Chloe Tutton

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Chloe Tutton broke on to the scene in 2016 with a surprise selection for the Rio Olympics to represent Great Britain. At 19, the Welsh swimmer broke the British record in the 200 meter breaststroke to qualify. She swims under Graham Wardell at the City of Cardiff. Her inspiration for the Olympics came from a fellow Cardiff swimmer, David Davis who won a Bronze in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Rocky Road to Success

The route to her Olympic dream hasn’t been easy and the young swimmer met with illness and injury along the way. At 16, glandular fever kept her away from training for a couple of years. Upon her return she was selected for her first senior international meet, representing Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth games. Her best finish was 6th in the 400 meter freestyle relay. She also competed in both breaststroke events.

After her debut at the Commonwealth Games, Tutton dislocated her shoulder and again took time away from the pool to recover.

2016- Breakout Season

At the 2016 British Championships and Olympic trials, Tutton stunned the British swimming community in the 200 meter breaststroke, storming to victory in a new british record of 2.22.34. Her time was just outside of the automatic qualification for the games but she was later added to the team by the British selectors.

A month after earning a spot at her first Olympic Games, Tutton was in London for the European Championships. While still in heavy training for the upcoming Olympics, Tutton won her first international medal in the 100 meter breaststroke with a bronze. On the final day of the meet she helped GB to gold in the 400 meter medley relay. She also reached the final in 200 meter breaststroke coming 6th.

 

(photo: Mike Lewis) Katie Meili, SwimMAC (2015 Arena Pro Swim Series Charlotte. Photo Courtesy of Rafael Domeyko)