Friday, August 12, 2016

Wallace finishes 8th in Olympic Final

“That was a pretty special experience for me. I knew to be in an Olympic final was special but the occasion is just unbelievable.” Dan Wallace

Back in April Dan Wallace was looking a pretty dejected figure leaving Tollcross in Glasgow after a poor showing at the GB Olympic Trials. Four months later he’s repaid the selectors by winning an Olympic silver medal and finishing 8th in the final of the 200m IM, a remarkable turnaround.

Lining up alongside the likes of Michael Phelps and former team-mate at Florida Gators, Ryan Lochte, Wallace knew it would be tough going. While it was a solid swim, he finished outside his best, posting a time of 1:58.54.

After the final Wallace said,

“That was a pretty special experience for me. I knew to be in an Olympic final was special but the occasion is just unbelievable.”

Wallace who has been training at Millfield alongside James Guy for the past couple of months continued,

“I’m back home now up in Scotland. I was in the US for 4 years, it was great but I was ready for a change. The Commonwealth Games were great for me and for Glasgow and I’m now looking forward to working towards the Gold Coast in 2018.”

Michael Phelps (USA) won his 22nd gold medal winning the final in 1:54.66, Kosuke Hagino (JPN) won silver in 1:56.61 and Shun Wang (CHN) won bronze in 1:57.05. (Lochte was 5th).

Other Brits in action tonight were Chloe Tutton (City of Cardiff) who came agonisingly close to securing a medal in her first Olympic Games finishing the 200m breaststroke in a time of 2:22.34, just 0.06 off bronze. Molly Renshaw (National Performance Centre/Loughborough University) finished 6th in 2:22.72.

Ben Proud broke the British Record in the 50m freestyle with a time of 21.54 and in doing so secured his place in tomorrow’s final.

James Guy (Millfield Swimming) finished the semi-finals of the 100m butterfly in a time of 52.10, 14th overall for the event. That will set him and the rest of the team up well for the heats of the 4x100m medley relay, which is tomorrow.

Full results can be found here: https://www.rio2016.com/en/swimming-schedule-and-results-download

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