Matt Richards Breaks British 14-Year Olds Record in 100m Freestyle


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British 14-year old Matt Richards has broken another British Age Record ahead of his 15th birthday later this month. Swimming on Friday, the 3rd day of the Swim England Winter Championships, Richards touched in 52.44. That broke thee 2013 record of Englishman Craig McLean, who swam 52.53 that summer for the old record for 14-year olds in Britain.

It also put Richards, who competes under the Welsh flag when Great Britain is sub-divided for competition, just a tenth-of-a-second short of the Welsh Junior Record (available to swimmers through the age of 15). That record belongs to Ieuan Lloyd, who swam 52.34 in 2009.

This swim is a two-second drop for Richards, whose previous best from the 2017 British Summer Championships was a 54.47.

This meet is normally a short course meet but this year a special long course edition. That’s given Richards 2 chances to swim long course at a time of year where short course meters is the more common course of competition, after the Welsh Winter Championships 2 weeks ago where he broke the British 14-year olds record in the 200 free as well.

For the sake of comparison, Richards’ time would rank him as the 10th-fastest American 13-14 in this event ever, behind Michael Andrews’ NAG Record of 51.30.

Richards’ 200 free time of just 1:53.14  earlier in the meet was well short of his best in that event. He also swam a 57.39 in the 100 fly, and a 25.75 in the 50m fly.

Note: though Richards is listed as being 15-years old in the meet results, he doesn’t turn 15 until the end of the year. British Records are determined by age as of date of the start of the meet.

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2 years ago

Yesterday the Italian Federico Burdisso, at 16 years and 3 months, swam the 100 LCM free under 50″ (49.97 his result).
Who’s been the youngest swimmer ever to have swum the 100 LCM free under 50″ ?

Reply to  nuotofan
2 years ago

I think Chalmers but thorpe was 50 flat on briefs at 15

Reply to  nuotofan
2 years ago

Canada has had 7 swimmers 18 or under go under 50. For reference, here are the Canadian records for each age from 14-18 for 100 Free (LCM).
14 – 52.14 (Joshua Liendo, 2017)
15 – 51.34 (Lupien Yannick, 1995)
16 – 50.15 (Javier Acevedo, 2014)
17 – 49.76 (Hassaan Abdel-Khalik, 2009)
18 – 49.26 (Yuri Kissel, 2014)

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Reply to  SwimmerFan99
2 years ago

Is this short or long course?

Reply to  nuotofan
2 years ago

He’d be 5th in the Australian 16 years rankings behind Chalmers, McEvoy, Thorpe and Cartwright.

2 years ago

Tom Hauck , 14 years, just swam 1.52.28 200 free long course at the Qld championships in Australia . Second fastest ever in Australia ( Thorpe went 1.50.07 in 1997).

Reply to  Joel
2 years ago

And 51.95 100 free and 2.03.73 200 back

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