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Mark England looks ahead to "special moments in the pool" from Team GB

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The latest batch of entrants were unveiled on Tuesday, joining Adam Peaty, Duncan Scott, James Wilby and Luke Greenbank.

Chef de mission Mark England believes there will be "some special moments in the pool" after 24 swimmers were added to Team GB for this summer's rearranged Olympics in Tokyo.

The bulk of the swimming squad has now been revealed following last week's selection trials, with the latest batch of entrants joining Adam Peaty, Duncan Scott, James Wilby and Luke Greenbank, who secured their places in January.

"I'd be pretty confident that we are selecting the strongest swim team that has ever represented Team GB at an Olympic Games," England said. "We'll see some special special moments in the pool in Tokyo."

Peaty, who won Team GB's first gold medal at Rio 2016 by breaking his own world record in the 100 metres breaststroke, is the standout representative of the 28-strong squad that has been selected so far.

Ben Proud is among that contingent after posting a trials-winning time which would have won silver at the 2019 World Championships in the 50m freestyle.

Kathleen Dawson, who won the 100m and 200m backstroke in London two weeks ago, and Molly Renshaw, who recently broke the British 200m breaststroke record, are also included.

Also named on the team are brothers Joe and Max Litchfield, 400m individual medley specialist Aimee Willmott and butterfly swimmer Alys Thomas, who will make her Olympic debut at the age of 30.

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Adam Peaty of London Roar during day two of the International Swimming League meet at the London Aquatics Centre (Zac Goodwin/PA)

British Swimming performance director and swimming team leader for Tokyo, Chris Spice, said: "We have over 40 per cent athletes on the team that were not with us at our last World Championships in 2019, which demonstrates the outstanding work coaches and support staff across Britain have done keeping these athletes training to the highest of levels in very challenging circumstances during the last 18 months.

"Of course, our work has only just begun and we now turn our attention to swimming faster in the summer which I know every athlete on this team is capable of. If we do this I am sure we can have a very successful Tokyo Games."

Further swimmers may be added to the team in June based on performances at the European Championships and other identified meets, with a primary focus on bolstering the potential for relay medals.

The final qualifying event for the marathon swim will take place from 19-20 June in Setubal, Portugal.

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Friday's key events

· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

· Bradley Forbes-Cryans will be looking to emulate Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke in the men's kayak event (6am-9am)

· The women's tournament enters the quarter-finals, with Great Britain facing Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium (10am)

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