Silver for Lynch at Open Water Championships
Sunday 15th July 2012
British Gas GBR swimmer Bradley Lynch claimed silver medal in the European Junior Open Water event in Kocaeli, Turkey.
Lynch was part of a 12-man breakaway pack which quickly swam away from the field at the start. He held off his competitors in a sprint finish in the final 300m of the 5km race to take the podium spot.
He finished just behind Marc-Antoine Olivier of France (1.01.42) to take the silver in 1.02.00 – just ahead of France’s David Aubrey who finished in 1.02.03.
Teammates Benjamin Goodall was 17th (1.03.53) and Archie Mitchell was 23d with a finishing time of 1.09.12.
Caleb Hughes and Joel Knight swam in the Boys 7.5km event finishing in 10th and 22nd respectively. The race was won by Germany’s Rob Muffels.
Germany’s Lena-Sophie Bermel won the tightly contested Girls 5km event in 1.04.10 ahead of Italian Giulia Gabbrielleschi (1.04.11) and compatriot Patricia-Lucia Wartenberg who touched in 1.04.17.
Lucinda Campbell was the top British finisher in sixth place in 1.04.40 ahead of Kristina Neves who was 11th in 1.04.58.
In the Team 3km Britain’s Mitchell, Goodall and Campbell were seventh overall. Germany took to gold ahead of Russia in silver. Italy took the bronze.
The Brits finished in fifth place overall, with 20 countries taking part.
Mark Perry, Open Water and Development Coach said: “Bradley had a fantastic swim to win the silver medal in what was a fantastic race from start to sprint finish.
“We have a strong tradition in open water swimming and it is great to see the next generation perform on an international circuit.
“I’m pleased with the team's overall performance.”