Duncan Scott Scores 200 IM Silver With 1:55.28 British Record


The men’s 200m IM final here in Tokyo saw China’s Wang Sun charge to the wall first in an Asian record of 1:55.00 while Duncan Scott of Great Britain and Jeremy Desplanches of Switzerland grabbed the silver and bronze in times of 1:55.28 and 1:56.17, respectively.

For Scott, the 24-year-old University of Stirling standout just put up the fastest time of his career, besting the 1:55.90 he logged at the British Swimming Olympic Trials this past April. That previous career-quickest result made Scott the first British man ever to get under the 1:56 threshold, with tonight’s performance solidifying his icon status by dropping another .62.

Split comparisons between Scott’s old and new records are as follows, showing how the versatile ace shaved .37 off of his breast leg and .38 from his free split to land upon the super-swift British record of 1:55.28.

Fly Back Breast Free
Previous 1:55.90 Record 25.38 29.01 33.67 27.84 1:55.90
New 1:55.28 Record 25.06 29.46 33.30 27.46 1:55.28

Looking at the history of the men’s 200m IM, Scott now becomes the 7th fastest man ever with his silver medal-worthy outing here in Tokyo.

All-Times Men’s 200m IM Performers

  1. Ryan Lochte (USA) – 1:54.00, 2011
  2. Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:54.16, 2011
  3. Wang Shun (CHN) – 1:55.00, 2021
  4. Kosuke Hagino (JPN) – 1:55.07, 2016
  5. Laszlo Cseh (HUN) – 1:55.18, 2009
  6. Michael Andrew (USA) – 1:55.26, 2021
  7. Duncan Scott (GBR) – 1:55.28, 2021

Scott is having a successful Games, with this performance garnering his 2nd individual silver medal. He snagged 2nd place earlier in the 200m free and also was a member of Great Britain’s podium-topping men’s 4x200m free relay.

The Steven Tigg-trained Scott also owns the British record in the 100m free with the 47.87 time he originally notched in 2019 and matched again this year at the Trials.

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1 month ago

Feel so bad for him, 2 events where he was within 3 tenths of getting 2 individual Golds.
On a plus side though he’s taken around 1.5 seconds off his PB this year which shows he’s still improving and learning how to swim the IM and I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes 1:54 next year.

Last edited 1 month ago by Yoo
1 month ago

Michael Andrew was
basically on life support the last 15 meters

Reply to  Flag
1 month ago

Lifeguard stood up in preparation

1 month ago

😭😭😭 Duncan gonna smash the medley relays

Relay Enthusiast
Reply to  CY~
1 month ago

He won’t be on on the mixed medley relay. GB has no good 100 fly or breast women so you have to put the men in (Peaty and Guy). Dawson is european record holder in 100 back and Hopkin has been on great form.

So they will go: Dawson-Peaty-Guy-Scott

Will win the gold probably.

Reply to  Relay Enthusiast
1 month ago

Accidentally added an s sorry

Reply to  CY~
1 month ago

well. relays is correct. Duncan’s in the men’s prelim

Reply to  Relay Enthusiast
1 month ago

I think you mean Dawson – Peaty – Guy – Hopkin, you put 3 men there lol

club swimmer
1 month ago

Baby Face Brit has the fire in him for that gold in the medley relay

Sapnu puas
1 month ago

I think Duncan is just my fav swimmer. What a man. I kno that freestyle leg is going to be a monster on the medley relay

1 month ago

Anybody have that Michael Andrew free split?

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1 month ago


1 month ago

Duncan finally smiling during the VC

1 month ago

So is that a commonwealth record as well ?

Reply to  Verram
1 month ago

Yes, breaks Mitch Larkins 1:55.72 Commonwealth record. Just off Cseh’s European record of 1:55.18

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