GB Trials, Day 3 Heats: Scott Sizzles To 48.19 With Four Men Under 49 In 100 Free

Duncan Scott (photo: Mike Lewis)
Duncan Scott: Photo Courtesy: MIKE LEWIS / ISL

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Duncan Scott went seventh in the 100 free rankings in 48.19 with the next three men home all doing sub-49 PBs in the third heats session of the British Swimming Selection Trials.

Scott has already set a British 200IM record of 1:55.90 this week at the London Aquatic Centre and looked ominous in the third heat with his national mark of 47.87 in his sights.

Ross Murdoch went 2:09.90 in the 200br, Max Litchfield looked impressive in the 400IM with Alys Thomas and Holly Hibbott also negotiating the heats.

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Men’s 400IM; Litchfield To The Max


Max Litchfield – Photo Courtesy: Georgie Kerr

European silver medallist Max Litchfield led the way into the final in 4:14.67 – 0.08 quicker than the time in which he finished seventh at the 2019 worlds in Gwangju.

Litchfield set the British record of 4:09.62 at the 2017 World Championships where he was fourth, missing out on the podium by 0.48 as Daiya Seto took bronze.

That followed the Loughborough swimmer’s fourth place in Rio, again one place behind Seto.

Litchfield’s younger brother Joe was inside the consideration time as Duncan Scott broke Max’s 200IM record in 1:55.90 on day one as the elder sibling finished third.

Jacob Greenow was second through in 4:20.13 and Charlie Hutchinson third in 4:20.42.

Women’s 200 Fly; Thrilling Final In Prospect

Commonwealth champion Alys Thomas led three swimmers under 2:10 into Friday night’s final.

Thomas – who set a PB of 2:05.45 en-route to 2018 Commonwealth gold – stopped the clock at 2:09.02 ahead of Laura Stephens (2:09.04) and Emily Large (2:09.64).

Men’s 100 Free; Scott Leads Way With Sizzler To Come

Duncan Scott; 14th April 2021, London Aquatics Centre, London, England ; 2021 British Swimming Selection Trials

Duncan Scott; Photo Courtesy: Georgie Kerr

European junior champion Matt Richards won the first heat in a PB 48.78 with 16-year-old Jacob Whittle also going a lifetime best of 49.3 for second as the first four men went under 50 seconds.

Jack Thorpe won the second heat in 49.73 before Scott took to the water occupying lane four in the final heat.

Scott was out in 23.39 – second behind Tom Dean’s 23.18 – and came back in 24.80 to spearhead what promises to be a corking final on Friday evening.

The next three men all clocked PBs: Dean (48.53), Richards (48.78) and Joe Litchfield (48.90).

To make the final took 49.78 with Calum Jarvis, Scott McLay and David Cumberlidge among those locked out.


48.19, Duncan Scott

48.53, Tom Dean

48.78, Matt Richards

48.90, Joe Litchfield

49.31, Jacob Whittle

49.70, Cameron Kurle

49.73, Jack Thorpe

49.78, Yusuke Legard

2021 Rankings

1. 47.31, Kliment Kolesnikov, Russian Championships

2. 47.77, Andrei Minakov, Russian Championships

3. 47.89, Vladislav Grinev, Russian Championships

=4. 48.00, Vladislav Morozov, Russian Championships

=4. 48.00, Kristof Milak, Hungarian Spring Nationals

6. 48.04, Kyle Chalmers, Australian Championships

7. 48.19, Duncan Scott, British Swimming Selection Trials

Women’s 400 Free; Hibbott Books Lane Four

Holly Hibbott went 4:14.07 to lead the way with the Bath swimmer set to drop a large chunk of time this evening.

Leah Crisp, the 800 winner, was next in 4:15.50 with Tamryn van Selm third in 4:17.71.

Men’s 200 Breaststroke; Murdoch Eyes Olympic 200 Bow

Ross Murdoch

Ross Murdoch: Photo Courtesy: British Swimming

James Wilby booked a slot in the 100br in 58.76 as Adam Peaty made his 15th journey inside 58 seconds.

Although Ross Murdoch has enjoyed international success over 100 including 2015 world bronze,  he is the 200 British record holder with a time of 2:07.30 from the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The University of Stirling swimmer competed over the shorter distance at Rio 2016, locked out of the final by one place, and will be seeking to book his slot over four lengths in Tokyo.

Murdoch went in heat one with a fine morning swim of 2:09.90 with Wilby booking lane five for the final in the second heat in 2:10.29.


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