Swimmers Wallace, Benson and Hattersley picked for Olympics

Dan Wallace won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Pic: SNS
Dan Wallace won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Pic: SNS
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Three Lothian swimmers have been selected for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Former Warrender swimmers Dan Wallace, from Edinburgh and a Commonwealth Games gold winner in Glasgow in 2014, and Craig Benson, from Livingston, have been included in the Great Britain squad alongside Edinburgh-born Camille Hattersley.

In total, eight Scots have been named in the team for Brazil – but there is no place for ex-Edinburgh Uni student Michael Jamieson.

Jamieson, who won silver in the 200 metres breaststroke at London 2012, turned in a disappointing performance at last week’s British Swimming Championships at Tollcross.

Hannah Miley booked her place at the trials in Glasgow and will take part in her third Olympics. The Garioch swimmer, who retained her 400m individual medley title at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, is seeking a first Olympic medal.

Robbie Renwick will also be taking part in his third Olympics.

Miley and Renwick are also joined by Perth’s Stephen Milne and Glasgow’s Duncan Scott.

Miley, 26, said: “It’s quite hard to put into words what it feels like to be selected for my third Olympics. I still love my sport as much as I’ve always done and to reach my third Olympics just highlights the dedication that me and my family have put into the sport.

“It’s another fantastic opportunity to put myself out there against the very best in the world - in the biggest event in the world - and hopefully I can come out on top.

“I feel a lot more confident, centred and happy this time around. My previous experiences have been great in Beijing and London but I feel different heading into Rio and I’m confident that will help me to perform.

“I’m really looking forward to this Olympics. I’m more mature and more experienced, and I’ll approach this one differently to the previous two.”

Mark England, Team GB’s Chef de Mission for Rio 2016, said: “After some strong performances at the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow we are excited to welcome this talented group of swimmers onto Team GB for this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“The athletes selected have shown that they are capable of producing performances at the highest level and among the ranks are World and European Champions as well as athletes capable of swimming world-record times.

“This group has fantastic potential and I am excited about watching them compete for Team GB in Brazil.”

Chris Spice, Swimming Team Leader for Rio 2016 said: “What we have is a focused, well-balanced team with some very exciting young prospects. The team has been refreshed as a result of a series of great performances from some of our Podium Potential youngsters – Chloe Tutton, Cameron Kurle, Molly Renshwaw, Craig Benson, Georgia Coates and Max Litchfield, who all produced stunning performances to upset their more senior rivals and make the Olympic team.”

Ally Whike, Performance Director of Scottish Swimming, added: “I am delighted for the athletes, coaches, support teams, parents, clubs and programmes. Seven of the eight scots training in Scotland shows the quality of swimming pathway and the training environments that have been created over the years as part of Scottish Swimmings overall plan.

“We would like to thank all partners who continue to support us in our endeavours. Finally, we understand that selection is simply the next step of journey and that we now all focus on supporting the athletes to deliver at the Games in the summer.”