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Adam Peaty to head up Manchester International Swim Meet

October 6, 2017 11:29 AM
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The world record holder will be joined by Olympic silver medallist Siobhan- Marie O'Connor

Olympic champion Adam Peaty will head a star-studded field at the Manchester International Swim Meet this month.

The 200m breaststroke world record holder will be joined by Olympic silver medallist Siobhan-Marie O’Connor at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

It means a total of eight Rio Olympians and five 2017 world championship representatives will compete in the two-day event, which forms part of the qualifying process to join Peaty and O’Connor at the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year.

“I’m really looking forward to the Manchester International Swim Meet,” said Peaty, who became the first British male in 24 years to win Olympic gold in the 200m breaststroke and earlier this year won the 50m and 100m breaststroke world titles.

“It’ll be a tough racing hit-out during a heavy training phase and it’s always special to race in front of a home crowd.”

O’Connor won silver in the 200m individual medley at the Rio Olympics, adding to her 2015 world and 2016 European championship silver medals in the event.

“I’m looking forward to racing in Manchester, it’ll be a great meet with some tough racing,” she said.

The 2017 Manchester International Swim Meet, which is being held on October 21 and 22, is presented by Manchester City Council and the City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team, with swimmers competing for a total prize pot of £10,000.


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