Renshaw crowned European Junior Champion while Clark carries Olympic Torch

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After taking her first Senior National Medal at the British Gas ASA National Championships in June, Derventio Excel’s Molly Renshaw sailed to the podium at the European Junior Championships in Belgium last week.

Picking up a new British and English Age Group Record on the way, Molly – having won her first International medal (bronze) at last year’s European Juniors – was out for the victory this time and took it in style. She finished in a time of 2:27.66.

Imogen Clark carries Olympic Torch

Imogen Clark, also of Derventio Excel Swimming Club, was nominated by friends and fellow swimming club members Michelle and Katie Pearce to carry the Olympic Torch through Buxton.

Imogen, who has been a member of Derbyshire’s elite swim squad since Sept 2010, has gone from strength to strength. Imogen started off in DXDS (Derventio eXcel Development squad), and coupled with the training she did with her home club Rykneld SC, improved rapidly to become a full elite squad member in June 2011. Just 8 months later she achieved one of her dreams to qualify for the National Championships in July 2012. Additionally, at a recent Open Meet, Imogen managed to take a 50m freestyle record for her own – a record held previously by Double Olympic Gold Medalist, Rebecca Adlington which has stood since 2000 when Becky was 11 years old.

Imogen had a smile on her face from start to finish and was greeted by many of her family, swimming friends and school friends along the route.  You can watch her Olympic torch run on the official website here.

 

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