After Worlds DQ Disappointment, Danas Rapsys Joins 200 Free1:44 Club

2019 FINA WORLD CUP #3 – SINGAPORE

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.

Additionally, Rapsys becomes just the 4th man since 2017 to clock a sub-1:45 second 200m free, along with Australia’s Clyde Lewis, Sun and Great Britain’s Duncan Scott.

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
#7-1:44.39 Sun Yang CHN 7/25/2017 Budapest

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PK Doesn't Like His Long Name

If he gets pushed a little more the 3rd 50 we could see him drop into the 1:43s.

Superfan

But then not have as much left the last 50?

ERVINFORTHEWIN

that would push him to care for the balance between 3d & 4th 50

Heyitsme

1:43 low next summer please

Togger

That’s a long way, think Agnel made that seem much more achievable than it is by looking so smooth.

Peak Thorpe and peak Phelps went 1.44 low and 1.43 high.

Doconc

Peak Phelps was 1:42.9

Togger

In a LZR, Rapsys will pick up some more DQs if he turns up in one of those.

Flurpy

I think he meant Phelps without an LRZ….

Jimbo

Finally a swimmer after Agnel really dropping 2 free hard

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