With less than 100 days until the 2016 Olympic Games begin in Rio, the British Olympic Association has named the 26 swimmers that will represent Team GB this summer. The squad was selected based on performances at the British Swimming Championships in mid-April and includes a combination of experienced athletes and fresh faces.
One of the most notable names to make the cut is that of 21-year-old Adam Peaty, who has already earned World, European and Commonwealth titles, in addition to setting world record times for the 50m and 100m breaststroke. Peaty is set to make his Olympic début in Rio and is already relishing the experience.
“I'm thrilled to have been selected for Team GB,” Peaty said after hearing the news of his inclusion in the squad. “I don't want to be a team-maker, that's the most important definition for me. I want to make my country proud and give it the best shot I can really, and wear that Team GB tracksuit with pride.”
Youth and Experience
Others set to make their first appearances at the Olympic Games this summer include fellow World Champion, James Guy, 21, as well as the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Jazmin Carlin, 25. The squad will also include four swimmers from the World Championship winning men's 4 x 200m freestyle relay squad.
However, while many of the athletes will be making Olympic bows, Team GB will also benefit from a number of more experienced and familiar faces. Robert Renwick, 27, has previously competed in both the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Olympics in London, while other past Olympians include Siobhan-Marie O'Connor and Andrew Willis.
“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,” said Mark England, Team GB's Chef de Mission. “This group has fantastic potential and I am excited about watching them compete.”
The Squad In Full
The following athletes all gained selection for Team GB after winning their event at the 2016 British Championships and achieving the nomination standard set out by the British Olympic Association:
- James Guy, 20, born in Bury
- Adam Peaty, 21, born in Uttoxeter
- Max Litchfield, 21, born in Sheffield
- Jazmin Carlin, 25, born in Swindon
- Siobhan-Marie O'Connor, 20, born in Bath
- Andrew Willis, 25, born in Frimley
- Hannah Miley, 26, born in Swindon
- Ben Proud, 21, born in London
They will be joined by the athletes listed below, who all gained selection for Team GB after achieving a time within 2 percent of the benchmark time set by the British Olympic Association:
- Chloe Tutton, 19, born in Pontypridd
- Ross Murdoch, 22, born in Balloch
- Stephen Milne, 21, born in Inverness
- Robert Renwick, 27, born in Abu Dhabi
- Duncan Scott, 18, born in Glasgow
- Craig Benson, 21, born in Livingston
- Fran Halsall, 26, born in Southport
- Molly Renshaw, 19, born in Mansfield
- Chris Walker-Hebborn, 25, born in Enfield
- Tim Shuttleworth, 18, born in Enfield
- Aimee Willmott, 23, born in Middlesbrough
- Eleanor Faulkner, 23, born in Sheffield
- Georgia Coates, 17, born in Leeds
- Camilla Hattersley, 21, born in Edinburgh
- Georgia Davies, 25, born in London
Finally, the following three athletes were selected for Team GB at the discretion of the British Head Coach and National Performance Director, according to the selection policy set out by the British Olympic Association:
- Cameron Kurle, 18, born in Glastonbury
- Ieuan Lloyd, 22, born in Penarth
- Daniel Wallace, 22, born in Edinburgh
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