This Thursday, during the American trials, swimmer Hunter Armstrong broke the world record for the 50m backstroke.
A world record has fallen. And more precisely that of the distance of the 50m backstroke. This Thursday, on the occasion of the American selections for the world swimming championships, which take place near Greensboro in North Carolina, Hunter Armstrong flew over his race, in a time of 23.71 seconds. Be the new world record. The young swimmer, now only 21 years old, has already distinguished himself on the side of Tokyo in Japan, on the occasion of the last Summer Games, with an Olympic gold medal won in the 4×100 meter medley relay. As for the old world record on this famous distance of 50 meters freestyle, it was previously held, and this since the European swimming championships in Budapest, on May 18, by the Russian Kliment Kolesnikov, in a time benchmark of 23.80 seconds.
Dressel also at the rendezvous
After his very big performance, Hunter Armstrong reacted, in remarks reported by theAFP “I don’t know what to say, honestly. It’s something I’ve always wanted and I’m in heaven right now. Over this same distance, the American therefore obviously validates his ticket for the next world swimming champions, which will take place near Budapest, between June 18 and July 3. On his side, Caeleb Dressel, seven-time Olympic champion and already qualified in the 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly distances, will also compete in the 100m butterfly distance. A distance over which the American had set the new world record, during his Olympic title on the side of Tokyo in Japan, in a time of 49.45 seconds. In series of these American selections, Dressel had then achieved the best world performance of the year, in a time of 50.01 seconds, before winning the final, in 50.20. Second in this same final, Michael Andrew will also see the Worlds.