Duncan Scott 48.6 Pips Ben Proud As Jazmin Carlin Joins Them In Rio Wait-&-See Lounge

Duncan Scott with his first British senior 100m free crown - by Ian MacNicol

Day 3 started where day 2 had left off: no automatic qualifier in the 800m freestyle, European champion Jazmin Carlin on 8:27.49, 4.5sec shy of where she needed to be to go to bed this evening with the nightmare of four years ago behind her.

Then the 48.16 in the 100m free proved a future-British record too far on the day, European Junior Champion Duncan Scott putting in a cracking 48.66 best for gold, Ben Proud on 48.72 as his legs tied up in the closing few metres of the race.

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Swim Fan

Craig. Young Mr Scott is not coached my Ben Higson he is coached by Steven Tigg who also coaches at the University of Stirling. Steven has coached Duncan since he was 8.

Craig Lord

I know that Sw Fan – I’ve even written about it… link in copy 🙂 thanks for the spot


Amazing time for a 18 years-old.But I was expecting a bit more from Proud.

David Brooks

Great show from Scott, looking forward to seeing what he can do over 200.
The performance of the day, however, might be Emily Large. 2:09.47 for the 200 fly and only just 15 is pretty special.

Martin McEvoy

Hard to believe that all of the above -and both Scott and Proud in case of 100 – will not get ticket. Proud has immense raw talent, esp at 50, but needs some head work – that said, a la Peaty and Murdoch, a bit of rivalry in 100fr will do no harm to him at all. Fran’s swim was disappointing, full stop, but she’s a certainty, even for one of the six discretionaries

Martin McEvoy

The one I fear for a little is Carlin. She was WAY off, and the W4 x 2 isn’t really a priority the way the M4x2 and 4×1 medlay are. On plus side, huge swim from Litchfield, and right attitude afterwords – great swim, now lets get faster…


Halsall, Carlin and Proud all considerably under-performing. Convinced Halsall would hit a time to rival Campbell’s 23’s this week, 24.2 at very most so disappointing. Considerably below-par from Jazz Carlin – Brits and those in the knowledge of her troubles before a home Olympics would’ve loved an automatic qualification time and with a more-than-capable time a distant 10 seconds quicker or so. Proud, 3 for 3, very shaky under pressure. 48.0-48.2 seemingly in his reach from the looks of his heat swim and performances this season.
Yet, all 3 are all but certain to be in Rio – I do hope they cement their chances before the end of the week.

3 outstanding performances tonight, for me, in Litchfield, Scott and Emily Large. Not many predicted 400IM results – Dan Wallace well shy of his heights in recent years. Litchfield so impressive and looks capable in his stroke of another drop come Rio. Duncan Scott looks on course to be the first world-class 100m freestyler and will certainly be in the mix over 200m – unlikely to shine in Rio but valuable experience before Tokyo goals are set. Finally, cannot overlook 15 year old Large on 2.09.47. Seems to have performed well across a few events already this week and looks a huge prospect after Rio.


If I may guess, this ridiculous qualifying times and convoluted selection process have put undue pressure on the British swimmers, resulting in some disappointing swims.

I’m sure those selected will be doing just fine in Rio, but the whole thing put a damper on the trials atmosphere, just like what happened at the French and Canadian trials so I heard.

So unfortunate, It’s a once a year event domestically and yet the higher ups chose to make it as fun as a funeral procession.



I think you are underestimating how hard it is to go 23. So far, only 3 swimmers have done it in textile, C1, Halsall and Sjostrom, and only C1 has done it more than once (3 times). Kromowidjojo (current 50 free Olympics champion) and C2 (current 50 free World champion) have never gone 23. It is too optimistic to expect Halsall to swim 23 again, unless she has perfect swim.


And Jaz Carlin, wow. Such a steep descent.

How can you swim 8:27 after 8:18 last year? It makes almost no sense. Has the qualifying situation created by British Swimming created that much pressure?

I am now grading her behind Boyle, Ashwood and Belmonte for silver-bronze.



I am in no way underestimating the 23 mark int he women’s 50m free and well aware of it’s exclusivity. I whole-heartedly stand by my comments – if you look again I was outlining a time to rival Campbell’s, not meaning I expected Halsall to swim a 23 here. Her focus is the 50m free, she’s injury free and it’s Olympic year – a time around the 24 split is nothing out of the question for Fran Halsall, trust me. I think you’re underestimating her abilities.



I see, I thought by rivaling Cate, you meant a 23. Now I understand more about your reasons and they are very good reasons to expect Halsall to swim her best which could mean sub 24. I just don’t think she would swim sub 24 before Rio. It is highly possible I may be underestimating Halsall’s ability, though. And I hope she swim as best she could in Rio.

As RSAsprinter outlines in the next article on Halsall, going sub 24 requires everything to hit perfectly. I think Cate has the capacity to break Steffen’s WR, I just don’t think/expect it will happen.



Of course I am inclined to sing Halsall’s praises as a Brit, but these praises are there to be acknowledged if you have followed her career in the pool.

52.87 behind Steffan in her teens looked to be an insight of the future and many, including me, tipped her for success into London. Injury plagued in Delhi 2010 and took 5 medals, surgery in 2011 and 4th at Worlds over the 100m, but on top form would’ve beaten Ottessen and the other she shared gold with…
London got the better of Halsall and the dream of Olympic champion, even medallist were unfortunately not to be (taking nothing away from Kromowidjojo’s masterful double).

Post-games, Halsall has concentrated her raw speed (Halsall 5ft7/59kg, C1 6ft1/67kg!) into the 50m. Underachieved in the 100m, though ensuing bronze at World’s 2013 and the 23.96 in 2014 over 50m were justification. 2015 was another year for injuries but has spoken of her best, injury-free training coming into this meet, the time visibly well outside what she was expecting.

Time will tell whether this was down to the pressure of the times for GB this week, and eluded to the lack of competition within the race in a post-interview. The Europeans in May will, if all decide to compete, will be a good chance to see Halsall compete against Sjostrom, Kromowidjojo, Ottessen, 4 of the world’s best in female sprints and only to be challenged by Cate and Bronte come Rio, particularly over the 50m. Let the battles commence.


Quite a few mistakes in that post, I’m aware. Time is telling on my English.



Thanks for your thorough info re:Halsall. It helps to estimate what she is capable of in Rio. It is tough when she already focused her training in one event and had excellent preparation only to swim 24.4 in the trials.

Speaking about Halsall having no one to challenge her domestically reminds me that she was a product of that very successful British junior swimming overseas program set up in Gold Coast, Australia.
Why was it ended? Aren’t UK sports still getting boatloads of money from the national lottery?

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