An additional 24 swimmers have officially been named to the British Swimming roster for this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, bringing the total up to 28 for the postponed 2020 Games.
Four swimmers had already been named to the lineup based on their performances at the 2019 FINA World Championships. That included the quad of Duncan Scott, James Wilby, Adam Peaty and Luke Greenbank. However, we now have a clearer picture of the type of power the British arsenal will be carrying to Tokyo, both on the men’s and women’s sides with the addition of both young guns and veterans.
The additional 24 athletes were named as a result of having achieved qualification times and placements at the British Olympic Selection Trials, which took place earlier this month. The British Swimming organization also selected one athlete, Calum Jarvis, using their discretionary power.
However, the roster is not a done deal, with more names having the ability to be potentially added based on future performances through the qualification window.
Among the newly-named Tokyo Olympians are Kathleen Dawson, the University of Stirling star who fired off the best times of her career in the 100m and 200m backstroke events. Two-time European Short Course champion Freya Anderson also proved worthy in the 100m and 200m freestyle races, while Molly Renshaw‘s 200m breaststroke national record will allow her to potentially improve upon her 6th place finish from Rio.
In terms of age range, Swansea-based Alys Thomas will be making her Olympic debut at the age of 30, while relay member Jacob Whittle has made the grade at just 16. Matt Richards is another young gun at just 18 years of age, having placed 2nd in the 100m free event.
On the roster, Team GB Chef de Mission for Tokyo 2020, Mark England, commented,
“In the space of less than a week we have seen the number of Team GB athletes selected for Tokyo jump from 74, which is incredibly exciting and demonstrates just how much the momentum is growing as we edge closer to 23rd July.
“The quality of this team is exceptionally high and the recent selection trials illustrated how dedicated each swimmer has been to earning their selection for Tokyo throughout what has undoubtedly been a very challenging period. Congratulations to everyone and we look forward to watching you all in action in Tokyo.”
British Swimming Performance Director and Swimming Team Leader for Tokyo, Chris Spice, said,“What an amazing week of racing we just witnessed at the iconic London Aquatics Centre. We had several stand out performances and personal bests at every turn. We have over 40% athletes on the team that were not with us at our last World Championships in 2019 which demonstrates the outstanding work coaches and support staff across Britain have done keeping these athletes training to the highest of levels in very challenging circumstances during the last 18 months.
“Of course, our work has only just begun and we now turn our attention to swimming faster in the summer which I know every athlete on this team is capable of. If we do this, I am sure we can have a very successful Tokyo Games.”
Great Britain finished in 6th place in the overall medal table at the last Olympic Games in Rio, having claimed one gold and 5 silver medals. Peaty represented the sole Olympic gold medalist, while now-retired Jazz Carlin took 400m and 800m free silver. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor also reaped silver in the 200m IM; she did not participate in the British Olympic Trials and has said her future is unknown at this point.
British Swimming Roster for Postponed 2020 Olympic Games (for now):
Freya Anderson – Upton (The Wirral), Bath National Centre
Kieran Bird – Bicester, Bath National Centre
Kathleen Dawson, Warrington, University of Stirling
Tom Dean – Maidenhead, Bath National Centre
Luke Greenbank – Cockermouth, Loughborough National Centre (pre-selected in January 2021)
James Guy – Bury, Bath National Centre
Anna Hopkin – Chorley, Loughborough National Centre
Calum Jarvis – Wadebridge, Bath National Centre
Dan Jervis – Neath, Swansea University
Harriet Jones – Cardiff, City of Cardiff
Joe Litchfield – Pontefract, Loughborough National Centre
Max Litchfield – Pontefract, Loughborough National Centre
Ross Murdoch – Balloch, University of Stirling
Adam Peaty – Uttoxeter, Loughborough National Centre (pre-selected in January 2021)
Jacob Peters – Poole, Bath National Centre
Ben Proud – London, Bath University
Molly Renshaw – Mansfield, Loughborough National Centre
Matthew Richards – Droitwich, Bath National Centre
Duncan Scott – Glasgow, University of Stirling (pre-selected in January 2021)
Alys Thomas – Swansea, Swansea University
Sarah Vasey – Derby, Loughborough National Centre
Jacob Whittle – Alfreton, Derventio Excel
James Wilby – York, Loughborough National Centre (pre-selected in January 2021)
Cassie Wild – Chester, University of Stirling
Brodie Williams – Street, Bath National Centre
Aimee Willmott – Middlesborough, University of Stirling
Alicia Wilson – Tadworth, Guilford City
Abbie Wood – Buxton, Loughborough National Centre