Lewis Burras Busts Out 47.63 100 Free British Record


While all eyes were on 17-year-old David Popovici of Romania who fired off a new World Junior Record in the men’s 100m free semi-final #2, another man quietly made history for his nation of Great Britain.

21-year-old Lewis Burras just became the fastest British man ever in this LCM 100 free, producing a monster personal best of 47.63 en route to claiming the 4th seed.

Burras sneaked into the semi-finals after landing the 14th seed this morning with a heats swim of 48.49. Flash forward to tonight and the Zoe Baker-trained star crushed just the 2nd sub-48 second time of his career to put his name into the mix for a potential medal in tomorrow night’s final.

Burras, who now trains at Peel Aquatics in Western Australia, opened in 22.76 and closed in 24.87 to capture a super quick mark of 47.63. Compare that to his previous PB of 47.88 notched at this past April’s British Swimming Championships where he opened in 22.68 and brought it home in 25.20.

The previous British national record was held by multi-Olympic medalist Duncan Scott, who dropped out of these World Championships due to COVID-19 complications. Scott’s former record stood at the put up at the 2019 edition of the British Championships.

Splits for the 3 aforementioned swims are below:

Burras’ New British Record Scott’s Previous British Record Burras’ Previous PB
22.76 23.10 22.68
24.87 24.72 25.20
47.63 47.87 47.88

The top 10 finishers in tonight’s 100m free semi-finals were all under the 48-second threshold giving us a glimpse into just how close tomorrow’s medal-worthy race will be.

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Graham Wardell
7 months ago

Fantastic job by Lewis and Coach Zoe!

7 months ago

British 4*100 free in 2024 will be WR worthy:

Taking current PBs:

Burras: 47.63
Whittle: 47.50
Dean: 46.95
Scott: 46.14

Reply to  Notanyswimmer
7 months ago

I don’t think it’s reasonable to assume Scott will be able to repeat that time. It was incredible and he hasn’t been close since. But yes, the team is looking very formidable!

Lex Soft
Reply to  Notanyswimmer
7 months ago

Where do you get Whittle’s PB ?
According to Fina site https://www.fina.org/athletes/1251906/jacob-henry-whittle, he has 48.11 that he set at Tokyo Olympic. This year, he has 48.19, made in semifinal of this WC.
Oh, wait, you meant with flying start, right ?

Last edited 7 months ago by Lex Soft
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Reply to  Lex Soft
7 months ago

I believe they are referring to a relay split pb

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