Adam Peaty Back In London Den With Pride & Prospects Of Britain For Tokyo 2020 Olympic Trials

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Adam Peaty - Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

Adam Peaty & Co Head Back To London Den For Olympic Trials

Great Britain’s Olympic Trials and 2020 National Championships will include everyone from Adam Peaty through to junior and development swimmers when the event return to the London Aquatics Centre from April 14-19 next year. The qualification times have been released today (see table below).

Staging such events at the London 2012 Olympic pool is costly. Solution: bigger entry, more funds – and that helps in other ways, too. Trials offer a fine chance for aspiring next-wavers to watch and learn from the likes of Peaty, Duncan Scott, James Guy, James Wilby, Luke Greenbank, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and other national-team members, while getting a feel for the big stage and busy warm-up pools.

For Peaty, the trials will take the ISL London Roar captain back to his den. The Aquatics Centre was the scene of his first world record: in 2015, he stunned rivals with a 57.92sec world record that took the pace of two-lap breaststroke (the slowest stroke) below 58sec for the first time, matching the feat of Johnny “Tarzan” Weissmuller on freestyle (the fastest stroke) back in 1924.

Assuming he qualifies … Peaty will defend the 100m breaststroke crown in Tokyo and has other podium shots with teammates in the 4x100m medley, for men and mixed.

The Olympic squad will not be the only one to be selected at the championships: berths are also up for grabs for the European Senior and Junior Championships.

There are no pre-selections, not even for Peaty: all who seek a berth at Tokyo 2020 must earn it by meeting place-in-final and world-class, podium-potential time standards. Qualifying times for the championships and trials are set at a level guaranteed to boost entries.

On the return to London and a bigger event, Tim Jones, British Swimming’s Head of Elite Development, said: “Listening to feedback from the last couple of British Championships, we believe that having more athletes involved will spark positive interest in the meet from the swimming community, promoting a more inclusive event. We are going to run three sessions per day, comprising of faster heats in the morning, slower heats early afternoon, and continue with a three-final format in the evening in a similar vein to previous British Championships. This approach has been implemented across the world and widening the scope of these competitions have been  accepted positively.

“We have discussed for a good period of time the issue of qualifying times, and have landed for ease on a simple single entry time, which has been made simpler given there is only one junior team being selected this year. We really look forward to welcoming a host of first-time athletes to the 2020 British Championships.”

The Qualifying Times For London Trials:

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GBR Olympic Trials and 2020 National Championships qualifying times – Image Courtesy: British Swimming

 

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