James Guy, Tom Dean Weigh Britain’s 4×100 & 4×200 Free Relays Against the World

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We sat down with newly minted 2021 Olympians and training partners James Guy and Tom Dean to talk about the recent British trials and the trails for British swimming to come. Guy gives us some context on his meet specifically, saying he took out the 200 fly way too hard and it took a toll on him the rest of the week, including in the 200 free final where he registered a 1:46.0. We get into the meat of analyzing Britain’s 4×100 and 4×200 free relays, especially considering they will have chances to shine at the upcoming European championships as well as the Tokyo Olympic Games.


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4 months ago

I honestly believe, at least on the men’s side, all 3 world records for the relays could be in jeopardy this summer. Granted it will take 4 excellent legs for each relay, but the potential is there.

Reply to  Lpman
4 months ago

I agree. The depth of competition could spur someone ahead of the record.

Reply to  Lpman
4 months ago

The women’s records are vulnerable too.

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  whever
4 months ago

The three current women’s records were all set fairly recently though, the earliest in 2018. They’ve all been on WR watch this Olympic quad.

The men’s marks though were all set in supersuits, and have by and large looked untouchable, until very recently.

Reply to  Lpman
4 months ago

Hypothetically, if all 3 relays were to be broken, how many world records(lcm) would Michael Phelps have? one?

Reply to  Lpman
4 months ago

How would you rank the 7 relay records from most to least likely to be broken in Tokyo?

Reply to  Willswim
4 months ago

In the Men’s Medley relay, the American team is around .5 short of the record with best times. Murphy is 51.94(2018), Wilson is 58.93(2019), dressel is 49.50(2019), and held is 47.39(2019). This alone is 3:27.76. Between 1 and 1.5 seconds off for relay exchanges and probably most of the swimmer being able to be at or better than their best, we could see 3:25.5 or so. But just my wild guess

Reply to  Lcaz
4 months ago

Also, all of the women’s relay record are set in 2018 or 2019 so they all have high chances of being broken because people have just gotten faster

4 months ago

Wasn’t expecting him to, but good to hear confirmation that James won’t be doing the 200m Fly in Tokyo

Mr Piano
Reply to  Iain
4 months ago

Me neither tbh

Reply to  Mr Piano
4 months ago

Must be a disappointment

4 months ago

The battles of the men relays have never been this close, medley, freestyle and 4 by 200 freestyle don’t have clear winners, the world records for all three might or might not go. This excitement for Tokyo is unlike anything I have had ever before.

Reply to  Khachaturian
4 months ago

I think the US are clear favourites in 4×100 free. With Dressel to lead off followed by 3 solid 47 flat start swimmers it feels theirs to lose.

Everyone else has to have their 4 best swimmers absolutely bang on to compete, whilst the US can swap whoever’s on form in and out of the non-Dressel legs.

Reply to  Togger
4 months ago

Russia look strong too tho

Sapnu puas
4 months ago

Deciding to take Jimmy saying his “time as main anchor man has gone” literally, and mean that Duncan Scott will anchor with a 1.43.xx.

Reply to  Sapnu puas
4 months ago

I think the line up will be: Jim – Matt – Dean – Scott

First two legs should be good enough to keep GBR very close no matter who leads off for other teams, and good luck finding a back-half as that can match two 1.44mid flat starts.

Henry Fourie
Reply to  Dee
4 months ago

Scott has to be on the anchor leg. I think Guy and Dean are great relay leg swimmers so they should probably put Richards on the start. Guy has regularly gone sub 1:45 on relay legs but just has a PB of 1:45.14.

So I’d go with:
1. Richards 1:45.6
2. Guy 1:45.2
3. Dean 1:44.0
4. Scott 1:43.9

6:58.7, just off the world record of 6:58.55 although Guy could definitely go 1:44.9 which would break the record.

Coach Mike 1952
4 months ago

Very enjoyable podcast Coleman, as always. SwimSwam PC’s are crushing it.

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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