Hughes and Campbell dominate in Rother Valley
22nd July 2012
Caleb Hughes and Lucinda Campbell win gold at the British Gas Open Water Youth Championships 2012.
The morning’s action in Rother Valley kicked off with 16 year old Hatfield swimmer Caleb Hughes dominating his age group in the 1750m Open Water event in an impressive time of 20:09.
Hughes, who won five medals at the 2012 British National Youth Championships earlier in the week, added another medal to this tally sealing the win ahead of silver medallist Harry Smith (UEA Norwich) who finished in 20:28 and Plymouth Leander swimmer Reece Worth (20:34) who clinched the bronze medal.
In the Girls 15/16yrs 1750m event, Lucinda Campbell shone claiming the title for the second year running in a time of 20:38.
The Windsor SC swimmer took the lead early on in the race, holding off tough competition from Skye Dolphin’s Rebecca Smith (21:06) and Hatfield swimmer Philippa Shuttleworth (21:09), who both produced sprint finishes to settle the silver and bronze medals respectively.
The 17/18yrs boys took to the water next in the 2000m race, which saw City of Glasgow’s Mark Deans steal the win in 23:02.96.
Lincoln Vulcans swimmer Oliver Bitowt (23:10.00) followed closely in the winner's wake to claim second place, crossing the finish ahead of West Suffolk’s Danny Proffitt (23:22.87) who clinched the final podium position.
Lucy Charles (Hatfield) produced a gold medal winning performance in the 17/18yrs 2000m event, swimming through the finish in a time of 23:50.44.
Perth City’s Camilla Hattersley clinched silver in 24:18.92 in front of Lauren Walton (Beckenham) who finished in third with a time of 24:36.25.