Thursday, July 29, 2021

Mixed medley team set new European standard

Britain’s Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay team set a new European record to qualify fastest for the event’s inaugural Olympic final on Saturday.

Kathleen Dawson led the team off, keeping the gap as small as possible as many of the other competing nations, had a male swimmer in the lead-off leg. Dawson handed over to double Olympic Champion, Adam Peaty, with James Guy and Freya Anderson completing the class line-up, who linked superbly to finish in a time of 3:38.75. This betters the European Record set by the British Team during the European Championships back in May.

On the result, the team commented,

Kathleen Dawson: “It was great, I’m glad I managed to pull it out for the team event and do something I couldn’t for the individual. I’m really happy we managed to go through in first place as well.”

Freya Anderson added: “It feels really good, especially being on the team with these guys, they are some of the best swimmers in the world. Me personally, I knew I had to step it up and get them through – hopefully Anna [Hopkin] can take over in a few days’ time and get the gold.”

Adam Peaty: “It’s a popular event at every other major Championship, so to come to the Olympic Games, it shows swimming doesn’t have to stay the same, it can develop to what the modern world is, which is new races and keeping it entertaining. You might be leading by a lot at 100m, but then somebody else might take over which is the fun of it.”

After several days since her last event, Cassie Wild returned to the Tokyo Aquatics Centre and finished her competition with a 2:12.93 in the heats of the 200m backstroke.

Wild and Dawson's University of Stirling team-mate, Duncan Scott, returns to the action tomorrow morning, for the final of the 200m IM.

The schedule and results for the swimming meet can be found HERE.

Finals begin at 2.30am GMT.

Heats begin at 11am GMT.

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