Max Litchfield Sets Commonwealth, British Records In 400 IM


Great Britain’s Max Litchfield finished off his successful week in Budapest tonight with yet another British record, as well as a Commonwealth record in the 400 IM.

Litchfield broke the British record in the 200 IM prelims, and came very close to that in the semis and the final to ultimately place 4th. This morning in the 400 IM heats he lowered his own record by six one-hundredths in 4:10.57, and lowered it down nearly another second tonight.

The 22-year-old clocked in at 4:09.62, becoming the first British man under the 4:10-barrier, and erases the Commonwealth record of 4:10.14 set by Thomas Fraser-Holmes in 2013. He finishes 4th once again, narrowly missing a medal to Daiya Seto (4:09.14).

American Chase Kalisz finished off the IM sweep, winning gold and becoming the 3rd fastest man in history in a time of 4:05.90, breaking the championship record. Hungary’s David Verraszto delighted the crowd with the silver medal in 4:08.38, and surprisingly the Olympic champion Kosuke Hagino was back in 6th in 4:12.65.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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