Five British Men Clear 1:47 200 FR During Day 5 British Trials Prelims


Entering the final day of competition of the 2021 British Swimming Selection Trials, 23 Brits have cleared the nation’s stiff Olympic qualification standards. This morning at the London Aquatic Centre, the prelims of the women’s 100 breast, men’s 200 back, women’s 50 free, and men’s 200 free took place. The fastest-seeded heats of the men’s and women’s 1500 free will start off tonight’s finals session at 7pm British time.

Day 5 Prelims Highlights

Highlighting the session was the final event of the morning, the men’s 200 free, were five Brits swam under the Olympic qualification standard of 1:46.99, setting up a dogfight for the top two individual Olympic spots and the remaining top four relay spots. Leading the event was pre-selected Olympian Duncan Scott, hitting 1:46.41 at the wall after picking up British titles in the 200 IM and 100 free. Behind him was a quartet of Bath NC swimmers: Thomas Dean (1:46.68), Matt Richards (1:46.73), James Guy (1:46.77), and Calum Jarvis (1:46.89). Loughborough brothers Joe Litchfield (1:47.14) and Max Litchfield (1:47.93) also qualified into the final along with Stirling’s Cameron Kurle (1:47.19).

Along with Scott, Richards (100 free), Guy (100/200 fly), J. Litchfield (200 IM), and M. Litchfield (400 IM) have swam under Britain’s Olympic qualifying standards while Dean and Jarvis have just cleared the 200 free standards and Kurle is a mere two-tenths off the cut. Unfortunately, not every swimmer will be selected to the 2021 Olympic team tonight, so placing will be crucial in tonight’s final.

Kicking off the morning was the women’s 100 breast, where Loughborough teammates Sarah Vasey (1:07.03) and Molly Renshaw (1:07.26) were the only two swimmers to break 1:08 in prelims. Both Vasey and Renshaw will need to swim under 1:06.79 to be considered for the 100 breast on the Tokyo Olympic team.

Also qualifying for the women’s 100 breast final for Loughborough were Abbie Wood (1:08.76) and Jocelyn Ulyett (1:09.04) along with Winchester teammates Kayla van der Merwe (1:08.86) and Imogen Clark (1:09.88). Both Renshaw and Wood have cleared the 200 breast selection standard of 2:23.37 earlier in the meet.

More Loughborough swimmers, Luke Greenbank (1:56.95) and Elliot Clogg (1:58.42), took top seeds in the men’s 200 back. Greenbank was a mere 0.35s off the British selection standard (1:56.60), yet has already pre-qualified for Tokyo in this event. Teammate Charlie Brown finished in third this morning at 1:59.03 while Stirling’s Craig McNally rounded out the sub-2:00 times at 1:59.97.

After nabbing the Olympic qualifying cut in the 100 free, Arkansas alum Anna Hopkin of Loughborough took the women’s 50 free prelims top time at 24.81, just two-tenths off the 24.60 cut. Rounding out the top three times of the morning were Brompton’s Isabella Hindley (25.26) and Edinburgh’s Lucy Hope (25.46).

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29 days ago


Fingers crossed they go out for it and don’t get caught up watching eachother 🤞🏻

Troll in the Dungeon
Reply to  Dee
29 days ago

With Guy in the race there is at least someone who is going to “go out for it.”

I reckon he’ll go out sub 51 if not sub 50.

Reply to  Troll in the Dungeon
29 days ago

Part of me hopes the piano in the 200 fly taught him a lesson. Part of me also wants to see a race with multiple different racing strategies.

Reply to  Troll in the Dungeon
29 days ago

I think he split 50.9 both times he went 1.45.1, so somewhere around 51 sounds about right if he’s going after it.

Curious swimmer
Reply to  Dee
29 days ago

They definitely got caught watching each other, but it was while going sub 1.45.2 for like 3 swimmers

Sapnu puas
29 days ago

I assume they’ll take the top 6? And then rest whoever swims individual in relay heats? Or Richards and Scott because 100m freestyle heats same day as relay heats? Either way I am PERCHED and READY

Jaque Fourie
29 days ago

What do we think the 4×200 team will be? Can any other nation beat the GB team?
I think it’ll be Scott, Guy, Dean, Richards

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