Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sensational Silver from Relay Boys

It was a superb night in the pool for TeamGB with silver medals for Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and the 4x200m freestyle relay boys. Duncan Scott and Andrew Willis also progressed through to their respective finals.

Having secured their place in the 4x200m free final through Stephen Milne, Robbie Renwick, Dan Wallace and Duncan Scott GBR lined up as World Champions knowing that an Olympic medal was within their grasp.

Milne (Perth City) led the team off posting a solid 1:46.97, just off what he had done in the heats. Milne handed over to Duncan Scott (University of Stirling) who moved the team up the field handing over to Dan Wallace in a split time of 1:45.05, exactly what he had done in the heats. Wallace (Warrender) then proved his worth and his selection with an excellent swim (1:46.26) to get the team into the bronze medal position.

With James Guy having replaced Robbie Renwick to anchor the team home, Guy (Millfield) powered through the pool over-taking the team from Japan and moving GBR up to 2nd. Chasing down Michael Phelps Guy did everything he could to narrow the gap, but the team from US (Conor Dwyer, Townley Haas, Ryan Loche and Michael Phelps) had the race won (7:00.66) and GBR came home for silver in 7:03.13, a new British Record.

Following the race the quartet spoke to the BBC; Milne said, “I can’t believe it! I have to give it to these guys and it was a real honour to have been part of it.”

Duncan Scott added, “I felt I had to step things up this year and after the Worlds in 2015, we knew we had a medal in us.”

Dan Wallace continued, “I was very lucky to get onto the team and knew I had to get back to my best to be in with a chance of a meal.”

James Guy concluded, “The first few days were tough for me but the longer the week has gone on the faster I’ve been swimming so knew we could get a medal.”

The Japanese quartet held on and were delighted with bronze in 7:03.50.

It wasn’t the only silver medal as Siobhan-Marie O’Connor put in a superb swim in the 200m IM, smashing the British Record with a time of 2:06.88. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) won Gold in an Olympic Record time of 2:06.58 and Maya Dirado (USA) won bronze in 2:08.79.

Earlier in the evening Duncan Scott produced another outstanding swim in the semi-final of the 100m freestyle finishing in 48.20, and in doing so securing his place in tomorrow’s final.

Andrew Willis (Bath University) and Craig Benson (University of Stirling) were also back in action in the semi-finals of the 200m breaststroke. Willis won the semi-final in 2:07.73 seeing him through to tomorrow’s final. It wasn’t such good news for Benson; he finished in 2:10.93, which effectively ended his campaign.

Tonight’s efforts brought GBR’s swimming medal haul to four.

For a full set of results from the swimming click on the following link: