Rio Olympic Games swimmer Andrew Willis returned to the pool in style on Thursday (Dec. 8), winning Great Britain’s second medal of the World Championships (25m) with silver in the 200m breaststroke.
University of Bath-based Willis, a Chemical Engineering graduate, showed his consistency to improve from heat to final and set a new personal best time of 2:02.71. He was beaten to the touch by Marco Koch (Germany) who won the gold. Mikhail Dorinov (Russia) won the bronze.
Training partners and fellow Olympians Jazz Carlin and Chris Walker-Hebborn will make their first competitive appearance since Rio when they contest the 2016 ASA National Winter Meet, taking place at Ponds Forge, Sheffield from December 15-18.
Both returned to their University of Bath training base from the Olympics with silver medals – Carlin in both the 400m and 800m freestyle, and Walker-Hebborn in the men’s 4x100m medley relay.
Carlin will line up in both of her medal events at the short-course Winter Meet, while Walker-Hebborn will race in the 50m and 100m backstroke.