GB Trials Day 2 Finals: Dawson & Renshaw Rewrite History Books, Guy Flies To Tokyo

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Kathleen Dawson set a European 100 back textile record of 58.24 and Molly Renshaw obliterated the British 200br mark at the British Swimming Selection Trials.

Dawson now stands behind only Gemma Spofforth and her European record of 58.12 and Anastasia Fesikova (58.18) in the European rankings all-suits after dislodging Katinka Hosszu who had gone 58.45 en-route to gold at Rio 2016.

Renshaw took apart the British 200br record in 2:20.89 and will be joined on the trip to Tokyo for her second Games by Abbie Wood.

James Guy also booked his ticket in the 200 fly.

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Women’s 800 Free

British record: 8:14.10 (ER), Rebecca Adlington, 2008 Olympics

Consideration time: 8:22.05

Britain has a fine tradition in the 16-length event with Jo Jackson, Jazz Carlin and Becky Cooke all finding success in international waters.

Rebecca Adlington won gold on the greatest stage of all at Beijing 2008 while Carlin took silver at Rio 2016.

There was no Holly Hibbott – the 2015 European Games champion – who has chosen instead to focus on the 200 and 400.

It’s all about the next generation and three of the finalists were born in 2004.

All the 800 and 1500 are heat-declared winners this week and here it was Leah Crisp who took the touch in 8:44.67 ahead of Emily Clarke (8:52.42) and Lauren Wetherell (8:56.58) to mean no British representation in Tokyo.

Crisp said: “I did really want the win.

“I would have liked to break the 8:40 mark but next time.”

Men’s 800 Free

British record: 7:44.32, David Davies, 2009 World Championships

Consideration time: 7:49.96


Daniel Jervis; Photo Courtesy: FINIS

Kieran Bird had sprung a real surprise on Wednesday evening when he won the 400 free ahead of Tom Dean and Dan Jervis with the Bath NTC swimmer the only man inside the consideration time.

Tobias Robinson was first to the 550-mark but by just 0.01 from Jervis who forged ahead but – as with last nnight in the 400 – Bird came down the final length.

It was Jervis though who claimed gold in 7:50.33 – 0.37 outside the consideration time – with Bird second in 7:50.75.

Jervis said:

“I am happy with that swim. I was just off the consideration time.

“Coming in I wasn’t feeling my best. I was tired, emotions were running high after last night (the 400m).

“But I’m going to smash it on Sunday night (the 1500 free).

The two-time Commonwealth 1500 free medallist also sent a message to swimmers back home in Swansea, saying:

“I am swimming for the guys who haven’t been able to train and are still not able to train.

“And a shout out to my family and especially my grandparents.”

Men’s 200 Fly

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British record: 1:54.58,  Michael Rock, 2009 World Championships

Consideration time: 1:55.45

James Guy was looking for a lifetime best in order to qualify and he went out in 53.02 – just off world-record pace.

There was a bit of a glide into the final wall and Guy was forced to dig as deep as he could coming down the final 25 to touch in 1:55.20, punching the water when he saw the time.

Guy was inside the consideration time as he all but booked a spot on Team GB.

He said:

“It’s nice to come here and do the 200m butterfly, I haven’t done one like this for a long time.

“The time wasn’t really in my head because it’s not my main event – but to go the qualifying time is a great start to the week.

“I was talking to Dave [coach David McNulty] before, the target was 54.0 for the first 100m, so a 53 shows the speed is there, so hopefully it’ll be a good 100m as well.”

Women’s 100 Back

British record: 58.12 (ER), Gemma Spofforth, 2009 World Championships

Consideration time: 1:00.23


Photo Courtesy: Connor Trimble

Kathleen Dawson set a European textile record of 58.24 to go third in continental history all-time.

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University of Stirling team-mate Cassie Wild was also under the consideration time in 59.51.

Georgia Davies was third in 1:00.01.

Men’s 100 Back

British record: 52.73, Liam Tancock, 2009 World Championships

Consideration time: 53.85

Joe Litchfield had qualified first and he was out in 25.98, 0.29 ahead of Luke Greenbank in second.


Photo Courtesy: Georgia Kerr, British Swimming

The Loughborough swimmer came back in 28.06 to stop the clock at 54.04 – outside the consideration time – with Greenbank one place back in 54.12.

Greenbank – who recently sprained his ankle – has already been pre-selected for Tokyo but will confirm his events in London.

The Mel Marshall-coached swimmer swam the lead-off for the GB men’s medley relay quartet that won gold at the 2019 worlds in Gwangju where he also took bronze in the 200 individual event.

Elliott Clogg was third in 54.65.

Women’s 200 Breaststroke

British record: 2:22.08, = Jocelyn Ulyett, 2017 British Championships & Molly Renshaw, 2021 Manchester International

Consideration time: 2:23.37


Abbie Wood: Photo Courtesy: Mine Kasapoglu / ISL

Molly Renshaw set a new British record of 2:20.89 by slicing an almighty 1.19secs off her the previous mark she co-owned with Jocelyn Ulyett.

Abbie Wood – who had just  missed out in the 200 free on Wednesday – also went under the old mark in 2:21.69.

Both women – who train alongside each other under Dave Hemmings at Loughborough – were inside the consideration time by a distance.

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Ulyett was third in 2:24.40.

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