2021 British Olympic Selection Trials


As the second last night of racing begins at the 2021 British Olympic Selection Trials, it will be a sprint-infused section featuring the men’s 50 freestyle, women’s 100 freestyle, and the men’s 100 fly. Also taking place on day 4 will be the women’s 200 backstroke and 200 IM.

Upon the conclusion of day 3 finals, 19 swimmers had hit the British Olympic selection standard in their respective events. Follow along for a live recap and analysis to find out who else will add their name to that list tonight.


  • British Record: 52.87 – Francesca Halsall (2009)
  • British OLY Selection Cut: 53.88

Top 3

  1. Freya Anderson – 53.40
  2. Anna Hopkin– 53.49
  3. Lucy Hope – 54.19

Anna Hopkin opened things up with a 25.43 while Freya Anderson slightly trailed in a 25.83. Anderson, however, managed to overtake Hopkin’s lead and came in with a 53.40, touching just ahead of Hopkin’s 53.49. Both Hopkin and Anderson managed to get under the selection cut for the event which stands at a 53.88, likely giving them a spot on the British Olympic squad this summer.

The swims from Hopkin and Anderson are likely to give Great Britain two swimmers in the event at the Olympics which would be an improvement from 2016 when they actually didn’t send any women to the Games for the event.

Lucy Hope delivered a 54.19 which was just under Caitlin McClatchey‘s Scottish in the record from back in 2008. That was an improvement for Hope from her prelim swim of 54.52. Hope was followed by Evelyn Davis who notched a 54.59 and Emma Russell who notched a 55.16 for 5th place.


  • British Record: 21.11 – Ben Proud (2018)
  • British OLY Selection Cut: 21.78

Top 3

  1. Ben Proud – 21.42
  2. Yusuke Legard – 22.10
  3. Jacob Whittle – 22.55

After an already impressive performance in the prelims of the event with a 21.68, Ben Proud was even faster in the finals of the event, posting a 21.42 to get within 0.40 seconds of his own British record in the event. The swim will be enough to qualify Ben Proud for his second Olympic Games in the event as he was more than 0.30 seconds under the selection cut of 21.78.

The swim gives Proud the second-fastest time in the world this year, only behind Russia’s Vlad Morozov who swam a 21.41 at the Russian Olympic Championships. Proud was just off the time he swam at the 2016 Rio Olympics when he placed 4th in the final with a 21.68.

2 Ryan
USA 21.62 04/10
3 Ben
GBR 21.68 04/17
4 Florent
FRA 21.72 03/19
5 Bruno
BRA 21.73 04/09

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Jacob Legard picked up silver in the event with a 22.10 which was faster than his prelim swim of 22.43 but not quite under the British selection cut of 21.78. Legard’s silver medal meant that he passed Jacob Whittle who was second seed heading into the final. Whittle notched a 22.55 in the final which was just a bit slower than his 22.40 prelim swim.

David Cumberlidge and Scott McLay tied for fourth place in the 50 free final, each notching a 22.63 while Jack Thorpe rounded out the top 5 in a 22.76.


  • British Record: 2:06.66 – Gemma Spofforth (2009)
  • British OLY Selection Cut: 2:08.44

Top 3

  1. Kathleen Dawson – 2:08.14
  2. Cassie Wild – 2:10.94
  3. Honey Osrin – 2:11.76

It was all Kathleen Dawson in the 200 backstroke, coming in with a powerful 2:08.14 which was faster than both the Scottish record in the event and the Olympic selection cut of 2:08.44. Dawson improved upon her own Scottish record by exactly a second, improving upon her 2:09.44 from March 2021.

That makes it 2-for-2 Olympic qualifying swims for Dawson this week, having already qualified to swim the 100 backstroke with a 58.24 on day 2. The 2:08.14 for Dawson makes her the 8th fastest performer in the world this season.

2 Margherita
ITA 2:05.56 03/31
3 Rhyan
USA 2:07.24 04/11
4 Kathleen
USA 2:07.54 03/05
5 Minna
AUS 2:07.86 12/15
6 Peng
CHN 2:08.01 01/03
7 Isabelle
USA 2:08.12 04/11
8 Katalin
HUN 2:08.20 03/25

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Dawson was joined on the podium by Cassie Wild with a 2:10.94 for silver and Honey Osrin notched a 2:11.76 for bronze. Neither of those swims from Wild and Osrin was quick enough to qualify for the Olympics as they each trailed the required 2:08.44.


  • British Record: 50.67 – James Guy (2017)
  • British OLY Selection Cut: 51.96

Top 3

  1. James Guy – 51.44
  2. Jacob Peters – 51.66
  3. Edward Mildred – 52.67

Both James Guy and Jacob Peters managed to swim faster than the Olympic cut in the men’s 100 butterfly, likely giving them both a shot at swimming the event in Tokyo this summer. Guy was a 51.44 to swim a full half-second under the selection cut of 51.96 while Peters was a 51.65 for silver.

With that winning time of 51.44, James Guy moves up in the world rankings this season to tie Poland’s Jakub Majerski for 7th.

2 Josif
BUL 51.08 12/19
3 Noe
SUI 51.15 12/04
4 Takeshi
JPN 51.28 02/07
5 Naoki
JPN 51.34 02/07

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This was Guy’s second butterfly win of the meet, adding to his 200 fly victory of 1:55.20 on day 2 of the meet. Edward Mildred won bronze in that 200 fly with a 1:58.04 and returned to the podium here in the 100 butterfly with a 52.67.


  • British Record: 2:06.88 – Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (2016)
  • British OLY Selection Cut: 2:11.10

Top 3

  1. Abbie Wood – 2:09.23
  2. Alicia Wilson – 2:09.61
  3. Candice Hall – 2:13.67

Abbie Wood and Alicia Wilson battled it out in the women’s 200 IM and each produced a swim good enough for consideration for the 2021 British Olympic squad. Wood won the event in a 2:09.23 and Wilson was a 2:09.61 for silver, each nearly 2 seconds faster than the selection cut of 2:11.10.

The 200 IM marks Wood’s second Olympic qualifying swim of the meet, having swum a 2:21.69 200 breast to place second to Molly Renshaw’s 2:20.89 and get under the Olympic standard of 2:23.37. Behind Wilson in the 200 IM, Candice Hall came in with a 2:13.67 for bronze.

One notable absence in the 200 IM at British Trials was national record holder Siobhan-Marie O’Connor who has been as fast as a 2:06.88 in the event with which she won Olympic silver in 2016. O’Connor announced in the days leading up to the meet that she wouldn’t be participating due to ulcerative colitis; a chronic illness that she faces.