British Champs Ones To Watch: Breaststroke

3rd April 2014

Glasgow’s Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson is one of the star attractions at the 2014 British Gas Swimming Championships but he faces a stern challenge in the breaststroke events.

Jamieson's training partner at the British Gas GBR National Performance Centre in Bath, Andrew Willis, is a regular rival to the Glaswegian and pipped him to the British title at the Olympic pool two years ago.

Meanwhile, Jamieson's fellow Scot Ross Murdoch edged Jamieson into silver over 100m Breast last year and will fancy his chances over half the distance, having broken the British 50m Breast record at the 2014 Scottish Nationals, also at Tollcross.

In the women's events, the retirement of Stacey Tadd - winner of the 200m Breaststroke title for the past four seasons - has opened the door for a possible new champion. Scottish swimmer Kathryn Johnstone has landed the 50m title before while Sophie Allen will be aiming to defend her 100m crown.

Click the event from the drop down to read more about what to expect in Glasgow.

Men’s 50m Breaststroke

The short breaststroke could well develop into a tussle between Adam Peaty and Ross Murdoch.

English teenager Peaty enjoyed success in Berlin and Antwerp this season but Murdoch is bang in form, having set a British record at the 2014 Scottish Nationals earlier this month.

The pair could also face competition from Olympic 100m Breaststroke semi-finalist Craig Benson.

  • Defending champion: Daniel Sliwinski
  • British record holder: Ross Murdoch (27.28, Scottish Nationals 2014)
  • Most British titles: Darren Mew (three)

Men’s 100m Breaststroke

The men’s breaststroke is deep in talent and the two-length event promises to be another quality battle. Adam Peaty was propelled to the top of the world rankings with a personal best of 59.90 in Berlin a few weeks ago, a time that would have seen the teenager finish sixth at last year's World Championships in Barcelona.

Ross Murdoch is the defending champion, qualifying for last season’s World Championships where he finished 11th. The Scot has also had a fine start to the season with gold in both Austin and at the Flanders Cup.

Michael Jamieson, Craig Benson and Andrew Willis also appear in a quality field which could see Daniel Sliwinski’s British record threatened.

  • Defending champion: Ross Murdoch
  • British record holder: Daniel Sliwinski (59.55, British Gas Youth Championships 2009)
  • Most British titles: Darren Mew (four)

Men's 200m Breaststroke

One of the races which is sure to stoke up the fires at Tollcross, Glasgow eyes will be on Michael Jamieson. The Olympic silver medallist won the title last year despite injury and is on good form in 2014, winning at the Flanders Cup as well as taking silver in Berlin.

He will renew rivalries with Bath training mate Andrew Willis. Willis finished fourth at last year’s World Championships, one place ahead of an injury-affected Jamieson and he is looking to make his second Commonwealth Games. He won the BUCS title in February in a time narrowly outside the Scot’s best this season.

Jamieson’s Scottish compatriot Ross Murdoch has been on top form in the opening months of 2014, taking an axe to his personal best with victory at the Arena Grand Prix in Austin, Texas in January.

  • Defending champion: Michael Jamieson
  • British record holder: Michael Jamieson (2:07.43, Olympic Games 2008)
  • Most British titles: Ian Edmond (four)

Women's 50m Breaststroke

World record holder Ruta Meilutyte is competing at Tollcross but as an international swimmer she can only take part in the heats. The final could well see BUCS champion Kathryn Johnstone up against Sophie Taylor, the world junior bronze medallist.

Molly Renshaw has also been on top form this season and may present a challenge.

  • Defending champion: Stacey Tadd
  • British record holder: Zoe Baker (30.57, Commonwealth Games 2002)
  • Most British titles: Zoe Baker (three)

Women's 100m Breaststroke

Sophie Allen won the title last year but she faces a strong challenge from Sophie Taylor. Taylor set a British junior record of 1:07.36 in claiming world junior silver last year, a time that would have won the national senior title.

Georgina Evans could be in the mix, as may sprint specialist Kathryn Johnstone while Molly Renshaw set a new personal best of 1:09.44 en route to victory at the Flanders Cup in January.

  • Defending champion: Sophie Allen
  • British record holder: Sophie Taylor (1:07.36, World Junior Championships 2013)
  • Most British titles: Kirsty Balfour (four)

Women's 200m Breaststroke

Molly Renshaw is the one to watch in this race. The 17-year-old endured heartache when she missed out on the 2012 Olympics and also failed to qualify for Barcelona last year.

Now training at Loughborough, Renshaw served notice of her intentions for 2014 when she set an English record of 2:26.38 at the Flanders Cup before a further victory in Berlin.

Triple world junior medallist Sophie Taylor poses a threat and with a combined age of 35, the pair represent a promising future for Britain in the event.

Former champions Kerry Buchan and Hannah Miley are also in the field.

  • Defending champion: Stacey Tadd
  • British record holder: Kirsty Balfour (2:24.04, Commonwealth Games 2006)
  • Most British titles: Stacey Tadd (four)

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