2016 BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS/OLYMPIC TRIALS
- Tuesday, April 12th – Sunday, April 17th
- Tollcross International Swimming Center, Glasgow, Scotland
- Prelims at 10am local/6am EDT; Finals at 6:30pm local/1:30pm EDT
- British Swimming 2016 Olympic Games Selection Policy
- Live Streaming
- DRAFT Psych Sheet
- Start Lists/Results
British 100 backstroke champion Chris Walker-Hebborn spoke to media after the final of the men’s 100 backstroke, and indicated that while he was ‘a little disappointed’ with failing to make the automatic qualification standard for Rio, he was ‘focusing on the positive’ instead, and believes that if given a chance, he can hit his taper and swim much better in Rio.
That chance is not guaranteed, as Walker-Hebborn’s only potential for a save is either via a British Selection ‘wild card,’ or via his necessity to complete a British medley relay that finished 4th at last year’s World Championships.
Walker-Hebborn did indicate that he’s been dealing with illness, saying he was on antibiotics two weeks ago, and believes that this could have impacted his performance.
Original 100 backstroke report:
Men’s 100 Back – FINAL
- British Record: Liam Tancock, 52.73, 2009
- 1st Place Standard: 52.99
- 2% Consideration Standard: 53.46
Chris Walker-Hebborn swam 53.73 to miss both the Automatic qualifying standard and the 2% consideration standard.
Walker-Hebborn’s personal best time, a 52.88 from last year’s British Championships, would have been enough to earn him Automatic Qualification to Rio. He was well-short of that mark, however; and while he still has several avenues to qualify for Rio, this was his best event last year.
Other ways Walker-Hebborn might qualify, in order of likelihood:
- Walker-Hebborn is the country’s best backstroker in 2016, with the 30-year old Liam Tancock finishing 2nd in 54.20. Great Britain’s 400 medley relay was 4th at last year’s World Championships, and the British National Team coaching staff will find a way to get the country’s best backstroker on the roster for a run at Rio.
- He’s one of the 6 magical saves (which would be ‘a way’ accounted for in point 1 if the relay as a whole isn’t selected on its total merit).
Walker-Hebborn doesn’t have any other entries at the meet that might earn him an invite and a ‘save’ in this 100 backstroke, but the relay implications should be enough to get him there even without hitting the consideration time.
Liam Tancock was 2nd in 54.20, followed by Xavier Mohammed in 54.47 for 3rd. American-trained Joe Patching, on a quick turnaround from the American collegiate (NCAA) Championships, was 4th in 54.98.