Day The Dash Became Official WR 30 Years Ago: Tom Jager 22.32 On Way To 1st Sub-22

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of the first official 50m freestyle world record for men. It was August 13, 1987 and Tom Jager was stealing a march on fellow dashers in Brisbane. The American clocked 22.32 for the Pan Pacs title ahead of Matt Biondi, the teammate who had held the last world-best time, at 22.33, before the dash became an official record event.

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of the first official 50m freestyle world record for men. It was August 13, 1987 and Tom Jager was stealing a march on fellow dashers in Brisbane. The American clocked 22.32 for the Pan Pacs title ahead of Matt Biondi, the teammate who had held the last world-best time, at 22.33, before the dash became an official record event.

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This article brings back a few memories. The 50FS wasn’t an Olympic event until 1988 and even then it was seen as a bit gimmicky therefore Tom Jager probably didn’t get the recognition he deserved. He was good enough in the 100FS to appear for the gold-medal winning USA relay teams in 1988 and 1992 but he was more of a raw speedster and did not make much of an impact in the individual 100. Interestingly, when he set a new world record of 22.12 in the 50FS at the Pan Pacs in Tokyo on 20 August 1989 it was a very special day. On the same day Janet Evans swam 4.03.85 in the 400FS which remained the world record for almost 20 years, Mike Barrowman swam one of his many world records in the 200BS and Dave Wharton set a new world record in the 200IM. What a day!

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