Clegg sets record-breaking double on day two

6 August 2014

James Clegg was on record-breaking form on day two of the British Gas ASA National Youth Championships 2014 in Sheffield, smashing through two British records in one night in the MC 50m Freestyle and MC 100m Butterfly.

The East Lothian swimmer posted back to back performances, just 30 minutes apart, and credits his increased work in the gym and experimenting with new training techniques for his success.

Click here for a list of daily reports or click here for full results from Sheffield.“This season I’ve been focusing on gym a lot more, doing less distant training and concentrating on sprints. I lost events in the IPC and I’ve really been trying to work on my strength.

 “I’m following the coach I’m with at the moment and moving up to Edinburgh. They’ve got some world-class facilities up there so there’s plenty of opportunity for more gym. My coach likes to try new things out; we’ve been doing a lot of rock climbing which I’m hoping to continue in Edinburgh."

Clegg clocked 25.05 and 59.68 in the pool, ahead of Stefan Hoggan (28.23 & 1:06.23), who also did the double, taking silver in both events.

Bronze medals went to Greenwich Royals’ Oscar Livesey (MC 50m Freestyle – 26.52) and Team Luton swimmer Aaron Hird (MC 100m Butterfly - 1:06.99).

Ben Proud also wowed spectators striking gold in the Men’s Open 50m Butterfly final.

The 20-year old Plymouth based swimmer comes to the championships just weeks after his emphatic double Commonwealth victory in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly events in Glasgow.

Clocking 23.64 to take the title, Proud overhauled his Plymouth team mate Antony James (23.98) and Manchester swimmer Sam Horrocks (24.44).

Commenting on the contrast between international competitions and home racing, Proud said: “It’s different, it’s much more relaxed, this is what I’m familiar with so I’m comfortable racing here. In ideal conditions such as this I should be able to swim faster - aiming for a low 23seconds is something I’m working on.

"There is no better way to train than to race. That’s the main reason I’m here in Sheffield," - Ben Proud“There is no better way to train than to race. That’s the main reason I’m here in Sheffield. I could have stayed in Plymouth and trained on my own before Europeans, but I decided to come up to support the team, get a bit of racing done and do some training.”

In the second splash and dash of the night, the women took to the pool in the Open age group 50m Breaststroke final. Derventio’s Sarah Vasey powered home in a new personal best time of 31.42 to take the title.

Ireland’s Fiona Doyle touched just 0.21 seconds behind the winner in 31.63 ahead of Casc CAN swimmer Bronwyn Pasloski who took bronze in 32.18.

Breaking the 1:59 barrier for the first time, City of Sunderland’s Jonathan Carlisle stormed home in the Men’s 19yrs/Over 200m Backstroke final to take the win.

The silver went to University of Stirling swimmer Charlie Boldison in 1:59.12, while Plymouth Leander’s Ali Maclean set a new personal best time of 2:01.18 for bronze.

In the Women’s MC 50m Freestyle final, Kiera Shepherd (Boldmere) struck gold touching in a time of 32.85 ahead of Eleanor Robinson (Northampton) who set a personal best of 38.25 for silver.

Megan Richter also set a new lifetime best in the event to seal her position on the podium taking bronze in 32.54.

Another bronze was in store for Richter later in the session who took to the pool again in the Women’s MC 100m Butterfly final, claiming her second medal of the night in 1:22.87.

Chloe Buck (Harrogate) topped the podium in a time of 1:14.59, ahead of 12 year old Darlington rival Jay McCabe (1:22.08).

In the Women’s 19yrs/Over 100m Butterfly, it was first time under the minute marker for City of Manchester’s Rachel Lefley, who clocked 59.88 for the title ahead of team mate Jessica Lloyd (1:00.64) in bronze.

Commonwealth Games qualifier Tilly Gray (Bath University) swam to the silver medal in 1:00.51.

Lefley was up again later in the session in the final of the Women’s 19yrs/Over 100m Backstroke, where she took the silverware clocking 1:01.85 for second place, behind Ealing’s Ekaterina Avramova (1:01.40) and ahead of Natasha Hofton (Nova Centurian) in 1:02.30.

Luke Greenbank (Cockermouth) grabbed his first gold of the competition in the Men’s 15/16yrs 100m Butterfly final, touching in a new personal best time of 54.97, from Borough of Kirklees swimmer Kyle Chisholm (55.35) and Beckenham’s Luke Gunning (55.56).

In the 17/18yrs final, Craig Bowman took the crown in a time of 54.19 to touch out Carnegie team mate Mark Szaranek (54.49) and Derventio swimmer Kevin Wallbank (54.67).

In an impressive swim of 1:00.97, City of Manchester’s Chris Steeples dominated the Men’s 19yrs/Over 100m Breaststroke - winning by a 1.3 second margin over his closest competitor.

Plymouth Leander swimmer Mark Conroy, who returned from training in the states to compete at the Championships, struck silver in 1:02.26 over Loughborough University’s Richard Spoor (1:02.32).

A flurry of personal bests in the Women’s 200IM finals saw Derventio Excel’s Abbie Wood set the ball rolling, clocking a 2:15.52 to take the win in the 15/16yrs age group.

The bronze medal went to City of Leicester swimmer Candice Hall in a new best time of 2:16.97 behind Georgia Coates (City of Leeds) who earned the second podium position in 2:15.60.

Continuing the trend, Hillingdon’s Alexandra Kaye (2:16.49) clocked a lifetime best in the 17/18yrs age group for the win, over Beth Aitchison (Bournemouth College) and Georgia Barton (Co Manchester Aquatics) in 2:17.40 and 2:17.95 respectively.

The men were up next in the 200m Freestyle 19yrs/Over final, where gold went to Hamilton UAE’s Velimir Stjepanovic in a time of 1:47.44.

The Serbian athlete touched ahead of Island CAN swimmer Jeremy Bagshaw (1:48.50) and City of Sheffield’s Nicholas Grainger (1:48.52).

In the Women’s 15/16yrs 200m Freestyle, Chelsea and Westminster’s Georgia Boyle set a 1.5 second personal best to earn the title in a time of 2:00.08 – winning the final by nearly two seconds.

Preston’s Kathryn Greenslade touched in second for silver in 2:02.26, ahead of City of Sheffield swimmer Darcy Deakin (2:02.29).

Ellena Jones (2:00.89) won her second gold of the day in the 17/18yrs 200m Freestyle final, adding to her 800m Freestyle (8:44.68) performance earlier in the day.

Plymouth Leander’s Shauna Lee, who will compete at the European Championships in Berlin later in the month, set a 2:01.04 to take silver ahead of City of Sheffield swimmer Maya Westlake (2:01.41).

Despite being sole performers in their respective MC 150m Individual Medley finals, Lyndon Longhorne and Danielle Bailey raced hard to clocked times of 2:58.84 and 4:18.42 to claim their national golds.

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