

Aubock’s time was the fourth fastest of the preliminary heats and qualifies him for tomorrow night’s final.


Victor Johansson tore down his own Swedish National Record in prelims with a 7:52.66. He had previously held the record at a time of 8:01.63 from the 2016 European Championships.

El Salvador

Similar to Johansson, Marcela Acosta successfully lowered his own national record and became the first Salvadorian man to post a time beneath the eight minute mark. Acosta took down his record of 8:00.85, which was established last summer at the 2016 Olympic Games, and posted a new record of 7:55.70.


Constantinos Hadjittooulis etched his name into the record books of Cyprus with a new Cypriot record of 8:23.30 in the 800 free. The previous record was posted by Iacovos Hadjittooulis at an 8:30.97 from 2013.