The greatest sporting event in the history of Hungary commences on 14 July. Obsessed with number 50 here is a summary of interesting facts.
The World Championships begin in 50 days, that is 1200 hours, 72 000 minutes and 4 320 000 seconds.
Diverse and interesting aspects and figures related to no. 50 to get in the mood of the World Champs:
An outstanding figure in Hungarian swimming, four-time Olympic and world champion Tamás Darnyi will turn 50 this year (3 June). He finished first an Seoul and Barcelona as well as in Madrid and Perth in 200m and 400m medley.
American swimmer, Dara Torres turned 50 this April, too. The 12-time Olympic medallist swimmer (4 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze) finished second in 50m freestyle in 4x100m medley and freestyle relay in Beijing at the age of 42.
The first 50m freestyle champions in Madrid, 1980 are: Tom Jager (US, 22.49) and Tamara Costache (Romania, 25.28).
The last 50m freestyle champions are: Florent Manaudou (France, 21.19) and Bronte Campbell (Australia, 24.12).
50m pool in the Danube Arena
The 50m freestyle world record holder is Cesar Cielo. The Brazilian swimmer made 21.08 on 1 August at the World Champs of 2009 in Romania.
Argentina is ranked 50 in the overall medal table of FINA.
The 50th gold medal will be awarded in Budapest in women’s 4x200 freestyle relay on 27 July.
50m freestyle has been included in the programme of World Championships since 1986, while 50m backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly debuted in 2001.
50 years ago Swimming World Magazine appointed Debbie Meyer (women’s category) and Mark Spitz (men’s category) as Swimmers of the Year.
The first swimmer to go under 50 seconds in 100m freestyle was Jim Montgomery (49.99) at the Olympics in Montreal on 25 July 1976.
Considering 100m butterfly it was Michael Phelps (49.82 seconds) who managed to achieve this first on 1 August 2009 at the World Championships in Rome.
City Park, the venue hosting the synchronised swimming events at the 17th FINA World Championships used to look like this 50 years ago: