Danas Rapsys Leads Off Lithuanian Relay In 200 FR Championship Record


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Danas Rapsys broke the World Championship Record on the lead-off leg of Lithuania’s preliminary 4×200 freestyle relay, going 1:40.95 to slip under Park Tae Hwan‘s record of 1:41.03 set two years ago in Windsor when he won the gold medal.

Rapsys, who also set a new Championship Record in the 400 freestyle when he won gold on night 1 in 3:34.01, has been as fast as 1:40.85 in this event, done at the 2017 European Championships, but failed to hit that mark in the individual 200 freestyle.

Just one day after that 400 final, the 23-year-old finished as the runner-up to American Blake Pieroni (1:41.49) in the 200 free final in a time of 1:41.78, almost a full second off his lifetime best.

Despite his insanely quick split, which was over two seconds faster than anyone else who led off, the team ended up missing the final placing 10th overall in a time of 7:03.39. However, that did obliterate their existing National Record by over thirteen seconds.

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The third leg was 1.49.36 and Lithuania missed the final by 1.2 secs to Portugal. Ouch!


Should have put Simonas Bilis in has a best time of 1:45.81 and a 1:32.0 200 yard free.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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