Renshaw Matches British Record In 200 Breast

2021 MANCHESTER INT’L SWIM MEET

While competing on day 1 of the 2021 Manchester International Swim Meet, Molly Renshaw hit the British national record in the women’s 200m breaststroke.

Racing in the exclusive final which contained just 7 swimmers, Renshaw ripped a huge lifetime best of 2:22.08, a time that matches the current national standard which Jocelyn Ulyett put on the books at the 2017 British Championships.

Splitting 1:08.36/1:13.72, Renshaw’s performance here slices .25 off of her previous personal best of 2:22.33 thrown down at the 2016 Olympic Games. There in Rio, the Ripley swimmer ultimately touched in 2:22.72 to place 6th in the Olympic final.

As for Ulyett, the Loughborough athlete was in tonight’s race, finishing with the bronze in 2:25.26. Between the now co-national record holders was Abbie Wood, the International Swimming League (ISL) newcomer to the NY Breakers who made waves in her debut season.

Here in Machester, Wood hit the wall in a massive PB of 2:22.77, approaching the national record herself. Wood’s previous career-best performance rested at the 2:26.02 she swam back in 2017. With her result here, however, the young gun now becomes Great Britain’s 4th fastest woman all-time.

Renshaw and Wood now slide into the world rankings as the #2 and #3 swimmers this season.

2020-2021 LCM Women 200 Breast

2Molly
Renshaw
GBR2:20.8904/15
3Annie
Lazor
USA2:21.0706/18
4Evgenia
Chikunova
RUS2:21.6304/08
5Abbie
Wood
GBR2:21.6904/15
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Dee
4 months ago

A great example of perseverance. Molly made her international debut for GB a decade ago – I can’t imagine too many would still be swimming PBs so long after breaking out as a 14yo.

Very exciting to see Abbie Wood ‘convert’ to LC swimming too. Can’t wait to see her 200im.

Coach Mike 1952
4 months ago

It was very exciting & enjoyable to watch the live stream of this meet. Even with the extended break in the middle of Day 1 finals, which was filled in nicely with some video clips, the meet has been a joy to watch. Molly was flying. They are also featuring para swimming final after the regular finals, & watching Ellie Challis swim a British record in the 50 back was amazing. Kudos to the entire Brit & Manchester Swimming crews.

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