Daniel Wallace Misses 400 Free Final on Day 1 of British Trials


British star Daniel Wallace has missed the final of the men’s 400 free on day 1 of the 2016 British Olympic Trials. He swam to an 11th-place finish in the preliminary heats with a 3:53.47, which leaves him outside of Tuesday evening’s finals in the event. It took 3:52.08 to place in the top 8 and qualify for the final.

While this is not one of Wallace’s two primary events – he made World Championship finals in both the 200 and 400 IMs last year, including a 4th-place finish in the 200 – he did place 3rd at last year’s British National Championship meet in 3:46.15.

The top two seeds into finals went to Millfield’s James Guy (3:48.74) and Perth City’s Stephen Milne (3:48.81). Guy took silver at last year’s World Championships.

It’s not time for British fans to fret about one of their best individual medal hopes, though. Wallace had virtually no incentive to earn a qualifying spot in the men’s 400 free – while there’s no conflict in the British Olympic Trials schedule, the 400 free and the 400 IM both come on the first day of the actual Olympics. That’s a double that nobody with a chance to medal in either race is going to attempt in August.

Wallace’s biggest races are yet to come. Besides the IMs, he’ll also be shooting to capture a spot in the 800 free relay that won World Championship gold last year.

Wallace now gets an extended break before he has to race again on Friday.

His remaining schedule:

  • Friday, April 15th – 200 IM prelims/200 IM finals
  • Sunday, April 17th – 400 IM prelims/400 IM finals
  • Monday, April 18th – 200 free prelims/200 free finals


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bobo gigi
5 years ago

Not a good sign for the rest of his meet.
Taper problem?
Or he simply slept in prelims? We’ll have the answer later in the week.
He’s an important piece of the British 4X200 free relay.

Anyway, even if he has an average meet, I believe British coaches can save a few people like in France. Right?

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Correct – there are six ‘wild card’ picks

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Ok. I had not yet read the British qualifying system. There’s a possibility of saving. That’s really in vogue right now. 🙂
Wow. Times are faster than those at French nationals in all events except the women’s 400 IM and the men’s 50 and 100 free! 🙂

5 years ago

Though that is just for automatic qualifiers.
Last year the ‘pullbuoy’ site was very good for tracking qualifications, though obviously there’s nothing there yet.

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