It’s European gold for Saunders
16 Jul 2010
Emma Saunders stormed to a new Championship record as she claimed gold for the British Junior Swimming Team, powered by British Gas, on day three of the LEN European Junior Swimming Championships.
Swimming in Helsinki the 15-year-old took the Girls' 50m Backstroke title in a new personal best time of 29.01.
Silver went to Daryna Zavina (Ukraine) in 29.12 with bronze going to Mathilde Cini (France) in 29.42.
Earlier in the day Saunders had swum a slightly disappointing 200m Freestyle but she managed to put the race behind her and fully focus on the challenge ahead: “I had to just put the free out of my mind and re-focus,” said Saunders.
"I knew I had to keep my start shallow but long so that my breakout was quicker and I couldn't believe it when I looked at the scoreboard, it was fantastic!"
Ieuan Lloyd took the silver medal in the Boys' 200m Individual Medley missing the number one spot by two tenths of a second.
The City of Cardiff swimmer touched in 2:02.72 behind Luxemburg’s Raphael Stacchiotti who took gold in 2:02.52.
Lloyd later teamed up with Braxton Timm, James Young and Liam Selby to swim the final leg of the Boys' 4x200m Freestyle Relay, earning the British team their third silver relay medal of the Championships.
Their time of 7:26.09 wasn’t enough to overcome the French who dominated the race with a convincing 7:21.40 victory.
Speaking after the relay Lloyd said: “I'm very happy. The medley was a good swim and then to team up with the boys was so much fun.
Head Coach Dave Haller commended Lloyd’s performance. “It was a gutsy swim. Ieuan was out ill only a few weeks ago so I’m very proud.”
Cameron Brodie finished in fourth place in the Boys' 200m Butterfly with a time of 2:00.16. Gold went to Bence Biczo (Hungary) in a new Championship record of 1:55.82.
The final of the Boys' 100m Freestyle saw James Young and James Disney-May take to the blocks claiming eighth, in 51.12, and tenth, in 51.63, positions respectively.
Rachael Kelly made it through to the final of the Girls' 100m Butterfly after qualifying in third position with a time of 1:01.54. She will be joined by Siobhan-Marie O’Connor whose time of 1:02.22 was enough to see her go through in eighth place.
Calum Jarvis and David Gregory made it through to tomorrow’s final of the Boys' 200m Backstroke after qualifying in eighth and ninth place respectively.
Speaking of the team’s performance as a whole Haller added: “All of the swimmers have raised the bar. There have been lots of tough races and everyone still has a lot to do with two more days of competition to follow.”
Current medal tally:
Sophie Smith – Girls' 400m Individual Medley
Karley Mann – Girls' 200m Backstroke
Emma Saunders – Girls' 50m Backstroke
Rachael Kelly – Girls' 200m Butterfly
Boys' 4x100m Freestyle Relay
Girls' 4x100m Freestyle Relay
Ieuan Lloyd – Boys' 200m Individual Medley
Boys' 4x200m Freestyle Relay
Alfie Howes – Boys' 400m Freestyle
Sara Lougher – Girls' 50m Breaststroke