Updated list of swimming world records that are a complete joke

The record books in swimming have turned into a farce at the Rome world championships with the decision to delay the outlawing of wetsuits until next January. From 22 events, there have been 18 world records broken, mostly by swimmers wearing the double-layered suits, with second-raters leaving the likes of eight-time Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps in their technology-assisted wake.

There are a further 18 swimming finals to be swum, with further records expected to be broken at the same clip. At this rate, 80 per cent of the records in world swimming are going to have asterisks next to them. Shame must be attributed to FINA, the world swimming body.


100 m freestyle Cesar Cielo Filho BRA 46.91
200 m freestyle Paul Biedermann GER 1:42.00
400 m freestyle Paul Biedermann GER 3:40.07
800 m freestyle Zhang Lin CHN 7:32.12
100 m backstroke No WR in Rome
50 m breaststroke Cameron van der Burgh SAF 26.67
100 m breaststroke Brenton Rickard AUS 58.58
50 m butterfly No WR in Rome
200 m butterfly Michael Phelps USA 1:51.51
200 m individual medley Ryan Lochte USA 1:54.10
4×100 m freestyle relay No WR in Rome


200 m freestyle Federica Pellegrini ITA 1:52.98
400 m freestyle Federica Pellegrini ITA 3:59.15
1500 m freestyle No WR in Rome
50 m backstroke Zhao Jing CHN 27.06
100 m backstroke Gemma Spofforth GBR 58.12
100 m breaststroke Rebecca Soni USA 1:04.84
100 m butterfly Sarah Sjöström SWE 56.06
200 m butterfly Jessica Schipper AUS 2:03.41
200 m individual medley Ariana Kukors USA 2:06.15
4×100 m freestyle relay Netherlands * NED 3:31.72
4×200 m freestyle relay China ** CHN 7:42.08

* Inge Dekker, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Frederike Heemskerk, Magdalena Veldhuis
** Yang Yu, Zhu Qianwei, Liu Jing, Pang Jiaying