Kelly flies to second gold in Portugal
20 July 2013
Rachael Kelly secured her second butterfly title as British swimmers added another five golds to their medal tally on the third day of the 2013 Portuguese National Championships in Famalicao.
Having won 50m Butterfly gold on the opening night in Portugal, the Loughborough University swimmer added the 100m Fly title on day three, taking gold by more than a second.
The 19-year old British Championships silver medallist ducked under 59 seconds for the third time this season to take victory in 58.68 ahead of British Gas ITC Loughborough's Sophie Smith, who beat the minute mark for the first time with 59.86 for silver.
Click here to follow live results from Portugal.Smith reached the top of the podium herself later on with 50m Free gold in 26.17.
Bebington's Danielle Lowe claimed her fourth gold of the meet with an impressive personal best over 200m Breaststroke.
The 18-year old became the sixth fastest British swimmer of all time as she knocked more than a second off her British Age Group (18yrs) record to take victory in 2:28.24.
Adam Peaty completed his clean sweep of the men's breaststroke events with gold over 200m Breast.
The City of Derby swimmer ducked under 2:12 for the first time to win the final in a British Age Group (18yrs) reocord of 2:11.70 while - just as in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke finals - Warrender's Craig Benson followed him home for silver in 2:12.32.
Loughborough University's Adam Barrett was the fifth British gold medallist on the night as he clocked 53.48 to claim the 100m Butterfly title.
Lincoln Vulcans' Maya Westlake was the only other medallist from an 'A' final with 100m Backstroke silver in 1:05.61 while Olivia Willis (100 Fly - 1:05.56), Earl Radtschenko (100 Fly - 57.38 PB) and Jack Smith (200 Breast - 2:22.06) all finished second in their respective 'B' finals.
Mel Marshall, Head Coach for the meet said: "Day three of any meet is usually the hardest, but not for this team.
"The focus of tonight was to dig deep, step up and do what they do.
"The industry we are in is simply about delivering the goods and tonight the swimmers did that.
"We have a very proud team of coaches here tonight."