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Brits scoop four medals on final day in Denmark

15 December 2013

Michael Jamieson and Jemma Lowe won silver as the British Gas GBR Swimming Team closed their 2013 European Short Course Championship campaign with another four medals in Denmark.

Aimee Willmott and Chris Walker-Hebborn also medalled for the Brits as the 12-strong team finished with eight medals.

Olympic silver medallist Jamieson knocked more than a second off his British record as he took on Olympic and world champion Daniel Gyurta, leading the Hungarian with 50m to go before being caught in the final two lengths.

Gyurta ultimately took the touch on 2:00.72 with Jamieson coming home in a Commonwealth record 2:01.43 and Germany’s Marco Koch third in 2:01.62.

Jamieson’s British Gas ITC Bath teammate Andrew Willis also ducked under the Scot’s old British record as he finished fourth in an English record 2:02.99.

Having won 200m Butterfly bronze earlier in the meet, Lowe claimed a second medal with silver over 100m Fly.

The Bath swimmer lowered her Welsh record to reach the podium with a 56.32 effort behind Sweden’s world champion Sarah Sjostrom (55.78).

Willmott continued her record-breaking form as she clinched bronze from the 400m Individual Medley final.

The Middlesbrough swimmer, who broke her long course national marker seven days ago, set an English record 4:25.37 to reach the podium behind Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia (4:21.23) and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (4:24.69). Great Britain’s Hannah Miley was fourth home, touching in 4:28.56.

Walker-Hebborn (British Gas ITC Bath) sealed the first major medal of his career with 100m Backstroke bronze.

Having set a personal best 51.08 to qualify for the final, the 23-year old ducked under the 51 second mark for the first time to tie for third with France’s Camille Lacourt on 50.44 as another Frenchman, Jeremy Stravius, won gold in 49.74.

Also in action on the final night in Denmark were British Gas ITC Bath pair Sophie Allen and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor as well as British Gas ITC Loughborough swimmer Francesca Halsall.

Allen lowered her own British record to 1:05.65 as she finished seventh in the 100m Breaststroke while O’Connor, competing in her third individual final of the week, was 10th in the 200m Freestyle in 1:56.69.

Meanwhile, Halsall missed the 50m Freestyle podium by just 0.08 seconds as she touched fourth in the final in 23.91.

Halsall, Allen, Lowe and O'Connor returned for the final event of the meet - the women's 4x50m Medley Relay - breaking the British record as they clocked 1:46.56 to finish fourth.

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