British Champ Georgia Davies: ‘I Can’t Retire When I Love What I Do’


26-year-old Georgia Davies clocked a personal best time of 59.34 en route to claiming gold in the women’s 100m backstroke. Although she missed the automatic qualifying standard, Davies is ‘hopeful’ she’ll still be selected, having cleared the 59.58 consideration standard.

“I’m really pleased with that time, as it’s the fastest I’ve ever gone individually,” said the James Gibson protegé post-race. She followed Gibson to Turkey and trains there after he took over the reins at Energy Standard.

Looking to the future, Davies states, “I can’t retire when I still love what I do and I’m still improving.”


As originally reported:


  • FINA A – 1:00.61
  • British 1st place standard – 58.76
  • British consideration standard – 59.58
  • The Podium:
    • Georgia Davies – 59.34
    • Kathleen Dawson – 1:00.22
    • Jessica Fullalove – 1:00.52

Georgia Davies successfully defended her 100m backstroke title, popping a personal best time of 59.34 for the win. Her previous career fastest stood at the 59.35 lead-off clocked on her team’s 400m medley relay in Rio, but she managed just 59.85 for 10th in the individual race at the Olympics. Last year Davies took the title in 59.64, so she dropped exactly .3 to stand atop this year’s podium. Although off the automatic qualifying time, Davies’ outing does clear the 59.58 consideration standard, so we’ll have to see how the subjectivity plays out in determining the Budapest roster for Britain.

Davies now sits as the 4th fastest swimmer in the world in this event.

Tonight’s final was on the sluggish side overall, however, with Davies the only sub-minute swimmer. Scottish national record holder Kathleen Dawson touched in 1:00.22 for silver, in-line with her prelims top seed time of 1:002.26. She holds the Scottish NR in 59.68 from the 2016 European Championships.

Bronze tonight went to Jessica Fullalove in 1:00.52, the 5th best time of her career.

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Loretta grew up outside Toledo, OH, where she swam age group and high school. Graduating from Xavier University, she stayed in the Cincinnati, OH area and currently resides just outside the city in Northern KY.  Loretta got back into the sport of swimming via Masters and now competes and is …

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