Bath quartet selected for World Aquatics Championships in Doha as crucial run-in to Paris 2024 Olympic Games begins

05 January 2024

Four University of Bath-based swimmers have been selected to represent British Swimming at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, beginning a crucial six-month run-in to the Paris Olympic Games.

Tom Dean, who won a medal of each colour at the 2023 edition in Fukuoka, is selected along with fellow Bath Performance Centre swimmers Jacob Whittle and Brodie Williams. They are joined in the 20-strong squad by University of Bath Swimming Club’s Ben Proud and alumna Anna Hopkin.

Economics and Mathematics student Leah Crisp, supported by a Santander Sporting Scholarship, has also been selected in Britain’s marathon swimming team for a second successive World Championships.

The primary focus for the pool-based swimming team, who compete from 11-18 February, is securing relay team quota places at Paris 2024 for Team GB.

British Swimming Performance Director Chris Spice said: “On top of that, though, this is a great racing opportunity on the world stage and will be a serious test of our swimmers’ preparations and work over the winter months as they will still be in heavy training throughout the meet.”

The open water section takes place from 3-8 February and will see Crisp continue to make her transition from the pool. She placed 24th in the women’s 10km on her World Championships debut last summer and will be bidding to secure a second women’s Olympic quota spot for Paris.

Follow Bath-based athletes on their journey to this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games on our dedicated Paris 2024 page – click here.

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