DIS’ Renshaw reaches Olympic final with British record

Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS) swimmer Molly Renshaw set a new British record in qualifying third for the Olympic 200m breaststroke final in Rio.

The 20-year-old former Ripley Rascals and Derventio eXcel swimmer finished second in her semi-final in 2.22.33 to get back her national best mark from team-mate Chloe Tutton, who also qualified for the final in seventh.

Molly, who now trains at Loughborough University, spent seven weeks in Australia in preparation for the Olympic trials, held in Sheffield, which was part-funded by a DIS bursary.

She has also been supported by the Derbyshire Sport-led ICON bursary programme in the past, which can also boast fellow Rio swimmers Adam Peaty and Lewis White and table tennis player Liam Pitchford as past or present recipients.

“It was amazing,” Renshaw told BBC Sport. “I’ve been wanted to go 2:22 for quite a while now and it’s nice to be finally making the big drops here.

“I knew I had to go out a lot faster than the morning. My back end is strong, but I know if I want to make the big drops, I’ve got to make them in the front 100m.

“It’s amazing to be third fastest for the final. I think I came into this ranked 12th so to be up there feels amazing. I’m sure people will step it up, but hopefully I can as well.”

DIS athletes are given extensive support through expert coaching, bespoke strength and conditioning programmes, physiotherapy and nutritional advice.

Athletes on the ICON programme are given financial support, a free leisure pass in their area and PR exposure.

Click to find out more about the DIS programme and ICON.

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