Race Video: Watch Jake Mitchell’s Electric One-Man 400 Freestyle Race – 3:45.86

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

When only Kieran Smith managed to get under the FINA A Olympic-qualifying standard during the A final of the men’s 400 freestyle at the 2021 US Olympic Trials, people began asking questions.

It wasn’t totally clear what would happen after a second man was unable to hit the qualifying time in the event. If there was enough room on the roster but no man qualified, we were left wondering who would be named to the team.

It briefly looked like the next man in line was going to be Zane Grothe who actually missed the A final, ending in 11th place overall, because he was the only man other than Smith who had cracked the FINA A during the qualifying period for the Tokyo Olympics.

That was until Jake Mitchell came back for his 3rd 400 freestyle of the meet after finishing in second during the A final with a  3:48.17 – more than a second off the required cut. Swimming along in the heat, Mitchell managed to swim his way to an incredible 3:45.86, getting under his original A final time of 3:48.17, his lifetime PB of 3:47.95, and the Olympic qualifying time of 3:46.78.

Thanks to NBC Sports on YouTube, we now have footage of Jake Mitchell‘s historic one-man Olympic-qualifying race. Watch the race below to see Mitchell likely swim his way on to the 2021 US Olympic team, should the roster cap allow it:

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Thomas Bullock
1 month ago

3:45*

ACC
1 month ago

I think there might have been a typo in the title here. I think I could do a 4:45 not having trained since college.

Sandwich
1 month ago

Jake Mitchell energy all summer.

Meeeeeee
1 month ago

Glad to see it but classic that NBC not only didn’t show live but puts out a version that does not show the entire race

PK doesn’t like his long name
Reply to  Meeeeeee
1 month ago

Plus zero clocks shown, nor the direct commentary by the announcer.

Konner Scott
Reply to  Meeeeeee
1 month ago

And also didn’t show his immediate reaction at the end. That’s like 80% of the reason I watched it.

Konner Scott
Reply to  Meeeeeee
1 month ago

Loving the Simpsons vocab word. Nice touch.

Anonymoose
Reply to  Konner Scott
1 month ago

wdym cromulent is a real word /s

Hank
1 month ago

You mean 3:45?

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
1 month ago

Pretty sure someone in the live recap thread needs to lick Ryan Murphy’s nipple now or something

Joris Bohnson
1 month ago

Geoblocked outside of the US of course, thank u NBC

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Joris Bohnson
1 month ago

VPN. Or hope Bobo Gigi comes in clutch

super classy swim
1 month ago

okay so nbc had it recorded yet didn’t show it on tv ??

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  super classy swim
1 month ago

of course!