2016 British Olympic Trials Day 6 Finals Live Recaps


*Note on Finals Session: The schedule of events will feature three finals – a senior final targeted at the Rio Olympics and European Championships in London, a Target Tokyo Final for potential additions to the European Championship in London and a Junior Final for those looking to qualify for the European Junior Championships in Hungary. For the purposes of this article’s context, we will be reporting on the ‘senior final’ of each event.

If the first place swimmer does not meet or exceed that qualifying time, then the athlete may be considered for selection as long as he/she falls within 2% of the 2nd time listed by each event. Runners-up also must be within 2% of the 2nd qualification time in order to be considered for selection. You can read more about the policy here.


  • British Record – 1:06.35, Sophie Taylor (2014)
  • 1st Place OLY Standard – 1:06.43
  • 2% Consideration – 1:06.94

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor won her third event of the competition taking the women’s 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:07.15. O’Connor won both the 100 freestyle and 200 IM earlier in the competition. Although she has three victories the only one that she swam faster than the Olympic qualifying time was the 200 IM.

She posted a lifetime best in the final, beating her prelim time of 1:07.19, but was over half a second off of the Olympic standard of 1:06.43.

Sarah Vasey had the lead at the halfway point, turing a time of 31.21, but could not hold off O’Connor in the final 50 meters. Vasey finished second in a time of 1:07.50. She beat her lifetime best of 1:07.92, which she recorded last summer at the British Championships.

200 breaststroke champion Chloe Tutton finished third in a time of 1:07.61.

Top 8 From Finals:

  1. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor – 1:07.15
  2. Sarah Vasey – 1:07.50
  3. Chloe Tutton – 1:07.61
  4. Molly Renshaw – 1:08.34
  5. Corrie Scott – 1:08.70
  6. Kathryn Johnstone – 1:09.14
  7. Rachael Wilson – 1:09.24
  8. Katie Matts – 1:09.44


  • British Record – 1:55.58, James Goddard (2010)
  • 1st Place OLY Standard – 1:55.13
  • 2% Consideration – 1:55.91

For many events at the British Trials swimmers have had to put up the swims their lives to qualify for the Olympic team and the 200 backstroke was no different.

Luke Greenbank, who is one of Great Britain’s best young swimmers winning a bronze at the World Championships in Baku in the 100 backstroke, came into the competition with a lifetime best of 1:56.98. Greenbank won the event in a time of 1:57.79, missing the qualifying time of 1:55.13 by almost two seconds.

Xavier Mohammed finished second in a time of 1:58.47 improving on his lifetime best of 1:59.65 that he posted at the Commonwealth Games. Craig McNally finished third in a time of 1:58.63.

Top 8 From Finals:

  1. Luke Greenbank – 1:57.79
  2. Xavier Mohammed – 1:58.47
  3. Craig McNally – 1:58.63
  4. Joseph Patching – 1:58.88
  5. Joseph Hulme – 2:00.73
  6. Brodie Williams – 2:01.30
  7. Elliot Clogg – 2:01.68
  8. Callum Barrett – 2:02.54


  • British Record – 57.25, Ellen Gandy (2012)
  • 1st Place OLY Standard – 57.44
  • 2% Consideration – 57.71

Alys Thomas came into the competition with a lifetime best of 59.01 and improved on that in the prelims and once again in the finals. Thomas took the women’s 100 butterfly in a time of 58.66. She missed the Olympic qualifying standard of 57.44 by over a second.

Rachael Kelly, who swam this event at the 2015 World Championships, finished second in a time of 58.72. Kelly was not able to match her prelims time of 58.46.

Jemma Lowe, who also swam this event in Kazan, collected the bronze in a time of 58.89.

Top 8 From Finals:

  1. Alys Thomas – 58.66
  2. Rachael Kelly – 58.72
  3. Jemma Lowe – 58.89
  4. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor – 59.45
  5. Laura Stephens – 1:00.15
  6. Emily Large – 1:00.16
  7. Tazmin Pugh – 1:00.43
  8. Charlotte Atkinson – 1:00.64


  • British Record – 1:45.14, James Guy (2015)
  • 1st Place OLY Standard – 1:45.91
  • 2% Consideration – 1:46.68

World Champion James Guy took the men’s 200 freestyle in a time of 1:45.19 just missing his British record of 1:45.14, which he posted in Kazan. Guy took the first 100 meters out one one-hundredth of a second slower than his record pace, he turned at the 150 meter mark 24 one-hundredths of second off record pace and in the end missed his national record by five one-hundredths of a second.

  • Kazan – 24.53/50.99 (26.46)/1:18.33 (27.34)/1:45.14 (26.81)
  • Olympic Trials – 24.50/51.00 (26.50)/1:18.09 (27.09)/1:45.19 (27.10) 

Guy now takes over the top spot in the world rankings beating Kosuke Hagino‘s time of 1:45.50, which he posted earlier this month.

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Guy was also under the Olympic qualifying time of 1:45.91.

The race for the silver was a tight one between Stephen Milne, Robbie Renwick, Duncan Scott and Cameron Kurle. Milne hit the wall in a time of 1:47.15, eight one-hundredths of a second ahead of Robbie Renwick who recorded a 1:47.23. He was followed by Scott who touched in a time of 1:47.31. Kurle finished fourth posting a time of 1:47.82.

Top 8 From Finals

  1. James Guy – 1:45.19
  2. Stephen Milne – 1:47.15
  3. Robbie Renwick – 1:47.23
  4. Duncan Scott – 1:47.31
  5. Cameron Kurle – 1:47.82
  6. Ieuen Lloyd – 1:48.23
  7. Daniel Wallace – 1:48.50
  8. Nicholas Grainger – 1:48.53

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5 years ago

Another good breaststroke swim from O’Connor. I’d thought she might skip the final to focus on the fly. I thought Tutton might go a bit faster, but British women’s breaststroke seems to be finally going in the right direction.

5 years ago

Luke Greenbank would probably have liked to have gone quicker there, but I wonder whether, as a youngster, he might sneak one of the 6 discretionary picks.

5 years ago

Shocking times in the fly. Kelly will probably be saved despite coming second, on the back of her in-season times. O’Connor should’ve dropped the breast for this evening IMO.

UK Coach
5 years ago

The head coaches and performance managers warned everyone all this week to expect a lot of disappointed when the team selections come out. “Rio is not a development meet nor are we taking passengers”. I don’t think they will be saving many swimmers who’ve not demonstrated world class results, including relays. The women’s relay teams on current form will struggle to make a final let alone a podium place.

Reply to  UK Coach
5 years ago

Maybe if the UK Performance Squad selections had not been so male-dominated (14 men, 7 women) the women’s relays would be in better shape. From the sounds of things, the Rio selections will also follow this pattern, but I hope I am wrong. To say that these hard-working, high-level athletes, many of them British champions on multiple occasions are “in development” or merely “passengers” is truly shocking and disrespectful.

Reply to  FAN
5 years ago

Absolutely this. It is such a slap in the face to all these swimmers who were promised a change of regime only to be found they have been left behind.

5 years ago

Brilliant from James Guy!
A bit disappointed that we have no-one else sub-1:47. The trials have been generally poor, not sure what has gone wrong here.

When is the team announced?

5 years ago

Great swim by Guy with a 1:45,19! But 4 more swimmers under 1:48, but no one else under 1:47. It will be hard for them to beat Australia in Rio.

Reply to  Hatt
5 years ago

Except that these GBR guys may be more likely to perform when it counts whereas the AUS M4X200 so often looks great on paper but never quite puts it together when it counts.

Reply to  commonwombat
5 years ago

We will see in RIO!!!! 2 swimmers @1.45, with potential to improve, plus 2 more @ 1.46, would be hard t beat with a team consisting of 1 swimmer @1.45 & the 3 swimmers @ 1.47. Dream on!!!!

Reply to  Robbos
5 years ago

But will those AUS 1.45 men actually swim to that level in the relay ? Maybe some hope with TFH (if he’s on reasonable form) but McEvoy is all over the shop when it comes to his relay (just as likely to drop in a 1.48 as a 1.46). Smith is probably the only other I’d trust to at least swim a 1.46 split; more likely to see 1.47s from anyone else.

Guy covers off the best AUS and whilst the rest of the Brits AREN’T stellar, at least they’re consistent and more likely to drop in 1.46 splits than the Australians. In any case, they’re most likely to be battling over scraps as I strongly suspect USA will be… Read more »

Reply to  commonwombat
5 years ago

CW, how do you know Guy will see off the best of the Aussies, anything can happen in RIO, I don’t know how you can be so certain? TFH has swam faster then Guy ever has in 2014, he had a horror 2015, but is coming back to form, I rate his chances in the individual as good as Guy’s. McEvoy just swam a very controlled 1.45 at the trials. maybe has more in him, far more mature swimmer this year. If you can swim a 47.05 in the 100 & you have decent endurance you will swim a decent 200, it’s just plain commonsense.
In Smith, McKeon, Horton, Chalmers & Hansford, Aussies will easily find another 2 very… Read more »

5 years ago

As an aside – not sure that Milne will want to swim the individual 200m free, so that spot may still be up for grabs.

5 years ago

James brilliant but nobody else going sub 1.47 though , thought there would be atleast 2 or 3 Wallace has had a shocking meet so many have gone backwards disappointing

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