ZUMO Performance of the Week: 39-Year-Old Nicholas Santos Breaks Brazilian, South American Record

Nicholas Santos; Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

This week’s ZUMO Performance of the Week goes to Brazilian Nicholas Santos for his world-leading 50 fly at the 2019 FINA Champions Swim Series.

The 39-year old won the 50 fly at this week’s FINA Champions Swim Series in a new Brazilian and South American record. His final time of 22.60 sliced .01 off his old personal best from the 2017 Maria Lenk Trophy. It was also his second consecutive win in the event this series and moved him to #1 in the world rankings for 2019. Santos’ previous season-best had been a 23.01 from Guangzhou.

Santos was already the third fastest performer in history, behind world-record holder Andrii Govorov and Rafael Munoz. This swim moves him up one more spot on the all-time performances list, checking in at #8. Govorov himself finished second in Budapest, touching 2-tenths back with a 22.87.

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Santos is the short course world record holder in the 50 fly (21.75), which he set back in October during the FINA World Cup series. And while Santos has won silver in the 50 fly at the last two long course World Championships, he is not currently listed on Brazil’s roster for this summer’s World Championships.

Congratulations to Nicholas Santos on earning ZUMO’s Performance of the Week!



  1. Serge Score

    A lot of retired swimmers now thinking they retired too early.