Peaty and Proud headline British team for World ChampionshipsApril 24, 2019 Swimming News
The three English swimmers are all defending world champions, with Peaty having won the 50m and 100m Breaststroke double at both of the last two World Championships.
Three-time world champion Guy was selected after achieving the consideration time at the 2019 British Swimming Championships, as was Plymouth Leander’s Proud, who won the 50m Butterfly British title.
National Centre Loughborough swimmer James Wilby – the Commonwealth champion – booked his place on the plane to Gwangju by edging Scot Ross Murdoch in a thrilling 200m Breaststroke final in Glasgow.
Loughborough’s Max Litchfield secured his return to the World Championships, winning 400m Individual Medley gold in the consideration time last week.
Litchfield will look for his first medal on the world stage, having claimed fourth-place finishes at the 2016 Rio Olympics and in Budapest a year later.
Ellesmere College swimmer Freya Anderson was rewarded for her strong performance at the British Championships, with the 100m and 200m Freestyle national champion gaining selection after dipping under the consideration time in the 100m final.
Aimee Willmott, who won Commonwealth Games gold last year, is also on the team after reclaiming her British 400m Individual Medley title, while National Centre Bath’s Tom Dean will make his World Championships debut at the age of 19.
Eye on Tokyo
Seven other English athletes earned selection to the British team at the discretion of the GB Head Coach and National Performance Director, all deemed to have potential to make the Tokyo 2020 Olympic team.
Among them is Jessica Fullalove, who produced a dominant performance to win the 200m Breaststroke British title, and 50m Freestyle national champion Anna Hopkin.
British Swimming’s National Performance Director, Chris Spice, said: “The selectors were pleased to see that some younger athletes have grabbed the opportunity that we gave them at last year’s Europeans to step up and make this team.
“We saw superb lifetime bests from Luke Greenbank, Tom Dean, Anna Hopkin and Jess Fullalove that really built on those performances from last year. As we look towards Tokyo, the challenge now for the whole team is to move this on in the summer and swim a season’s best under the spotlights in Gwangju.”
The FINA World Aquatics Championships will take place in Gwangju, South Korea from 12-28 July.
British Swimming team for 2019 World Championships
- Adam Peaty (England) National Centre Loughborough
- Dan Jervis (Wales) – Swansea University
- Max Litchfield (England) – National Centre Loughborough
- Duncan Scott (Scotland) – University of Stirling
- James Wilby (England) National Centre Loughborough
- Ben Proud (England) Plymouth Leander
- Ross Murdoch (Scotland) – University of Stirling
- Luke Greenbank (England) – National Centre Loughborough
- James Guy (England) – National Centre Bath
- Georgia Davies (Wales) – Loughborough University
- Alys Thomas (Wales) – Swansea University
- Molly Renshaw (England) – National Centre Loughborough
- Freya Anderson (England) – Ellesmere College
- Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (England) – National Centre Bath
- Aimee Willmott (England) – University of Stirling
- Tom Dean (England) – National Centre Bath
- Calum Jarvis (Wales) – National Centre Bath
- Cameron Kurle (England) – National Centre Bath
- Nick Pyle (England) – Newcastle
- Holly Hibbott (England) – Stockport Metro
- Georgia Coates (England) – National Centre Bath
- Scott McLay (Scotland) – University of Stirling
- Jess Fullalove (England) – National Centre Bath
- Anna Hopkin (England) – Ealing
- Laura Stephens (England) – Plymouth Leander