MEDAL HAUL CONTINUES AT EUROPEAN YOUTH OLYMPIC FESTIVAL
24 Jul 2009
Day four of the European Youth Olympic Festival, in Tampere, Finland saw two more medals won in the pool, bringing the total number of medals claimed by Team GB swimmers up to eight.
Amelia Maughan (Bournemouth Dolphins) set a new personal best in the 50m Freestyle, to claim the Bronze in 26.57, just behind Silver medallist Giedre Grigonyte of Lithuania, who swam in 26.51. Gold went to Lea Wissocq of France in 26.31.
Maughan adds this Bronze to the Gold and Bronze she won earlier in the week, in the 100m Freestyle and 4x100m Freestyle, respectively.
At 13-years-old, Maughan is Team GB’s youngest member. She said: “I felt I could have at least got the silver, so I am a little bit disappointed. The time is nice and the fact I picked up another medal is pleasing, but when you are ranked second, that’s what you should be aiming for. I’m still learning all the time and I’m sure there will be a lot more pressure on me next time, but I’m looking forward to it.”
The second Bronze of the day was secured by Kathryn Woolston-Thomas, in the 200m Freestyle in 2:04.44, adding to the Silver and Bronze medals she has already claimed in relay events. Germany’s Johanna Friedrich took the Gold in 2:03.72, and Silver went to Charlotte Bonnet of France, with a time of 2:03.86.
Seeing room for improvement, the City of Sunderland swimmer Woolston-Thomas said: “The aim was gold and I was ranked first so I’m pretty gutted with myself. I went out quite strong in the first 100m and at 150m I was still ahead; it was just the last 50m where they caught me. I tried my hardest but it just didn’t work.
“I did feel proud on the medal podium though so I am also happy, third is not bad. My all time goal is to get to the Olympic Games so hopefully I can achieve that. This week has been an amazing experience and I’ve really enjoyed being around all the other countries and sports.”
Myles-Crouch Anderson (Northampton) finished 12th in the 1500m Freestyle in 16:15.83, City of Sunderland swimmer, Danielle Lowe was placed eighth in the 400m Medley, with a time of 5:05.78 and Sam van de Schootbrugge (City of Oxford) completed the 200m Butterfly in 2:04.98 to finish sixth.
Natasha Hofton of Nova Centurion finished seventh in the 100m Backstroke with a time of 1:05.76, Craig Benson (Warrender Baths) was placed seventh in the 100m Breaststroke in 1:06.25, and Bracknell and Woking swimmer, Steven King completed the 50m Freestyle in 24.50, to finish 15th.
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