Hughes smashes PB for 400m IM gold in Sheffield

5 August 2014

Caleb Hughes smashed five seconds off his PB to take the 17/18 Years 400m Individual Medley title on the opening night of the British Gas ASA National Youth Championships 2014 in Sheffield.

In the closest individual final of the night, the Hatfield swimmer, who won the Youth 3km Open Water title three days ago, dug deep to overhaul Millfield’s Fraser Minnican in the final 10m, touching in 4:23.13 to Minnican’s 4:23.28.

And Hughes admitted a last-gasp dash for the wall usually brought out the best in him.

Click here for a list of daily reports or click here for full results from Sheffield.“I do like a battle like that at the end of a race,” said Hughes, who will race at the European Open Water Championships later this season.

“I like to think I can get it eight out of 10 times on the touch – I prefer a race like that then swimming off on my own.

“I’m not really sure where that came from. It’s a surprise though because I haven’t tapered at all and I’ve just trained into it to focus on the European Open Water Champs really. This morning was pretty easy so I thought maybe I’d go a 27 or 26 and I’d be happy.”

Swansea Aquatics’ Dan Jervis also lowered his personal best by five seconds to take bronze in 4:26.94.

The night was brought to a rousing close with the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay as Commonwealth medallist James Guy clocked a 49.55 split to bring home the Millfield quartet – also featuring Minnican (52.53), Daniel Speers (51.25) and George Mather (52.38) – home for gold in 3:25.71 ahead of Carnegie (3:25.75) and Plymouth Leander (3:25.99).

City of Sheffield’s Eleanor Faulkner landed the women’s 19 Yrs / Over 200m Freestyle title with a dominant performance in her home pool.

"Obviously my heat swim in Commies was a bit slower than that so I’m happy to have gone faster today and win the gold medal," - Ellie FaulknerHaving finished 14th in the same event for Team England on her Commonwealth debut in Glasgow last month, the 21-year old won in 1:59.07 ahead of Derwentside’s Jessica Thielmann (1:59.99 PB) and Sheffield teammate Rebecca Turner (2:00.05).

“I’m very pleased with that swim,” said Faulkner. “Obviously my heat swim in Commies was a bit slower than that so I’m happy to have gone faster today and win the gold medal.

“Commies was a great experience and there were some good swims with some tough circumstances in the build up. It’s a bonus to be able to come here and swim fast again.”

Plymouth Leander’s London 2012 Olympian Antony James set the fourth fastest time of his career and his quickest time since 2011 to win the 19Yrs / Over 100m Butterfly title in 52.28.

City of Manchester’s Sam Horrocks took silver in a PB 53.31 while Stockport Metro swimmer Liam Selby also touched in a PB, clocking 53.61 for bronze.

Horrocks was back on the podium later in the session, taking 50m Backstroke silver in 26.27 behind Loughborough University’s Joe Elwood (26.00 PB) but ahead of Stockport Metro’s Ciaran Beard-Jones (26.49 PB).

Billingham’s Stephanie Blakeburn claimed the 200m Individual Medley title with a PB 2:18.91 ahead of Garioch’s Orla Adams (2:19.64) and Kelly College swimmer Stephanie Reynolds (2:19.67).

Doncaster Dartes claimed a one-two in the first 15/16 Years final of the meet with Joseph Litchfield (4:28.53) taking gold and Jarvis Parkinson (4:30.41) silver ahead of Ireland’s Benji Doyle (4:32.335) in bronze.

Litchfield’s older brother Max – who made his Commonwealth debut for England at Glasgow 2014 this year – emulated his brother by winning gold in the 19Yrs/Over 400m IM. The City of Sheffield swimmer clocked 4:18.90 to touch ahead of Bath University’s Matthew Johnson (4:21.30) and Swansea Aquatics’ Chris Suggitt (4:22.19 PB).

The only other able-bodied individual final of the night was the 50m Backstroke won by Canada’s Noemie Thomas (26.68) ahead of City of Manchester’s Rebecca Guy (26.99 PB) and Guildford City’s Ellen Thomas (27.10).

City of Newport’s Jonathan Eke (S10) won the MC 400m Freestyle title in 4:28.90 ahead of Loughborough University swimmer Michael Jones (S7) in 5:07.61 and City of Derby’s Lewis White (S9) in a PB 4:42.26.

City of Oxford’s Rosie Bancroft (S10) took the women’s MC 400m Free in 4:54.07 ahead of Woking’s Zara Mullooly (S10) in a PB 5:16.94 PB and Harrogate’s Chloe Buck (S9) in 5:09.79.

The MC 200m Freestyle titles went to Newquay's Ben Procter (2:03.97) and UEA Norwich's Katie Nesbitt (2:16.50 PB) while Harrogate's Danielle Bailey (1:24.13 PB) and Durham City's Lyndon Longhorne (1:02.83) won the MC 50m Breaststroke crowns.

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