2021 MANCHESTER INT’L SWIM MEET
The ultimate session of the 2021 Manchester Worldwide Swim Meet came about tonight, with some tight races comprising this primary lengthy course meet again for elite British athletes in practically a yr.
As we suspected, the ladies’s 50m breaststroke got here all the way down to the contact between nationwide report holder Imogen Clark and her home rival Sarah Vasey. This morning, the pair was separated by simply .03 and the development continued into tonight’s remaining.
Clark received the sting as soon as once more, this time by solely.04, stopping the clock at 30.76 to Vasey’s 30.80. Each Brits now enter the world rankings for the season on this 50m breast occasion, with Clark sliding into slot #5 and Vasey as #7.
Olympic finalist Max Litchfield led the lads’s 400m IM tonight, capturing the one efficiency beneath the 4:20 barrier. After positioning himself as the person to beat with a morning effort of 4:23.45, the 26-year-old ace hacked off practically 7 seconds to hit 4:16.38 for gold.
Litchfield owns the British nationwide report on this occasion with a lifetime better of 4:09.62. That was clocked on the 2017 FINA World Championships the place he positioned a painstaking 4th, lower than half a second off the rostrum. Two years later in Gwangju, he was a lot slower in 4:14.75 to accept seventh place.
Together with his outing right here, Litchfield sits lower than Three seconds off of the British Swimming-mandated commonplace of 4:13.47 wanted to be thought of for the nation’s Olympic squad.
Louise Hansson posted an excellent strong morning 100m fly time of 57.59 to snag the pole place for tonight’s remaining. She wound up including barely, attending to the wall in a remaining results of 57.83. That was nonetheless the one time beneath 58, because the next-closest swimmer of Harriet Jones from Cardiff grew to become the runner-up in 58.52.
Hansson additionally raced the 100m free later within the session, gathering the bronze medal in a mark of 55.02. The winner of the ladies’s 100m free dash was Marie Wattel, the French swimmer from Loughborough.
Wattel raced the 100m fly this morning, however opted out of the ultimate to give attention to this 100m free. It proved to be a smart alternative as Wattel fired off the quickest time of her life – 53.40 for the win.
Coming into this meet, Wattel’s career-quickest got here within the type of the 53.53 she threw down over 2 years in the past. Nevertheless, this night, opening in 25.78 and shutting in 27.62, Wattel earned the one sub-54 second results of the sector.
Runner-up was Anna Hopkin in 54.99 whereas Hansson rounded out the highest 3 100m freestylers in 55.02. Wattel’s time now renders her because the second-fastest girl ever from France, sitting solely behind nationwide report holder Charlotte Bonnet and her time of 52.74. Search for a separate put up on Wattel’s swim.
4 males dipped beneath the 1:48 threshold within the 200m free, led by the 2015 world champion within the occasion, James Guy. Man touched the time pad in 1:47.14, sufficient to maintain Tom Dean at bay. Dean punched 1:47.42 for silver whereas Joe Litchfield rounded out the highest Three in 1:47.60.
The swims didn’t set off any fireworks, nevertheless it was nonetheless a great signal that Man, Dean and Litchfield had been within the 1:47 zone on this first meet again. In actual fact, for Litchfield, his end result right here checks-in as a brand new lifetime finest overtaking the 1:48.66 he secured in 2019.
Fireworks did go off within the girls’s 200m IM occasion, nevertheless, because the consistently-improving Abbie Wooden proved to be too fast to comprise.
Headed into this meet, Wooden’s 2IM PB sat on the 2:11.65 she posted on the 2019 British Championships. Nevertheless, the NY Breaker busted that to bits when she hit the wall in an enormous PB of two:09.38.
Not solely did she win this race by practically 7 seconds, however Wooden now ranks because the 2nd quickest British swimmer ever on this occasion. Wooden now checks-in because the #2 swimmer on this planet this season.
Search for an extra put up on Wooden’s swim.
- The 200m backstroke victor right here, Luke Greenbank, doubled up with a win within the 100m again tonight. After posting 54.98 this morning, Greenbank received it performed for gold in 54.62.
- With Dean having opted out of the lads’s 50m fly remaining, Jacob Peters had clear water to fireside off a time 23.65. En path to gold, Peters lowered his earlier by just below a tenth.
- Commonwealth Video games champion James Wilby topped the lads’s 200m breaststroke in 2:10.81.
- Honey Osrin managed the ladies’s 200m again, incomes the highest spot on the rostrum in 2:13.13.