FINA World Short Course Championships 2021 - Swimming Day 6
Ten British swimmers were rostered to take to the blocks at Yas Bay’s Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi over 15-21 December 2021, including swimmers based / trained in Somerset.
Watch live on All Aquatics. Heats are at 5.30am and Semi-Finals & Finals from 2pm will feature bespoke coverage and expert commentary from Andy Jameson and Jazz Carlin.
- Women's 200m Breaststroke - Molly Renshaw
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Loughborough National Centre athlete Molly Renshaw has won Women’s 200m Breaststroke bronze on the final day of competition in Abu Dhabi. It comes just one day after she lowered the British record for the 100m Breaststroke for the second consecutive time in the final of that event to finish in fifth place overall.
Renshaw’s time of 2:17.96 was less than a second away from the British record for this event which is held by Jocelyn Ulyett and was set in 2019 (2:17.10). On this occasion, that time brought her within 0.11s of the gold medal in what was an extremely tightly-contested race.
A strong start from Renshaw saw her taking the event out hard and splitting 1:05.82 at the 100m mark – a time that is just 1.5s away from her new lifetime best of 1:04.37. She led comfortably at the halfway mark, though strong competition from the eventual winner Emily Escobedo (USA) and Evgeniia Chikunova (RSF) saw Renshaw chased down in the final 25 metres. Escobedo got her hands to the wall first in 2:18.85 while Chikunova was a fraction behind in 2:17.88.
Renshaw’s medal in Abu Dhabi adds to the gold medal won by Ben Proud in the Men’s 50m Freestyle earlier in the week.
Molly Renshaw (2:20.33) has qualified third fastest for the final of the Women's 200m Breaststroke. Ahead of her in the rankings are fastest qualifier is Evgeniia Chikunova (RSF, 2:19.56) and Sophie Hansson (SWE, 2:20.31). Ireland's bronze medallist over the 100M distance Mona McSharry (IRL, 2:21.59) has made the cut, =7th.
Shaine Cacas (USA, 1:49.82) was the only sub 1m 50s swimmer in the Men's 200m Backstroke heats with Jan Xejka (CZE, 1:50.50), Yohann Ndoye-Brouard (FRA, 1:50.71) and Christian Diener (GER, 1:51.06) his closest opposition.
Top 3 qualifiers from the eleven Women's 4x50m Freestyle teams in the heats are USA (1:35.88), Netherlands (1:36.27) and Sweden (1:36.55).
In the Men's 4x100m Medley Relay heats, the three top ranked teams were RSF (3:25.01), ITA (3:25.58) and USA (3:25.97).
SWE (3:52.67) and CAN (3:53.04) topped the Women's 4x100m Medley Relay heats, with ITA (3:53.68) and USA (3:53.73) clear of the remainder by almost 1.5s.
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