Anna Hopkin Posts 24.67 50 Free In Evening Heats; Peaty & Dawson Progress In Glasgow

Anna Hopkin: Photo Courtesy: Arkansas Athletics

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Anna Hopkin went 24.67 in the 50 free in the evening heats of the British Swimming Glasgow Meet which represents the final chance to book a place on the team for Tokyo.

The meet, which runs from 3-6 June at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, is mirroring the Olympic schedule of evening heats and morning finals with the opening ceremony exactly 50 days hence.

Adam Peaty posted 27.00 in the 50 breaststroke and fellow European medallists Kathleen Dawson, Ben Proud, Abbie Wood, Duncan Scott, James Guy and the Litchfield brothers all made it through to Friday morning’s finals.

Hopkin’s time was only 0.16 outside the time in which she was sixth at the European Championships in Budapest.

Dawson Through In 200 Back As Wild Squeaks In

WOMEN - 100M BACKSTROKE Podium Swimming Budapest - Hungary 21/5/2021 Duna Arena XXXV LEN European Aquatic Championships Photo Giorgio Perottino / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Kathleen Dawson: Photo Courtesy: Giorgio Perottino / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

University of Stirling team-mates Dawson and Cassie Wild both enjoyed great success at the Europeans.

Dawson won 100 backstroke gold despite having to negotiate a re-swim after the first race was declared void following a protest by Sweden which was upheld.

She then went on to set a European record of 58.08 on the lead-off of the British women’s 4×100 medley relay that won gold.

Wild destroyed her PB to win silver in the 200 back, inside the consideration time, and won medley relay gold after swimming in the heats.

Dawson, who left Budapest with three golds and a silver, was fastest through to Friday morning’s final in 2:11.81.

Wild though only just squeezed through in eighth in 2:16.32.

Proud & Litchfield Brothers Set The Pace; British Para Record For Quin

European silver medallist Ben Proud, who made the team at the trials in 21.42, had clear water between him and the rest of the field as he booked his place in the final in 22.10.

Jack Thorpe (22.62) and 16-year-old Jacob Whittle (22.69) also progressed.


Ben Proud – Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

There is a spot available in the men’s 200 back with Elliot Clogg of Loughborough booking lane four for the final in 1:58.10.

Craig McNally (1:59.44) and European silver medallist Luke Greenbank (1:59.53) – who was pre-selected thanks to his bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships – also progressed.

Max and Joe Litchfield were the two fastest through in the 200IM.

Tom Dean won the first heat in 2:02.91 before Joe Litchfield came in the next race where he held off a late charge from Mark Szaranek, who made up a deficit of a body-length at the final turn, to post 2:00.86.

Come the final heat and Litchfield the elder, who won 400IM bronze in Budapest, moved on to leader Duncan Scott’s shoulder shortly after the backstroke leg before extending his lead to take a comfortable victory in 2:00.15.

Scott, the British record-holder, stopped the clock at 2:01.76 to qualify fourth behind Szaranek.

Abbie Wood dominated her heat throughout, reaching halfway in 1:01.47 and by the final turn she had a six-metre lead.

The European silver medallist went to her legs to stop the clock at 2:10.14.

European bronze medallist James Guy led the way in the 100 fly in 52.04 ahead of Jacob Peters (52.90) and Ed Mildred (53.43).

There is a slot available in the women’s 100 fly to accompany Harriet Jones who qualified at the April trials.

Scott Quin

Scott Quin: Photo Courtesy: Scottish Swimming

Keanna MacInnes led the way in 59.43 with Alys Thomas – who has already booked a spot in the 200 fly – also through in 59.57 and Tain Bruce third in 59.73.

Sarah Vasey, who finished an agonising 0.01 off the Budapest podium in fourth, heads the women’s 50 breaststroke in 27.00.

In the para events, Scott Quin broke his British SB14 5o breaststroke record, taking 0.35 from his 2015 mark of 30.99 to set a new record of 30.64. 


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