Watch Brits James Guy & Duncan Scott In Monster 200 Freestyle Duel

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April 23rd, 2017 News

2017 BRITISH SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The final race of the 2017 British Swimming Championships came intensely down to the wire, with reigning world champion James Guy and newly-minted 100m freestyle British national record holder Duncan Scott dueling it out in the men’s 200m freestyle. Guy ultimately won the affair, but Scott led at the 100m, getting the fans in Sheffield up on their feet to watch the men charge to the wall in the name of qualification for the 2017 World Championships.

Watch the race unfold in the video below, courtesy of British Swimming.

 

MEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • FINA A – 1:47.73
  • British 1st place standard – 1:45.45
  • British consideration standard – 1:46.58
  • The Podium:
    • James Guy – 1:45.55, *consideration
    • Duncan Scott – 1:45.80, *consideration
    • Calum Jarvis – 1:47.02

An enormously intense race ensued between Olympic teammates James Guy and Duncan Scott in this men’s 200m freestyle final, with the result coming down to the finish, as fans hoped. Bath’s Guy came out on top with a super solid time of 1:45.55, while Stirling’s Scott fired off a mega personal best of 1:45.80 for silver.

Scott led at the 100m mark in 51.17, but Guy tapped into another gear to keep the Scot from pulling ahead. Separated by a couple of lanes in the pool, the two men kept each other in check until the final 15m when they kept their heads down and charged to the wall, cranking out stroke after stroke for the win.  For Guy, this result crushes his most recent 1:47.11 clocked at the Arena Pro Swim in Indianapolis, while Scott’s mark slashes almost a second and a half off of his previous personal best of 1:47.28. The men now sit 3rd and 4th in the world rankings.

For Guy, this marks his 4th gold at these championships, having collected the top prize in the 100m/200m butterfly races, as well as the 400m freestyle on night one. Scott also made a haul here in Sheffield, adding this silver to his 200m butterfly bronze, 200m IM bronze and stunning 100m freestyle gold in a new British record. The 19-year-old Scott’s time tonight in the 200m checks in as a new Scottish national record.

Calum Jarvis finished in the 4th fastest time of his career tonight, clocking a 1:47.02, while Sheffield’s own Nicholas Grainger earned 4th and potential relay placement with a time of 1:47.28.

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SHM
4 years ago

6 guys around 1.45-1.47 mark not too shabby for the relay …nice to see Guy with some competition we need it to strength the team as a whole.

pooholla
4 years ago

lol who is this color commentator? he sounds like an american morning radio dj… i think he chose the better profession, though, he’s awesome. i’ll watch more british meets as long as he’s around.

Years of Plain Suck
4 years ago

I love the announcer — even more enthusiasm than Sam Kendricks!

Note: the colored lane lines make the race easy to follow.

Pool Deck Announcer: “Four races, four golds. How do you feel?”
James Guy: “Absolutely goosed.”

marklewis
4 years ago

At the end of a 200 freestyle, you need a bit of endurance. They were tied until the final 20 meters.

It would have been a upset if Scott would have won. Duncan swam a best time by a lot.

It’s good that James Guy has some more competition in Britain to spur him on.

luigi
4 years ago

This Scott guy is swimming the times PVDH used to swim back in the day. 47 and 1:45. A freestyle star in the making.

NYJOHN
Reply to  luigi
4 years ago

Except that PVDH also swam sub 22 seconds in 50 free.

Skoorbnagol
Reply to  NYJOHN
4 years ago

No he didn’t 22.0 at best

NYJOHN
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
4 years ago

Right. Still, Scott has not betterred PVDH’s PBs on 50/100/200 free.

Countless other swimmers have.

Bigly
Reply to  NYJOHN
4 years ago

Countless? Maybe in each individual event, but name a few that have beaten all three. I can’t think of anyone that had that range from 50 to 200.

MichaelTran
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

Cam McEvoy

Bigly
Reply to  MichaelTran
4 years ago

Ok. 1. Not “countless.”

NYJOHN
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

I said countless swimmers have beaten PVDH’s record in either 50/100/200.
It does not mean in all of those events, it could be in one event or two events or all three events.

Scott has not even broken ANY of PVDH’s PB in all of 50/100/200 free.

NYJOHN
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

Cam mcEvoy is much faster than Duncan Scott in all three distances.

Bigly
Reply to  NYJOHN
4 years ago

McEvoy’s best 200 free — which he hasn’t touched since 2014 —- is .34 sec. That’s not “much faster.” Lately, McEvoy has died like a dog in the 200 free. Based on the trials of the two countries, he isn’t faster right now in 100 and he’s a lot slower (1.8 sec) in the 200.

NYJOHN
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

Also, many swimmers have beaten PVDH’s PBs in two events (50/100 or 100/200). Scott has not even beaten one single PVDH’s PB in either 50/100/200 free.

luigi
Reply to  luigi
4 years ago

his PB in the 50 free was the 22.03 he scored in Sidney

MichaelTran
Reply to  luigi
4 years ago

Cam McEvoy has a better range than Scott!!!!!

Buster
Reply to  MichaelTran
4 years ago

And he’s 3 years older. It shows Scott’s potential that people are even considering comparing him someone of the quality of McEvoy. Looking back at McEvoy’s times when he was 20, yes, he was faster but there wasn’t huge amount in it. From the 2014 World rankings 21.94, 47.65, 1:45.46. Let’s see what Scott can do over the next few years rather than writing him off because he’s (marginally) slower than one of the greatest freestyler ever!

NYJOHN
Reply to  Buster
4 years ago

Dial down the hysterics.
No one is writing off Duncan Scott.

Buster
Reply to  NYJOHN
4 years ago

Hysterics? My post was in no way hysterical, I was just trying to emphasise that he’s still young so let’s compare like-with-like. It’s difficult to get emotions across in a forum such as this. However if you put 5 exclamation marks after a sentence (as above) I guess you could say that was fairly hysterical 😉

NYJOHN
Reply to  Buster
4 years ago

Who put 5 exclamation marks?
I certainly did not put exclamation mark in all the posts I’ve written in this thread.

You, on the other hand, put an exclamation mark in your post in which you claimed people writing off Scott while no one has done so.

This started from Luigi’s post who already predicted Scott as a star in the making while (somewhat erroneously) comparing him to PVDH, and my original post was intended to temper such expectation and pressure on the young Scott.

luigi
Reply to  NYJOHN
4 years ago

Ok since I am the one that started this .. I predict a great future for this guy since he has practically no meat on his bones and he is wicked fast nonetheless. Wait till he gets his full growth.

luigi
Reply to  NYJOHN
4 years ago

ps NYJOHN, I know my comparison with PVDH was a bit of a stretch (if for no other reason than PVDH was a 100 free who also trained for the 200, while I suspect that in Duncan’s case his 100 is a byproduct of his training for the 200), but still … if you think about it for a moment, how many people can you name who went 1:45 (or better) and 47 in textile? PVDH, McEvoy of course … Agnel, back in 2012-2013 … Phelps could have probably gone 47 if he focused on freestyle, but we’ll never know (he has a number of 47s to his name from a relay start and I believe a 48 flat from… Read more »

luigi
Reply to  luigi
4 years ago

*100 free specialist

Nyjohn
Reply to  luigi
4 years ago

I suspect Kyle Chalmers will swim 1:45 before he turns 20.
He’s only 18 and and has swum 1:46
I also expect one of USA 100-200 swimmers to swim 47 and 1:45 by the time Tokyo rolls on.
The same goes with at least a couple of European 100-200 swimmers.

Bigly
Reply to  MichaelTran
4 years ago

Not based on the Aussie trials or anything McEvoy has put up in the 200 free in the last couple of years. He died in Kazan and he died in the Aussie Trials this month. He’s 1.8 sec slower than Scott in the 200 free right now. He’s not a world class 200 freestyler anymore. Heck, he wasn’t even on the 800 free relay in Rio when Scott split 1:45.0.

NYJOHN
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

If mcEvoy is not a world class 200 freestyler, then so is anyone else who hasn’t gone 1:45.1 in textile.

Also, mcevoy is still very much a world class 50 freestyler, while Duncan Scott is definitely not.

Remember, we are talking about swimmers who have the range of 50/100/200, and not just 100/200.

If you base the capability of a swimmer based on tbia year’s results, then Lauren Boyle is not a world class mid/distance swimmer. She died in Rio and she died this year.

RAO
Reply to  NYJOHN
4 years ago

You guys keep going on about Duncan not being a 50m freestyler; now you’re all just making up your own facts!! He hasn’t swum a tapered 50m freestyle in a couple of years. After pulling off a 47.9 at champs last week, who’s to say he couldn’t swim a 21 high for 50m free? This guys magical, he absolutely demolished Ben proud on the 100 by almost three seconds 2.70 to be precise. I reckon putting Scott next to Proud on a 50; it would be very very close.

RAO
Reply to  MichaelTran
4 years ago

Better range???? I think not!! Duncan swims the 100,200m fly 200,400m IM at International standard! Cam Only swims the freestyles.

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