Londoner Ben Proud makes cut as Team GB confirm Tokyo Olympic squad

Matt Majendie
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Twenty-four swimmers have today been added to a British team headed by Adam Peaty for the delayed Tokyo Olympics.

Peaty was one of four swimmers pre-selected back in January but London-born former world champion Ben Proud was among the names added to the squad to fly to Japan in July along with another ex-world champion in James Guy.

Kathleen Dawson is rewarded for recording the eighth fastest time in history in the 200metre backstroke at the British trials in London two weeks ago with a call-up along with Molly Renshaw, who recently broke the British record for the 200m breaststroke.

There are call-ups for brothers Joe and Max Litchfield as well as a third Olympic appearance for Aimee Wilmott. Further names could be added to the squad in June at the third and final phase of selection.

British Swimming performance director Chris Spice said: “Our work has only just begun and we now turn our attention to swimming faster in the summer, which I know every athlete on this team is capable of. If we do this, I am sure we can have a very successful Tokyo Games.

“We have over 40% of athletes on the team that were not with us at our last World Championships in 2019, which demonstrates the outstanding work coaches and support staff across Britain have done keeping these athletes training to the highest of levels in very challenging circumstances during the last 18 months.

Meanwhile, Team GB chef de mission Mark England said: “In the space of less than a week we have seen the number of Team GB athletes selected for Tokyo jump from 40 to 70, which is incredibly exciting and demonstrates just how much the momentum is growing as we edge closer to July 23.”

Current Team GB swimming squad for Tokyo: Adam Peaty, Abbie Wood, Aimee Willmott, Alicia Wilson, Alys Thomas, Anna Hopkin, Ben Proud, Brodie Williams, Calum Jarvis, Cassie Wild, Dan Jervis, Duncan Scott, Freya Anderson, Harriet Jones, Jacob Peters, Jacob Whittle, James Guy, James Wilby, Joe Litchfield, Kathleen Dawson, Kieran Bird, Luke Greenbank, Matthew Richards, Max Litchfield, Molly Renshaw, Ross Murdoch, Sarah Vasey, Tom Dean.

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