Saturday, March 14, 2015

O’Connor Tops World Rankings Following IM Victory in Edinburgh

"To hold off one of the best in the world is a good feeling.” Cameron Brodie following his victory in the 200m fly

Siobhan Marie O’Connor may well go into the World Championships Trials number one in the world for 200m IM following a convincing victory in the event on Day 2 of the Edinburgh International Swim Meet, from the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

The University of Bath athlete dominated the event, touching home in 2:10.12, ahead of Danni Lowe (City of Derby) and Hannah Miley (Garioch). This result places her number one in the rankings for 2015, ahead of reigning World Champion Katinka Hosszú of Hungary.

European and Commonwealth Champion, Adam Peaty, took the honours in the hotly anticipated 100m breaststroke final, posting another sub minute time of 59.67. The City of Derby swimmer touched home ahead of University of Bath athlete, Andrew Willis, and James Wilby of Loughborough.

Cameron Brodie held of US record holder (short course) Tom Shield in a great 200m fly final. Brodie (University of Stirling) powered his way over the first 100m and held off a strong challenge from Shields in the final 50m to take victory in 1:58.85. After the race Brodie said,

“The 200m fly isn’t the nicest event and that was tough. It’s one of the best fields I’ve been up against and it’s good to get that win in before trials.  Racing is massively important a month out from trials. I’ve been focusing on my first 100m and I’m hoping that in a month’s time in London that the back 100m is easier and faster.

“I could feel Tom behind me but there was no way I was letting him pass me. To hold off one of the best in the world is a good feeling.”

Craig McNally (Warrender Baths Club) powered his way down the final 50m to take victory in the 200m backstroke, finishing in a time of 2:00.75. McNally touched home ahead of Charlie Boldison (University of Stirling) and Jonny Carlisle (University of Bath).

In the thrilling ‘Skins’ events Fran Halsall and Ben Proud won their respective 50m freestyle, Joe Elwood the 50m backstroke and Jemma Lowe the 50m fly. Lowe also won the 200m fly final, ahead of Tilly Gray and Hannah Miley.

In other finals James Guy just edged out Robbie Renwick in a thrilling 200m free final. Guy got his hand to the wall first in 1:47.75 ahead of Renwick (1:47.92) with Nick Grainger taking third in 1:48.48.

Georgia Davies won the 100m backstroke ahead of Lizzie Simmonds and Fran Halsall, while Ellie Faulkner took victory in the 800m freestyle, beating Camilla Hattersley and Amber Keegan. 

Loughborough’s Roberto Pavoni took victory in the 400m IM ahead of Max Litchfield and Matthew Johnson.

Earlier in the day Stephen Clegg set a new S13 Record in the 200m backstroke (2:23.35).

The Edinburgh International Swim Meet is taking place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh from 13-15 March 2015.

Images from Day 2 of the meet can be found on Flickr:

Soundcloud interviews with athletes attending the media call prior to the event can be found here:

Results from the meet are available at:

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