British swimmers seek improved pool haul in Rio

Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:27am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

BATH, England (Reuters) - Britain announced a 26-strong Olympic swimming squad on Thursday that coaches hope will eclipse their lean three-medal haul from London 2012 if they get it right on the night in Rio.

Those on the plane to Brazil include 2015 world champions Adam Peaty and James Guy, the former also world record holder at 50m and 100m breaststroke, who will both be making Olympic debuts.

"Every athlete on this team is within two percent, if they get it right, of getting to the podium," head coach Bill Furniss told reporters at Bath University's training pool.

"There are no passengers on this team."

Individual 2015 world championship medalists Jazz Carlin and Siobhan-Marie O'Connor were among eight swimmers who secured automatic qualification by winning national trial races inside tough times set by selectors.

Another 15 were within two percent of a set benchmark and three were chosen at the discretion of coaches due to track records as relay swimmers or other criteria.

Four of the men's 4x200 freestyle relay team that won gold in Kazan, Russia, last year -- Guy, Daniel Wallace, Robbie Renwick and Duncan Scott -- will be in Rio.

British swimmers finished fourth in the Kazan medals table -- behind powerhouses the United States, Australia and China -- with five golds, a silver and three bronzes.   Continued...

Swimming - Team GB - Rio 2016 Swimming Team Announcement - University of Bath - 21/4/16
(L-R) Great Britain's Bill Furniss, James Guy, Jazz Carlin, Andrew Willis, Siobhan Marie O'Connor, Chris Walker, Chloe Tutton and Chris Spice pose
Action Images via Reuters / Henry Browne