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HAT TRICK OF MEDALS FOR TEAM GB AT EUROPEAN YOUTH OLYMPIC FESTIVAL

21 Jul 2009
Welshman Ieuan Lloyd has secured Team GB’s first Gold medal on day one of the European Youth Olympic Festival, in Tampere, Finland.

The 16-year-old City of Cardiff swimmer completed the 200m Individual Medley in 2:05.20, more than a second ahead of silver medallist Marcin Suzin of Poland, who finished in 2:06.37. Bronze went to Andreas Vazaios of Greece in 2:07.36.

Lloyd, who is currently British age group record holder for the 200m Individual Medley event said: “It feels great to win the first Gold for Team GB. I thought I was going to clear the field in the breaststroke, like I did in the heats but the guy from Poland stuck with me, so I had to finish really strongly and I pulled it out the bag in the end.

“Now I’m feeling really confident for my next race, which is the 400m Medley on Friday. The crowd was fantastic tonight. It was quite close with one leg to go, so all the screaming and shouting was really loud. I’m just glad I won it.”

The success for Team GB didn’t stop there with 200m Backstroke swimmer Grant Halsall and the women’s 4x100m Freestyle team both winning Bronze.

Plymouth Leaner Club swimmer, 15-year-old Halsall finished just behind the Spanish competitor Matthew Mcmanemy, in 2:05.24 to take the Bronze whilst Mcmanemy stole the Silver in 2:05.04. Gold went to Germany’s Christian Diener in 2:03.78.

Concluding the medal haul was the women’s 4x100m Freestyle relay team. Natasha Hofton (Nova Centurion), Rachel Martin (Nova Centurion), Amelia Maughan (Bournemouth Dolphins) and Katherine Woolston-Thomas (City of Sunderland) finished the race in 3:53.79 to take the Bronze. The Italian team took Silver in 3:52.29 and Gold went to the French team in 3:50.40.

Other performances of the day saw City of Liverpool swimmer Danielle Lowe finish fifth in the 100m Butterfly in 1:03.56 and Rachael Williamson, of Kingston upon Hull Club, finish sixth in the 400m Freestyle in a time of 4:22.14.

Charlotte Bradbury, of Crewe Flyers Club, swam the 200m Breaststroke in 2:37.67 to finish eighth, and Plymouth Leander swimmer Samuel Straughan completed the 100m Freestyle in 53.36 to put him in 13th position.

The final performance of the day was the men’s 4x100m Freestyle relay team. Ieuan Lloyd (City of Cardiff), Steven King (Bracknell and Woking), Alisdair Stirling (East Kilbride), Samuel Straughan (Plymouth Leander) finished  in 3:30.71 putting them in fifth position. Gold went to France in 3:25.98, Germany took the Silver with a time of 3:27.69 and Russia secured the Bronze in 3:27.76.

Click here for more information about the European Youth Olympic Festival

-ENDS-

Team GB athletes are:      
Amelia  Maughan                      
Charlotte Bradbury       
Danielle Lowe
Kathryn Woolston-Thomas        
Natasha Hofton
Rachael Williamson      
Rachel  Martin
Alisdair Stirling
Craig    Benson
Grant    Halsall             
Ieuan    Lloyd   
Matthew Parks  
Myles   Crouch-Anderson
Samuel Straughan
Samuel Van de Schootbrugge  
Steven  King


For more information please contact Natalie Hassall on 01509 632238 or email Natalie.hassall@swimming.org

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