Buxton's Abbie Wood takes seventh spot in third Olympic final to cap impressive Games

Abbie Wood capped an impressive Olympic Games showing with seventh place in Friday morning’s 200m breaststroke final in Tokyo.

Friday, 30th July 2021, 8:57 am
Updated Friday, 30th July 2021, 11:10 am
Abbie Wood has impressed all week in Tokyo. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Wood, who had narrowly missed out on a medal in both the 200m individual medley and women’s 4x100m freestyle relay earlier in the week, faced a tough task in the breaststroke – as proved by winner Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa claiming a world record in a time of 2.18.95 ahead of Americans Lilly King and Annie Lazor – King improving her personal best by two seconds.

Wood’s team-mate Molly Renshaw was sixth in 2.22.65.

Schoenmaker’s winning time was just under five seconds quicker than Wood, who clocked 2.23.72, but the 22-year-old can be proud of her efforts in Japan which have thrust her into the spotlight as a major contender for medals when the Games go to Paris in three years’ time, as well as putting her in good shape for a busy year ahead.

Wood said: “I’ve been really happy with my swims this week. I’d obviously want to finish on a bit more of a high because we’re both [also referring to Renshaw] able to swim faster than that but it’s just how it goes and we just have to keep going.

“We’re not going to have much time off when we get back. The International Swimming League kicks off soon so I just want to enjoy that and get some confidence as it really boosted me last year so to get the same out of it this year going into the long course season with the World Championships, Commonwealth Games and European Championships all in one year will mean it’s just going to be race after race and I’ll hopefully build more confidence as we go along.”