16-Year Old Benedetta Pilato Breaks Lilly King’s World Record in 50 Breaststroke



Italy’s Benedetta Pilato lowered the ladies’s lengthy course 50 breaststroke world report to a 29.30, shaving a 0.10 seconds off Lilly King‘s former mark of 29.40. With that swim, Pilato additionally breaks the World Junior, European, European Junior, Italian, and European Championships information.

Pilato lowered the world junior, European junior, and championship information through the prelims of the occasion with a 29.50 and has now lowered it by one other 0.20. The earlier European report was set by Lithuanian breaststroker Ruta Meilutyte who hit a 29.48 again in 2013.

The now-former world report of 29.40 was set by Lilly King on the 2017 World Swimming Championships at this very same pool on the similar meet the place Yuliya Efimova posted a 29.52 which now sits at #5 when it comes to all-time performances. That signifies that the pool has performed host to three of the 4 quickest occasions in historical past and 5 of the highest 9.

All-Time Girls’s Lengthy Course 50 Breasktroke Performances

  1. Benedetta Pilato – 29.30 (2021)
  2. Lilly King – 29.40 (2017)
  3. Ruta Meilutyte – 29.48 (2013)
  4. Benedetta Pilato – 29.50 (2021)
  5. Yuliya Efimova – 29.52 (2013)
  6. Yuliya Efimova – 29.57 (2017)
  7. Ruta Meilutyte – 29.59 (2013)
  8. Lilly King – 29.60 (2017)
  9. Benedetta Pilato – 29.61 (2020)
  10. (TIE) Benedetta Pilato – 29.62 (2021)/LIlly King – 29.62 (2018)

Pilato raced the 50 breaststroke for Italy on the 2019 World Championships, incomes a silver medal to Lilly King‘s 29.84 with a 30.00. Whereas she now sits within the prime spot in historical past on this planet, she received’t race the occasion in Tokyo because the stroke 50s aren’t Olympic occasions. She is going to, nevertheless, symbolize Italy on the 2021 Olympics within the 100 breaststroke.

This swim marks Pilato’s first-ever world report and stays her solely lengthy course world junior report. She additionally holds the world junior report within the brief course model of the occasion at a 28.81 from 2020.


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