Britain to Send Olympic Team, Plus 16 “Target Tokyo,” to 2016 Euros

Britain will send its full Olympic Team to the 2016 European Championships, using the meet as a preview for the upcoming Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The European Championships will be held from May 16th-22nd in London, and besides the 26 Olympians, British Swimming is sending 16 athletes as part of its “Target Tokyo” squad that are geared toward performance at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

“This event comes at a perfect time within our preparations for the Rio Games and will provide a fantastic competition opportunity while the athletes continue to train towards the Olympics,” said National Performance Director ChrisSpice. “As a team we couldn’t have asked for anything better. A major international event at an iconic 2012 Olympic venue provides a unique experience for the team as it continues its hard work towards the Games.”

Great Britain led the medals table at the 2014 European Championships with 24 medals, including 9 golds. Those 2014 Championships were highlighted by Adam Peaty winning both the 50 and 100 breaststrokes, including a World Record in the semi-finals of the 50. That swim was his first World Record, and he’s now the holder of two individually (the 50 and 100 in long course), plus as a member of the British 400 mixed medley relay.

“A home European Championships represents a great opportunity to expose athletes targeting the Tokyo Olympics to high level international competition,” explained Tim Jones, British Swimming Head of Performance Pathway. We have selected 16 additional athletes for the British team who are on their development journey to Tokyo 2020 to ensure that we have our eyes on the future as well as a focus on Rio”

The Olympic roster of 26 (Team Tokyo athletes below):

Craig Benson – University of Stirling
James Guy – Millfield
Cameron Kurle – Millfield
Max Litchfield – City of Sheffield
Ieuan Lloyd – City of Cardiff
Stephen Milne – Perth City
Ross Murdoch – University of Stirling
Adam Peaty – City of Derby
Benjamin Proud – Plymouth Leander
Robert Renwick – University of Stirling
Duncan Scott – University of Stirling
Timothy Shuttleworth – National Centre, Loughborough
Christopher Walker-Hebborn – National Centre, Bath
Daniel Wallace – Warrender
Andrew Willis – National Centre, Bath
Jazmin Carlin – National Centre, Bath
Georgia Coates – City of Leeds
Georgia Davies – National Centre, Loughborough
Eleanor Faulkner – City of Sheffield
Francesca Halsall – National Centre, Loughborough
Camilla Hattersley – City of Glasgow
Hannah Miley – Garioch
Siobhan Marie O’Connor – National Centre, Bath
Molly Renshaw – National Centre, Loughborough
Chloe Tutton – City of Cardiff
Aimee Willmott – London Aquatic Centre PP

Target Tokyo athletes selected to compete at the LEN European Championships are:

Charlie Attwood – National Centre, Bath
Luke Davies – City of Birmingham
Tom Fannon – Plymouth Leander
Luke Greenbank – Cockermouth
Joe Hulme – National Centre, Bath
Daniel Jervis – Swansea Aquatics
Georgina Boyle – Chelsea and Westminster
Harriet Cooper – City of Derby
Kathleen Dawson – Warrington Warriers
Alice Dearing – National Centre, Loughborough
Charlotte Evans – National Centre, Loughborough
Lucy Hope – Edinburgh University
Jessica Jackson – Plymouth Leander
Katie Matts – Stockport Metro
Laura Stephens – Plymouth Leander
Abbie Wood – National Centre, Loughborough

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8 years ago

I can’t wait. I’m going to one of the finals days to spectate. To know the whole Olympic line up will be there is great!

Reply to  Braden Keith
8 years ago

Many Italian swimmers will be “more tapered” at European Champ than they were at Spring Italian Champ just finished.

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