Luke Greenbank Lowers British 200 Back Record For Third Time In Budapest


London Roar swimmer Luke Greenbank continues his run of resetting the British Record in the men’s 200 backstroke inside the ISL bubble in Budapest, now having cracked the 1:49-barrier in 1:48.65

Greenbank, 23, undercuts his previous record of 1:49.31 set in the semi-finals, and has now brought the record almost a full second and a half under where it stood coming into the season.

The two-time LC World Championship medalist entered 2020 holding the British Record in 1:50.09, set at the 2019 SC Euros in December, and then took it down to 1:49.97 in Match 5 before his 1:49.31 in semi-final 1.

Split Comparison

Greenbank made the biggest inroads on his old record on the opening 50, but was faster on all four 50s to blow by the record by over six-tenths.

Greenbank, Semi-Final 1 Greenbank, Final
26.01 25.69
27.92 (53.93) 27.87 (53.56)
28.16 (1:22.09) 27.91 (1:21.47)
27.22 (1:49.31) 27.18 (1:48.65)

In the all-time rankings, the Brit elevates himself into 13th, previously sitting in a tie for 21st.

The event was won by Energy Standard’s Evgeny Rylov, a Russian native, who narrowly missed the European Record of 1:46.11 in a time of 1:46.37.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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