The exacting standards of Bill Furniss’s regime were in full evidence on Wednesday night at the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow where none of the winners were able to guarantee themselves a place at the Olympics.
That includes Chloe Tutton who set a national record in the 200 metres breaststroke in a time of 2mins 22.34secs.
In order to be assured of an Olympic place, swimmers must win their event and dip below the exacting consideration times set to ensure there will be no British passengers at Rio.
Otherwise, they must rely on the discretion of Furniss, Team GB’s head coach who previously guided Rebecca Adlington to two gold medals.
In Tutton’s case, a national record, which was three seconds below her personal best, should be sufficient to be included in the 30-strong squad, although that is likely to mean more heartache for Molly Renshaw, the runner-up.
Four years ago, Renshaw unsuccessfully appealed against her exclusion from the London 2012 squad after winning the national championships.
Chris Walker-Hebborn will also come into strong consideration after edging past veteran Liam Tancock to win the 100 metres backstroke in a time of 53.73 seconds, particularly as his preparations were hampered by an infected wisdom tooth.
“Hopefully they will look at my consistency over the last couple of years,” Walker-Hebborn said. “They are tough times, but there's a reason the make it that hard.”
Adam Mallett was a surprise winner in the 200 metres butterfly while Georgia Davies dipped under the minute mark to take the 100 metres backstroke. Both will be hopeful of a place in the medley relay squad.