2021 EUROPEAN JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, July 6th – Sunday, July 11th
- Foro Italico, Rome, Italy
- Heats at 9:30am local (3:30am EST)/Finals at 6pm local (Noon EST)
- LCM (50m)
- Live Results
- Live Stream
- Day 1 Prelims Recap | Day 1 Finals Recap
- Day 2 Prelims Recap | Day 2 Finals Recap
- Day 3 Prelims Recap
- Day 3 Finals Heat Sheets
18-year-old Edward Mildred dropped a 48.77 in the men’s 100 free final at the European Junior Championships on Thursday to win silver, joining a growing list of young men posting 47’s in the 100 freestyle in Great Britain.
Mildred’s swim was overlooked in the wake of the 47.30 by the gold medalist David Popovici of Romania, who is only 16, but for the Brits, the development of Mildred is equally as exciting.
24-year-old Duncan Scott is the current British National record holder in the 50 free, 100 free and 200 free.
Dean, Richards, James Guy, and Scott just broke the British National Record in the 4×100 freestyle relay with a time of. 3:11.56. 25-year-old Guy split a 47.92 on that relay.
For Mildred, whose best time coming into the meet was just 49.95, the potential to join a British relay for Paris or Los Angeles is tantalizing. Even if we exclude Scott, who is 24, Great Britain has a quartet of swimmers born in the year 2000-or-later who have been at least 48.7.
On add-up of best flat-start times, that group already can boast a 3:13.7. That leaves them just two-and-a-half second away from what it took to medal at Worlds in 2019 (where the actually British relay placed 5th).
If we give them a modest second-and-a-half for relay exchanges, then three teenagers and a barely-21-year-old Dean would need to find another second of drop, in an event that generally is dominated by swimmers in their 20s, by Los Angeles to begin conversations of a podium.
Let’s just say, the British 4×100 freestyle relay looks well-supplied for the foreseeable future. The path has been laid by the likes of Scott, James Guy, and Ben Proud in the British men’s sprint legacy, but it’s the next generation that appears as though it might be the golden generation for British men’s sprinting.
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