Because the preliminary swimming entries have been printed on the official Tokyo 2020 web site right here, we’re delving into any surprises or notable adjustments in what was anticipated among the many athletes headed to the Olympic Video games simply 9 days away.
Though the nation of Nice Britain’s lineup certainly has some adjustments from the ‘on paper’ end result from its Olympic Trials, not one of the athletes’ schedule alterations are what one would name a ‘shock’.
As an example, 2016 Olympic finalist Duncan Scott has opted out of the lads’s 100m freestyle particular person occasion, regardless of inserting 1st at Trials with an excellent fast 47.87. Nonetheless, the race conflicts with each the 200m IM and the lads’s 4x200m free relay, each of which Scott represents a mega medal contender. As such, his dropping the 100m free was anticipated and famous in our occasion preview.
In his stead, younger 16-year-old Jacob Whittle has been given the nod to race the 100m free individually. The Derventio Excel athlete positioned 4th within the occasion on the British Trials, posting a mark of 48.76. He’ll be a part of Matt Richards who additionally certified, whereas third place finisher Tom Dean has the identical 4x200m free relay battle as Scott did.
Meaning the lads’s 100m free will see a minimum of two 16-year-old athletes, on condition that Romanian sensation David Popovici can even be within the discipline simply days from now.
Additionally not a shocker is the truth that James Man has dropped the 200m fly occasion from his Olympic repertoire. The 25-year-old Tub athlete topped the rostrum at British Olympic Trials with a time of 1:55.20, though his dropping the race merely follows the person’s sample of doing so at each the 2018 Commonwealth Video games and that 12 months’s European Championships.
Lastly, Brodie Williams has been added to the 200m backstroke whereas Kieran Chook now has the 800m free on his agenda along with the 400m free.
We’re additionally not seeing Joe Litchfield‘s identify within the 100m backstroke, which is considerably of a shock. He clinched the qualification time on the European Championships and was anticipated to swim it in Tokyo. We’ve reached out to search out out extra about this resolution, however it might have one thing to do with relay conflicts.
On the ladies’s aspect, the 200m backstroke will see one much less British competitor, as Kathleen Dawson has chosen to focus solely on the 100m backstroke occasion. That leaves teammate Cassie Wild to hold the GBR torch towards the likes of Aussie Kaylee McKeown and Italy’s Margherita Panziera. Wild can even be contesting the 100m again.
Moreover, Molly Renshaw has dropped the 100m breast to focus solely on her higher 200m distance. Sarah Vasey will symbolize the only swimmer within the vent for GBR now.