Throwback Thursday - Rising stars make their name at the 2014 Commonwealth Games – LEN

MEET YOUR BRITISH TEAM FOR EUROSWIM 2019

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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Throwback Thursday – Rising stars make their name at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Tollcross International Swimming Centre has got used to hosting major international swimming meets but go back five years and most people were still getting their first look at the pool in Glasgow.

It was in July 2014 that the Commonwealth Games went to Glasgow and in the pool a number of swimmers announced themselves to the rest of the world.

Chief among them was Adam Peaty, now one of the greatest male breaststroke swimmers of all time but then still searching for his first major international medal.

It came in the 100m, where he got the better of Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa, breaking the 59-second barrier in the process.

Peaty has gone from strength to strength since then, and also added medley relay gold and 50m breaststroke silver in his breakthrough performance.

That was far from the only landmark outing at the Games, with Ben Proud also claiming his first international titles in Glasgow.

Proud was the sprint king, taking gold in the 50m freestyle and the 50m butterfly, as well as contributing to the 4x100m freestyle relay bronze.

Elsewhere, Hannah Miley, Official Ambassador for the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow later this year, produced a games record on her way to retaining the 400m individual medley title.

And Ross Murdoch imitated her in setting a new Commonwealth Games mark in one of the races of the meet, seeing off fellow Scot and Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson in the 200m breaststroke.

As well as Ben Proud, home swimmers also dominated the women’s sprint events with Fran Halsall taking 50m free and 50m fly gold for England, while Georgia Davies won 50m back gold for Wales.

Aside from the British interest, there were a host of great performances from the rest of the world, not least the Australian women breaking the world record in the 4x100m freestyle relay and Chad le Clos taking a pair of golds in the butterfly.