Second year Geography student Tim Shuttleworth is one of five Loughborough swimmers who have today been named in the British Marathon Swimming team for next month’s World Championships.
Taking place in Budapest, 1500m Olympian Shuttleworth will make his major championship open water debut in the 5km event alongside his training partner Tobias Robinson.
Spearheading the team will be the experienced Jack Burnell, who also competed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games last summer, the European silver medallist contesting the longer 10km race. Joining him in that event is fellow Loughborough National Centre swimmer Caleb Hughes.
The fifth and final Loughborough swimmer in the six strong team is Alice Dearing, who will also go in the longer event. A combination of the six swimmers will also contest the mixed relay at the end of the championships.
British Swimming’s Marathon Lead Coach Bernie Dietzig commented:
“It’s one of the biggest teams we’ve ever produced for a World Championships which is really encouraging. It’s also a strong team which has clear medal chances. The build up to selection for these athletes has been good. Off the back of a slow start to the season, with not many races available, we’ve just had an intense period of racing which has seen athletes compete in Abu Dhabi, the U.S. and France.
“It’s exciting to see some new faces on the team such as Tobias and Tim. It will be a tough start to their international marathon careers but I’m pretty confident. They have a strong distance pedigree and I’m sure this will transfer to the marathon event.”
This announcement follows on from a further nine Loughborough athletes being selected for the World Championships, which take place between the 14-30 July.