Race Video: Watch Tom Shields Post Electric 21.99 50 Butterfly American Record

By Ben Dornan on SwimSwam


Thursday, October 7th – Saturday, October 9th
Duna Arena, Budapest, Hungary
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American Olympian Tom Shields stunned the field during the 50 butterfly final at the 2021 FINA World Cup meet in Budapest, Hungary. Shields, swimming from lane 5, powered his way down two lengths of the short course pool and stopped the clock in a 21.99 to reset his own best time as well as the American record in the event.

The former mark was held by Caeleb Dressel who swam a 22.04 during the 2020 International League Season, while Shields’ former PB was a 22.09 from just a week ago at the Berlin stop of the 2021 FINA World Cup.

Along with being the fastest American man in the history of this event, Shields is now the second man to swim a sub-22 second 50 fly in 2021, joining world record holder Nicholas Santos of Brazil who has posted a 21.81 and a 21.83 thus far in 2021.

Despite Shields being joined by an elite crew of butterfliers including Szebasztian Szabo, Kristof Milak, and Vlad Morozov, he was able to finish for gold a full 0.25 seconds before silver medalist Szabo. Read more about Shields’ record here and check out the race video, provided by FINA, below.

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