Day two of the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow saw plenty of action, with Chloe Tutton, Chris Walker-Hebborn, Georgia Davies and Adam Mallett winning their respective events.
Women’s 200m Breaststroke – Tutton steals gold
Tutton was the standout performer on the second day of the British Champs, storming to her first ever British title and breaking the British Record in the 200m Breaststroke in the process.
Delighted City of Cardiff swimmer Tutton knocked over three seconds off her PB as she fought with Loughborough University’s Molly Renshaw for victory, eventually beating her rival by over a second as she finished in 2:22.34. Despite breaking the British Record, Tutton’s time was less than 0.3 short of the Olympic consideration time, so although hopes will be high, she will have to wait until next Thursday to find out if she’s made the cut.
Teenager Georgia Coates claimed her second bronze medal of the meet, finishing behind Renshaw.
Women’s 100m Backstroke – Bittersweet for Davies
The 100m Back was always set to be an interesting race, with four of the big names chasing the title, but more importantly after achieving the consideration time for Rio. Commonwealth gold medallist Georgia Davies of Loughborough University managed to touch first to claim gold in 59.64, although her win was bittersweet, with her disappointment at missing the much coveted time visible, as she struggled to hold back the tears in her post-race interview.
“I’m just really glad I got my hand to the wall first,” said Davies. “It’s down to what the selectors decide now. I just have to wait and see.”
Bath Uni’s Lizzie Simmonds finished second, while Jessica Fullalove took bronze.
Men’s 200m Butterfly – Mallett on the touch!
The 200m Fly was an incredibly close-fought affair, with just 0.3 separating the podium places. The glory went to Adam Mallett of Swansea Aquatics, who took his first ever Briths Champs gold in 1:58.02, with the Mark Szaranek second in 1:58.20, and Bath University’s Jay Lelliot third in 1:58.32.
In his post-race interview, Mallett commented, “Being the British champion was something that I wanted to achieve. It is a stepping stone for me and hopefully I can keep on moving forward in the next few years.”
Men’s 100m Backstroke – Walker-Hebborn’s title defence
The was no surprise winner in the 100m Back, with Chris Walker-Hebborn claiming his fourth consecutive victory in the event, although 53.73 perhaps not quite the time he was hoping for. Following the race, Walker-Hebborn said, “I feel as though I went out alright but I lost my legs in the last 25m. I don’t know if that was the occasion or fitness but I am happy to come away with the win.”
I feel as though I went out alright but I lost my legs in the last 25m.
Loughborough University’s Liam Tancock used his experience to get to the wall just ahead of City of Cardiff’s Xavier Mohammed, to take silver and bronze respectively.