In 2015 our swimmers had a blinder of a year! The whole island of Great Britain is now groaning under the weight of all the medals they brought home from various international events. Records were being broken all over the place and we saw some truly impressive performances. Read on for our five favourite British swims of 2015...
Adam Peaty Breaks the 100m Breaststroke World Record
In 2015, the most impressive swimmer of the year was Adam Peaty, without a doubt. He won Swimming World magazine's “Swimmer of the year” award in both the “World” and “European” categories. He broke several records, brought home armfuls of medals and looked cool whilst doing it. Here he is winning gold and breaking the 100m Breaststroke world record:
Hannah Miley wins gold at the Scottish Short Course Championships.
Hannah Miley was supposed to be attending the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year awards but of course she decided that swimming in the Scottish national short course championships was more important! After all, the chance to compete against other world class swimmers has far more appeal than a night drinking champagne at an awards ceremony, doesn't it? Watch her take home the 400m IM gold medal with ease:
Peaty Breaks 50m Breaststroke World Record to Win Gold at the World Championships
Another Adam Peaty clip. The British breaststroke swimmer beat the world record time by more than 2/10ths of a second at the world championships in Kazan last year:
Team GB Breaks Mixed 4x100 Medley Relay World Record.
The Mixed Medley Relay event pits teams of mixed gender against each other and has only been around since 2013(ish). Two men and two women form each team and they can decide which order they want to swim. The British team consisted of Adam Peaty, Fran Halsall, Chris Walker-Hebborn and Siobhan O'Connor. Keep an eye out for them at this year's Olympics!
Ellie Simmonds Breaks World Record at the IPC Swimming World Championships
Ellie Simmonds is one of the most prolific British Paralympic swimmers of recent years. Watch her swim to victory in the 200m IM (SM6) event at this year's IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow. She absolutely smashed the world record by over three seconds!
If British performances last year are anything to go by then we should be on track for a very interesting year of swimming in 2016. The eyes of the world will be fixed on Rio de Janeiro in Brazil this summer for the Olympic and Paralympic games and our GB swimmers seem to be in good form ready for the challenge ahead. Before that, we have the LEN European Aquatics Championships being hosted in London this May. So, if you want a taste of a major competition atmosphere then there's still time to pick up tickets for the event which runs from 9th-22nd May.
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