Great Britain Breaks European Championship Record in Men’s Medley


The Great Britain men’s 400 medley relay improved 5 seconds from prelims and broke the European Championship Record in finals, swimming a 3:30.44. The old Championship Record of 3:31.32 was held by France, who swam 3:31.32 in 2009.

The relay featured Nicholas PyleAdam PeatyJames Guy, and Duncan Scott in that order. Pyle, who is only 17-years old, will have two years to develop into the missing piece of a British gold medal chance at the 2020 Olympic Games,

As usual, the magic bullet for the British was breaststroker Adam Peaty, who though he split slower than his best at 57.60, was still 2 seconds ahead of record pace and more than a second better than anybody else in Thursday’s field. That includes 2.8 seconds faster than Russia’s breaststroke Anton Chupkov, who was notably slower than the 59.0 he split for bronze in the individual 100. That difference for Peaty but the Brits a full second in the lead, in spite of their continued deficiency on the backstroke leg, and with solid finishing splits from James Guy (50.91 – fly) and Duncan Scott (47.35 – free), they blew away from the record line.

Back Breast Fly Free Total Time
Great Britain 2018 New Championship Record 54.58 57.60 50.91 47.35 3:30.44
France 2012 Old Championship Record 52.46 59.67 51.84 47.35 3:31.22
Great Britain 2017 Current British Record 54.20 56.91 50.8 47.04 3:28.95

The British Record in the event still stands at the 3:28.95 done by the team at last year’s World Championships. That relay included Chris Walker-Hebborn, who wasn’t selected for this year’s Euros team.

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