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Willis third fastest qualifier in 200m Breaststroke heats

Swimming News

Andrew Willis swam fastest in his heat to go through third into the Men’s 200m Breaststroke semi-finals after a fantastic swim on day four of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The University of Bath swimmer fell back over the first 150m, taking the swim in his stride and looking like he might not even make a qualification time.

Going down the last 50m, Willis turned on the afterburners. He made up around two body lengths of ground in little over 25m to touch first with a time of 2:08.92. This was less than a second shy of his personal best time.

University of Stirling swimmer, Craig Benson, also qualified for the semi-finals of the 200m Breast. He finished fourth in his heat to qualify in 15th place.

Proud and Willmott miss top 16

Both Ben Proud and Aimee Willmott put in solid swims, but they weren’t enough to make the top 16 in either of their events.

Ben Proud was second at the turn in the 100m Freestyle and looked to be a strong contender for the semis. The 50m sprinter started to lose ground over the second length though, and finished eighth in his heat with a time of 49.14. The Plymouth Leander swimmer was just twelve hundredths away from his personal best time.

Scotland’s Duncan Scott however, had the race of his life in his 100m Freestyle heat. The University of Stirling swimmer touched in a new British record. He clocked 48.01 to qualify third fastest for the semis.

Aimee Willmott finished seventh in her heat of the Women’s 200m Breatstroke. She touched in 2:09.71 which was just outside of the top sixteen.

Scottish record for the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle relay

Team GB’s 4x200m Freestyle relay quartet absolutely dominated the field in their heat. They finished in the fastest overall time to bag lane four in the final tonight. Stephen Milne, Robbie Renwick, Dan Wallace and Duncan Scott touched in 7:06.31, lowering the previous Scottish record time of 07:09.18 set at Glasgow  2014 Commonwealth Games.

View full results from day four heats on the Rio 2016 website.