Welsh swimmer Chloe Tutton’s emergence has been a boost for British swimming, says Sharron Davies.
But the Olympic silver medallist does not expect 19-year-old Tutton to be a medal contender at this summer’s Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Tutton won a bronze in the 100m breaststroke at the European Championships on 18 May after setting a national record for the 200m in April.
“It’s been a meteoric rise and it came out of nowhere,” said Davies.
“We needed it because British women’s breaststroke has not been amazing.”
Tutton shaved three seconds off her personal best when she broke the British record in Glasgow – a performance that led to selection for the GB team going to the Rio Olympics.
Her bronze medal-winning performance in the European Championships in London was followed by sixth place in the 200m final.
After that race Tutton vowed to improve before the Games which start on 5 August.
“It’s an amazing experience and I think I can learn a lot,” she said.
“So that’s what I’ll do – I’ll go away and I’ll see what I can improve on and hopefully come back stronger.”
Davies, who took silver in the 400m medley in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, has been impressed with Tutton this year but thinks expectations have to be realistic.
“I don’t think we’re expecting Chloe to go there to win medals but she could probably make a final which I think would be her target – certainly a semi final,” she said.
“And we’d love to see her again in four years’ time.”
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