UEL’s Willmott secures Olympic spot

PUBLISHED: 11:18 21 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:18 21 April 2016

Aimee Willmott celebrates after winning gold in the women's open 200m butterfly at the British Swimming Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow (pic: Craig Watson/PA)

Aimee Willmott celebrates after winning gold in the women's open 200m butterfly at the British Swimming Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow (pic: Craig Watson/PA)

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Swimmer announced in GB squad

UEL’s Aimee Willmott has been included in the 26-strong Team GB swimming squad for the Olympic Games in Rio later this summer.

The 23-year-old Willmott, who competed in the London 2012 Games, won gold in the 200m butterfly at the British Championships in Glasgow and her time was within two per cent of the benchmark set by the BOA selection policy.

Adam Peaty leads the way for Team GB with World and European titles to his name as well as world-record times in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

Peaty will be joined in Rio by fellow world champion James Guy, world individual medallists Jazz Carlin and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, as well as four members of the World Championship-winning men’s 4x200m freestyle relay squad.

As well as Olympic debuts for Peaty, Guy and Carlin, the squad sees some familiar Team GB faces with O’Connor, Andrew Willis and Hannah Miley all returning again after appearing four years ago at London 2012.

And in Robbie Renwick Team GB has the invaluable experience of two previous Olympic Games.

Wednesday, April 27 will mark 100 days to go until Rio 2016 gets underway and the 26 swimmers bring the total number of Team GB athletes selected for the Games to 47 with 11 sailors, six shooters and four slalom canoeists already announced.

Mark England, Team GB’s Chef de Mission for Rio 2016, said: “After some strong performances at the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow we are excited to welcome this talented group of swimmers onto Team GB for this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“The athletes selected have shown that they are capable of producing performances at the highest level and among the ranks are World and European Champions as well as athletes capable of swimming world-record times.

“This group has fantastic potential and I am excited about watching them compete for Team GB in Brazil.”

Chris Spice, swimming team leader for Rio 2016, added: “What we have is a focused, well-balanced team with some very exciting young prospects.

“The team has been refreshed as a result of a series of great performances from some of our Podium Potential youngsters – Chloe Tutton, Cameron Kurle, Molly Renshaw, Craig Benson, Georgia Coates and Max Litchfield, who all produced stunning performances to upset their more senior rivals and make the Olympic team.

“But perhaps the swim of the Championships came from 18-year-old Tim Shuttleworth in the 1500m freestyle where he had the Glasgow crowd on its feet.

“The challenge for everyone is to move our performances on between now and the summer. Athletes have done a good job to make the team but our primary focus is to improve performances in Rio and we will leave no stone unturned in pursuit of this.”

Team GB swimming squad

James Guy, 20, born in Bury, swims for Millfield

Adam Peaty, 21, Uttoxeter, City of Derby

Max Litchfield, 21, Sheffield, City of Sheffield

Jazz Carlin, 25, Swindon, National Centre Bath

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, 20, Bath, National Centre Bath

Andrew Willis, 25, Frimley, National Centre Bath

Hannah Miley, 26, Swindon, Garioch

Ben Proud, 21, London, Plymouth Leander

Chloe Tutton, 19, Pontypridd, City of Cardiff

Ross Murdoch, 22, Balloch, University of Stirling

Stephen Milne, 21, Inverness, Perth City

Robbie Renwick, 27, Abu Dhabi, University of Stirling

Duncan Scott, 18, Glasgow, University of Stirling

Craig Benson, 21, Livingston, University of Stirling

Fran Halsall, 26, Southport, National Centre Loughborough

Molly Renshaw, 19, Mansfield, National Centre Loughborough

Chris Walker-Hebborn, 25 Enfield, National Centre Bath

Tim Shuttleworth, 18, Hatfield, National Centre Loughborough

Aimee Willmott, 23, Middlesbrough, London Aquatic Centre PP

Eleanor Faulkner, 23, Sheffield, City of Sheffield

Georgia Coates, 17, Leeds, City of Leeds

Camilla Hattersley, 21, Edinburgh, City of Glasgow

Georgia Davies, 25, London, National Centre Loughborough

Cameron Kurle, 18, Glastonbury, Millfield

Ieuan Lloyd, 22, Penarth, City of Cardiff

Daniel Wallace, 22, Edinburgh, Warrender

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