Saturday, July 24, 2021

Tokyo Olympics swimming meet gets underway

Following last night’s opening ceremony, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad got underway in earnest today, with eyes focussed on the action from the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, in Koto City.

Lucy Hope was the sole Scottish swimmer in action, leading off the 4x100m freestyle relay for TeamGB. The Edinburgh University athlete, alongside team-mates, Anna Hopkin, Abbie Wood and Freya Anderson, produced a great race, winning their heat in a new British Record time of 3:34.03.

The quartet finished fourth overall and will have lane number six for tomorrow’s final. They said of their performance:

Lucy Hope: “It was kind of different to what I expected. Obvioiusly there are no spectators, but the people who are here are still bringing a great atmosphere, and we’ll see what we can do in the morning.

Anna Hopkin: We were itching to get going and it was good to get a relay swim out on the first day. They weren’t even considering us for the event but after we did so well at the Europeans, we proved to everyone that we could do something special here for GB.”

Abbie Wood: A relay with the girls is a great way to kick off a busy meet. It is good to have some girl relays in the mix for GB too.”

Freya Anderson: “That was a really good way to kick off this meet with these three girls. I couldn’t have asked for a better start and all the support from home has been great. It feels like the whole country is right behind us.”

University of Stirling’s Aimee Willmott produced an outstanding swim in the heats of the 400m IM to finish second overall for tomorrow’s final. Willmott’s time of 4:35.28 is a season’s best.

Willmott said of her performance,

“I just wanted to do myself proud here, have loads of fun with it. I was nervous yesterday but I woke up today, not having to rush and I’ve just meandered through the day. That’s the fastest I’ve been in a couple of years and I’m really happy with that. I was starting to tie up by the end of it, so I’ll go off and recover and who knows what will happen tomorrow morning.”

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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