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Greenbank takes gold at European Junior Swimming Champs

12 July 2014

The penultimate day of the 2014 LEN European Junior Swimming Championships saw more success for British athletes. 

Luke Greenbank won gold in the 200m Backstroke and Para-Swimmers Katie Nesbitt and Craig Harris continued their success in the multi-classification races.  

Greenbank (Cockermouth) dominated the 200m Backstroke to finish almost two seconds clear in a British 16 Years Age Group record 1:58.05.

"I'm over the moon" - Luke GreenbankA delighted Greenbank said: "I'm over the moon with the result. I was clear in what I wanted to get out of the heats and semi-final to allow me to step it up and turn it on in the final.

“I'm now looking forward to the Youth Olympic Games next month and seeing what I can achieve there."

Silver went to Apostolos Christou (Greece) in 1:59.93 and Emanuel Turchi (Italy) took bronze in 2:00.57. Joseph Hulme (Plymouth Leander) was just outside the PB he sent in the heats, touching in 2:01.35 for sixth.

Amelia Clynes (City of Leeds) secured her second medal of the week by winning silver in the 100m Butterfly.

The 14-year came back from seventh at the turn to finish 0.03 seconds behind Lisa Hoepink of Germany in a British Age Group record (14 Yrs) 59.96. Barbora Misendova (Slovakia) took the bronze in 1:00.00.

In the 800m Freestyle Daniel Jervis (Swansea University) touched the wall in a 8:04.04 PB to finish fourth overall.

The GBR mixed 4x100m Medley team took nine seconds off their qualifying time to finish fourth in 3:55.29.

The team of Luke Greenbank (56.35) Charlie Attwood (1:02.36), Amelia Clynes (59.63) and Mari Davies (56.95) had all been in action earlier in the evening and finished strongly behind Russia, who set a new European Record in 3:49.05, Germany and Italy.

In the multi-classification races Katie Nesbitt (S14) secured her third gold of the week by winning the MC 100m Backstroke. The UEA City of Norwich swimmer touched in 1:10.75 for 838 points.

Megan Richter (S9 Orion) finished fifth in 1:17.70 (709 points).

Craig Harris (SM14, Corsham) also won his second gold. He clocked 1:04.06 for 796 points in the MC 100m Butterfly to finish ahead of Ryan Nicholls (S14, Redbridge) with 700 points (1:06.89).Kahoru Harazawa (S10, Dulwich Dolphins) was fourth with 677 points (1:03.75).

British athletes also set up an exciting final day of action with six swimmers progressing through their semi-finals.

In the 100m Breaststroke semi-final Charlie Attwood (Taunton Deane) finished third in a British 16 Years Age Group record 1:02.58 to progress.

Brittany Horton (City of Birmingham) swam her fastest time this season in the 100m Backstroke to finish fifth in a time of 1:02.75 and secure her place in the final.

Georgia Coates (City of Leeds) and Rosie Rudin (NOVA Centurion) both booked their places in the final of the 200m Individual Medley. Coates clocked 2:16.87 to win her semi-final and finish second overall, while Rudin touched in a 2:17.30 PB to go through in fifth.

Craig Bowman (Carnegie) also progressed in the 100m Butterfly after touching in 54.44 for seventh place.

Duncan Scott (Grangemouth), who won gold in the 200m Individual Medley yesterday, won his 200m Freestyle semi-final in 1:50.13 to go through in third. Martyn Walton (Hatfield) finished tenth in a time of 1:51.25.

In the 100m Breaststroke Emma Cain was just outside the qualifying times clocking 1:11.41 for ninth place.

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