2019 FINA WORLD CUP #3 – SINGAPORE
- Thursday, August 15th – Saturday, August 17th
- OCBC Aquatic Centre, Singapore
- SwimSwam Preview
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap
We knew Danas Rapsys had a 1:44 200m free in him, as the Lithuanian surged to the wall first at the 2019 World Championships with a clocking of 1:44.69. However, the 24-year-old was disqualified for a flinch at the start, leaving China’s Sun Yang to top the podium with his time of 1:44.93.
Rapsys rebounded with a gold medal-worthy performance at the 2nd stop of this 1st World Cup Series cluster, producing a time of 1:45.07 to notch a new Lithuanian National Record and World Cup standard. That time sliced .05 off of his previous personal best.
Flash forward to tonight, however, and Rapsys’ spark ignited big-time with a menacing 200m free time of 1:44.38 to crush the field in Singapore. Splitting 50.99/53.39, Rapsys produced the first sub-1:45 second time of his career to become the 6th fastest performer of all-time in the event.
Rapsys’ effort overtakes Sun’s PB of 1:44.39 from the 2017 World Championships to bump the Chinese superstar down to 7th, positioning Rapsys among the titans of Michael Phelps, Yannick Agnel and Ian Thorpe.
All-Time Men’s 200m Free Performers
|#1-1:42.00||Paul Biedermann||GER||2009 World Champs||7/28/2009||Rome|
|#2-1:42.96||Michael Phelps||USA||2008 Olympic Games||8/13/2008||Beijing|
|#3-1:43.14||Yannick Agnel||FRA||2012 Olympic Games||7/28/2012||London|
|#4-1:43.90||Danila Izotov||RUS||2009 World Champs||7/30/2009||Rome|
|#5-1:44.06||Ian Thorpe||AUS||2001 World Champs||7/25/2001||Fukuoka|
|#6-1:44.38||Danas Rapsys||LTU||2019 World Cup||8/17/2019||Singapore|