Wilby among British swimmers heading for Tokyo 2020 training camp

Wilby among British swimmers heading for Tokyo 2020 training camp
By Sportsbeat

04/01/2019 at 09:26

Commonwealth champion James Wilby headlines an all-star British Swimming cast travelling to Arizona for key altitude training ahead of Tokyo 2020.

The 25-year-old experienced a stunning 2018, winning gold at the European Championships in Glasgow after taking top spot in the 200m breaststroke on the Gold Coast.

Wilby is joined at the North American training camp by an elite list of athletes including European sprint champion Duncan Scott and Olympic silver medallist Siobhan-Marie O'Connor.

The three-week programme takes place throughout January and serves as ideal preparation for April's British Championships as athletes seek to qualify for the World Championships in Gwangju.

Looking ahead to the training camp at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, British Swimming's Head of Elite Development, Tim Jones, outlined the importance of the event ahead of the fast-approaching Tokyo Olympics.

He said: "This is the sixth altitude camp of the Tokyo cycle.

"We have been incredibly encouraged by both the buy-in to this initiative by both athletes and coaches, but also the productiveness of each of the camps to date.

"We expect this Flagstaff camp to follow in a similarly positive vein and set up a large group of our key athletes for the remainder of this key 2019 season."

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