Gold for Dearing at European Junior Open Water Champs
Saturday 27 July 2013
Alice Dearing won gold for the British Gas GBR Swimming team on the second day of the European Junior Open Water Championships in Kocaeli, Turkey.
The 16-year-old Royal Wolverhampton swimmer led to the first buoy of the 5km race.
Dearing then stayed within the main group and was in sixth place for most of the race, making her break within the last 1km and outsprinted her opponent to take the win.
She took the gold on the touch in a time of 1:03:30.88 just ahead of Italy’s Alisia Tettamanzi who touched in 1.03:30.90 to take the silver and Charlyne Secrestat of France, who was third in 1.03:31.18.
“I had a great start,” said Dearing. “I managed to stay in the lead pack throughout the race but it was very physical in the middle of the pack so I tried to keep to the side and out of trouble.
“In the last 800m I just went for it and gave it all I could. I can’t believe I have won the gold, I am so happy.”
Hatfield’s Philippa Shuttleworth finished in 15th place overall in 1.06.20.80.
The British team of Caleb Hughes, Oliver Bitowt and Lucy Campbell finished sixth in the 3km Team Event on the final day, clocking 37:19.60.