Max Litchfield Breaks British 400 IM Record In Prelims

2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Max Litchfield broke his second British record of the World Championships this morning in Budapest, cracking his own 400 IM mark in the preliminaries. His swim of 4:10.57 lowers his old record of 4:10.63 set at the British Championships in April.

Litchfield broke the 2009 record of James Goddard in the 200 IM heats in a time of 1:56.64, narrowly missing that mark in the semis and final to ultimately place 4th.

The 22-year-old qualifies 2nd through to tonight’s final, trailing only American Chase Kalisz. He’ll look to climb his way onto the podium after placing 4th in this event at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Two-time defending champion Daiya Seto made it through in 4th (4:12.89), and Olympic gold medalist Kosuke Hagino was just 7th (4:14.15) and will be out in lane 1 in the final. The other Brit, Mark Szaranek, narrowly missed the final by 0.02 in 9th.

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Developing into quite the athlete. With the Brits, Le Clos, Canadians… Aussie men could have a rough time of it at home in April.

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James Sutherland

James is currently a university swimmer for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He is studying economics. Along with swimming, he also loves hockey. He's in his 14th season as a competitive swimmer. Best Times (SCM): 50 FR - 24.70 100 FR - 53.88 200 FR - 1:56.12 1500 FR - 16:45.97 100 BK - …

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