Anna Hopkin, James Guy & James Wilby Head Prelims In Sheffield; No Adam Peaty In 200Br

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Anna Hopkin: Photo Courtesy: Georgie Kerr, British Swimming

Olympic finalist Anna Hopkin was the only woman inside 55secs as she headed the 100 free heats in 54.60 at the British Championships in Sheffield.

Freya Anderson (55.05) and Abbie Wood (55.16) were next swiftest into Friday evening’s final at Ponds Forge.

There was though no Adam Peaty in the 200 breaststroke heats with the Olympic 100m champion saying he felt “sinusy” following the 50 on Wednesday.

James Wilby – preselected after finishing sixth in Tokyo – led the way in 2:11.37 although Peaty’s Loughborough stablemate Greg Butler – who won bronze over 100 – was DQd.

European bronze medallist James Guy led the way in the 100 fly in 51.68 ahead of Bath NTC stablemates Jacob Peters (52.56) and Ed Mildred (52.71).

Katie Shanahan – the European junior silver medallist – led the way in the 200 back heats in 2:12.99 ahead of fellow Scot Holly McGill (2:13.27).

European silver medallist Cassie Wild withdrew, two days after finishing fifth in the 100 back.

The University of Stirling swimmer was disappointed with her two-length performance in which she missed the Team Scotland consideration time for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in July.

She said:

“I’ve had to readjust my goals coming into this meet. I’ve not had a consistent training block since January due to injury and I knew coming into this I wasn’t going to be at my best.”

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