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21 Apr 2016

Loughborough swimmers on their way to Rio

British Swimming has this morning named a 26 strong team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which includes five Loughborough University based swimmers.

Headlining the team is Adam Peaty, who despite being multiple World Champion and World Record Holder in the 50m & 100m breaststroke, will be making his Olympic debut.

He’ll be joined on Team GB by Loughborough swimmers Molly Renshaw, Fran Halsall, Georgia Davies and teen sensation Tim Shuttleworth. Shuttleworth burst onto the scene at last week’s British Swimming Champions, the 18 year old Loughborough University Geography student winning the 1500m freestyle.

Talking about his selection, Adam Peaty said:

“I’m thrilled to have been selected for Team GB. I first watched my teammate Craig Benson in the Olympics [London 2012] and I was really jealous.

“He was the same age and he was at a home Olympics, something I would never get a chance to do again. I was looking at the results on my phone. It was like a ‘what am I doing with my life’ kind of moment. From then, I watched all the Olympics and said to myself that I would make the next one. That was my defining moment, to stop messing about now and get my head down.

“I don’t want to be a team-maker (in Rio), 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.”

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