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Karley Mann scoops World Junior bronze

19 August 2011

Karley Mann won the British Gas GBR Swimming Team’s third medal at the FINA World Junior Championships in Lima, Peru.

The 16-year old dug deep to clinch 200m Backstroke bronze in a personal best 2:11.40.

I'm very happy to get a bronze in my last junior competition before I become a senior athlete.

Mann, who won 200m Backstroke gold at the 2010 European Junior Championships, had clocked a season's best to qualify 2:11.50 to qualify second fastest for the final.

And there was no keeping the Hillingdon teenager from the podium in the final as she took the race to the field, turning in front at the final 50m before holding on for her medal behind Ukraine's Darya Zevina (2:10.43) and Japan's Miyu Otsuka (2:11.02).

And Mann admitted the result was an encouraging way to bring down the curtain on her junior career.

"I'm very happy to get a bronze in my last junior competition before I become a senior athlete," said Mann.

"I'm now going to train hard until the March trials, because I want to make the Olympic team."

Nova Centurion's Georgia Hohmann also made the 200m Backstroke final in Lima, finishing fifth in 2:12.03.

Elsewhere, the were fifth-place finishes for City of Manchester's Jessica Lloyd (56.15) in the 100m Freestyle and City of Sheffield's Matthew Johnson (8:05.83) in the 800m Freestyle.

Craig Benson and Emma Saunders had kickstarted the British medal rush on Day Two in Peru with 100m Breaststroke gold and 100m Backstroke bronze respectively.

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