Ieuan Lloyd scoops double gold in Sheffield

29 July 2011

European junior champion Ieuan Lloyd was the star of the third day at the British Gas ASA National Youth Championships in Sheffield, winning a nail-biting 100m Freestyle final before romping to gold in his favoured 200m Individual Medley.

The Boys 17/18 Yrs 100m Freestyle final came down to a straight shoot-out between Lloyd and Plymouth Leander's James Young - the fastest two qualifiers.

I knew it was going to be tough doing two races but having just been to the European Juniors I was prepared for it.

Lloyd took the race out, turning first in 24.42, and while Young clawed back the deficit, the City of Cardiff swimmer won by a fingertip, touching in 50.99 to Young's 51.01.

Lloyd was a more comfortable victory in the 200m Individual Medley - the event in which he won European junior gold last month - powering home in 2:01.17 to take gold.

Speaking after his second gold, Lloyd said: “I know it was going to be tough doing two races but having just been to the European Juniors, I was still prepared for it.”

Northampton's Myles Crouch-Anderson won 100m Freestyle bronze in 51.54 while Warrender Baths' Daniel Wallace (2:04.43) and Rushmoor Ryl's Thomas Litten (2:05.16) took silver and bronze respectively in the 200m IM.

The gold medals began with the Girls Youth 800m Freestyle at Ponds Forge which saw an intense battle for gold in the 16/18 age category with Danielle Hall-Jackson (City of Leeds) ultimately snatching first place.

Hall-Jackson touched in a time of 8:39.30 for gold, closely followed by Jessica Thielmann (City of Newcastle) coming in at 8:39.77.  Third place went to Eleanor Falkner (City of Sheffield) in 8:46.00.

In the 14/15 age category, Kristina Neves (Guernsey) took a convincing lead to win her second gold medal in as many days with a time of 8:52.23. Neves came in a full six seconds ahead of closest rival Lucinda Campbell (Windsor) who touched in 8:57.48, followed by Grace Dennis (Kinston upon Hull) in 8:59.96.

Jordan Barlow of City of Liverpool took gold in the Boys 15/16 Yrs 100m Freestyle. After clocking a time of 52.67 for the win, Barlow said: “I’ve been training hard for this event and it’s great to win the gold.

"I had a feeling I was going to get a medal.” 

Caleb Hughes (Hatfield) placed second in 52.83, winning his third medal of the meet while Wirral Metro’s William Harding took a respectable third with a time of 53.34.

The Men’s MC 100m Freestyle was one of the closest races of the night with Ben Procter (Truro City, S14) eventually taking gold in 1:05.70 for 916 points. Recently-crowned S7 European champion Jonathan Fox (Newquay) took silver in 1:14.23 for 910 points while Craig Rodgie of Edinburgh University (S14) won bronze in 1:05.93 for 906 points.

After lifting his second title of the Championships, Procter said “I’m really worn out after that race but it was a good one. It’s great to have won on total points because I’ve been training really hard”.

Stephanie Millward (Swansea Performance, S9) won the Women’s MC 100m Backstroke, scoring 926 points with a time of 1:11.10 for her second gold of the meet. Heather Frederiksen of City of Salford (S8) took the silver with 917 points (1:16.55) with Chloe Davis (Trowbridge, S14) took bronze with a total of 872 (1:13.02).

The Boys 15/16 Yrs 200m Butterfly race “felt fantastic” according to Millfield’s James Guy who won gold with a time of 2:02.77.

“It’s incredible to win gold especially when I’ve always placed seventh or eighth before” says Guy, “I still have a couple more races and I’m really looking forward to them.”

UAE Norwich’s Miles Garner took the silver medal (2:04.04) with Luke Howdle of Nova Centurion taking bronze (2:05:68).

Cameron Brodie (Kelly College) received the gold medal for his time of 2:00.92 in the 17/18 Yrs 200m Butterfly. Sam Van De Schootbrugge (Nova Centurion) and Daniel Wallace (Warrender Baths) took silver and bronze as they finished in 2:02.01 and 2:02.73 respectively.

Georgina Evans (City of Liverpool) admitted her plan was to “get out rally strong, and do my best to get a good personal best”.

And the plan seemed to work as she stormed to gold in the Girls 14/15 Yrs 200m Breaststroke with a time of 2:31.67. Silver went to City of Leeds’ Sophie Taylor (2:32.08) and bronze to Rebecca Swales of Preston (2:35.50).

Minutes later, Evans' City of Liverpool teammate Charlotte Bradbury came home to lift 200m Breaststroke gold in the 16/18 Yrs age group.

“I saw Georgina finish in first place and it really inspired me” says Bradbury, “Georgina and I train together and really push each other.”

Danielle Lowe (Wirral Metro) took silver in 2:31.22 with Chloe Bean (Guildford City) won bronze in 2:31.86.

In the Mens MC 200m IM, Oliver Hynd of Nova Centurion (SM8) took the gold with a time of 2:29.74, earning him a total of 833 points. Silver medal went to Swansea Performance’s Robert Welbourne (SM10) with 820 points (2:20.26) and Jack Bridge of Preston (SM10) earned bronze with a total of 797 points (2:21:62).

Natalie Jones from Colchester Penguins (SM6) shot to the top of the podium in the Women’s MC 200m IM, earning a total of 898 points with her time of 3:16.13. Double Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds (Swansea Performance, SM6) scored silver with 837 points (3:20.80) while City of Salford’s Louise Watkin (SM9) took the bronze medal after earning 826 points (2:36.93).

The Boys 15/16 Yrs 200m IM saw City of Leeds’ Ryan Flanagan take the gold medal with a time of 2:07.40. Max Litchfield (Doncaster Dartes) took the silver medal with 2:08.55, followed closely by Fraser Minnican (Ulverston) at 2:08.73.

The final race of the day, the Boys Youth 4x200m Freestyle saw the City of Manchester team narrowly grab victory from rivals Stockport Metro.

The Manchester team, made up of Matthew Parks, Grant Quigley, Daniel Briggs and Shaun Muscroft, achieved a time of 7:37.14 compared to the Stockport time of 7:37.18 – just 0.04 slower

Bronze medal was taken by Plymouth Leander with their time of 7:38.80.

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