Chloe Tutton swam the race of her life at the 2016 British Championships in Glasgow to win the first British title of her career in fine style in a new British 200m Breaststroke record.
The City of Cardiff swimmer touched home in 2:22.34 minutes – lowering not just Molly Renshaw’s British record but taking three seconds off her personal best time.
Following the stand-out swim, a delighted Tutton was announced as part of the 26-strong British team for this summer’s Olympic Games. We caught with the nineteen-year-old to find out how she’s feeing now she knows she’ll definitely be on that plane to Rio…
How do you feel about being officially selected on to Team GB?
“Amazing! I’m so excited and proud of myself.”
How did you feel after Trials?
“I was in awe really. I didn’t know how things were going when I was approaching Glasgow but yeah, I’m really happy.”
What are you most looking forward to about going to your first Olympics?
“Just the environment, and just being in the presence of amazing swimmers – world class.”
If you could meet one Olympian, past or present, who would it be?
“Hmm. That’s a tough question. I think I’d like to meet my old coach Dave Haller’s first ever Olympian. I’m not sure who that is but I’d like to see how far he’s come now to where he was with his first swimmer.”
What’s your goal for Rio?
“To surprise! I’d like to do what I can and enjoy it. I want to live in the moment and see what the Olympics is actually like. I want to experience it and enjoy my time.
To surprise! I’d like to do what I can and enjoy it. I want to live in the moment and see what the Olympics is actually like. I want to experience it and enjoy my time.
"I’d like to swim well as well – that’s my goal. Just to do my best and see what it brings.”
Chloe will be in action at the LEN European Aquatics Championships at the London Aquatics Centre 16 - 22 May.