OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL WINNER ANNA HOPKIN JOINS TEAM SPEEDO
Olympic and European champion Anna Hopkin has become the latest high-profile swimmer to join Speedo following her exploits at the Olympic Games in Japan.
Hopkin swam the all-important freestyle anchor leg to bring Team GB home in first in the 4x100m mixed medley relay, setting a new world record in the process.
That was the cherry on the top of what was an amazing 2021 for the Chorley-born swimmer who managed to rack up four gold medals and one bronze at the delayed 2020 European Championships in Budapest in May.
The quartet of golds were all won as part of relay teams, with Hopkin playing an leading role in the women’s 4x100m freestyle and 4x100m medley teams, as well as joining her male compatriots to win the mixed versions of the same races. Individually, Hopkin also managed to bag a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle whilst in Budapest.
Anna now trains out of the famous Loughborough Training Centre, having spent three years in Arkansas, USA, whilst swimming in the college ranks. Once the prestigious 2020 NCAA Championships were postponed due to Coronavirus, Hopkin made the decision to return to Britain and join coach Mel Marshall ahead of the Olympic Games, a decision which has seen her continue to harness the talent which saw her ranked as one of the fastest swimmers in the college ranks.
“At the end of what has been a whirlwind year for me, I am really excited to be joining Team Speedo,” Hopkin said.
“Becoming an Olympic Champion was the highlight of an amazing summer for me and it was a feat which was achieved whilst wearing Speedo, so I couldn’t think of a better team to have on my side going forwards.”
Simon Rowe, Head of Global Sports Marketing, Speedo, said: “Anna has had a phenomenal 2021 whilst wearing Speedo suits and we’re really pleased that she has chosen to join Team Speedo going forwards. She joins a fantastic team of swimmers both internationally and domestically and we can’t wait to see what is next for Anna at the Commonwealth Games and beyond.”
Hopkin becomes the latest British swimmer to join Team Speedo alongside double Olympic gold medallist Tom Dean, six-time Olympic medallist Duncan Scott, European champion Freya Anderson and Paralympic superstar Alice Tai MBE.