Tom Dean Rips 1:46.03 200 Free To Become 4th Fastest Brit Ever

2020 EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL SWIM MEET

A host of SwimSwam’s 5 races to watch took place on day 1 here of this Edinburgh International Swim Meet, with the men’s 200m freestyle among them.

As we expected, the men’s final saw a furious battle among Duncan Scott, James Guy, Tom Dean and more, with the latter pulling out the win in a statement-making lifetime best of 1:46.03.

The big players played it cool this morning, letting Cesar Valle take the top seed in 1:49.04. Guy clocked 1:49.35, Scott 1:49.56 and Dean also 1:49.56 to represent the sub-1:50 swimmers of the heats.

During tonight’s final, however, Scott took the first 100 out quick in a 51.84 opener, before Dean surged to the lead and hit the wall first in that 1:46.03. That gave him over a half-second advantage over the 2015 World Champion in this event, James Guy, who touched in 1:46.79 for runner-up. Scott rounded out the top 3 in 1:47.39.

As for Dean, the man’s previous personal best rested at the 1:46.86 he produced at the 2019 British Swimming Championships, a time which rendered the 19-year-old Bath swimmer as Great Britain’s 9th fastest performer all-time.

By dropping .83 with his in-season swim here, Dean now rockets himself to become the 4th fastest performer ever for Great Britain.

1 Duncan Scott UniOfStirl 97 The 18th FINA World Championships Gwangju, South Korea 1 26/07/19 1:44.91
2 James Guy Millfield 95 World Championships 2015 Kazan 1 04/08/15 1:45.14
3 Robert Renwick UniOfStirl 88 13th Fina World Champs2009 Rome 1 31/07/09 1:45.99
4 Tom Dean Bath Edinburgh Int’l Swim Meet Edinburgh 1 13/03/20 1:46.03

Guy’s time was super solid as well, representing the 24-year-old’s best-ever in-season time.

Dean, Guy and Scott were combined with Calum Jarvis on the men’s 4×200 freestyle relay at teh 2019 World Championships, where they finished an uncharacteristic 4th. Splits on that 7:02.04 relay from Gwangju included 1:44.91 (British NR) for Scott, 1:45.58 for Jarvis, 1:46.10 for Dean and 1:45.45 for Guy.

With Dean bumping up his individual performance here, that bodes well for the nation to boost its medal-contention capabilities come Tokyo.

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Can’t wait to see these guys in the 4×200 Free Relay!!

Jeff

People seem to be looking at Australia and United States as the main threats but I think Great Britain will challenge for the gold as well.

Andy Guy

They only going to get faster watch out GB coming !!

Dee

Dean looked sublime tonight, a full second PB in his first race of 2020 would indicate plenty left to come too – Exciting swimmer. Also, how nice to see Cesar Castro Valle swimming well again – Big talent, hopefully he can fulfil his potential now. He set a Spanish record (1.47.45) in fourth.

John

Fastest time for James guy this time in the season since 2016, He’s coming back.

Jeff

Changed coaches. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him back at 1:45 form.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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