200 Fly National Title Is A “Stepping Stone” For Adam Mallett (Video)

2016 BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS/OLYMPIC TRIALS

Video courtesy British Swimming. 

Adam Mallett took the national title in the 200 fly today, missing the Olympic qualification and consideration standards, but he’s still happy with the results.

“It’s the first time I’ve become British champion. That’s obviously what I wanted to achieve. I’m a bit disappointed with the time, but it’s a stepping stone. Start winning races and then you can move the time up from there.”

Despite disappointment at missing the team Mallett, who was born in 1989, is going to keep training and working toward his goals.

“I want to start making the teams, the senior international teams and keep moving forward to winning medals. I’m a bit older than most, but with some people it just takes a little longer to get there.

Original report courtesy Braden Keith:

MEN’S 200 FLY – FINAL

  • British Record: Michael Rock, 1:54.58, 2009
  • 1st Place Standard: 1:54.46
  • 2% Consideration Standard: 1:56.74

The men’s 200 fly will likely be vacant of Brits in Rio. The event wasn’t one that expected to make much of a splash, and with nobody coming within a second of even the consideration time, the expectations held true.

The winner Adam Mallett, however, will be happy with a new personal best time of 1:58.02 – a half-second improvement on the time he swam at the 2012 Olympic Trials that was his previous best. Mallett had a very light competition schedule in 2014 and 2015, racing in just 4 long course meets in the two years combined.

American-based swimmer Mark Szaranek, who trains with British IM Champion Dan Wallace at the University of Florida, placed 2nd in 1:58.20, and Jay Lelliott was 3rd in 1:58.32.

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