Watch Duncan Scott Become First British 100 Freestyler Under 48 Sec


On night 3 of the 2017 British Swimming Championships in Sheffield, 19-year-old Duncan Scott made history as the first British man to clock a 100m freestyle time under the 49-second threshold. Already having earned the national record of 48.01 while finishing 5th at the 2016 Olympic Games, Scott shaved .11 off of that best time tonight, touching in 49.70 for a new record, a British title and the top mark in the world this season.

Watch the race unfold from start to finish, where Scott takes off on his own race and never looks back, automatically qualifying for Budapest in the process.

Video courtesy of British Swimming.


As originally reported:


  • FINA A – 48.93
  • British 1st place standard – 47.91
  • British consideration standard – 48.33
  • The Podium:

The men’s 100m freestyle capped off a huge night of racing for the British, one that saw 2 national records fall in the span of 2 hours. After Max Litchfield‘s inspiring performance in the 400m IM, 19-year-old Duncan Scott from the University of Stirling proved once again he is indeed the real sprinting deal by becoming the first British man ever under the 48-second mark in the 100m free.

Entering the meet with the national record of 48.01 from his 5th place finish in Rio, Scott put the field on notice this morning with a super quick 48.58, the only sub-49 second out behind Adam Barrett.  But Scott fired off the big guns this evening, opening in 23.14 and closing in 24.76 to collect a national title and clear the automatic consideration time. Scott also now ranks as #1 in the world, ahead of Aussie maverick Cameron McEvoy.

Barrett bowed out of the 100m freestyle final, presumably to focus on his prime event the 100m butterfly, so that left the Edinburgh duo of Jack Thorpe and Kieran McGuckin in a good spot to take the minor medals. Thorpe finished in 49.65 for silver, with McGuckin just .03 behind for bronze.

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wow, unbelievable, he looks like a normal dude and then swims insanely fast


It would not have won a medal at the olympics


Who is this commentator?

47.90 would have won medal in every single olympics and world championships?

47.90 would not medal in 2016 Rio, 2013 Barcelona, 2012 London, 2009 Rome, 2008 Beijing.


cool down


But can win silver in 2015 Kazan


He can also win silver in 2011 Shanghai.
Hey, he can even win gold in 2007 Melbourne.

Just out of curiosity, did you not watch the video?


what an incredible kick. the tempo on his feet is crazy compared to the rest of the field. Take notes, children.

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