Upsets hit London – Day 4 selection tracker

London was hit with the first big upsets of the meet on the 4th night of finals which also delivered some close racing and a number of nomination standards as the Olympic team continued to grow.

The first and bigger upset came in the men’s 100m butterfly. Jacob Peters had qualified fastest with James Guy lurking but the two Bath stalwarts were upset by Joe Litchfield, who took the win in 51.71, and 200m champion Josh Gammon who finished second. That time was outside the individual nomination standard for Litchfield but was more than enough to secure him a spot on the now qualified men’s medley team, which has a cumulative time almost 3s faster than required.

The second upset came in the women’s 200m backstroke where Honey Osrin secured a nomination time by winning in a lifetime best of 2:08.36 holding off a fast finishing Katie Shanahan who had been the favourite heading in. Shanahan did though pick up her second nomination standard of the week and will still have hopes of getting the nod for Paris.

The fireworks came in the men’s 200IM at the end of the session. Duncan Scott took the race by the scuff of the neck from the gun and was never headed as he won in 1:55.91. Tom Dean was finishing fast and touched second in 1:56.44. Both men were under the nomination standard for Paris, and as Dean is already qualified via the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay he can expect to get a swim in this event too.

In the night’s other final, Holly Hibbott won the 400 freestyle in 4:11.67, but in an event with a very stiff nomination time, that was outside the 4:04.98 needed for Olympic selection.

A full Olympic selection update 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

There was a bumper crop of Paralympic nomination standards across the four events contested with 10 posted. That included a number of swimmers posting their second nomination standards of the week, while Will Ellard notched his second and third. Those 10 times were added to the 12 from the first half of the meet, who are shown in italics below.

  • Stephen Clegg (S12 100m Butterfly)
  • William Ellard (S14 100m Butterfly)
  • Brock Whiston (S8 400m Freestyle)
  • Toni Shaw S9 (400m Freestyle)
  • Alice Tai S8 (400m Freestyle)
  • Scarlett Humphrey (S11 400m Freestyle)
  • Eliza Humphrey (S11 400m Freestyle)
  • Cameron Vearncombe (SM14 200m Individual Medley)
  • Rhys Darbey (SM14 200m Individual Medley)
  • William Ellard (SM14 200m Individual Medley)
  • Stephen Clegg (S12 100m Backstroke)
  • William Ellard (S14 100m Backstroke)
  • Mark Tompsett (S14 100m Backstroke)
  • Alice Tai (S8 100m Backstroke)
  • Poppy Maskill (S14 100m Backstroke)
  • Olivia Newman-Baronius (S14 100m Backstroke)
  • Megan Neave (S14 100m Backstroke)
  • 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)