Siobhan-Marie O’Connor Makes It A Brace For Bath On 2:09.6 For 200IM Mission In Rio

Siobhan-Marie O'Connor - by Ian MacNicol

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor joined her Bath teammate Jazz Carlin on the Britain Olympic team for Rio with a 2mins 09.66 victory in the 200m medley – “It feels pretty good to be back own the team. I was there four years ago in London and the pressure completely got to me. I want a different result this time”

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Following the results of this week and O’Connor’s under-performance in the 100m free final, I had a bad feeling of a 2.10 and just missing the QT. Gladly proven wrong and a solid swim from Siobhan, but it’s a long way off 2:08.21. Again, I thought she was holding back too much at the start. I hope this is amended for Rio – if on her best she leads the charge for silver.

Jazz Carlin and Tim Shuttleworth equally the best swims on a night of some reassurance for GB, much needed. Probably the most gutsy swim of Carlin’s career. Evidently one of those athletes who struggles to handle the pressure performances, to bounce back from 8.27 in 800m into 4.04 for the 400m is a fantastic effort. Ticket confirmed and 2012 a thing of the past. Shuttleworth going 1 second faster per length for a 20 second PB just as impressive. Sub 15 puts him (and Milne) into Olympic final contention and are very capable of quicker times.

Job done for Proud though a disappointing week overall from what has been said of his preparations. All three qualifiers tonight were likely to go anyway but nevertheless great to see them achieve very tough automatic times.

Craig Lord

GBSwiM: pressure only in specific circumstances… she’s commonwealth and double European champion… lots of pressure then, too, you might imagine .. and bronze at worlds, too, each event different. I can’t bring myself to see 21.65 as disappointing. The 100 was not where it could be, of course.



Not underestimating Carlin’s achievements, European’s/Commy’s are a step down from Worlds, another step down from Olympics. Nor am I labelling 21.65 disappointing, more the slower swims of each final than the heat.

Craig Lord

Sure, GBsw… but this is just the nationals championships … and Olympic trials… pressure was entirely self and time (different kind of thing to what happens on the big occasion, time far less relevant to the approach of the swimmer (relevant to the results and the watch, of course, talking about the swimmer), according to many of their own quotes in the past week (not only in Britain)

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