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Star breaks record in bid for Olympics

Posted onPosted on 20th Apr

Mansfield swimming star Molly Renshaw broke her British 200m breaststroke record to boost her claims for a place at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

Renshaw — who matched the previous British best in February’s Manchester International Swim Meet — showed her intentions from the opening strokes, leading after 50m and never relinquishing that advantage.

The Tokyo hopeful finished in two minutes 20.89 seconds, knocking 1.19 seconds off the previous record, at the Olympic Trials meeting at London Aquatics Centre.

Renshaw, 24, who made the 200m final in the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, is now aiming for a podium place this time around.

“I think I’d just like to improve on what I did at the last Olympics,” she said. “Going there, I was over the moon with making a final — I want to take that next step this year and aim for medals and be on the podium. 

“I’ve had bad luck with Olympic trials in the past, so that’s out the way and I’m so happy to have done the consideration time.”