Brits win more medals in Dordrecht
11 July 2014
Britain’s junior swimmers continued to impress on day three of the LEN European Junior Swimming Championships in Dordrecht.
The British Gas GBR Swimming team secured four individual medals - including three golds - and one team medal.
"I went into the event as one of the younger swimmers so I am delighted to have won" - Duncan ScottDuncan Scott swam a strong final 50m to win gold in the 200m Individual Medley and take the European Junior title.
The Grangemouth swimmer finished in 2:01.57 to equal the British Age Group record (17 Yrs) set by Iuean Lloyd in 2011.
Scott said: "I knew it was going to be an open final. I thought that if I executed my own race plan then I would have a chance.
"I went into the event as one of the younger swimmers a year down so I am surprised but delighted to have won."
Norbert Szabo and Benjamin Gratz from Hungary took the silver and bronze medals with times of 2:02.00 and 2:02.21 respectively.
Scott’s second medal of the day came in the 4x200m Freestyle. The GBR relay team of Martyn Walton (1:50.84), Daniel Jervis (1:51.46), Jack Smith (1:52.52) and Duncan Scott (1:48.31) won bronze in a time of 7:23.13.
The team were in second place behind a fast Italian team until the half way mark when Germany came through the field to finish first in 7:21.25. Italy took the silver in 7:22.62.
Katie Nesbitt (S14, UEA City of Norwich) continued her impressive season with another strong swim, this time in the MC 100m Butterfly.
The 15-year old once again set a new personal best as she touched in 1:12.88 to give 904 points and win the gold medal, her second of the Championships.
Nesbitt said: “I am really pleased with my performances so far. I’ve got personal best times in all of my events which is great. Winning the medals on top is a bonus!”
Megan Richter (S9, Orion) took over five seconds off her quickest time to finish in 1:29.88 (409 points) for seventh place.
European Junior Swimming Championships 2014 Day Three
Kahoru Harazawa (S10, Dulwich Dolphins) finished in fifth place with a time of 1:19.20 (528 points).
In the 200m Breaststroke British Junior Champion Emma Cain (Millfield) secured bronze with a strong swim that saw her set a new British Age Group record (14 Yrs) in a time of 2:29.17.
Abbie Wood (Derventio Excel) also had a good swim, clocking a 2:29.80 PB for fifth place.
After posting 28.77 in the semi-final of the 50m Breaststroke earlier in the session Charlie Attwood (Taunton Deane) lowered his time again to finish 0.07 seconds outside the medals in fourth place.
Attwood touched in 28.67 to break the British Age Group record (16 Yrs) he set last month at the British International Swimming Meet in Manchester.
In the women’s 4x100m Medley the GBR relay team finished 0.02 seconds behind fourth placed Spain. The team of Brittany Horton (1:03.04), Emma Cain (1:11.09), Amelia Clynes (1:00.50) and Mari Davies (56.43) touched home in 4:11.06 for fifth place.
Clynes (City of Leeds) and Joseph Hulme (Plymouth Leander) both booked their places in tomorrow’s finals after impressive semi-final swims.
Clynes posted a 1:00.29 PB to finish joint top in the 100m Butterfly and set a new British Age Group record (14 Yrs), while Hulme clocked a 2:01.29 PB in the 200m Backstroke to finish third in his semi-final.
Elsewhere Holly Hibbott (Southport) swam a 2:03.15 PB in the 200m Freestyle semi-final to finish ninth, while Brittany Horton (City of Birmingham) was just outside her PB with a time of 29.77 in the 50 Backstroke.