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Lewis Burras Busts Out 47.63 100 Free British Record

2022 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

While all eyes were on 17-year-old David Popovici of Romania who fired off a new World Junior Record in the men’s 100m free semi-final #2, another man quietly made history for his nation of Great Britain.

21-year-old Lewis Burras just became the fastest British man ever in this LCM 100 free, producing a monster personal best of 47.63 en route to claiming the 4th seed.

Burras sneaked into the semi-finals after landing the 14th seed this morning with a heats swim of 48.49. Flash forward to tonight and the Zoe Baker-trained star crushed just the 2nd sub-48 second time of his career to put his name into the mix for a potential medal in tomorrow night’s final.

Burras, who now trains at Peel Aquatics in Western Australia, opened in 22.76 and closed in 24.87 to capture a super quick mark of 47.63. Compare that to his previous PB of 47.88 notched at this past April’s British Swimming Championships where he opened in 22.68 and brought it home in 25.20.

The previous British national record was held by multi-Olympic medalist Duncan Scott, who dropped out of these World Championships due to COVID-19 complications. Scott’s former record stood at the put up at the 2019 edition of the British Championships.

Splits for the 3 aforementioned swims are below:

Burras’ New British Record
Scott’s Previous British Record
Burras’ Previous PB

22.76
23.10
22.68

24.87
24.72
25.20

47.63
47.87
47.88

The top 10 finishers in tonight’s 100m free semi-finals were all under the 48-second threshold giving us a glimpse into just how close tomorrow’s medal-worthy race will be.

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