Anna Hopkin Takes Down British Record in Prelims of 100 Free with 52.75


British swimmer Anna Hopkin took 0.4 seconds off of her best time to set a new British Record during the prelims heats of the women’s 100 free. She went a 52.75, breezing past the British record of 52.87 set by Francesca Halsall at the 2009 Fina World Championships.

  Francesca Halsall (2009) Anna Hopkin
50 split 25.62 25.27
100 split 27.25 27.48
Final 52.87 52.75

Hopkin crushed her previous best time of 53.16 from her lead-off split of the 4×100 free relay. She came into the 2020 Olympic Games with a time of 53.21, shaving 0.05 seconds on the relay. She took off an additional 0.41 seconds during her record-breaking swim. Her time in prelims moved her from 14th in the world this year to fifth.

She will compete for a spot in the top 8, in a group that includes defending champion Penny Oleksiak, Olympic record-holder Emma McKeon, and top swimmers Siobhan Haughey, Cate Campbell, and Sarah Sjostrom.  Hopkin will be attempting to bring home Great Britain’s first medal on the women’s side.

  1. Emma McKeon (AUS), 52.13
  2. Siobhan Haughey (HKG), 52.70
  3. Anna Hopkin (GBR), 52.75
  4. Cate Campbell (AUS), 52.80
  5. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 52.91
  6. Penny Oleksiak (CAN0, 52.95
  7. Pernille Blume (DEN), 52.96
  8. Yang Junxuan (CHN), 53.02
  9. Femke Heemskerk (NED), 53.10
  10. Kayla Sanchez (CAN), 53.12
  11. Abbey Weitzeil (USA), 53.21
  12. Michelle Coleman (SWE), 53.53
  13. Signe Bro (DEN), 53.54
  14. Freya Anderson (GBR), 53.61
  15. Charlotte Bonnet (FRA), 53.67
  16. Marie Wattel (FRA) / Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED), 53.71*

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1 year ago

Good news for Britain’s mixed medley.