The 2016 Edinburgh International Swim Meet hosted an exciting few days’ of action this weekend, with some of Britain’s best looking to finely tune this racing skills ahead of Olympic Trials in just a few weeks.
Plymouth Leander’s Ben Proud continued his ever-improving form, with gold and (yet another!) PB in the 100m Freestyle. After breaking his own 50m British Record just last month, Proud clocked a 100m time of 48.52, just 0.32 outside of Simon Burnett’s British Record which has stood since the 2008 Olympic Games.
Proud finished just ahead of Duncan Scott and Robbie Renwick of the University of Stirling, who took silver and bronze respectively.
A fantastic start and turn, a very smooth first 25 and a relaxed, tension-free opening 50.
On what he thought of Proud’s 100m swim, Plymouth Leander coach Jon Rudd commented, “A fantastic start and turn, a very smooth first 25 and a relaxed, tension-free opening 50. He’s got a couple of weeks’ decent work ahead of him and then he should freshen up nicely.” If this is how Proud is swimming before ‘freshening up’, next month’s trials offer a truly exciting prospect!
Peaty on top of the world
Double World champion Adam Peaty (pictured below) shot to victory in the 100m Breaststroke, touching in a time of 59.55 to head straight to the top of the 2016 world rankings. The City of Derby swimmer was joined on the podium by Ross Murdoch and Craig Benson in joint second place, and Serbia’s Caba Siladji in third.
Peaty also picked up gold in the 50m Breast, finishing in 27.66 ahead of Bath’s Charlie Attwood, but decided to pull out of Sunday’s 200m event.
Golden girl Siobhan
University of Bath’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor topped the podium three times, with victories in the 200m IM, 100m Fly and 200 Breaststroke. Her win in the 200m IM was the most exciting of the three victories, where she clocked a time of 2:10.32 to beat fellow IM specialists Aimee Willmott and Hannah Miley by almost a second and to put her in the position of third fastest in the world so far this year.
Willmott’s strong form continues
After finishing second to O’Connor in the 200m IM and second to Jemma Lowe in the 200 Fly, London Aquatics’ star Willmott topped the field in the 400m IM, touching in an impressive time of 4:35.84, with Miley taking silver and Nova Centurion teenager Rosie Rudin picking up bronze. Following the weekend's action, Willmott tweeted:
Last weekend of racing before Olympic Trials done and dusted! Really pleased with the weekend :swimmer:with rest hopefully there's more to come!— Aimee Willmott (@aimee_willmott) March 13, 2016