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Carlin sets new Welsh record on European stage

13 December 2013

Welsh swimmer Jazz Carlin turned in the performance of day two for the British Gas GBR Swimming Team at the 2013 European Short Course Championships in Denmark.

In the Women’s 800m Freestyle, Carlin finished just outside of the medals in fourth place after she finished her morning heat swim with a Welsh Record time of 8:16.91.

Team mate Hannah Miley went in the evening’s fastest heat and touched home in 8:19.87 to finish seventh overall. Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia took the gold medal in 8:05.18.

In the final of the Women’s 100m Freestyle, Loughborough-based sprinter Fran Halsall turned at the half-way stage in first place but couldn’t hold on against a world class field and finished fifth in 52.50. Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands touched for the gold in 51.76.

Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson lined up in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke Final, following his British Record swim in last night’s semi-final, and tried to keep pace with the sprint specialists before finishing sixth in 58.07. Gold went to Daniel Gyurta of Hungary in 57.08.

From an outside lane Sophie Allen went in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke Final and finished eighth overall in 2:24.51. Gold went in a World Record time of 2:14.39 to Yuliya Efimova of Russia.

Chris Walker-Hebborn showed good speed as he progressed through the rounds of the Men’s 50m Backstroke to make the final in a new personal best time of 23.67. The middle distance specialist then backed it up with a 23.59 in the final to finish sixth. Jeremy Stravius of France won the gold in 23.19.

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor followed up her silver medal medley swim from day one of the Championships with a place in the final of tomorrow’s 100m Individual Medley. From lane five, the teenager set a new personal best time to qualify fourth fastest in 58.90.

Day two in Herning ended with the 4x50m Medley Mixed Final and the British quartet of Walker-Hebborn, Jamieson, Jemma Lowe and Halsall finished fifth in 1:39.81.

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