Sunday, August 14, 2016

Superb Silver Concludes GBRs Olympic Swimming Campaign

The Rio Olympic Games have proved to be the most successful for GBR swimmers in over 108 years as a silver medal was added on the final day of the competition to the one gold and four other silvers won earlier in the meet.

Chris Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Duncan Scott knew they would be up against a strong quartet from the US, who have never lost the medley relay and indeed Ryan Murphy broke the World Record for his 100m backstroke during the final handing over to Cody Miller in 51.85.  

Walker-Hebborn had a solid swim handing over to Adam Peaty in 6th place. Peaty then showed exactly why he was crowned Olympic Champion last Sunday, powering his way through the field and posting an incredible split time of 56.59 and handing over to James Guy in 1st place.

Guy was now head to head with Olympic legend Michael Phelps and it wasn’t long before the US team hit the front and were heading for gold. Guy did swim strongly and handed over to Duncan Scott for the final freestyle leg.

Scott again proved why he is such an exciting prospect swimming a superb leg and bringing the team home in 3:29.24, a British Record. Scott’s split itself was an impressive 47.62.

Following the race the quartet spoke to the BBC; Walker Hebborn said, “I was very nervous, I’ve not had the best week and am so grateful to these buys for getting me an Olympic silver medal.”

Adam Peaty continued, “I can’t believe I’m a two-time medallist at my first Olympics. The atmosphere has been amazing and it’s a great result for us.

James Guy added, “It was amazing to race Michael Phelps. We’ve come away with a British Record and we can improve on that going forward.”

Duncan Scott concluded, “Sadly these three are English so I can’t race with them at the Commonwealth Games, but we will work together for Tokyo. We’re a young team and we will only get stronger.”

The US team of Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller, Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian won gold in a new Olympic Record time of 3:27.95. Australia (Mitch Larkin, Jake Packard, David Morgan, Kyle Chalmers) won bronze in 3:29.93.

The women’s 4x100m medley relay team of Georgia Davies, Chloe Tutton, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Fran Halsall finished 7th in their final, posting a new British Record time of 3:56.96.

Earlier in the evening Halsall had also been in the final of the 50m freestyle, finishing in 4th an agonising 0.06 separating her from the gold medal.

That concludes the swimming competition of the Rio Olympic Games. GB’s Olympic medallists are:

GOLD

  • Adam Peaty: 100m breaststroke

SILVER

  • Jazz Carlin: 400m freestyle, 800m freestyle
  • Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: 200m IM
  • Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott, Dan Wallace, James Guy, Robbie Renwick: Men’s 4x200m freestyle relay
  • Chris Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty, James Guy, Duncan Scott: Men’s 4x100m medley relay

For a full set of results from the swimming click on the following link: https://www.rio2016.com/en/swimming-featured-results-download

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