Lewis Burras Posts 48.77 100 Free Victory At Lisbon International


While the 2024 World Aquatics World Championships are unfolding in Doha, Qatar, a handful of elite swimmers made some noise at the Lisbon International Swim Meeting in Portugal.

Among them was 23-year-old Lewis Burras of Great Britain, who took the men’s 100m freestyle on night one.

After posting a 2nd-seeded time of 49.33 out of the day one heats, Burras took things up a notch to ultimately touch the wall in 48.77 for the gold.

Opening in 23.30 and closing in 25.47, Burras’ effort overtook the previous meet record of 48.96 Italian national record holder Alessandro Miressi put on the books at last year’s edition of the competition.

Burras is among the contenders not only for an individual 100m free Olympic bid but also for a coveted slot on GBR’s men’s 4x100m free relay.

GBR secured its Olympic berth in the men’s relay today in Doha with the combination of Jacob Whittle (48.82), Tom Dean (49.13), Duncan Scott (48.25) and Matt Richards (47.76) clocking 3:13.96 to make it into the World Championships final.

Loughborough-based Burras owns a lifetime best of 47.63 in the 100m to rank as the 2nd-fastest British performer in history.

After lackluster results in Fukuoka where he missed the semi-finals of both the 50m and 100m free events, Burras was not named to GBR’s 20-strong squad competing at the World Championships.

Additional Notes

  • Dutch swimmer Sean Niewold clocked a new meet record in the heats of the men’s 50m fly, posting 23.75. That sliced .02 off of World Junior Record holder Diogo Ribeiro‘s previous meet mark of 23.77 put on the books last year. Niewold ultimately hit 24.04 in the final to take the gold.
  • Brazilian Brandonn Almeida earned two golds on day one, topping both the men’s 400m IM and 400m free podiums. In the former, Almeida produced a new meet record of 4:16.29 while in the latter he hit 3:55.36 to just out-touch Canadian Jeremy Bagshaw who settled for silver in 3:55.69.
  • Tessa Giele of the Netherlands was another double winner on day one, taking the women’s 50m free and 100m fly events. Giele logged 25.49 in the 50m free and 1:00.18 in the 100m fly to kick off her Lisbon International campaign.

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