2021 BRITISH SWIMMING GLASGOW MEET
- Thursday, June 3rd – Sunday, June 6th
- Prelims at 5:30 pm local night before/Finals at 10:00 am local
- Tollcross International Swimming Centre
- LCM (50m)
- Last Chance Olympic Qualifier
- SwimSwam Preview
- Start Lists – DRAFT
- Day 1 Prelims/Finals #1
- Day 2 Prelims/Finals #2
- Day 3 Prelims
- Live Results
During last night’s prelims session at this British Swimming Glasgow Meet, 16-year-old Jacob Whittle fired off the fastest 100m freestyle time of his career. Hitting the wall in 48.75, Whittle shaved .01 off of his previous PB and British Age Record en route to capturing the top seed in the process.
It turns out that was just a warm-up swim for the Derventio Excel athlete, as Whittle hacked another .20 off of his time to take gold in this morning’s final. The NY Breaker was once again skilled in his splitting, opening in 23.78 and closing in 24.77.
Below is a comparison of splits among his top 3 swims.
Previous PB of 48.76 – 23.98/24.78
Last night’s new Age Record of 48.75 – 24.05/24.70
New Age Record of 48.55 – 23.78/24.77
For reference to just how impressive a 48.75 is from a 16-year-old, Whittle is faster than the reigning world champion in the event Caeleb Dressel was at age 16. In 2013, Dressel posted a new US 15-16 age group record of 49.28; a mark that still stands today.
With his new 48.55 scorcher, Whittle moves up one spot among the all-time British 100m freestyles, hopping over Lewis Burras.
All-Time 100 Freestyle Ranking – Great Britain
- Duncan Scott – 47.87
- Simon Burnett – 48.20
- Matt Richards – 48.23
- Adam Brown – 48.48
- Tom Dean – 48.51
- Ben Proud – 48.52
- Jacob Whittle 48.55
- Lewis Edward Burras – 48.58
- David Cumberlidge – 48.76
As quick as Whittle is at this young of an age, Romanian David Popovici is still faster by nearly half a second, owning a newly-minted lifetime best of 48.08 en route to placing 6th at the European Championships. Popovici is also just 16 years old as is known to be the fastest 100m freestyle ever worldwide for the age.
Whittle has already been named as the youngest member of the British Swimming Olympic roster for Tokyo, earning his berth as a member of the men’s 400m free relay.