2020 EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL SWIM MEET
- Friday, March 13th – Sunday, March 15th
- Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh, Scotland
- 50m (LCM)
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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.
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.