2021 British Olympic Selection Trials Day 3 Finals Live Recap

2021 BRITISH SWIMMING SELECTION TRIALS

 

MEN’S 400 IM – FINAL

British National Record – 4:09.62, Max Litchfield 2017
British OLY QT – 4:13.47
FINA ‘A’ – 4:15.84

GOLD – Max Litchfield, 4:12.67 Olympic Qualifying
SILVER – Brodie Williams, 4:12.95 Olympic Qualifying
BRONZE – Mark Szaranek, 4:17.44

The national record holder Max Litchfield controlled the race through the 350m mark but Bath’s Brodie Williams gave him a run for his money coming into the wall like a freight train. Both men got under the British Swimming-mandated qualification time of 4:13.47, with Litchfield finishing in 4:12.67 to Williams 4:12.95.

Williams came home in 58.97 to Litchfield’s final 100m of 59.54 to keep it extremely close in this grueling event.

Litchfield owns the British standard in 4:09.62 from when he placed 4th at the 2017 FINA World Championships. As for Williams, the man had never been under 4:16.63 before but here he is most likely qualifying for an Olympic Games with a nearly 4 second time drop.

Litchfield now ranks 5th in the world this season, while Williams enters the chat as the 7th fastest performer worldwide this season. Former Florida Gator Mark Szaranek rounded out the top 3 in 4:17.44.

2020-2021 LCM Men 400 IM

CarsonUSA
Foster
07/23
4:08.46
2Daiya
Seto
JPN4:09.0204/03
3Chase
Kalisz
USA4:09.0906/13
4Brendon
Smith
AUS4:09.2707/24
5Lewis
Clareburt
NZL4:09.4907/24
6David
Verraszto
HUN4:09.5706/26
7Leon
Marchand
FRA4:09.6506/15
8Alberto
Razzetti
ITA4:09.9107/24
8Jay
Litherland
USA4:09.9107/24
10Ilya
Borodin
RUS4:10.0205/23
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WOMEN’S 200 FLY – FINAL

British National Record – 2:04.83, Ellen Gandy 2009
British OLY QT – 2:08.32
FINA ‘A’ – 2:08.43

GOLD – Alys Thomas, 2:08.09 Olympic Qualifying
SILVER – Keanna MacInnes, 2:08.86
BRONZE – Laura Stephens, 2:09.53

Just one swimmer was able to dip under the British Swimming Olympic consideration time, as 2018 Commonwealth Games champion Alys Thomas got it done for gold in 2:08.09. She was pushed by Scottish athlete Keanna MacInnes who nailed a new lifetime best by nearly a second in 2:08.86.

Plymouth Leander’s Laura Stephens scored third in 2:09.53 after placing 2nd in the 100m fly on night 1 in a new personal best of 57.98 in that sprint.

Thomas owns a lifetime best of 2:05.45 and is Great Britain’s 3rd fastest performer all-time. The 30-year-old was most recently 2:07.40 at the 2019 British Swimming Championships and followed with a 5th place finish in 2:07.48 at the 2019 FINA World Championships.

MEN’S 100 FREE – FINAL

British National Record – 47.87, Duncan Scott 2019
British OLY QT – 48.35
FINA ‘A’ – 48.57

GOLD – Duncan Scott, 47.87 *Ties British Record, Olympic Qualifying
SILVER – Matt Richards, 48.23 Olympic Qualifying
BRONZE – Tom Dean, 48.51

The men’s 100m free was a phenomenal race, with Duncan Scott tying his own British national record to top the field in 47.87. Opening in 23.16 and bringing it home in 24.71, Scott crushed the only sub-48 second time of the field, although post-race he said he was disappointed with the result.

Coming in also under the consideration time was 18-year-old Matt Richards, the 2019 European Junior Champion in this event who just fired off a massive new personal best of 48.23. That hacked .65 off of the 48.88 that garnered him gold almost 2 years ago to give him a very good chance of being selected for Tokyo.

Versatile Tom Dean collected bronze in 48.51, just outside the qualification time and .02 faster than his 48.53-morning swim.

Remarkably, not to be missed was the fact 16-year-old Jacob Whittle busted out the swim of his life in 48.76 to take 4th. At just 16, he rocked a sub-49-second outing. Look for a separate post on this head-turning close.

Scott now ranks #3 in the world on the season with tonight’s Tokyo-worthy outing.

2020-2021 LCM Men 100 Free

2Kyle
Chalmers
AUS47.0807/29
3Kliment
Kolesnikov
RUS47.1107/27
4David
Popovici
ROU47.3007/08
5Alessandro
Miressi
ITA47.4505/19
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WOMEN’S 400 FREE – FINAL

British National Record – 4:00.60, Joanne Jackson 2009
British OLY QT – 4:05.96
FINA ‘A’ – 4:07.90

GOLD –Holly Hibbott, 4:07.03
SILVER – Leah Crisp, 4:14.03
BRONZE –  Tamryn Van Selm, 4:16.17

Bath National Centre’s Holly Hibbott finished just over a second outside the British Swimming-mandated QT for Tokyo, touching in 4:07.03 when a 4:05.96 was needed. Hibbott placed 10th in this event at the 2019 FINA World Championships, putting up a time there of 4:07.92, so her outing here at Trials beat out that result by almost a second.

However, she does own a lifetime best of 4:05.01 as GBR’s 4th fastest woman all-time. She posted that mark at the 2018 European Championships when she took 4th. She is also the reigning Commonwealth Games silver medalist, having hit 4:05.31 in 2018 on the Gold Coast.

MEN’S 200 BREAST – FINAL

British National Record – 2:07.30, Ross Murdoch 2014
British OLY QT – 2:09.05
FINA ‘A’ – 2:10.35

GOLD – James Wilby, 2:08.06 Olympic Qualifying (pre-selected)
SILVER – Ross Murdoch, 2:08.98 Olympic Qualifying
BRONZE –  Greg Butler, 2:13.43

2018 Commonwealth Games champion James Wilby went for it on the front half, opening in 1:00.8 before scaling it back to ultimately touch in 2:08.06. The man who is already pre-selected for Tokyo wound up easily getting under the British Swimming-dictated Tokyo qualification time of 2:09.05.

Also getting under the standard was Wilby’s partner in crime on the Gold Coast, Ross Murdoch of the  University of Stirling. The 27-year-old said post-race he was delighted with his result tonight, which checked-in at 2:08.98. Both he and Wilby were not far off what they put up in Gwangju where they finished in 11th and 12th, with Murdoch logging 2:08.51 to Wilby’s 2:08.52 there.

As quick as this pair was on the home front, they have some work to do to catch up to the likes of Japan’s Shoma Sato and Rusia’s Anton Chupkov who are in the 2:06-range heading into Tokyo.

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Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago

Listening to long-time Brit Swimming commentator Andy Jameson – this time accompanied by Jazz Carlin – is an absolute delight. He keeps things “cracking” in his very knowledgeable but relaxed professional & at time humorous manner. 🙂

Last edited 1 year ago by Coach Mike 1952
Dan
1 year ago

It says “Former Florida Gator Mark Szaranek“, I guess that means he is training somewhere else now?

KatyJ
Reply to  Dan
1 year ago

He’s at Stirling , Scotland with Steven Tigg

STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
1 year ago

This is the best 4X100FS combination from the Brits that I can recall. I tried reading the convoluted selection policy and gave up but from what I see here it looks like they will be sending a team. This will add one more event to what will be a big schedule for Scott and it will have to be managed well.

maybe?
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
1 year ago

Their best combination is Scott-Guy-Richards-Dean but Jacob whittle is getting there

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 year ago

Tough standards

Kiwiswimchick
1 year ago

Lewis Clareburt keeps getting omitted from lists. He swam a 4.09.78 400IM this month.

Troyy
Reply to  Kiwiswimchick
1 year ago

He’s not omitted as per se. They’re just too slow updating their database.

Kiwiswimchick
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

Fair point. It’s so rare for us NZers to get anyone ranked we want to savour the moment as much as possible lol

Chalmers > Dressel
1 year ago

It would be great to see the litchfield brothers on the plane to tokyo

Last edited 1 year ago by Chalmers > Dressel
maybe?
Reply to  Chalmers > Dressel
1 year ago

They pretty much are confirmed to go, Max in the 400im and Joe in the 200im and possibly 4x200m relay

John26
1 year ago

I’m surprised no one has talked about the fact that Wilby was out in 1:00.8 in a 200breast

Last edited 1 year ago by John26
Thomas Selig
1 year ago

So I make that: Anderson, Bird, Wilmott, Peaty, Wilby, Jones, Scott, J. Litchfield, Guy, Dawson, Wild, Renshaw, Wood, M. Litchfield, Williams, Thomas, Richards, Dean (relay), Whittle (relay), Murdoch. All hitting CTs and finishing top 2 (or top 4 for relays).

Greenbank pre-qualified makes 21.

Looking at who could still possibly hit a CT: Hopkin (50/100 free), Proud (50 free), Peters/Mildred (100 fly, maybe?), Wilson (200 IM), Jervis (1500 free), Vasey (100 breast). If Anderson and Hopkin go well in the 100 free, and Hope carries over her 200 form, that relay could qualify also, though would need Hindley/Van Selm/Russell to really step up (need 53.9 average over four legs). That would make Hope + 1 other. Kurle/Jarvis for the 4×200… Read more »

Troll in the Dungeon
Reply to  Thomas Selig
1 year ago

Buy the American 3rd placed backstroker and give them British citizenship and that should be it.

AnEn
Reply to  Troll in the Dungeon
1 year ago

I think buying the 16 year old south african who went 53 last week would be cheaper … (maybe revoke their independence?)

Taa
Reply to  Troll in the Dungeon
1 year ago

Alicia Wilson is still at Cal?. Seems like she could find a hubby among all those backstroke dudes and bring him back to England lol.

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Former Masters swimmer and coach Loretta (Retta) thrives on a non-stop but productive schedule. Nowadays, that includes having just earned her MBA while working full-time in IT while owning French 75 Boutique while also providing swimming insight for BBC.

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