Swimmer Profile - Danas Rapsys – LEN


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Swimmer Profile – Danas Rapsys

Lithuanian stalwart Danas Rapsys will rival local hero Duncan Scott and look to defend his title in the 200m freestyle at the LEN European Short Course Championships in Glasgow.

The 24-year-old roared to gold in the eight-length event in Copenhagen in a national record time, claiming his first senior individual title and leaving Scott to dwell on bronze.  

Later that year Scott got his revenge, the Tollcross faithful roaring him to European Long Course glory with Rapsys 0.73 secs behind, settling for silver.

But with Scott not making the trip to Hangzhou Rapsys had the final word in 2018, crowned short course 400m freestyle world champion, also picking up 200m freestyle silver.

There was heartbreak for Rapsys at this year’s World Championships, just missing out on a medal in the 400m freestyle by finishing fourth and then believing he’d won the 200m freestyle only to be disqualified for a false start.

Who profited from his disqualification and edged onto the podium with shared bronze? One Duncan Scott. Rapsys will be desperate to bounce back from his disappointments in Gwangju with success on the stage in Glasgow, Scott’s backyard.

The 24-year-old broke onto the international scene in 2013 when he claimed two silver medals at the 2013 World Junior Championships in the 100m backstroke and as part of the 4x100m medley relay.

Rapsys made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016, swimming the 100m and 200m backstroke but did not progress from the heats in either event.

However, 2017 was the year Rapsys’ stock began to rise as he clinched three medals at the World University Games with gold in the 200m freestyle, 200m backstroke and bronze in the 100m backstroke.

Follow Danas on social

Instagram – @danas.rapsys

Facebook – @DanasRapsysOfficial

Short Course Personal Bests

200m Freestyle – 1:40.85

400m Freestyle – 3:34.01

Fun Fact – Rapsys was one of the first Lithuanian athletes to confirm his place on the plane to Tokyo after he secured qualification in the 200m freestyle in March this year