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Former Kesteven and Grantham Girls School pupil Freya Colbert has Paris place at Olympics confirmed

Former Kesteven and Grantham Girls School pupil Freya Colbert has officially been confirmed as part of the British swimming squad for this summer's Olympic Games.

Colbert met the qualifying standard during the recent Speedo Aquatics GB Swimming Championships in London.

And her place in Paris was rubber-stamped when she was announced today (Tuesday) as part of the 33-strong squad.

Freya Colbert
Freya Colbert

It will be the 20-year-old's first taste of Olympic action in the July event at La Defense Arena.

And hopes of success will be high for the World Championship gold medallist in a talented Team GB squad.

Aquatics GB performance director Chris Spice said: "This is such an exciting group of athletes that we will be taking to Paris this summer.

"It comes off the back of a brilliant six days of racing at our Olympic selection event in the Speedo Aquatics GB Swimming Championships, featuring world-class finals performances, British records, plenty of personal bests and all of our athletes executing in the arena as we know they do so well.

"That is testament to the swimmers themselves, as well as the coaches and support staff working tirelessly in the background.

"On top of some outstanding individual swims, the collective displays showed that we are in a really good place across multiple relay events, which has been a key focus for us over recent years - and the depth that this team possesses is fantastic.

"As well as 12 Olympic debutants across the pool and marathon programmes, we will have five three-time Olympians and the valuable experiences of so many who were part of a memorable Games in Tokyo, so we cannot wait to see how this team comes together with the aim of swimming faster in the summer.

"We know each and every athlete can do that, and that would put us in a very good place in Paris, where we are relishing having packed crowds and plenty of British support roaring us on."

Colbert - who is based at the Loughborough Performance Centre - has made the Olympic qualifying time in both the 200m freestyle and 400m medley.

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