Loughborough Echo

World bronze for Renshaw


BRITAIN’S Molly Renshaw won bronze in the 200m breaststro­ke on the final day of the World Short Course Championsh­ips in Abu Dhabi.

The 25-year-old, who trains at Loughborou­gh National Centre, continued her stellar form to secure a spot on the podium.

The day before, she lowered the British record for the 100m breaststro­ke for the second consecutiv­e time in the final to finish in fifth place overall.

Renshaw’s time of 2:17.96 was less than a second away from the British record set of 2:17.10 set by Jocelyn Ulyett in 2019.

The Loughborou­gh-based star took an early lead in the women’s 200m breaststro­ke final but touched the wall in third place after a competitiv­e last 50m, with just 0.11 seconds separating the top three.

American Emily Escobedo claimed gold with Russian Evgeniia Chikunova second.

“I’m really happy with that,” said two-time Olympian Renshaw, who narrowly missed out on a new personal best.

“Obviously, it was a really close race at the end, so it’s gutting to just miss out on gold or silver – but it’s been a really long year, and to get so close to my personal best time, I’m really happy.

“Next year is going to be really busy with the Worlds, Commonweal­ths and Europeans, so now I’m just going to take a bit of a break, reset and go again in January.

“I think exploring the 100m a bit more is definitely going to be part of my programme into next year, and I’m quite excited about that, because that’s where I think I’ve got quite a bit of room for improvemen­t.

“My 200m, I’m really happy with that, and if I can keep chipping away at it then great, because there’s a lot of room for improvemen­t on the 100m.”

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