British Champs 2019 - Day 1

Tom Dowden

Following two days of training and preparation in Glasgow, Day 1 of the British Champs quickly came around.

The lone Poole swimmer in action today was Oli Fairman in the 50m Back.  The rest of the team met at the pool and continued with their final training and recovery sessions, whilst Oli went about his race day business.

As the current 16 year old British Summer Champion in this event, he was ranked 7th in the 18U Junior section. 

Morning Heats

Following his competition processes well, he stood behind the block in heat 6 and took the race out strong touching third in a new personal best time, finishing 5th best junior, qualifying him for this evenings final. 

Evening Finals

Oli started well, but a small mistake with depth starting his first arm cost him breath on his break out (the point at which the body emerges from the underwater section of the start).  He clawed back some time and actually passed the 25m mark nearly two tenths up from his heat time from improvements with his stroke following watching analysis of his heat.   With 15m left and with Oli giving it his all, the cost of breath at the start had caused a decrease in his arm speed and he touched the wall just outside his heat time in 26.96 touching 5th.  As two juniors had qualified for senior finals, this placed Oli 7th where he had gone in ranked.

All in all a positive start to the meet, 1 event, 1 personal best, and a couple of small areas to improve for the next day.

Day 2

Tune in tomorrow morning to watch all four athlete in action. Oli races in the 100m Back, with Ollie Weston in the 50m Breast, Jasmine McCrea inthe 50m Fly and Jacob Peters in the 200m Fly

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