2021 BRITISH SWIMMING SELECTION TRIALS
- Wednesday, April 14th – Sunday, April 18th
- Prelims at 10am local/Finals at 7pm local
- London Aquatics Centre
- British Olympic Selection Policy
- Primary Olympic Selection Meet (not only opportunity)
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap/Day 3 Recap/Day 4 Recap/Day 5 Recap
- Live Stream
- Live Results
The final race on the final night of competition at these 2021 British Swimming Olympic Selection Trials brought down the virtual house, as Duncan Scott stormed his way to a new British national record in the men’s 200m free.
After a scintillating prelim where we saw 5 men get under the 1:47 threshold, Scott scorched a massive personal best of 1:44.47 to ultimately reach the top of the podium and add this event to his Tokyo line-up.
That cleared his own British Record of 1:44.91, done at the 2019 World Championships, by almost half-a-second.
Scott launched his assault with an opening 100m of 50.25 before bringing it home in 54.22 to collect his 1:44.47 PB, a mark which sliced .44 off of his own previous national standard of 1:44.91 logged en route to 3rd place at the 2019 FINA World Championships.
With his result here, Scott now checks in as the #1 swimmer in the world this season, dethroning Japan’s Katsuo Matsumoto who held the top time entering this meet of 1:44.65.
But also getting under the former British national record was Tom Dean, the Bath athlete who just ripped the best swim of his life to qualify for the Olympic Games. Dean kept up with Scott, leading off in 50.57 before ending in 54.01 to give Scott a run for his money down the line in 1:44.58. Dean’s previous personal best in this event sat at the 1:46.03 he produced at the 2020 Edinburgh International, so the man entirely skipped the 1:45’s and went straight into the 1:44 zone, overtaking the previous British Record along with Scott in the process.
Rounding out the top 3 and not to be discounted was Matt Richards, with the 18-year-old ripping a time of 1:45.77 to beat out 2015 World Championships gold medalist James Guy to place 3rd. Richards’ previous PB sat at 1:47.23 entering this meet, a mark he logged for silver at the European Junior Championships. Richards already most likely qualified for Tokyo as 2nd place finisher in the 100m free behind Scott.
For Guy’s part, he placed 4th in this 200m, stopping the clock in 1:46.04.
Scott and Dean now rank as the #1 and #2 swimmers in the world this season and, with Japan’s Katsuo Matsumoto, represent the only sub-1:45 second swimmers. The pair also now enter the all-time rankings worldwide in this 200m free event, sliding into slots #9 and #10.
Scott already claimed the British record in the men’s 200m IM here in 1:55.90 and also matched his own 100m free NR of 47.87, so this event completes his trifecta of Olympic-qualifying, record-breaking swims here in London.