An 11-strong British Swimming team are ready to take their place on the blocks for the 16th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Melbourne, Australia.
Between tomorrow (13th December) and Sunday 18th December, athletes from across the globe will be competing for Short Course World titles at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) - with racing to be broadcast in the UK via the All Aquatics streaming platform.
Of the British cohort announced in October, five will line up in individual action on the opening day as Medi Harris and Luke Greenback look to navigate through the rounds of the 100m Backstroke, whilst Tom Dean and Abbie Wood will have eyes on securing a spot in the final of their respective 200m Individual Medley contests. Dan Jervis too will be between the lane ropes, taking on 60 lengths of the pool for the Men’s 1500m Freestyle.
Appearing at his first World Short Course Championships since Doha 2014, Adam Peaty’s campaign to add a new title to his extensive CV begins on Wednesday in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke, whilst Anna Hopkin, Isabella Hindley and Lewis Burras also begin their individual schedules for the championships in the Women’s and Men’s 100m Freestyle on day two.
Meanwhile, Ben Proud will attempt to go full circle later in the week as he prepares to complete a scintillating twelve months in the pool - with the ambition of defending the 50m Freestyle title he secured in Abu Dhabi, and adding further to his long course world, European and Commonwealth titles from this calendar year.
There's less than two weeks until the start of the @fina1908 World Swimming Championships (25m)! 😁#ThrowbackThursday to a scorching swim from @BenProud, as he took the 50m Freestyle World Short Course title last December 🔥⬇️ pic.twitter.com/h6Dk2El07v— British Swimming (@britishswimming) December 1, 2022
Sprint breaststroke-specialist, Imogen Clark completes the British outfit, with her targeted individual event (Women’s 50m Breaststroke) on Saturday 17th December. The Derventio Excel swimmer will also provide a valuable option for the Medley Relay quartets, with Great Britain entered into a number of relay formats across the six days of competition.
UK fans keen to see every moment of racing can watch heats action from midnight, with finals and semi-finals starting from 8.30am. British Swimming will be providing updates on the action across our social channels, with daily reports after the conclusion of each day’s racing.