Molly Renshaw Swimmer

  • DOB

    6 May 1996
  • Coach

    Dave Hemmings
  • Club

    British Swimming Performance Centre, Loughborough
  • Main event

  • Best result

    European Champion
  • Medals (INT/NAT)

    • 5
    • 10
    • 7
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Molly Renshaw is one of the senior figures in the British Swimming team, having represented Great Britain at all levels of international swimming, including two Olympic Games and five World Championships - earning her first individual European title in 2021. 

The first of her two senior international appearances in 2022 came at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, where she made the final in both the 100m and 200m Breaststroke events; finishing in eighth and sixth place respectively. Her summer finished at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, with the athlete claiming two fourth placed finishes in the same events, as well as a bronze medal in the 4x100m Medley Relay with Team England.

Molly missed out on a podium place by only a couple of seconds in the 200m Breaststroke at the Tokyo Olympics, with a consistent set of performances taking her all the way to the final. Finishing in an impressive sixth place, the Loughborough swimmer put in a solid swim amongst a strong field.

Renshaw had already earned selection to her second Olympic team after smashing the British record in the Women's 200m Breaststroke at April's British Swimming Selection Trials. She followed that by producing a brilliantly measured swim to claim the gold in the same event at the European Championships in Budapest, before helping the Women's 4x100m Medley Relay team to gold on the final day of the meet. 

In her most recent Worlds appearance in Gwangju in 2019, Renshaw reached three finals, in the Women's 100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke and 4x100m Medley Relay events.

The summer of 2018 saw Renshaw collect a bronze medal in the 200m Breaststroke at the European Championships in Glasgow.  

Earlier that year, at her second Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast for Team England, the National Centre Loughborough athlete claimed silver in that same event, as well as recording top-15 finishes in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke categories. 

Silver in the 200m Breaststroke at the 2017 British Championships meant a call-up for Renshaw to her second World Championships, where she reached the final and recorded a sixth-placed finish in her favoured 200m Breaststroke. 

She secured herself a place in the Team GB swimming squad for her debut Olympics in Rio in 2016, before progressing comfortably through the rounds of the 200m Breaststroke - and setting a new British record in the semi-final - to reach the showpiece, in which she ranked sixth overall.   

The 2016 European Championships in London saw Renshaw claim her first continental title, as she helped Britain's Women's 4x100m Medley Relay team to gold. She would finish just outside of the individual medals with a fourth-place finish in the 200 Breaststroke, although it would prove perfect preparation for the Olympic swims a few months later. 

Renshaw attended the World Championships in Kazan in 2015, competing in the 200m Breaststroke after taking the British title earlier in the year at the London Aquatics Centre.

Her maiden senior international medals came in a memorable 2014 season, which saw Renshaw claim 200m Breaststroke bronze on her Commonwealth Games debut for England, as well as a silver in the Women's 4x100m Medley Relay. 

That performance was followed soon after by another silver, in the 200m Breaststroke final, on her European Championship bow in Berlin.

Renshaw's senior international debut came in Shanghai in the 2011 World Championships, when she competed in the 200m Breaststroke event.

Long Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
50m Breaststroke 2017 31.97
100m Breaststroke 2022 1:06.60
200m Breaststroke 2021 2:20.89 BR
Short Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
50m Breaststroke 2020 30.34
100m Breaststroke 2021 1:04.37 BR
200m Breaststroke 2020 2:17.80
Olympic Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
200m Breaststroke 2021 - Tokyo 2:22.65 6th
100m Breaststroke 2016 - Rio 1:07.92 23rd
200m Breaststroke 2016 - Rio 2:22.72 6th
World Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Breaststroke 2022 - Budapest 1:06.60 8th
200m Breaststroke 2022 - Budapest 2:23.92 6th
100m Breaststroke 2019 - Gwangju 1:06.96 7th
200m Breaststroke 2019 - Gwangju 2:23.78 5th
4x100m Medley Relay 2019 - Gwangju 3:59.38 8th
200m Breaststroke 2017 - Budapest 2:22.96 6th
200m Breaststroke 2015 - Kazan 2:26.32 18th
200m Breaststroke 2011 - Shanghai 2:28.35 20th
European Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Breaststroke 2021 - Budapest 1:06.35 5th
200m Breaststroke 2021 - Budapest 2:21.34 Gold
4x100m Medley Relay 2021 - Budapest 3:54.01 Gold
200m Breaststroke 2018 - Glasgow 2:23.43 Bronze
50m Breaststroke 2016 - London 32.91 33rd
100m Breaststroke 2016 - London 1:07.93 7th
200m Breaststroke 2016 - London 2:23.18 4th
4x100m Medley Relay 2016 - London 3:58.57 Gold
100m Breaststroke 2014 - Berlin 1:09.30 19th
200m Breaststroke 2014 - Berlin 2:23.82 Silver
Commonwealth Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Breaststroke 2022 - Birmingham 1:07.36 4th
200m Breaststroke 2022 - Birmingham 2:24.00 4th
4x100m Medley Relay 2022 - Birmingham 3:59.44 Bronze
50m Breaststroke 2018 - Gold Coast 32.18 15th
100m Breaststroke 2018 - Gold Coast 1:09.22 11th
200m Breaststroke 2018 - Gold Coast 2:23.28 Silver
4x100m Medley Relay 2018 - Gold Coast 4:01.67 4th
50m Breaststroke 2014 - Glasgow 32.47 13th
100m Breaststroke 2014 - Glasgow 1:09.39 12th
200m Breaststroke 2014 - Glasgow 2:25.00 Bronze
4x100m Medley Relay 2014 - Glasgow 3:57.03 Silver
British Swimming Selection Trials
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Breaststroke 2021 - London 1:06.72 Silver
200m Breaststroke 2021 - London 2:20.89 BR Gold
British Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
100m Breaststroke 2019 - Glasgow 1:07.75 4th
200m Breaststroke 2019 - Glasgow 2:23.42 Silver
50m Breaststroke 2018 - Edinburgh 33.60 29th
100m Breaststroke 2018 - Edinburgh 1:08.99 Bronze
200m Breaststroke 2018 - Edinburgh 2:26.11 Silver
50m Breaststroke 2017 - Sheffield 32.19 8th
100m Breaststroke 2017 - Sheffield 1:08.20 6th
200m Breaststroke 2017 - Sheffield 2:23.04 Silver
200m Individual Medley 2017 - Sheffield 2:13.21 Bronze
100m Breaststroke 2016 - Glasgow 1:08.34 4th
200m Breaststroke 2016 - Glasgow 2:23.56 Silver
100m Breaststroke 2015 - London 1:08.68 Bronze
200m Breaststroke 2015 - London 2:25.75 Gold
50m Breaststroke 2014 - Glasgow 32.75 16th
100m Breaststroke 2014 - Glasgow 1:09.22 Bronze
200m Breaststroke 2014 - Glasgow 2:25.10 Silver
100m Breaststroke 2013 - Sheffield 1:10.42 10th
200m Breaststroke 2013 - Sheffield 2:27.71 Silver