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.
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|