Willis After His 200 Breaststroke Win “Relief” (Video)



Andrew Willis explains his sense of relief making the team and the confidence he had in his race plan despite the way that Adam Peaty started the event.


  • British Record – 2:07.30, Ross Murdoch (2014)
  • 1st Place OLY Standard – 2:08.52
  • Consideration time – 2:10.45

To say that Adam Peaty went for it in this race would be an understatement. The world record holder in the 50 and 100 breaststroke took the first 50 meters in a time of 27.73, a second and a half ahead of the field. He held that lead at the halfway point turning in a time of 1:00.68. To say that Peaty faded in the last half of the race would be an understatement. He eventually put up a split of 1:11.03 in the final 100 meters ultimately finishing sixth in a time of 2:11.71.

Andrew Willis turned second behind Peaty at the 100 meter mark splitting a 1:02.19. Willis, who finished fourth in the event at the World Championships in Kazan, took over the lead at the 150 meter mark and would not relinquish it, winning the event in a time of 2:08.08.

Willis’ time is under the Olympic qualifying time of 2:08.52, which means he will be swimming the 200 breaststroke at his second consecutive Olympic Games.

In somewhat of a surprise Craig Benson finished second in a time of 2:09.07. Benson finished under the consideration time of 2:10.45.

2014 Commonwealth Games champion and British record holder Ross Murdoch finished third in a time of 2:09.16.

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