World’s Best 100m Freestyle Swimmers – Men’s Long Course

  1. David Popovici (22.74, 24.12) 46.86
  2. Cesar Cielo Filho (22.17, 24.74) 46.91
  3. Alain Bernard (22.35, 24.59) 46.94
  4. Caeleb Dressel (22.29, 24.67) 46.96
  5. Cameron McEvoy (22.54, 24.50) 47.04
  6. Eamon Sullivan (22.44, 24.61) 47.05
  7. Kyle Chalmers (22.79, 24.29) 47.08
  8. James Magnussen (22.68, 24.42) 47.10
  9. Kliment Kolesnikov (22.52, 24.59) 47.11

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The chart below compares the World’s best 100m Freestyle swimmers. Swimmers and coaches can looks at the individual Splits, Stroke Counts and the first 50m split compared to swimmers 50m PB. All swim data has been collected from our team reviewing race footage where possible. Here is David Popovici 46.86 World Record to view.

Here is the list of the Men’s 100m Freestyle Short Course for comparison.

Top Men's 100m Freestyle Swim Analysis

Men's 100m Freestyle - Long Course
David PopoviciCesar Cielo FilhoAlain BernardCaeleb DresselCameron McEvoyEamon SullivanKyle ChalmersJames MagnussenKliment Kolesnikov
Height:6 ft 3 in 191cm6ft 5in 1.95m6ft 5in 1.96m6ft 2in 1.88m6ft 1in 1.85m6ft 2in 1.89m6ft 4in 1.93m6ft 6in 1.98m6 ft 5 in 196cm
Weight:194lb 88kg198lb 90kg192lb 87kg165lb 75kg172lb 78kg198lb 90kg207lb 94kg190Ib 80kg
Country:ROMBrazilFranceUSAAUSAUSAUSAUSRUS
DOB:2004-09-151987-01-101983-05-011996-08-161994-05-131985-08-301998-06-251991-04-112000-07-09
Meet:European Aquatics Championships 202213th FINA World Championships 2009French Championships 200918th FINA World Championships 20192016 Australian ChampsOlympic Games Beijing 200818th FINA World Championships 20192012 EnergyAustralia SwimmingTokyo Olympics 2020 (2021)
1st 50m Split
Strokes313032293232302829
Split Time:22.7422.1722.3522.2922.5422.4422.7922.6822.52
50m PB:22.2220.9121.4921.0421.4421.2822.0721.5221.89
Time off 50m PB:0.521.260.861.251.101.160.721.160.63
Percentage of 50m PB:102.340%106.026%104.002%105.941%105.131%105.451%103.262%105.390%105.390%
2nd 50m Split
Strokes363440353839353635
Split Time:24.7424.7424.5924.6724.5024.6124.2924.4224.59
Total Time:46.8646.9146.9446.9647.0447.0547.0847.1047.10

The 100m freestyle is one of the most exhilarating and closely watched events in men’s long course swimming. It showcases the incredible speed and power of the athletes as they strive to cover the distance in the shortest possible time. The list of the world’s best 100m freestyle swimmers mentioned below reflects the remarkable performances and achievements in this event.

At the top of the list is David Popovici, known for his impressive speed at such a young age. With a blazing time of 46.86 seconds, he has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the swimming world. Following closely behind is Cesar Cielo Filho, who holds a time of 46.91 seconds. Cielo Filho has a proven track record and is renowned for his explosive starts and strong finishes.

Other notable names on the list include Alain Bernard, and Caeleb Dressel, each with impressive times under the 47-second mark. Currently there are only 4 swimmers under the magical 47 second mark with it only performed 5 times, David Popovici being the only swimmer to have done this twice.  These swimmers have consistently showcased their exceptional skills and have thrilled audiences with their performances. Cameron McEvoy, Eamon Sullivan, Kyle Chalmers, James Magnussen, and Kliment Kolesnikov also feature on the list, displaying their prowess in this highly competitive event.

Note: World’s best 100m Freestyle – Men’s Long Course Update May 2023

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