London stage set for huge Speedo Aquatics GB Swimming Champs

1 Apr 2024

The waiting is nearly over for the 2024 Speedo Aquatics GB Swimming Championships, as Britain's biggest swimming event of this Olympic and Paralympic cycle prepares to dive into action tomorrow (Tuesday 2nd April).

The multi-classification (MC) Women's 50m Butterfly will light the touch paper on six days of top-class racing at the London Aquatics Centre (2nd-7th April), with a fully-integrated swimming and para-swimming programme ensuring this is the key selection meet for the Olympic and Paralympic teams that will be heading to Paris in the summer. 

How to watch

As well as the London Aquatics Centre stands looking set to be packed across every single session, there will be full broadcast coverage on the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer of all six finals sessions (7pm), as well as live coverage of heats (10am) and finals on the Channel 4 streaming platform and YouTube channel. 

Whether watching on in person or online, this week's event is sure to feature race after race of entertainment and drama, with athletes vying for Olympic and Paralympic nomination times, British titles and their best performances on this great stage. 

The full Olympic selection policy is available here, with the Paralympic selection policy available here in regular and large font formats and audio version. This event is also a selection competition for numerous junior teams for the months ahead, including the summer's European Junior Championships.

What's on when?

Full results, start lists and schedules are available here on the Swimming Results website. 

Day one at the 2024 Speedo Aquatics GB Swimming Championships will feature the return of Adam Peaty to the London Aquatics Centre pool, nine years on from his maiden Men's 100m Breaststroke world record in the same pool, as well as an eye-catching race in the Women's MC 200m Freestyle - an event that brought a British gold-silver-bronze triple at last year's World Championships - and new world champion Laura Stephens going in the Women's 200m Butterfly.

Wednesday's 100m Backstroke contests across all finals will not disappoint, with some stacked racing in store, while the Men's MC 100m Freestyle and Men's 100m Freestyle finals, as well as the Women's 50m Freestyle showpiece, all look like ones you will not want to miss on Thursday.

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Adam Peaty is in 100m Breaststroke action on Tuesday

The two Men's 100m Butterfly events - which will feature the likes of Stephen Clegg, James Guy and Jacob Peters - kickstart Friday's action, which will also see European medallist Katie Shanahan in the Women's 200m Backstroke and then a race featuring world and Olympic silver medallist Duncan Scott and world bronze medallist Tom Dean in the Men's 200m Individual Medley. 

Saturday looks set to feature two strong Women's 200m Individual Medley finals across the Olympic and Paralympic swimming programmes, while triple world champion Ellie Challis goes in the Women's MC 50m Backstroke, and Ben Proud leads the seeds into the Men's 50m Freestyle racing. 

Sunday's finale then builds towards the Men's 200m Freestyle, which could be the most competitive race in the history of elite British swimming - including Olympic champion Dean, world champion Matt Richards, Olympic silver medallist Scott, 2015 world gold medallist James Guy and a host of other top-level talent. 

"It is fitting that our first event under the new name of Aquatics GB brings together our para-swimming and swimming disciplines together in a fully-integrated heats and finals programme, with world-class athletes sure to provide some incredible racing across every single session," said Performance Director Chris Spice ahead of day one.

"This is the key selection meet for both our Olympic and Paralympic teams that will head to Paris in the summer, meaning that those in the pool will be doing everything they can to put themselves into contention to get on to the biggest stages that our sports offer.

"We cannot wait to see what those athletes deliver this week, coming off the back of some outstanding performances at the recent Para Swimming World Series events in Aberdeen and Italy, and February's World Aquatics Championships in Doha. 

"That was a unique World Championships for our swimmers so close to British Championships and the Games, but every athlete used it in a professional and beneficial way to boost their preparation for this meet - and it was superb to see so many medal moments too, including Laura Stephens and Freya Colbert becoming world champions. 

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Jessica-Jane Applegate

"That competition, on top of last year’s respective World Champs in Fukuoka, Japan and Manchester also reminded us just how competitive so many events are going to be over the course of the next few days, such is the strength in depth that we possess across our Aquatics GB athletes. 

"Among those, the multi-classification freestyle events, men's and women's backstroke contests, the 200m individual medleys, the men’s MC 100m butterfly final and the men's 100m and 200m freestyle races all look set to go right down to the touch - particularly with people looking to break on to some strong relay teams across both the Paralympic and Olympic programmes. 

"For every supporter in the stands, and every single person watching on at home through the BBC or Channel 4, they are just a few among many moments that I urge you not to miss out on." 

Limited tickets are still available for select sessions by visiting our dedicated ticket website.