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Lucy Charles-Barclay – second at British Swimming Olympic Selection Trials

Lucy Charles-Barclay was a very impressive (and very close) second in the British Swimming Olympic Selection Trials over 1500m on Sunday

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“How fit is she?! A really cracking swim, wonderfully impressive… holding the end up for the triathletes in the world brilliantly well. I wonder if she’s going to have a crack at coming back to the pool after that?”

Those the words of Andy Jameson, the long-time (and in my opinion, fantastic, voice of swimming in the UK)), after commentating on Lucy-Charles Barclay come within 17 one-hundredths of a second of winning the 1500m on Sunday evening at the British Swimming Selection Trials for the Tokyo Olympics.

While the time (16:46) or the second position won’t result in Olympic selection for the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tatsumi-no-Mori Seaside Park, that was not the objective here. As a goal which “scares you” into doing the work to progress from, in Lucy’s words, starting the year in her lifetime worst swim form, I think everyone can say that was a job very well done.

RESULTS – 1500m, London Aquatic Centre – Sunday 18th April 2021

1st – Leah Crisp (Bath) – 16:46.09
2nd – Lucy Charles-Barclay (Epping Forrest) – 16:46.26
3rd – Emily Clarke (Loughborough University) – 17:01.43

You can watch the full race in the embedded video below – Women’s 1500m from 39:00)

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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