Max Litchfield’s 400 IM British National Record Race Video


Last night the city of Sheffield was treated to home swimmer Max Litchfield‘s national record-breaking swim in the 400m IM event, where the 22-year-old Olympian scorched a time of 4:10.63. Litchfield hacked about a second off of his own personal best of 4:11.62 that garnered him 4th place in Rio and the athlete now notched his spot on the British 2017 World Championships roster.

Watch the race unfold below, courtesy of British Swimming.


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22-year-old Max Litchfield simply lit it up in Sheffield tonight, throwing down a new British national record-setting swim of 4:10.63. The 2016 World Short Course silver medalist already held his nation’s fastest mark ever in the SCM version of this event and has publicly set his 400m IM goal at a sub-4:10 mark, not shying away from trying to become a major player in this grueling race.

Hitting right above that target tonight in 4:10.53, Litchfield destroyed his 4:11.62 4th place finishing swim from Rio while notching an automatic qualifying time for Budapest. The previous national record was held by last year’s bronze medalist at this meet and 2016 Olympian Dan Wallace at 4:11.04. Wallace opted not to swim the event this time around.

Litchfield now ranks as the 4th fastest swimmer in the world.

Crushing his 4th seeded 4:21.12 time from prelims was University of Florida Gator Mark Szaranek, who has now proven he’s got the stuff to kill this race both yards and meters. At this year’s NCAA Championships, the Gator junior tied Will Licon for the 200m IM NCAA national title, while earning a 3rd place finish in the 400m IM. Tonight in Sheffield, Szaranek hacked almost 2 seconds off of his personal best to collect the silver medal.

Younger Joe Litchfield made the podium a family affair, finishing in 4:19.18 for bronze tonight.

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