2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- All sports: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
- Pool swimming: Sunday, July 21 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
- The Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, Gwangju, Korea
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Amidst the 3 World Records that bit the dust in Gwangju, Korea on night 6 of the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships, a monumental British National Record went down as well.
Leading off the men’s 4x200m free relay for Great Britain, 22-year-old Duncan Scott powered his way to a huge new personal best time of 1:44.91, becoming the first British man ever to dip under the 1:45 threshold.
His swim tonight overtook the previous British National Record of 1:45.14 that relay teammate James Guy produced for the World Championships title back in 2015.
Tonight, Guy raced as the anchor, turning in a time of 1:45.45, while the foursome of Scott, Guy, Tom Dean and Calum Jarvis finished uncharacteristically off the podium, finishing in 5th with a collective time of 7:02.04.
Britain took the men’s 4x200m free gold at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, as well as at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest.
Going back to Scott’s huge swim, however, the man led-off in a 51.16 and closed in 53.75 to clock a new record, beating what he produced for bronze in the individual race here in Gwangju.
Behind winner Sun Yang of China who touched in 1:44.93 for gold and Katsuhiro Matsumoto who finished in 1:45.22 for silver, Scott tied Russia’s Martin Malyutin for bronze in 1:45.63.
Before tonight’s 1:44.91 from Scott, only 2 men have been sub-1:45 since 2015, including Sun and then Australian Clyde Lewis, who punched a 1:44.90 in the semi-finals before finishing in 1:45.78 for 6th.
Scott’s time overtakes his previous PB of 1:45.16 that stood as the Scottish National Record, so he killed 2 birds with 1 swim with his lead-off. He also checks-in as the 9th fastest performer ever in the men’s 200m free.