JOHNSON CLAIMS ANOTHER THREE AT AGE GROUP CHAMPS
25 Jul 2009
As the penultimate day of the British Gas National Age Group Championships got underway, the stands filled with excited friends and family who watched on as more British Age Group Records were set.
Matthew Johnson took three steps toward a repeat of his 2008 10-gold-medal haul by taking the titles in the boys 14-years 800m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 200m freestyle events.
The City of Sheffield swimmer finished the 800m strongly pulling away from the rest of the field to finish in a time of 8:18.90, ahead of Joseph Poynter (Bournemouth D) whose 8:20.57 won him silver.
The 200m freestyle saw Johnson beat rival Poynter again by nearly two seconds to claim the victory and his eighth gold of the Championships and setting a new British Age Group Record of 1:53.63 in the process.
In a very close 100m breaststroke Johnson claimed a narrow victory in 1:07.86 over tough competition. Alexander Gregory was less than 0.5 seconds behind Johnson as he touched the wall to take his ninth of the week.
“I never saw [Gregory] coming, I never see anyone. I just try to keep my head down and think about my own race.
“I’ve got one more to go and I’m feeling good, hopefully there will be a repeat of last year.”
Tomorrow will see Matthew Johnson compete in his final race of the Championships – the boys 14-years 400m IM - as he aims to complete a Phelps-like task of 10 gold.
Sporting a freshly shaven Mohican haircut Jack Smith of Plymouth Leander won the boys 13-years 200m freestyle event in a new British Age Group Record of 1:58.18. He beat Carnegie’s Mark Szaranek (1:59.30) and Mid Bedfordshire’s Caleb Hughes (2:00.89) into second and third respectively to add another gold to his already impressive medal tally.
Speaking after the race he said: “I’ve knocked four seconds off my PB today; one in the heats and three just then in the final. I was aiming to go under two minutes so I’m very happy with the result.
“I came here expecting to get one gold and I’ve got five so far.”
Of his and other Plymouth Leander swimmers’ new hairstyles he said: “We all did it as a team thing to try and get everyone in the team spirit.
“They are absolutely amazing there’s so much support and it feels good inside and really helps me when I race.”
The boys 12-years 100m breaststroke gold went to Millfield’s Rio Kurihara, who took the title in 1:13.01. Kurihara showed his speed as he pulled ahead of the rest of the field to knock almost four seconds off his personal best. He adds this to the gold he won on Thursday in the 400m IM.
A thrilled Kurihara said: “I’m really happy, it’s amazing to have won another gold. The meet has gone really well for me and I have the 400m IM still to come tomorrow.”
Cheadle’s Jodie Hawksworth set a new British Age Group Record in the heats of the girls 13-years 100m breaststroke, only to smash it by a further three seconds in a time of 1:11.27 in the final. Having taken silver in the 200m breaststroke on Thursday, Hawksworth was pleased to have gone one better:
“I’m so happy. I’ve been working towards this all year. I was beaten by a fingernail in this event last year so to win now is amazing,” she said.
The final British Age Group Record of the evening was set by Plymouth Leander’s Matthew Powell in the boys 14-years 100m butterfly. His time of 56.56 knocked half a second off European Youth Olympic double medallist Grant Halsall’s record.
Tomorrow will see the final events of the British Gas National Age Group Championships contested at Ponds Forge, including the girls 200m IM, boys 400m IM and the 4x100m medley relays.
Full list of Day 4 results – Saturday 25th July 2009
Boys 11-years 200m freestyle
1. Philip Dowding-Young teamipswich 2:12.96
2. Mark Ovington Derwentside 2:15.37
3. Aaron Lloyd Portsmouth N 2:16.09
Boys 12-years 200m freestyle
1. Jordan Hughes N Ayrshire 2:04.36
2. Benjamin Levart Amersham 2:07.82
3. Jarrod Bradfield Clacton On S 2:08.36
Boys 13-years 200m freestyle
1. Jack Smith Plymouth Lea 1:58.18 (British Age Group Record)
2. Mark Szaranek Carnegie 1:59.30
3. Caleb Hughes Mid Beds 2:00.89
Boys 14-years 200m freestyle
1. Matthew Johnson Co Sheffield 1:53.63 (British Age Group Record)
2. Joseph Poynter Bournem'th D 1:55.58
3. Matthew Powell Plymouth Lea 1:56.15
Girls 11-years 100m backstroke
1. Jennifer King N Ayrshire 1:08.51
2. Alice Hewson Berkhamsted 1:09.28
3. Emma Grayson Co Liverpool 1:09.47
Girls 12-years 100m backstroke
1. Charlotte McKenzie Falkirk 1:07.98
2. Sasha Stalker Haslemere 1:08.80
3. Lauren Mills Stockport Mo 1:09.11
Girls 13-years 100m backstroke
1. Phoebe Lenderyou Co Newcastle 1:04.55
2. Jessica Twose Exeter City 1:06.29
3. Jaeger Turner Co Salford 1:06.38
Boys 11-years 100m breaststroke
1. Rubens King Guildford Ct 1:21.45
2. Oliver Davidson Long Eaton 1:21.79
3. Jacob Seddon Co Leeds 1:23.34
Boys 12-years 100m breaststroke
1. Rio Kurihara Millfield 1:13.01
2. James Thompson Co Leeds 1:15.53
3. Laker Wong Kingsbridge 1:16.65
Boys 13-years 100m breaststroke
1. Hiroki Harazawa Croydon Amph 1:10.85
2. Harry Ackland Plymouth Lea 1:11.12
3. Niall Grant Plymouth Lea 1:11.19
Boys 14-years 100m breaststroke
1. Matthew Johnson Co Sheffield 1:07.86
2. Alexander Gregory Heads Valley 1:08.21
3. Luke Howdle Nova Cent'n 1:09.78
Girls 11-years 100m breaststroke
1. Daniella Whiting Bath Univ 1:19.09
2. Erin Nabney Harrow Weald 1:20.47
3. Angharad Eburne Rushmoor Ryl 1:20.89
Girls 12-years 100m breaststroke
1. Georgina Evans Co Liverpool 1:15.38
2. Jade Scott Plymouth Lea 1:15.63
3. Chloe Davey Plymouth Lea 1:16.01
Girls 13-years 100m breaststroke
1. Jodie Hawksworth Cheadle 1:11.27 (British Age Group Record)
2. Jessica Liss Plymouth Lea 1:12.51
3. Sophie Taylor Donc Dartes 1:13.46
Boys 11-years 100m butterfly
1. Benjamin Stevens Co South'ton 1:09.37
2. Aaron Lloyd Portsmouth N 1:10.23
3. Alan Wong Ferndown 1:10.75
Boys 12-years 100m butterfly
1. Jordan Hughes N Ayrshire 1:04.39
2. Dale McAnish Falkirk 1:04.50
3. Daniel Liu Yeovil 1:04.92
Boys 13-years 100m butterfly
1. Mark Szaranek Carnegie 58.95
2. Reece Dunn Plymouth Lea 59.69
3. Cameron Austin Preston 1:00.52
Boys 14-years 100m butterfly
1. Matthew Powell Plymouth Lea 56.56 (Matthew Powell)
2. Oliver Leonard Plymouth Lea 57.87
3. Vincent De Raucourt Kingston Roy 58.81
Girls 800m freestyle team
1. Stockport Metro Stockport Mo 8:47.28
2. City of Sheffield Co Sheffield 8:49.74
3. Gallica (Lancashire) A Gallica 8:49.83
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