Olympic hopefuls test their speed in Manchester’s pools



The Manchester Aquatics Centre played host to many of Team GB’s Olympic hopefuls on Saturday at the Manchester International Swim Meet. A variety of world, commonwealth and European champions competed in the meet that was organised by the City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team.

Adam Barrett, who was part of the European and Commonwealth gold medal winning 4×100 medley teams claimed gold in the 100m butterfly on Saturday and was elated with his performance, he stated “training is going well for Rio, obviously any racing beforehand is good preparation and then the trials come in April and that what were gearing towards”.

2014 Commonwealth champion and British record holder in the 50m butterfly and freestyle events Ben Proud maintained his form as he swooped gold in the 50m freestyle. Hannah Miley and Fran Halsall were the most successful on day one with two golds each, as Halsall swum a new British record within the 50m butterfly. Southport born Halsall, who is a multiple gold medalist in European, Commonwealth and World Championships displayed her sprint credentials as she also took first place in the 100m freestyle event.

Halsall was modest as she implied how significant her achievements at the Manchester meet in relation to the rest of her season, she said “I swum a British record in the 50 butterfly so that’s the fastest I’ve ever been so it bodes well for the rest of the year and sets me up nicely for the rest of the season.

TNT Sport Billy Rooney

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