Anna Hopkin Becomes 5th Fastest 50 Free British Performer Ever


22-year-old Anna Hopkin fired off a new personal best in the women’s 50m freestyle during the heats of the 2019 British Championships this morning in Glasgow.

Entering with a previous lifetime fastest of 25.07 from when the Brit took the national title at this same meet 2 years ago, Hopkin lowered that to a new mark of 24.91 en route to taking the top seed for tonight’s final.

This morning’s outing represents the University of Arkansas swimmer’s first foray into sub-25 second territory and makes Hopkin just the 5th British female swimmer ever to do so.

She joins an elite list that includes national record holder and Olympian Fran Halsall and Commonwealth Games champion Alison Sheppard on the list of all-time British performers below:


Rank Name Ranked Club YoB Meet Name Venue Level Date Time
1 Francesca Halsall Co Liverpool 90 Commonwealth Games 2014 Glasgow 1 26/07/14 23.96
2 Alison Sheppard Milngavie &B 72 Commonwealth Games 2002 Manchester 0 02/08/02 24.68
3 Amy Smith Wyre Forest 87 British Gas Swimming Championships 2012 London 1 10/03/12 24.80
4 Anna Hopkin Ealing 96 British Summer Championships 2019 Glasgow 1 18/04/19 24.91
5 Emily Barclay Loughboro Un 97 British Summer Championships 2018 Sheffield 1 26/07/18 24.94

Hopkin is looking for her first medal at these championships, having finished 4th in last night’s 50m fly final in a time of 26.95.

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The table in this article shows interesting pattern: The leading ladies in British sprint peaked late in their careers, close to retirement.
Halsall – 24yo
Sheppard – 30yo
Smith – 25yo
The cold weather would be probably an explanation of late ripening 😀


This is something I have long held; British swimmers rarely peak young, very seldom have a young prodigy.


Whittle looks good in 100 free at age 15!


Might have just been the angle but I swear both today and yesterday on the fly, her dive basically looks like she just drops into the water, doesn’t look that explosive at all, but she’s rapid!


Anna first went sub 25 (24.93) at the American Nationals last November and I think this, along with her 24.91 at the British Champs, puts her 4th in the British all time list. Small detail I know, otherwise thanks thanks to Swimswam for all the excellent coverage.

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