Strong and Knowledgeable Picked for the World Championships is the British Team

Strong and Knowledgeable Picked for the World Championships is the British Team

For the 16th FINA World Championships (25m) in 2022, a British team brimming with “strength and experience” is traveling to Australia.

Numerous Olympic and world gold medalists are part of the 11-person team going to Melbourne for the six-day competition in December.

One of them is sprint expert Ben Proud, who earlier this year won a historic hat-trick of 50-meter freestyle world, Commonwealth, and European titles in the space of two months.

The 50m Freestyle short course champion from Abu Dhabi a year ago, Proud, will be attempting to defend his title.

Adam Peaty will also compete after missing the World Championships in June due to a foot injury.

Abbie Wood, Tom Dean, Anna Hopkin, and Luke Greenbank are among the other seasoned names traveling to Australia.

‘Solid Preparations’

Lewis Burras and Medi Harris will be competing in their first world short course competition at the competition, which runs from December 13 through December 18 at the Melbourne Aquatics Centre.

The championships were an “important chance,” according to Chris Spice, director of performance for British Swimming, for the swimmers to keep up their “sound preparations” going into the new year.

He said: “These World Short Course Championships are a great opportunity for the group to get back into top-level racing early in the season, while also acting as a stepping stone for our ultimate 2023 target of the World Championships in Fukuoka next summer.

”It’s great that we are able to take a team of this strength and experience to Melbourne, including Adam, who unfortunately had to miss an important chunk of last season, athletes like Ben and Tom, who had outstanding summers. Anna is an experienced, world-class short-course racer, and it’s fantastic that Abbie is involved too after having to pull out of last year’s World Short Course meet due to illness. 

“There is also an important chance for some of the swimmers to experience another world-class arena as part of their ongoing learnings, and we are excited that the team will be able to get involved in and practice more relays across the meet. 

“We have a great group and hopefully we will be able to continue our solid preparations as we head into the new year.”

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