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Fourteen English athletes named on Team GB swimming squad

Swimming News

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced the 26-strong swimming squad selected to represent Team GB for this summer’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

City of Derby swimmer Adam Peaty is one of the English athletes named in the list and leads the way for Team GB with World and European titles to his name. He also has world record times in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

The team includes 14 English athletes in total. They sealed their spots on the plane to Rio following their performances at last week’s British Swimming Championships.

Other English athletes named include James Guy (Millfield) who swam under the Olympic consideration time over both 200m and 400m Freestyle in Glasgow last week. Also Molly Renshaw (Loughborough University), Cameron Kurle (Millfield), Georgia Coates (City of Leeds) and Timothy Shuttleworth (Loughborough University).

Some familiar faces to Team GB will also line up behind the block in Rio with world championships medallists Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Fran Halsall and Chris Walker-Hebborn all returning to the Olympics after appearing four years ago at London 2012.

Mark England, Team GB’s Chef de Mission for Rio 2016, said: “After some strong performances at the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow we are excited to welcome this talented group of swimmers onto Team GB for this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“The athletes selected have shown that they are capable of producing performances at the highest level and among the ranks are World and European champions as well as athletes capable of swimming world record times.

“This group has fantastic potential and I am excited about watching them compete for Team GB in Brazil.”

Chris Spice, Swimming Team Leader for Rio 2016, added: “What we have is a focused, well-balanced team with some very exciting young prospects. The team has been refreshed as a result of a series of great performances from some of our Podium Potential youngsters – Chloe Tutton, Cameron Kurle, Molly Renshaw, Craig Benson, Georgia Coates and Max Litchfield – who all produced stunning performances to upset their more senior rivals and make the Olympic team.

“But perhaps the swim of the Championships came from 18-year old Tim Shuttleworth in the 1,500m Freestyle where he had the Glasgow crowd on its feet.

“The challenge for everyone is to move our performances on between now and the summer. Athletes have done a good job to make the team but our primary focus is to improve performances in Rio and we will leave no stone unturned in pursuit of this.”

Adam Peaty said:“I’m thrilled to have been selected for Team GB. I first watched my teammate Craig Benson in the Olympics [London 2012] and I was really jealous.

“He was the same age and he was at a home Olympics, something I would never get a chance to do again. I was looking at the results on my phone. It was like a ‘what am I doing with my life’ kind of moment. From then, I watched all the Olympics and said to myself that I would make the next one. That was my defining moment, to stop messing about now and get my head down.

“I don’t want to be a team-maker (in Rio), that’s the most important definition for me. I want to make my country proud and give it the best shot I can really and wear that Team GB tracksuit with pride.”

The full list of selected swimmers includes:

(English athletes named in bold)

  • James Guy – Millfield
  • Adam Peaty – City of Derby
  • Max Litchfield – City of Sheffield
  • Jazz Carlin – National Centre Bath
  • Siobhan-Marie O’Connor – National Centre Bath
  • Andrew Willis – National Centre Bath
  • Hannah Miley – Garioch
  • Ben Proud – Plymouth Leander

The athletes above gained selection after they won their event and achieved the nomination standard at the 2016 British Championships as per the BOA selection policy.

  • Chloe Tutton – City of Cardiff
  • Ross Murdoch – University of Stirling
  • Stephen Milne – Perth City
  • Robbie Renwick – University of Stirling
  • Duncan Scott – University of Stirling
  • Craig Benson – University of Stirling
  • Fran Halsall – National Centre Loughborough
  • Molly Renshaw – National Centre Loughborough
  • Chris Walker-Hebborn – National Centre Bath
  • Tim Shuttleworth – National Centre Loughborough
  • Aimee Willmott – London Aquatics Centre PP
  • Eleanor Faulkner – City of Sheffield
  • Georgia Coates – City of Leeds
  • Camilla Hattersley – City of Glasgow
  • Georgia Davies – National Centre Loughborough

The athletes above gained selection after they achieved a time within 2% of the set benchmark time included within the BOA selection policy (individual and relay).

  • Cameron Kurle – Millfield
  • Ieuan Lloyd – City of Cardiff
  • Daniel Wallace – Warrender

The athletes above gained selection at the discretion of the British Head Coach and National Performance Director as per the BOA selection policy. The criteria for these decisions included (but not limited to) the need to rest key athletes that have large schedules; a proven track record as a relay swimmer at major international meets; individual performances at the British Championships 2016.