Saturday, May 22, 2021

Another golden night for Britain's relay

Great Britain ended the penultimate night of action in Budapest with another relay gold, this time in the Mixed 4x100m freestyle. The quartet of Duncan Scott, Tom Dean, Anna Hopkin and Freya Anderson powered to victory in a new Championship record time of 3:22.07. The team from Netherland won silver in 3:22.26, while the Italians won bronze in 3:22.64.

Gold medals will also be awarded to Matt Richards, Jacob Whittle, Evie Davis and Lucy Hope, who swam in the heats, securing GB’s place in the final.

Afterwards the team commented and said,

Freya Anderson: “What was going through my head was just to keep building on the success the relays have had. I think all the relays with girls in have won gold, so I don't want to let that statistic down!”

Anna Hopkin: “I definitely had a lot of adrenaline and I was just excited to give it another go in another relay. It's obviously hard doing back-to-back races, but I knew as a team we could definitely try to get the gold.”

Tom Dean: “I think that's my 10th swim of the week so it's really nice to get another medal. The relays have been so strong for GB, I think we're just carrying that momentum through.”

Duncan Scott: “We have to just do our part and then the ladies in the back half of our relay are some of the best in the world. If we do our job correctly, it puts us in a really good position. I think we did that and then Freya hunted some people down like usual.

“It was great to be part of that relay, it's my first gold of the meet so I'm really happy with that. “

Katie Shanahan (City of Glasgow Swim Team) swam the race(s) of her life to secure her first senior final at her first senior meet. The 16 year old will contest tomorrow’s 200m backstroke final, where she will be joined by University of Stirling’s Cassie Wild, who produced a lifetime best in the semifinal of 2:09.31.

Shanahan said of her performances,

“I don’t know what to say. Not in a million years coming into this competition did I think I’d be making a senior final. Honestly, I’m over the moon right now.

“After this morning I really went for it. I just wanted to move it on again, and use the same tactics, but I feel that I pushed the last 50 a lot harder than I did this morning. Hopefully tomorrow I can go faster still.”

Speaking about being part of the GBR team for the European Championships, Shanahan said,

“Coming into this meet, I’m not tapered, I’m just really happy to have swum two personal bests. The team is so motivating.  I’m watching all these amazing swims last night, Molly’s gold, the 4x2 gold and I’m so motivated by it all.”

Full results from the event can be found HERE.