British Swimming team for Rio 2016 will compete at European Championships

Published 12 August 2015

Fresh from the remarkable achievements of Great Britain at the FINA World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, it has been announced that tickets for the LEN European Aquatics Championships 2016 will be going on sale in September.

Great Britain and Northern Ireland finished fifth in the medal table across the whole competition in Kazan, securing a best-ever World Championship haul of nine swimming and four diving medals.

With less than nine months to go until the London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opens its doors for the LEN European Aquatics Championships, part of UK Sport’s National Lottery backed #EveryRoadtoRio campaign, from 9-22 May 2016, you can now register for priority access to tickets.

The announcement comes after British head coach Bill Furniss, who coached Rebecca Adlington to double Olympic gold at Beijing 2008 and double bronze at London 2012, confirmed his 2016 plans following the success in Russia.

“We’ve hit most of our targets this week and some would say we are in front of where we need to be. We have a hard year of training and racing ahead of us,” Furniss told British Swimming.

“We’ve got the European Championships in London next May. We are going to use that meet and take the Olympic team there and that’ll be good preparation meet for us. We have to have a break but then it will be straight back to it on the front foot and we have to improve in the next 12 months leading into Rio.”

Meanwhile the national performance director of the British diving team, Alexei Evangulov, has also highlighted the importance of next year’s European Championships to his athletes.

“We have hit our UK Sport targets with three medals in Olympic events and the gold medal in the team event which is really positive,” Evangulov told British Swimming.

“The divers will have a busy year ahead now as they prepare for Rio. They will have the World Cup in February where we will try to qualify for the rest of our Olympic Quota places.

“The European Championships are in London and they will be vital as a rehearsal for us prior to the Olympic Games. It will be good to compete in our home country. It will be really good for our male divers to compete against the Russians in the 10m and 3m ahead of the Olympics.”

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