Max Litchfield Breaks 8-Year-Old 200 IM British Record In 1:56.64


22-year-old Max Litchfield exploded for a big swim in the prelims of the men’s 200 IM, breaking the 200 IM British Record in a time of 1:56.64. The record, which stood at 1:57.12 from James Goddard, was a super-suited one that was set at the World Championships in 2009.

Litchfield knocks his best time down by a full second and a half, with his previous best sitting at 1:58.10 from the British Championships this year.

He was a first-time Olympian in 2016, finishing 4th in the 400 IM final in a time of 4:11.62. He’s also the national record holder in that event at 4:10.66. At the end of the year he competed at the Short Course World Championships in Windsor, winning silver in the 400 IM in another national record of 4:00.66.

Litchfield qualified 3rd overall for the semi-finals, trailing Japan’s Kosuke Hagino (1:56.46) and USA’s Chase Kalisz (1:56.48).

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That was huge. 1.5s PB.

He was 4.10 at nationals, where he went 1.58s. His 200fr at that meet was 1.47.4…

4×200 just got REALLY interesting


It’s gonna be so good as long as they can all bring their a game.

Thomas Selig

Yeah, we know Guy and Scott are swimming well (they may have made a bit of a mess of the final, but still put up solid 1:45:3 times). Litchfield looks in cracking form, and being fresher than at trials should see him take a big chunk off that 1:47:4. Then you have Grainger who’s put up some good in-season times, Milne who’s usually fairly rock-solid, and Jarvis who’s best is 1:46:5. Should be quite a scrap for the final spots TBH.


I’d put my ££ on Scott, Guy and Litchfield being near certs if that IM for is translated, which his free split suggests will happen.

Thomas Selig

Yeah so would I TBH. I fancied a line-up of Scott, Guy, Litchfield and Grainger before the meet, I thought given the amount of swimming Litchfield had done prior to the 200 free at trials he could go quite a bit quicker. Getting stupidly excited about Friday night already!


He’ll take that – His 400 is what it makes exciting. He has never been a speed man.


Yeah Great Britain is going to win this 4×200 free relay… The us’s only hope is to swap in jack conger on the relay and hope he is in the 1:45 shape he was in last year at trials


GBR is looking better by the day and fair to call them favorites but it’s starting to veer into overconfidence, at least among the fans. Not more than a 1-second advantage on paper…

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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