Saturday, August 6, 2016

Strong start for GBR at Opening Session of Olympic Swimming Competition

GBR swimmers enjoyed a great heats session on the opening day of the swimming competition of the XXXI Olympiad with Adam Peaty setting a new World Record, Stephen Milne a Scottish Record and Peaty, Murdoch, Miley, Wilmott, Guy and Litchfield all returning to the pool later tonight for the semi-finals and finals.

Adam Peaty swam an unbelievable race in the final heat of the 100m breaststroke, breaking his own world record, posting a time of 57.55 and being the fastest qualifier for the semi-finals by almost a second and a half.

University of Stirling’s Ross Murdoch was in the same heat as Peaty and touched home 3rd in 59.47. He will also feature in tonight’s semi-finals.

Stephen Milne broke the Scottish Record on his way to 13th overall in the 400m freestyle. The Perth City swimmer touched home in 3:46.00 (6th in heat) improving the time Dan Wallace had set for the event at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games back in 2014.

Millfield’s James Guy touched home in 3:45.31 and will feature in tonight’s final.

Hannah Miley will also be back in action in the final of the 400m IM. The Garioch swimmer finished in a time of 4:33.74 which is 4th fastest overall after the heats. Aimee Willmott of London Aquatics Centre Performance Programme is also in the final finishing her heat in 4:34.08 (5th fastest).

Max Litchfield from City of Sheffield finished his 400m IM heat in a new lifetime best of 4:11.95 and also progresses to the final.

The finals are due to start at 2am GMT.

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