Renshaw’s appeal hits the buffers

Following a hearing in front of an independent panel today, the appeal against the non-selection of Molly Renshaw for the Olympic games was rejected.

The protest had been launched after Renshaw missed the FINA A qualifying time at the second trials, and was not picked, despite having posted that standard at the first trials in March. Other swimmers in similar circumstances had gained individual selection off the back of relay qualification – in some cases with times posted last year.

In a statement, British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes said: “Molly has been swimming incredibly well this year but, while she has achieved a great deal, she didn’t meet the qualifying standard for the Olympic Games.

“We fully understand why Molly challenged the selection policy but again the result shows the selection panel has been consistent and robust in following the policy.”

Renshaw’s camp were understandably disappointed, pointing out that “Molly is the only person in the world to hold a FINA A time and be in the top 2 in her country that has not been selected for the games”

Renshaw will now turn her attention to next week’s European Junior Championships, where she will be among the favourites for the 200m breaststroke.

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