Selston swimmer Renshaw ready to go for gold again

Molly Renshaw, who is aiming to build momentum towards next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo. (PHOTO BY: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Molly Renshaw, who is aiming to build momentum towards next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo. (PHOTO BY: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)

Selston’s own gold medallist, swimmer Molly Renshaw, is hoping the raucous home crowd will help propel her to another victory at the upcoming LEN Short Course European Championships in Glasgow.

Renshaw, who in 2016 set a new British record in the 200m breaststroke to qualify for the Olympic final in Rio, travels to Glasgow in December.

And the plan is to build momentum for her bid to secure a place at her second Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan next year.

The former Ripley Rascals junior certainly enjoys the shorter format, having won gold at the 2016 World Short Course Championships in Windsor, also in her favoured 200m event.

Now, with this year’s competition looming, she believes the partisan nature of the Scottish crowd will help her further enhance her medal collection.

The 23-year-old said: “Glasgow will be amazing. We’ve had quite a few internationals in Scotland over the years and it’s always an amazing crowd, which makes such a difference.

“It brings such an atmosphere, and they’re quite rowdy, which is nice! Walking out and hearing your name being shouted is great.

“We go abroad a lot and don’t always get that, so it’s a really refreshing change.

“The short course always builds momentum at the start of the year. It’s really good to get fast times in and practise your skills and your turns.

“Short course is fun and fast. It’s just a completely different ball game as there are a lot more turns involved and it’s a lot more technical.

“I’ve always been quite good at short course. I think my turns are quite strong. I always love racing short course and dread long course!”

Renshaw is a versatile customer, however, having scooped gold in the European Long Course Championships in London in 2016 in the 4x100m medley, followed by bronze in the 200m breaststroke at the same event two years later.

She also claimed silver at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast last year in her specialist 200m breaststroke discipline, enhancing her burgeoning reputation even further at one of the world’s premier events.

But it’s at the Olympic Games where she really wants to medal, with her love of Japan making the prospect of success next year even more tantalising.

She added: “It would be amazing to go to Tokyo. My first Olympic Games in Rio were really, really special, and I love Tokyo so much, so I really want to be there.

“Tokyo definitely holds a special place in my heart, so I’d love to be on the team.

“I just love the buzz of swimming. The training is hard and gruelling, but it’s definitely worth it come racing when you get to step into these big arenas.”

YOU can join Molly Renshaw at one of the biggest sporting events of the year in Glasgow by buying tickets now from www.euroswim2019.com