Renshaw books World Championships final place

Molly Renshaw with Cllr Paul Bayliss, Derby City Council.
Molly Renshaw with Cllr Paul Bayliss, Derby City Council.

It was job done for Molly Renshaw on her first appearance at the 2017 World Swimming Championships as she booked her place in the final of the 200m breaststroke.

The Selston swimmer was looking to follow up last year’s Olympic final in this event, and after qualifying fastest for the semi-finals, she went even quicker in the evening, with her time of 2:23.51 good enough for seventh overall and a place in the final.

To be in with a shot of a medal, Renshaw will likely need to break Jocelyn Ulyett’s British record of 2:22.08 but Renshaw was thrilled just to have made it back to a final after her Rio experience when she finished sixth.

She said: “It was a tough race. After seeing the first semi-final, I knew it would definitely take a 2:23 to make it back.

“So I kind of had to go out and see how fast I could go and then hang on at the end which is tough because I could see the other girls going past me.

“But I just had to get my head down and focus on my own race.

“I have a lane (in the final), they say ‘if you have a lane you have a chance’.

“I’d love to be back around my best, I’m still about a second off but if I can get around my best and down to the British record, I’m guessing that will be around where the medals are.

“I’m feeling pretty comfortable. I think I learned a lot from a Rio last year, I believe in myself a lot more and I don’t doubt myself as much.

“A lot of people see Rio as bittersweet because I missed out on medals but I was more than happy with my performance and I’ve learned so much from it and I’m grateful for it.”

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