Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood Both Go Under GBR 200 BR Record, Renshaw Hits 2:20

2021 BRITISH SWIMMING SELECTION TRIALS

Night two of the 2021 British Swimming Selection Trials ended with an emphatic race, shortly after Kathleen Dawson‘s hammer 100 back performance.

After going 1-2 in the 200 breast prelims, Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood eyed the 2:23.37 consideration standard to make the British Olympic team. Tonight, Renshaw shot out to the lead, Wood in tow, to stop the clock at 2:20.89. Wood was second in 2:21.69, while Jocelyn Ulyett was third (2:24.40).

Renshaw and Ulyett previously held the British record at a tie of 2:22.08, Renshaw hitting that time in February at the Manchester International Meet and Ulyett in April 2017 at the British Championships four years ago. When Renshaw went 2:22.08, it was a breakthrough swim, her first lifetime best in the event since the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Tonight, she destroyed that mark, becoming the first British woman under not only 2:22 but also 2:21. Moreover, Renshaw now moves to #11 all-time ahead of Japan’s Kanako Watanabe. Renshaw is now the 12th woman to ever break 2:21.

200 BREAST TOP PERFORMERS, ALL-TIME

  1. Rikke Pedersen (DEN) – 2:19.11
  2. Yulia Efimova (RUS) – 2:19.41
  3. Rebecca Soni (USA) – 2:19.59
  4. Viktoria Gunes (TUR) – 2:19.64
  5. Rie Kaneto (JPN) – 2:19.65
  6. Annamay Pierse (CAN) – 2:20.12
  7. Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA) – 2:20.17
  8. Leisel Jones (AUS) – 2:20.54
  9. Satomi Suzuki (JPN) – 2:20.72
  10. Annie Lazor (USA) – 2:20.77
  11. Molly Renshaw (GBR) – 2:20.89

Wood, meanwhile, jumps up to #17 all-time with her swim. After a big ISL season, a breakout was expected this year from Wood, who now looks very good for a spot on the British Olympic team as this is the main qualifier meet and she was well under the consideration cut (and well ahead of Ulyett’s third-place swim). She takes over a second off of her old best, a 2:22.77 from the Manchester International in February.

Renshaw and Wood move to #2 and #4, respectively, on the season’s world rankings.

2020-2021 LCM Women 200 Breast

2Molly
Renshaw
GBR2:20.8904/15
3Evgenia
Chikunova
RUS2:21.6304/08
4Abbie
Wood
GBR2:21.6904/15
5Lilly
King
USA2:22.1303/26
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David
20 days ago

That alltime list doesn’t include the South African

Yozhik
20 days ago

How witchy Efimova actually is. She knew that she wouldn’t even make a final within such a crowd of talents and decided just to not compete to avoid a humiliation.

John26
20 days ago

The betting odds for this event (and women’s 200fly) are probably the most open of all the events

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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