GBR’s Richards Replaces Scott In Men’s 200 Free In Budapest


With the full day-by-day start lists now posted to the Omega Timing site, we have a better idea of which events each world-class swimmer will contest at the 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships this week.

Regarding Great Britain specifically, we already knew that versatile Duncan Scott withdrew from the entire competition due to COVID-19 complications. However, we now know the ripple effect of his removal.

In the 200m free, for example, the event in which Scott won Olympic silver, British teammate Matt Richards‘ name now appears in his place.

The 19-year-old has been slotted in heat 5 of 7, owning an entry time of 1:45.77. That mark was produced at the 2021 British Selection Trials.

More recently, at this year’s British Swimming Championships in April, Richards hit a time of 1:48.67 to place 7th in the final there in Sheffield.

Already owning the top seed is the reigning Olympic champion in the event Tom Deanwho clocked a time of 1:44.22 en route to winning gold in Tokyo while punching a new British national record in the process.

This year, Dean put up a time of 1:45.73 to finish 2nd to Scott at the British Championships, with the Scot posting a time of 1:45.54 in Sheffield at that April meet.

Richards is GBR’s 4th fastest performer of all time in the 200m free, owning a lifetime best of 1:45.77 from the 2021 British Championships. Just months later in Tokyo, the Welshman helped GBR win men’s 4x200m freestyle relay gold with a split of 1:45.01 in Tokyo.

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7 months ago

Went well

7 months ago

I assume this means James Guy thinks he has a better chance to medal in the 200fly than 200free?

The unoriginal Tim
7 months ago

Must be nice to come 7th at trials and get a relay place and an individual swim.

Success Leaves Clues
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7 months ago

Selection in this event probably had nothing to do with ‘trials’. He was preselected along with other Olympic medalists. Some didn’t even swim at British Champs this year…. It’s the right call for him and the future…

The unoriginal Tim
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7 months ago

It is unfair though

7 months ago

Wow, that sucks.

Good for Matt though, good luck to him, will be excited to see how he does

Last edited 7 months ago by Teddy

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