Like France, Great Britain came out with their own time standards for Olympic qualification prior to their Olympic Trials, rather than just using the FINA “A” standards like most of the other top countries. The Brits had a specific standard for the winner of each race at Trials to hit to automatically qualify for the team, and then a ‘Consideration’ standard that swimmers could get within 2% of to be considered for the team if they finished 1st and missed the other standard or finished 2nd.
They haven’t stuck to those rules for everyone heading to Rio, with a few men entered who failed to meet those standards, specifically in the men’s 200 IM. In the 200 IM at British Trials five men finished with a time of 1:59 point something, well off of their automatic standard of 1:56.82 (which is actually under the current national record) and also missing 2% off the consideration time (1:58.39). However, they have named two men to this event in Rio, neither of which won the race at the Trials.
Roberto Pavoni came out on top in the final in 1:59.20, but hasn’t been selected to the team. Instead, runner-up Ieuan Lloyd, who went 1:59.58 for 2nd, has been named to the team in this event. The other man who was named in this event was Dan Wallace, who had a rather poor showing in general at the Trials finishing 6th after finishing 4th at the World Championships just eight months prior. Wallace was well off the standards in 2:00.26 in Glasgow, but has still been named to the team. Pavoni, who was left off the team entirely despite also finishing 2nd in the 400 IM, tied for 8th at the World Championships last year in the semi-finals and ultimately lost a swim-off with Conor Dwyer of the United States to take 9th spot overall.
Another man who missed the standards at the Trials but has still be named to the team is backstroker Chris Walker-Hebborn, who won the 100 back in 53.73 but missed the auto standard of 52.99 and the 2% consideration time of 53.46. Walker-Hebborn finished 5th at the World Championships last summer and has a best of 52.88 from May of 2015. Despite missing the British standards at Trials, Walker-Hebborn was well under the FINA “A” standard of 54.36. He is Great Britain’s only entrant in this event and thus will be their man in the 400 medley relay as well.
Find the full entry lists for the Olympics here.