Continued success for Team GB as Wood carves out clear path to semi-finalsJuly 26, 2021
Team GB has continued their earlier success with Freya Anderson, Abbie Wood and Alicia Wilson all securing spots in the semi-finals.
After what was a historic night for British swimming – which saw Adam Peaty defending his title and winning another Olympic gold – his teammates posted some fantastic prelims swims.
Freya was up first in the 200m Freestyle and clocked a time of 1:56.96, just off her lifetime best.
Swimming in lane four alongside World record holder in this event, Federica Pellegrini, Anderson held her own and qualifies in 12th position into the semi-finals.
A strong first 100 metres from the National Centre Bath athlete saw her touching third at the halfway point after splitting 56.63.
Anderson stayed with the leaders in her heat, and a storming final 50 metres sees her through to the semi-finals in what is a very competitive field.
Wood wins heat, qualifies in joint third
Medley specialist Abbie Wood continued her flying form in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley with a superb heats swim.
She won her heat in a time of 2:09.94 which means she qualifies for the semi-finals in joint third position.
The Loughborough National Centre athlete has a best time of 2:09.23 which she set at the British Olympic Trials in April of this year.
Her swim in the prelims saw her climbing the ranks from touching in fourth position at the halfway mark, to getting her hand on the wall first ahead of her nearest competitor, Maria Ugolkova of Switzerland (2:10.04).
Her countrymate, Alicia Wilson, was also swimming in heat three and joins Wood in the semi-finals. Her time of 2:10.39 earned her a fifth-place finish.