Analysis M200 Free: James Guy Celebrated The Smallest Margin Of Victory In History

James Guy the Man, at 19 a world champion - by Patrick B. Kraemer

There was a perception among SwimVortex readers that the 200m freestyle was a ‘slow’ race. It wasn’t. No 1:44, no impact on all-time top 10s but James Guy’s 1:45.14 compares to a 1:44.93 for Olympic silver last time round; and in 2013, the worlds podium had Yannick Agnel on 1:44.20 a second away from his outer orbit; Guy would have taken silver. In 2015 it was worth gold in a great race, one that ended in the smallest margin of victory in history

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There was a perception among SwimVortex readers that the 200m freestyle was a ‘slow’ race. It wasn’t. No 1:44, no impact on all-time top 10s but James Guy’s 1:45.14 compares to a 1:44.93 for Olympic silver last time round; and in 2013, the worlds podium had Yannick Agnel on 1:44.20 a second away from his outer orbit; Guy would have taken silver. In 2015 it was worth gold in a great race, one that ended in the smallest margin of victory in history

Comments

Jah Wobble

After decades of dominating outlier male freestylers – like Thorpe, Hackett, Perkins, VDH – todays race victors emerge from a pack of many, none of them truly groundbreaking.

Craig Lord

Makes for great racing, too

aswimfan

men 200 free situation is now like women 200 free during 1995-2004

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