2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Sunday, July 23rd – Sunday, July 30th
- Budapest, Hungary
- LCM (50m)
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The British men took just shy of three-tenths of a second off their national record in the 4×100 medley relay en route to a silver medal on the final night of the 2017 World Championships in Budapest.
Sporting the same four men who set the national record at last year’s Olympics, including Adam Peaty and his monster breastroke splits, Great Britain headed into the session as the only team that figured to be anywhere close to the USA, the heavy favorites.
Tonight, Christopher Walker-Hebborn led off with a time of 54.20, and Peaty dove in with the the Brits in 7th place. Peaty couldn’t quite match his split from last summer, but still passed six men with a 56.91 split that was over 1.5 seconds faster than anyone else in the field.
The big improvement came on the back half of this relay, though. James Guy has an outstanding meet, including a bronze medal in the 100 fly and one of the fastest 200 free splits of all time, and tonight he swam 0.55 seconds faster than he did in Rio. Likewise, Duncan Scott flirted with breaking the 47-second mark on the anchor leg, also over half a second faster than in Rio. The combined efforts of Guy and Scott comfortably gave Great Britain a silver medal, as well as a national record for the third summer in a row.
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For those of who you didn’t feel like doing the math, adding the front half from 2016 to the back half from today comes out to 3:28.01, much closer to the USA, but still not enough to surmount that gap. If the Brits can find someone who can go 53-low on backstroke in 2019 or 2020, they have a reasonable chance of taking down the USA’s hegemony in this event.