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Brits add to medal tally on day two in Antwerp

5th July 2012

The British Gas GBR swimming team had a successful second day at the 2012 European Junior Swimming Championships in Antwerp as they added another three medals to their tally.

West Dunbartonshire swimmer Ross Murdoch led the way with the first British medal of the night, taking silver in the 200m Breaststroke.

I am so pleased to come to my first European Junior competition after just nine months of training - I can't wipe the smile off my face.

After a fast start, Murdoch kept on the shoulder of the eventual winner, Russia’s Marat Amaltdinov, to touch in 2.14.53 and he was delighted with the result in what was his international final.

“I am absolutely delighted with that,” he said. “I am so pleased to come to my first European Junior competition after just nine months of training. I can’t wipe the smile off my face.

“My times show that I’ve got good front end speed so it will be good to get a shot at the 50m and 100m events and see how I do.”

City of Derby's Adam Peaty finished in fifth place with a time of 2.16.85.

Amelia Maughan of Bath ITC picked up two medals, claiming individual bronze in the girls 100m Freestyle final.

Maughan who was seventh at the turn, put in a swift second length to take the touch in a personal best 55.64 ahead of Sweden’s Louise Hansson. Maughan's British teammate Grace Vertigans (Plymouth Leander) was fifth in 56.32.

“I just wanted to come out with a medal and a PB,” said Maughan. “I am really excited for the 200m and the 4 x 100m later this evening. Hopefully we can get on the podium and I believe that we can.”

Maughan’s predictions came true when the girls 4 x 100m Freestyle relay won the silver medal.

The quartet of Maughan, Vertigans, Chloe Tutton (City of Cardiff) and Harriet Cooper (City of Leicester) had a tough ask against a dominant Russian team but an excellent team effort secured silver to end the second final session on a high.

The British girls finished in 3:45.18 with the Russian's taking gold in 3:43.12.

Other finalists tonight included Joe Patching (Plymouth Leander) who narrowly missed out on a medal in the 100m Backstroke, touching in equal fourth place in 56.04 and Joel Knight (Millfield) who was 10th in the 1500m Freestyle.

Charlotte McKenzie (F.I.R.S.T) was sixth in the 200m Backstroke final, touching in 2.15.33 with teammate Isabella Hindley (Chelsea and Westminster) in eighth in 2.16.85.

Derventio's Molly Renshaw (2.28.59) and City of Leeds' Sophie Taylor (2.30.44) go into the final of the 200m Breaststroke tomorrow night with the fastest times of the semi finals.

Meanwhile, City of Sheffield swimmer Matthew Johnson (2.00.62) and Milffield's James Guy (2.01.23) will also be in the 200m Butterfly finals after finishing in the fourth and eighth fastest respective times.

Great Britain with also be represented in the boys 200m Individual Medley with Max Litchfield (Doncaster Dartes) qualifying in sixth place in 2.03.63.

Mark Perry, British Swimming Development Coach said: “Tonight we continued our solid performances, with individual medals from Ross and Amelia and then the girls taking silver to end the night on a high note.

“We saw some solid semi-final swims which should stand us in good stead for tomorrow.”

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