Finlay Knox Swims 200 IM Canadian Record To Book First Individual Paris Qualification

2024 CANADIAN OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC TRIALS

Finlay Knox has had a busy week at the 2024 Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Trials. Two days ago, he booked a spot on the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay by finishing third in a personal best (48.29). Earlier in the meet, he won the men’s 100 breaststroke with a 1:00.66 personal best. And while he won that race, he was outside the Olympic qualification time, which means that race qualified him for a spot on the 4×100 medley relay. So, the 23-year-old came into tonight’s finals session still seeking an individual event qualification for the Paris Olympics.

And tonight in his signature event, the 200 IM, he punched that ticket in style, swimming a new Canadian record (1:56.07).

The record that he broke was his own, bettering the mark of 1:56.64 that he swam to win the Canadian men’s first world championship title since 2007. Knox surprised out of lane 7 for that gold medal, he hung in third for much of the race then charged home on the freestyle leg in 27.79 to pass Americans Carson Foster and Shaine Casas for gold.

Analyzing his race on the SwimSwam Podcast in March, Knox said that he was happy with the time, but pointed towards the splitting as something that he wanted to improve. “If you look at the splitting it’s not fantastic. I’ll be the first to admit it’s not very impressive how it was split.”

Knox 200 IM PB Split Progression

2024 Canadian Olympic Trials 2024 World Championships 2023 Canadian World Trials
Fly 24.52 24.66 24.93
Back 53.76 (29.24) 54.34 (29.68) 54.71 (29.78)
Breast 1:27.57 (33.81) 1:28.85 (34.51) 1:28.96 (34.25)
Free 1:56.07 (28.50) 1:56.64 (27.79) 1:57.26 (28.30)

In particular, Knox cited the breaststroke split at Worlds as something that he wanted to improve on. “It’s all information that we’re gathering for Olympic Trials and hopefully the Olympics,” he said.

He and his coaches put that information to good use as tonight in the Olympic Trials final, he got his breaststroke split down to 33.81, a .70 second different from his split at 2024 World Championships. In fact, the first three legs of his race tonight were faster than his world title winning performance. Only his freestyle was slower, as he split 28.50 whereas in his two previous personal bests he’d brought it home sub-28 seconds.

Now that Knox has earned a Priority 1 berth to the Olympic Games, he can turn his attention solely to Paris. The 2024 World Championships were missing some of the biggest names, but Knox is showing this season that he belongs in that category. His 1:56.07 ranks him 4th in the world this season behind only Wang Shun, Duncan Scott, and Shaine Casas.

2023-2024 LCM Men 200 IM

ShunCHN
Wang
09/24
1:54.62
2Leon
MARCHAND
FRA1:55.7405/24
3Duncan
SCOTT
GBR1:55.9104/05
4Shaine
CASAS
USA1:56.0611/30
5Finlay
Knox
CAN1:56.0705/18
View Top 31»

The other additions to Canada’s Olympic Roster through Day 6 are Summer McIntosh and Josh Liendo adding events to their schedules. McIntosh threw down a 2:04.33 200 butterfly, posting the fastest time in the world this year and just missing her own Canadian record. The swim is the 12th fastest performance in history.

Meanwhile, after matching his 100 freestyle personal best earlier in the meet, Liendo completed his sweep of the sprint events. He smashed his own Canadian record with a 21.48 to win the event. That swim launches him into the top 10 in the world this season as the 4th fastest swimmer.

CANADIAN OLYMPIC SELECTION PRIORITIES:

Note: For a full description of each priority category, click on the selection criteria link above. (Updated April 15, 2024)

  • Priority One: The first and second placed swimmers in the ‘A’ final who earn the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT)
  • Priority Two – Relay Nominations: The relay time add-up of the top four-placed swimmers in the 100 and 200 freestyles. For the medley relays, the relay add-up will be reached with the times of the top qualifiers from the 100 back, 100 breast, 100 fly, and 100 free. If a swimmer wins multiple 100s, then the times of second-place swimmer in those events will be considered.
  • Priority Three: If no swimmer or only one swimmer at the 2024 Canadian Trials earns an OQT in an event, then a swimmer who’s achieved an OQT within the qualifying period and finished top two at Trials will be nominated.
  • Priority Four: In an event that does not have any nominations through Priorities 1-3, then an event winner who has achieved on Olympic Consideration Time and swims within 1% of their fastest time in the qualification window at Trials will be provisionally nominated. World Aquatics sent out a memo that Olympic “B” cut swimmers may not qualify because of the athlete quotas. An athlete who hits a “B” cut here but who has an “A” cut from another Olympic qualifying meet in the qualification period, though, wouldn’t be subject to those World Aquatics limits.
  • Priority Five: The selection committee has the discretion to nominate eligible swimmers to improve relays at the advice of the High Performance Director.

Editor’s note: Swimming Canada updated the selection criteria on April 15. The priorities below reflect the updated criteria.

PRIORITY 1 SWIMS THRU DAY 6 (OLYMPIC A CUTS, TOP 2):

PRIORITY 2 SWIMS THRU DAY 6 (FREE RELAY TOP 4S AND MEDLEY RELAY TOP 1S):

PRIORITY 3 SWIMS THRU DAY 6 (OLYMPIC “A” CUTS AT OTHER MEETS + TOP 2 AT TRIALS):

PRIORITY 4 SWIMS THRU DAY 6 (OLYMPIC “B” TIMES + EVENT WINNER – UNLIKELY TO BE INVITED):

PRIORITY 5 SWIMS THRU DAY 6 (EXTRA RELAY SWIMMERS):

  • To be announced

SWIMMERS WITH OLYMPIC A/B CUTS WHO DIDN’T PLACE HIGH ENOUGH:

A cuts:

  • Rebecca Smith – women’s 100 fly (57.89) (3rd place finisher)
  • Taylor Ruck — women’s 100 backstroke (59.78) (3rd place finisher)

B cuts:

  • Julie Brousseau — women’s 400 freestyle (4:08.12) (Winner under the A cut)
  • Lorne Wigginton — men’s 400 IM (4:13.60) (Winner under the A cut)
  • Aiden Norman — men’s 100 backstroke (53.99) (3rd place finisher)
  • Kelsey Wog — women’s 100 breaststroke (1:07.00) (Winner has an A cut/chosen for relay, Wog doesn’t have an A cut in the qualifying period)
  • Regan Rathwell — women’s 100 backstroke (1:00.23) (4th place finisher)
  • Yuri Kisil — men’s 50 freestyle (22.01) (2nd place but has not been under OQT at another meet in the qualifying period)

In This Story

4
Leave a Reply

Subscribe
Notify of

4 Comments
newest
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Aragon Son of Arathorne
28 days ago

he’s coming for you Wang

Jesh
28 days ago

Only his freestyle was slower; if you give him a race like Doha, no one was around him tonight, he’ll be 1:55 in Paris and contention for the podium

Greg P
Reply to  Jesh
28 days ago

It will be delightful!

Andrew
Reply to  Jesh
28 days ago

There’s a slim chance of podium. Brits/Wang/Marchand/Foster all faster

About Sophie Kaufman

Sophie Kaufman

Sophie grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, which means yes, she does root for the Bruins, but try not to hold that against her. At 9, she joined her local club team because her best friend convinced her it would be fun. Shoulder surgery ended her competitive swimming days long ago, …

Read More »