Molly Renshaw as one of the rising stars to look out for at the Olympic trials next month.
At 15 years and three months, Derventio’s Molly Renshaw was the baby of the British swimming team at the world championships last summer, where she finished 20th in the 200m breaststroke after qualifying in the British Gas ASA Championships as the fourth fastest British woman in history behind Kirsty Balfour, Hannah Miley and Stacey Tadd. She also won bronze at the European juniors, while in the European Short Course Championships she set not only a British junior record but broke Heidi Earp’s longstanding English senior record with a time of 2:22.68.
Now, in the run-up to the trials, she finds herself second to former European Youth Olympics champion Tadd in the British rankings and with a realistic prospect of making her Olympic debut within three months of her 16th birthday. But first she has to convert her winter short-course form into similar progress in the 50m pool.
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