Angharad Evans Scorches 1:05.54 100 Breast British Record At AP Race International


Day 2 of the 2024 AP Race International, the meet organized and named after breaststroking icon Adam Peaty, saw a monster British national record go down on the women’s side.

While racing in the final of the 100m breaststroke, 21-year-old Angharad Evans ripped a final mark of 1:05.54 to take the gold.

The next-closest competitor was Dutch national record holder Tes Schouten who clocked 1:06.93 while Estonian national record holder Eneli Jefimova rounded out the podium in 1:06.98.

Evans’ time this evening represented the University of Stirling star’s first-ever foray under the 1:06 barrier and any British woman’s first-ever outing under the 1:06 barrier for that matter. The previous British national record stood at the 1:06.21 retired swimmer Molly Renshaw put on the books at the 2021 European Championships.

Entering this competition, Evans’ lifetime best rested at the 1:06.25 she notched at this year’s Edinburgh International Meet in March. After that, Evans posted a result of 1:06.54 at the British Olympic Trials the following month, unfortunately off the 1:06.31 needed to qualify for Paris 2024. However, she did make the British roster for the Olympics as a medley relay swimmer.

Flash forward to this evening and Evans split 31.02/34.52 to add her name to the history books and launch herself into the season’s world rankings as the 4th-quickest swimmer.

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The one-time Georgia Bulldog has had a meteoric rise in this women’s 100m breaststroke event, beginning with the British Universities & Colleges (BUCS) Championships earlier this year.

Progression of Angharad Evan’s 100m Breaststroke Performances

  • 1:08.05, 2023 British Swimming Championships
  • 1:07.10, 2024 BUCS Long Course Championships (heats)
  • 1:06.65, 2024 BUCS Long Course Championships
  • 1:06.54, 2024 British Olympic Trials
  • 1:06.27, 2024 British Olympic Trials (heats)
  • 1:06.25, 2024 Edinburgh International
  • 1:05.54, 2024 AP Race International

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24 days ago

1.09.3 to 1.05.5 in a year is crazy

Reply to  Lotus
24 days ago

Insane, but long overdue. She was 1.09.8 as a 14 year old, then plateaued a little pre covid before going to the NCAA and it not working for her at all. Now at Stirling doing far less mileage than she was in the US.

24 days ago

A Butterfly leg away from competing for a medley relay medal

Scuncan Dott v2
Reply to  Tencor
24 days ago

I wonder what Abbie Wood could do in a 100 Fly. She’s always pretty quick on the first 50 of her 2IM and could probably go quicker than the 57.9 of our best 100 Flyer.

Scuncan Dott v2
Reply to  Scuncan Dott v2
24 days ago

She’s always great on relays too

Reply to  Tencor
24 days ago

It probably won’t be enough but I think Keanna has a pretty decent fly split in her, her 200m has come on lots so I think she can get her individual down to 57.5ish

24 days ago

Does this mean she can swim it individually now?

Reply to  cheese
24 days ago

According to World Aquatics rules – yes, but I don’t know if the British Swimming Federation has that as an option based on their selection criteria.

Reply to  cheese
24 days ago

She already had the OQT and was already likely to swim, but essentially guaranteed now.

Thomas Selig
Reply to  cheese
24 days ago

Yes. British Swimming (sorry, GB Aquatics) rules are that if you make the team it’s essentially the selectors’ discretion which events you swim*. She already had the OQT, so would probably have swum it anyway. With this time, I would say it’s a certainty.

*Swimmers who win their event at Trials and hit the British QT are qualified for that event, all others are nominated to the team.

Reply to  cheese
24 days ago

She almost definitely already was but definitely will be now

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