Double gold for Lloyd in Belgrade
8 July 2011
Ieuan Lloyd led the way for the British Gas GBR Swimming Team on day three of the European Junior Championships, winning an individual gold in the 200m Individual Medley and anchoring the 4x200m Freestyle relay to gold.
Lloyd (City of Cardiff) and Dan Wallace (Warrender) both looked strong at the half-way point in the Medley final and, having qualifying first and second fastest, were very much in the mix for medals.
It really started to hurt on the breaststroke and I just had to push through it - it was all about gold tonight and it feels amazing.
Wallace looked impressive off the wall but Lloyd proved impossible to shake and pulled away to win gold - one better than his result 12 months ago.
“I am really happy with that swim,” said Lloyd. “It was all about swimming tonight. I knew Dan had strong back and breaststroke legs so I went for it.
“It really started to hurt on the breaststroke and I just had to push through it. It was all about gold tonight and it feels amazing.”
Of his silver medal Wallace said: “I’m really pleased with that. I put my head down and just went for it to see what happened.
“I was fourth in the rankings ahead of this meet so any medal would’ve been a bonus. I’m so happy with that swim and also my personal best yesterday.”
Lloyd touched home in 2.01.57, ahead of Wallace in 2.02.41 and Andreas Vazaios of Greece in 2.01.51.
This was followed by the most exciting race of the evening session, the men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle. The team were always in the mix but the win came in the final 5m.
If you had told me we'd get a gold this morning, I wouldn't have believed you - this is amazing!
Thomas Moss (Stockport Metro), led off and put in a solid start before handing over to Matthew Parks (City of Manchester Aquatics) who kept the team in the medal mix.
Myles Crouch-Anderson (Northampton) put in a storming third leg before Lloyd stormed the final 50m to take the win and put GBR on the top of the medal table.
Lloyd said: “I thought I’d be tired after the medal but I really wanted to do it for the team and I’m so happy.”
Crouch-Anderson added: “If you had told me we’d get a gold this morning I wouldn’t have believed you. This is amazing!”
Parks said: “I can’t believe we just won. It was a great team effort, we swam out of our skins and it was a great team effort.”
“We manned up and did Great Britian proud,” said Moss.
There was some fast swimming in the 50m Backstroke with Lauren Quigley (City of Manchester Aquatics) setting a new championship record before taking a silver medal in the final.
Finishing in a time of 28.93, she said: “It means so much to me. I’m really pleased with that swim.
"I knew I was ranked highly before I came here but to get a PB and a medal is a brilliant bonus.”
The race was won by Mie Neilsen of Denmark in 28.81 and bronze, Katarzyna Gorniak of Poland in 29.43.
Her club teammate and training partner Jessica Fullalove also made it through to the final and finished in sixth place with a personal best time of 29.41.
Derventio’s Molly Renshaw won another British medal in the 200m Breaststroke, the event she will compete in Shanghai later this month.
I went out fast and started to tie up at the end but I'm so happy to get a medal.
Renshaw qualified third fastest and was in the medal mix for the duration of the race, before holding off a strong challenge to take the bronze medal.
“I went out fast and started to tie up at the end, but I’m so happy to get a medal,” said Renshaw. “A PB would have been an added bonus but I’m still really happy with that swim.
Warrender’s Craig Benson set a massive PB (28.88) in the morning heats to progress through to the final in eighth place. Capitalising on his great semi he put in another fast swim to finish a close fourth in 28.57.
“I’m really pleased with that time,” said Benson. “It has set me up for the 100m Breaststroke now so I can’t wait for that to start.”
Double medallist Rachael Wiilliamson (Kingston upon Hull) was back in action tonight in the final of the 1500m. After a grueling past two days, she clocked a new personal best, finishing in 16.53.59.
Amelia Maughan (British Gas ITC Bath) and Fiona Donnelly (Nova Centurian) were also in action in the 200m Freestyle semi-finals.
Maughan took nearly two seconds off her time from the heats to qualify second fastest in 2.02.09.
Donnelly also touched in a new best time, finishing in 2.03.90.
Joseph Patching (Plymouth Leander) competed in the 200m Backstroke semi-finals. Patching looked comfortable in qualifying and goes into tomorrows finals in a new best of 2.02.57.
Mark Perry, British Swimming Development Coach was really positive with the night’s performances:
“Before the session we watch a team building video and it seemed to do the trick and everyone came together and there was great team spirit in the stands.
“There were some exceptional individual performances and the highlight was the 4x200m relay which was a fantastic end to the meet.
“There was a great one-two in the 200m IM and the meet record from Lauren Quigley in the 50m back, beating the record set by her Manchester team mate Emma Saunders, and also Molly’s sterling performance in the breaststroke.”