Duncan Scott & Tom Dean Dive Under British Record For #1 & #2 200 Free Times

2021 BRITISH SWIMMING SELECTION TRIALS

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.

2020-2021 LCM Men 200 Free

TomGBR
Dean
07/27
1:44.22
2Duncan
Scott
GBR1:44.2607/27
3Hwang
Sunwoo
KOR1:44.6207/25
4Katsuo
Matsumoto
JPN1:44.6504/05
5Fernando
Scheffer
BRA1:44.6607/27
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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.

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1.43.1 at 20 years of age is next level
5 months ago

This just shows you that Yannick Agnel is the best 200 freestyler of all time.

25Backstroke

Paul Biedermann is like the Batman of swimming. Without the super suit, just a normal guy, unlike the absolute Chad Agnel. Biedermann never breaks 1:44.5 without it, even in prime form.

AnEn
Reply to  25Backstroke
5 months ago

What a horrible take …
1) Just a normal guy? Even without it he won world championship medals.
2) It is not like noone else wore a supersuit back then, but Biedermann was still miles ahead of everyone else.
3) Agnel only broke 1:44 once and his 2nd best time is slower than Thorpe’s PB.
4) Agnel’s peak only lasted 2 years basically.
5) Please don’t embarrass yourself by acting as if you know in which year Biedermann reached his prime form. You have absolutely no way of knowing it.

Yozhik
Reply to  AnEn
5 months ago

Nicely put.

KimJongSpoon
Reply to  AnEn
5 months ago

everyone here has a major hate boner for Bidermann because he whooped Phelps.

Splashanddasher
Reply to  KimJongSpoon
5 months ago

Because that suit made him. Dude dropped 4 seconds in a year in the event and then never won the LC world championship ever again.

Clock
Reply to  KimJongSpoon
5 months ago

I feel really bad for him, because many feel he took records that belong to Thorpe/ Phelps

Rap
Reply to  KimJongSpoon
5 months ago

Phelps: fine with the fancy suit when winning
Phelps – loses once to guy in supersuit
Phelps: super suits should be banned

Troyy
Reply to  KimJongSpoon
5 months ago

It’s no coincidence le Close and Schooling get hate too.

Anonymoose
Reply to  Troyy
5 months ago

Well they mainly brought it upon themselves with being overly cocky

Mclovin
Reply to  25Backstroke
5 months ago

Someone who swam 1.44 in textile and sooo many 1.45s cant just be a normal guy. You cant be serious. He had the “bad luck” of hitting his prime during the peak of rubber era. Its not his fault Phelps wasnt at his top form during 09 worlds.. And as far as I know he used the same suits as everyone else. Some people treat him worse than some dopers

Oli K.
Reply to  25Backstroke
5 months ago

Paul Biedermann was not the only one swimming in a super suit. His WR is miles ahead of everyone else.

Barbell Biomech
Reply to  25Backstroke
5 months ago

Bidermann is also a really nice guy who rarely receives the credit he deserves for his WRs.

There's no doubt that he's tightening up

*male

Otherwise Signora Pellegrini would like a word.

Boobstroke
5 months ago

YEYEYEYEYE IM STILL GOING INSANE

PFA
5 months ago

I’m not exactly sure how but in a way I think the ISL benefited Scott a lot.

(I don’t remember if Dean was in the ISL too.)

Sheesh
Reply to  PFA
5 months ago

Dean won the 400 at ISL…

PFA
Reply to  Sheesh
5 months ago

For some reason I completely forgot he was there idk why.

Edit: but in that case then the ISL also benefited Dean too.

Last edited 5 months ago by PFA
Gen D
Reply to  PFA
5 months ago

He got there 1-2 weeks after the beginning because of covid and it took 2-3 meets before he found his groove

Superfan
Reply to  Gen D
5 months ago

In his interview, Dean said he had Covid twice (maybe he meant quarantined twice?) and had to sit out 2x for 3 weeks each!

Coach M
Reply to  Superfan
5 months ago

No he actually had Covid twice and he had to quarantine a third time due to close contact. He is going to be dangerous in the summer.

Dee
Reply to  Coach M
5 months ago

7/8 weeks out of the pool over winter, wasn’t it?

Casual Swim Fan
Reply to  Sheesh
5 months ago

The training required to be successful in the 400 Free SCM translates nicely into the 200 Free LCM. Well done Dean!

notaswimmer
5 months ago

Are the British going to have an identical 4×100 and 4×200 of Scott, Guy, Dean, and Richards?

Bub
Reply to  notaswimmer
5 months ago

Depends what they do with Whittle

maybe?
Reply to  notaswimmer
5 months ago

Scott, Guy, Richards, Whittle in 4×100
Scott, Guy, Dean and richards in 4×200

Dee
5 months ago

Just a delight to watch.

Duncan Scott raced like a champion tonight, he took off (25.8 2nd 50) after 50, and I thought he’d overcooked it. Showed so much heart to hang on down the stretch.

A few people in British Swimming were saying Tom Dean was a freak 2-3 years ago, but 1.44.5 after going out in 23.9 (!!!) has totally blown me away. He didn’t even have the best winter with training disruptions. He could do something really special in Tokyo.

Matty Richards showing his racing brain again, and what a time at 18 years old. Nice to see you don’t have to be 6ft6in to excel too. James Guy, as ever, leaves it all out there,… Read more »

Troll in the Dungeon
Reply to  Dee
5 months ago

Calum Jarvis 1:46.4 also a really good time. I hope they take him along with Cam Kurle for the relay.

Dee
Reply to  Troll in the Dungeon
5 months ago

Yeah, Cal will go – He has never let the team down, and he has just gone a PB aged 28. You have to have that proven old dog on the prelims if you’re resting the big boys.

jcinho
Reply to  Troll in the Dungeon
5 months ago

So, the question of Jarvis and Kurle as relay only swimmers or just Jarvis?
Prelims: Dean (he only has the individual 200 free and possibly the 4×1 free relay), Richards, Guy and Jarvis or replace Dean with Kurle.
It’s interesting that the 4×1 freestyle relay final is in the same session as the men’s 200 freestyle semi finals.

Last edited 5 months ago by jcinho
Togger
Reply to  jcinho
5 months ago

Could throw in Bird if he’s looking good in training. He wasn’t that level today but will presumably do more speed work with no 800 to worry about in Tokyo and he’s already there.

Dee
Reply to  jcinho
5 months ago

Taking Kurle would seem hard to justify imo.

Last edited 5 months ago by Dee
jcinho
Reply to  Dee
5 months ago

Agree Dee.
I hope they choose Whittle for prelims of 4×1 freestyle relay, although they may not as Guy and Proud could swim the prelims along with Richards and Dean, with Scott to replace one of Guy, Proud or Dean if they get to the final.

Troll in the Dungeon
Reply to  jcinho
5 months ago

Fair enough about Kurle, but I really don’t think Ben wants to swim the 100. He mentioned in his interview the other day that he just wanted to focus on the 50, so perhaps Whittle is a better option. All depends how competitive the 4×100 is looking and how confident Ben feels if he is asked though.

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Dee
5 months ago

It was a great swim by Guy considering that he’s probably still recovering from that 200 fly.

123456

I agree, that definitely took a lot out of him. I think that there’s a pretty good chance that he’ll scratch the 200 fly since it’s within an hour of the 4×200, it would take someone who can recover at an insane rate to do swim both events at their absolute best. I think that their chance of breaking the 4×200 wr will be significantly higher if Guy scratches the 2fly.

Last edited 5 months ago by 123456
STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
Reply to  123456
5 months ago

At the last Olympics old man Phelps won the 200BF and less than an hour later anchored the relay to gold with a split of 1.45.25. It can be done.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
5 months ago

Phelps never split a 200 fly 53-1:02 either.

PVSFree
Reply to  Dee
5 months ago

How tall is Richards?

KimJongSpoon
Reply to  PVSFree
5 months ago

ISL says about 6 feet 2

Dee
Reply to  KimJongSpoon
5 months ago

If that’s accurate, he must have grown a fair bit in the past 2 years… I forget he was only 16 and probably still growing back in 2019.

Troll in the Dungeon
Reply to  KimJongSpoon
5 months ago

Really? He looks like Gimli on the live stream.

Jaque Fourie
5 months ago

The 4×2 will be ridiculous.

Matthew Richards 1:45 mid
James Guy 1:45 (has been 1:43.8)
Thomas Dean 1:44 (who knows with this kid. He’s a monster)
Duncan Scott 1:44 (could go into 1:43’s for a split. You never know)

So that adds up to 6:58.5. The world record is 6:58.58. And that was being conservative with the last three split times. The world record could go.

AnEn
Reply to  Jaque Fourie
5 months ago

How exactly is predicting Guy going 1 second faster than the time he just swam conservative? Sometimes i really wonder …

Klorn8d
Reply to  AnEn
5 months ago

I mean he went 1:46.0, from a relay start that’s 1:45.5 or so at least. And he’s been 1:43 so I think 45 is pretty reasonable

AnEn
Reply to  Klorn8d
5 months ago

1) Agnel has been 1:43, so predicting him to split 1:42 in Tokyo is reasonable … ? Hagino has been 1:45 in the 200 free before (i think?), so predicting him to go 1:44 in Tokyo is also reasonable?
At what point is it ok to stop looking at PBs and instead to look at the current level of a swimmer?
Lochte has been 1:44 flat start before, so it is reasonable to predict him going 1:43 in Tokyo …
2) Not everyone goes clearly faster in relays than individually (in fact many people don’t).
3) You are mixing things up, first you use his current time (1:46.0) to say that he can go 1:45.5 and… Read more »

Swim4
Reply to  AnEn
5 months ago

Why so dang salty?

maverick1993
Reply to  AnEn
5 months ago

I think you make very little sense most times and that is definitely predictable. Maybe instead of hyper analyzing other peoples comments it would benefit if you could do the same yourself. Nobody has said anything about Agnel or Lochte. Saying Guy will go 1:45 is reasonable. What are you on about? Most of the splits listed are times that these swimmers could very well go if they are fit in Rio. Do I predict a WR? No. But it very well could happen.

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  AnEn
5 months ago

With a relay start plus we all know Guy is a pretty reliable relay swimmer. 1:45 is completely reasonable as Klorn8d says.

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
5 months ago

Not that reliable in Gwangju tho.

Troll in the Dungeon
5 months ago

Pretty sure as well as breaking the British record, the English, Scottish and Welsh records all just got broken in that race as well.

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
5 months ago

After the race, Scott and Dean unfurled a banner — “For You AnEn”.

Troll in the Dungeon

I also saw one saying “Our Dean is better than yours.”

AnEn
Reply to  Troll in the Dungeon
5 months ago

What?

AnEn

Would be sad if true (people getting angry about an assessment based on facts), but after reading all those angry comments of people who apparently need the success of athletes who coincidentally are from the same nation as them as a reason to feel good about themselves, i also wouldn’t be surprised.

Troll in the Dungeon
Reply to  AnEn
5 months ago

You should try feeling good about yourself once in a while you miserable old g*t.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Troll in the Dungeon
5 months ago

My God. You guys are killing it on the comments.

AnEn

So where did they hide the banner during the race? After listening to them talk after the race, i think that i have a pretty good idea …

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