2021 BRITISH SWIMMING SELECTION TRIALS
- Wednesday, April 14th – Sunday, April 18th
- Prelims at 10am local/Finals at 7pm local
- London Aquatics Centre
- British Olympic Selection Policy
- Primary Olympic Selection Meet (not only opportunity)
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap/Day 3 Recap/Day 4 Recap/Day 5 Recap
- Live Stream
- Live Results
Pools and keyboards across the UK are still abuzz this morning after Sunday’s electric 200 freestyle final that saw a pair of men go under the National Record.
In the video below, which shows the full BBC coverage of the event including race video and post-race interviews, you can see the aggressiveness with which Scott and Dean went out as they swam the two of the four best 200 freestyles we’ve seen since the Rio Olympic Games.
In Tokyo, the battle for gold will be a distinction of two different styles split in pairs (depending on what we see from the Americans, still to swim their Trials event in June).
Scott opened his race in 50.25 and Dean wasn’t far behind in 50.57.
The Lithuanian Danas Rapsys, who had the fastest time at the World Championships before being disqualified by a false start, does not open this aggressively. When he swam his lifetime best of 1:44.38 at a World Cup stop in August of 2019 (just after the World Championships), he opened in 50.99.
When Sun Yang swam 1:44.39 at the 2017 World Championships, he opened even slower – 51.10. That’s unsurprising, as Sun is the World Record holder in the 1500 free and more known for his endurance than his speed.
While Sun’s participation in the Olympics is still up-in-the-air, pending the outcome of a CAS re-trial of his actions during a doping sample collection in 2018, the potential for a come-from-behind win in this race in Tokyo will make it one of the most exciting on the Olympic dockett.
— British Swimming (@britishswimming) April 19, 2021