Danas Rapsys Becomes 3rd Fastest Performer Of All-Time In Men’s 400 FR

2018 FINA SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

After smashing his Lithuanian Record in the preliminaries by close to four seconds, Danas Rapsys made another significant drop in the final, knocking another 2.6 off as he won gold and became the 3rd fastest performer in history in the men’s 400 free.

Rapsys had gone 3:36.65 in the prelims to lower his national record of 3:40.57 and take the top seed for the final, a time that put him 12th all-time in the event. In the final he was out aggressively, leading by over seven-tenths after 50 metres, and would not be denied as he had the fastest split in the field on six of the eight 50s to win by well over two seconds in 3:34.01.

That swim bumps him up to 3rd all-time in the event, and lowers the Championship Record of 3:34.32 set by Peter Bernek of Hungary in 2014. He now only trails Yannick Agnel and Paul Biedermann in the historical rankings, both of whom have been down in the 3:32s.

Norwegian Henrik Christiansen broke his National Record to take silver in 3:36.64, and Italian Gabriele Detti snagged bronze in 3:37.54.

ALL-TIME TOP PERFORMERS, MEN’S 400 FREESTYLE

  1. Yannick Agnel (FRA), 3:32.25
  2. Paul Biedermann (GER), 3:32.77
  3. Danas Rapsys (LTU), 3:34.01
  4. Peter Bernek (HUN), 3:34.32
  5. Grant Hackett (AUS), 3:34.58

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Hackett’s 3.34 is probably the most impressive out of the top 5.

Pvdh

Agnel 3:32 in textile easily

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James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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