London Lights Up – Day 1 Selection Tracker

A blistering start to the Aquatics GB swimming championships was headlined by a remarkable return to form for Adam Peaty who blasted through the 58s barrier to win the 100m breaststroke in 57.94 and secure the chance to defend his Olympic title.

Elsewhere there were automatic selections for Keanna MacInnes who set a big lifetime best and Scottish Record of 2:07.24 in the 200m butterfly and Freya Colbert who won the 200m freestyle in 1:56.22. Colbert though had already confirmed she does not intend to take this event on individually but was swimming to assist the 4×200 relay qualification.

Her winning time, added to a lifetime best of 1:56.62 for Abbie Wood and the times of Medi Harris and Lucy Hope in 3rd and 4th took the quartet well under their nomination standard to secure them a spot in Paris. Wood also made the individual grade but must wait to the end of the week to know if it will be enough; all indications are that it will be.

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That’s a similar place that world champion Laura Stephens finds herself in. She was just 0.13s behind MacInnes in the 200 fly so was also well under the nomination standard.

There was no such luck for James Wilby, runner up in the 100m breaststroke but 0.02s outside the time he needed in 59.47; He has another chance over 200m later this week. Kieran Bird was also left to rue a near miss, finishing in a 400m freestyle lifetime best of 3:45.63 but missing the nomination standard by just 0.2s. Selector discretion may yet come to his rescue.

A full Olympic selection update from Day 1 is available below. Note this is only our interpretation of how the policy will be applied and final selections need to be confirmed by the selectors in due course.

Paralympic Selection

With four events contested there were not many times posted that went inside the required nomination standard. As of day 1 there were 4 swimmers who met the nomination standards in the finals session, all of whom came in the women’s 200 freestyle with 3 in the S14 classification. Heat times are also due to be considered, so Tully Kearney’s morning swim in the same event also puts her in the frame.

  • Poppy Maskill (S14 200 Freestyle)
  • Louise Fiddes (S14 200 Freestyle)
  • Olivia Newman-Burke (S14 200 Freestyle)
  • Susanna Hext (S6 200 Freestyle)
  • Tully Kearney (S5 200m Freestyle)

Jessica Jane Applegate also made the S14 nomination time but only three swimmers per event can be considered.

As the week goes on we’ll collate a more thorough list of Paralympic qualification standings.