Nicholas Santos (BRA) confirms success in the men’s 50m fly
After two successive Championships Records in the heats (22.40) and semis (22.23), Nicholas Santos (BRA), also the best performer of the season in 22.22, was the man to beat in the men’s 50m fly. In the decisive race, the 32-year-old Brazilian star did not disappoint and got his first world title also in 22.22, a new Championships Record. Chad Le Clos (RSA), winner of the 100m butterfly, got the silver in 22.26, while Thomas Shields (USA, second in the 100m) earned bronze in 22.46. Santos success was the first gold medal for Brazil at these Championships, after the bronze of Guilherme Guido in the men’s 100m backstroke.
World Record: Steffen Deibler (GER), 21.80 – November 14, 2009 in Berlin (GER)
Championships Record: Nicholas Santos (BRA), 22.22 – December 15, 2012 in Istanbul (TUR)
Best performance of the current season (since August 2012): Nicholas Santos (BRA, 22.22 – August in Sao Paulo, BRA)
Last five (2002-2010) winners in this event: 2002 - Geoff Huegill (AUS, 22.89); 2004 - Ian Crocker (USA, 22.71); 2006 - Matt Welsh (AUS, 23.05); 2008 - Adam Pine (AUS, 22.78); 2010 - Albert Subirats (VEN, 22.40)
The best in this event (1. most victories or 2. fastest time): Mark Foster (GBR, 1999 & 2000)