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Patching reigns supreme on day four in Antwerp

7th July 2012

The British Gas GBR Swimming Team added another gold and silver medal to their tally on day four of the European Junior Championships in Belgium.

In a session dominated by semi-final action, Joseph Patching made it count and shone in one of the few finals of the night, claiming victory on the penultimate day of competition in Antwerp.

In a tantalisingly close race with Italy’s Fabio Laugeni, Patching pushed his body to the limit to secure the third gold medal of the event for the British Gas GBR Swimming Team.

I'm absolutely speechless - I've broken the two minute barrier which was my primary goal.

The Plymouth Leander swimmer’s breathtaking performance saw him smash through the two-minute barrier for the first time, touching in 1.59.45.

“I’m absolutely speechless,” said Patching. “I’ve broken the two minute barrier which was my primary goal, but my second goal was to win the gold for the team and I managed to do both.

“The Italian was coming down hard on me in the last 50m but I just thought to myself “This is my day, I’m not going to let him pass” and I swum through it.

“Now I get to stand on the podium and hear our National Anthem - I’m so happy and so relieved.”

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