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Attwood and Wood continue gold rush

18 July 2013

Charlie Attwood and Abbie Wood struck gold as Team GB swimmers impressed again on the second day of action in the pool at the 2013 European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Utrecht.

Having won 400m IM gold on the opening day, Wood added the 200m Breaststroke title and silver in the 200m IM while Attwood won 100m Breaststroke gold and Holly Hibbott claimed silver in the 800m Freestyle.

Click play to watch Abbie's gold-medal winning 200m Breaststroke performance.

Wood is no stranger to success over 200m Breast, having finished sixth in the senior final as a 13-year old at the British Gas International Meet in Leeds earlier this season.

And the Derventio Excel swimmer showed her talent against her European peers in the Netherlands, winning the heats in 2:35.48 before clocking 2:32.87 for victory in a thrilling final.

Less than an hour later, Wood was just 0.14 seconds shy of claiming a third gold in two days as she touched second in the 200m Individual Medley final.

The 14-year old lowered her personal best by two seconds to set a 2:19.46 but after turning fourth for the final 50m, Wood couldn’t quite haul in Hungary’s Greta Szilvasi (2:19.32) in the dash for the wall.

“To get the gold in the 200m Breaststroke was so great because it’s my favourite event,” said Wood.

“I really wanted to win that one for me so I'm pleased I did and to get silver on top of that is amazing.

“It was a very close race and I came back strong on my breaststroke but it was just not quite enough.”

"I felt very proud standing the podium. It was actually a little scary," - EYOF champion Charlie AttwoodTaunton Deane’s Attwood set an English Age Group record (16yrs) as he took the touch in a thrilling 100m Breaststroke final.

The Brit turned third at the half-way stage, but powered home past Russia’s Anton Chupkov (1:03.26) to win in 1:03.19.

“I knew it was going to be hard from the start,” said Attwood, who will also compete in the 200m Breaststroke on the final day in Utrecht.

“When it came to the race I just tried to stay with the boys who were out in front. I kept up with them throughout and then managed to time it right to come through in the end and win gold.

“I felt very proud standing the podium. It was actually a little scary. Hearing the national anthem play was great and it has certainly given me a confidence going into my last race on Friday.”

Holly Hibbott added to Team GB’s tally, securing her first medal of the EYOF with silver in the 800m freestyle.

The 13-year old Southport swimmer smashed her personal best by more than 11 seconds, ducking under 9:00 for the first time in her career to touch in 8:50.01 behind Russia’s Arina Openysheva (8:49.88).

“It was such a close race but it is an amazing feeling to get a medal,” said Hibbott.

You can follow live results and streaming on the official EYOF 2013 website - click here to view it.“I was so close to gold and I was a bit annoyed after the race. I took 11 seconds off my personal best which shows how hard I've been working in training.

“I've still got the 200m free and back to come so I'm looking forward to doing well in them as well.”

In the other pool finals Martyn Walton (Hatfield) set a PB 2:05.96 to finish fourth in the 200m Backstroke while the 4x100m Mixed Medley Relay quartet of Walton, Wood, Luke Gunning and Darcy Deakin were also fourth.

Beckenham swimmer Gunning was also in individual action, clocking a PB 56.37 to finish sixth in the 100m Butterfly, Taunton Deane’s Bethany Newton set 59.08 for eighth in the 100m Freestyle while Aberdeen’s Suleman Butt was 11th in the 50m Freestyle in 24.06.

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