Today saw a potential star make a major breakthrough in world swimming. Bence Biczo, born 1993, took victory in the boys 200m Butterfly in a time of 1:55.82. That puts Biczo 6th in the world this year, just 0.12 shy of Michael Phelps' best effort in 2010. To put Biczo's swim into some perspective, at 17 Phelps' best time was a then world record of 1:54.58 set at the 2001 World Championships as a 16 year old. His best time in 2002 as a 17 year old was 1:54.86. Considering Phelps was a phenomenon at that young age and 200m Butterfly was his pet event, to be just over a second away from his times is an incredible achievement for Biczo. Marcin Cieslak took silver in a time of 1:56.76 to move to 12th in the world this year.
Yannick Agnel once again proved to be swimming at a different level to the competition with victory in the 100m Freestyle (48.80) and anchoring home the French 4 x 200m Freestyle relay (1:46.48).
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Britain had another strong day with Emma Saunders winning the girls 50m Backstroke in a new Championship Record of 29.01. Saunders has already finished 4th in the 100m Freestyle final (56.62) and was the lead out leg on the silver medal winning 4 x 100m Free relay. The British boys took an impressive silver in the 4 x 200m Freestyle relay with Ieuan Lloyd impressing on the anchor leg with a split of 1:49.92. Lloyd had earlier taken silver in the 200m IM with a time of 2:02.72. One of the most satisfying points to come from this meet so far from a British perspective is the strength of the relay teams. As a swimming nation we are showing our strength in depth which can only bode well for uncovering future stars in the next few years.