Swimmer Profile – Molly Renshaw – LEN


A strong British team will contest the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow, featuring four recently-crowned world champions. Here’s our one-stop-shop for getting to know your home heroes that will descend on Tollcross and compete for medals with Europe’s best. Freya Anderson: a Scouse sensation whose inexorable rise shows no signs of slowing. IG – […]
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Swimmer Profile – Brodie Williams

Momentum can be a powerful psychological advantage in sport – and it is something Brodie Williams has in spades ahead of the LEN European Short Course Championships. The Millfield School pupil has made major strides in the backstroke over the summer, delivering a 1:56.26 200m clocking in the 2019 Sette Colli Trophy in June. That […]
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Swimmer Profile – James Wilby

Loughborough-based James Wilby will be chasing a maiden podium place on the Short Course stage when he arrives in Glasgow for the European Championships. Having begun competitive swimming at the age of nine at York City Baths Club, the 26-year-old burst on to the international scene at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where he competed in […]
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Wednesday at EuroSwim: Kolesnikov set to star

The LEN European Short Course Championships look set for a roaring start on opening day as Europe’s top stars descend on Tollcross desperate to dominate early headlines. A partisan Glasgow crowd will be thrilled by morning heats and evening finals for five days of top-class competition in the pool.  Eight individual events will kick off […]
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Tollcross Tales – 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships

A year after the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow and Tollcross International Swimming Centre played host to another star-studded event. The 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships came to town as nearly 600 athletes from approximately 70 countries experienced the seven days of breath-taking action. Great Britain took home a total of 32 medals made up of […]
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Great Scot – David Wilkie

One of Scotland’s most well-known swimming stars David Wilkie saw the height of his career include medals at European, World and Olympic level. The original Scottish breaststroker had an unbeaten streak of winning races between 1972 and 1976 which culminated in Olympic glory in Montreal. Wilkie was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka where his Aberdeen […]
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Swimmer Profile – Joe Litchfield

He’s not the only member of his family competing in the British team but Joe Litchfield will be eager to make a name for himself at the LEN European Short Course Championships next month. Joe and his brother Max will make up one ninth of the home contingent in Scotland, with Max representing the senior of the duo but […]
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McLay relishing home crowd advantage in Glasgow

Watching on from the crowd as his idols enjoyed success at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Scott McLay just couldn’t wait to get his own turn to wow the Scottish crowds.  Fast forward five years and that dream is on the brink of coming true, with the Perth-born swimmer set to make his senior Glasgow debut at the LEN European […]
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Miley hopes Scots will be at heart of British success

Scotland’s most successful female swimmer Hannah Miley knows what it takes to win medals in Glasgow, and she is backing the Scots to lead the charge at next month’s LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships. Triple Olympian Miley, who won 400m medley gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, will miss the event as she continues her recovery from […]
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Swimmer Profile – Kayla Van Der Merwe

It’s her 17th birthday today and what better present could Kayla Van Der Merwe wish for than a high-flying debut at the LEN European Short Course Championships in Glasgow next month. Van Der Merwe represents the youngest member of the British team participating in the competition, bringing youthful exuberance to the Scottish water to accompany […]
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Great Scot – Ian Black

Still the youngest winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, Ian Black is one of Scotland’s finest ever swimmers. In 1958, the 17-year-old from Inverness won three gold medals at the European Championships in Hungary, followed by a gold and two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games. This made him the first-ever […]
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Swimmer Profile – Molly Renshaw

World Short Course champion Molly Renshaw will be bidding to add European glory to her tally when she embarks on the LEN Short Course Championships in Glasgow.

The 23-year-old is an established member of the senior Great Britain squad – having represented her country at all levels of international swimming – and picked up her most prestigious title with 200m Breaststroke gold in Windsor in 2016.

Having agonisingly missed out on a spot at London 2012, the Loughborough-based star gained international recognition for a stellar performance on her Commonwealth debut in Glasgow, where she claimed 200m Breaststroke bronze and 4x100m Medley silver.

An individual silver at the European Long Course Championships a month later further signalled her progress, before she made her maiden appearance at global level at Kazan in 2015.

After qualifying in a British Record time, Renshaw made up for London heartache with a dazzling run to the 2016 Olympic final in the 200m Breaststroke, finishing sixth, and then went on to claim the global Short Course title later that year.

In the same event, Renshaw finished sixth at her second World Championships in Budapest in 2017, before adding a silver medal to her Commonwealth tally on the Gold Coast, and European Long Course bronze in Glasgow 2018.

In 2019, she finished fifth and seventh in the 200m and 100m Breaststroke events at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju respectively.

Ahead of the LEN European Short Course Championships in Scotland, Renshaw expressed her excitement at competing in front of a home crowd, and hopes a strong performance can aid her bid for Olympic glory next summer.

She said: “Glasgow will be amazing – we’ve had quite a few internationals in Scotland over the years and it’s always an amazing crowd and it makes such a difference.

“The short course always builds momentum at the start of the year, and it would be amazing to get another chance to compete at an Olympic Games.

“I just love the buzz of swimming – the training is hard and gruelling but it’s definitely worth it come racing when you get to step into these big arenas.”

Follow Molly on social

Twitter – @MollyRenshaw

Instagram – @molrenshaw

Short Course Personal Bests

50m Breaststroke – 31.00

100m Breaststroke – 1:05.22

200m Breaststroke – 2:17.98

Fun Fact – Renshaw has had a horse called Brooke for more than 15 years.