Second gold for Matthew Johnson at Youth Olympic Festival
27 July 2011
Matthew Johnson won 400m Freestyle gold as Team GB collected another three medals on day two of the European Youth Olympic Festival in Trabzon, Turkey.
The 16-year old, who won 200m Individual Medley gold and 4x100m Freestyle Relay silver on day one, ducked under his personal best to lift his second title of the week in 3:54.70.
The City of Sheffield swimmer had only squeezed through the heats eighth fastest but proved a different prospect in the final, leading the race for the first 250m before recovering from a one second deficit in the final 50m to win.
“I could get used to this,” said Johnson. “It’s great to be the fastest in Europe.”
Johnson also collected his second relay medal of the week, helping the 4x200m Mixed Freestyle Relay quartet to silver.
The quartet of Johnson, Siwan Thomas-Howells (Swim Swansea), Alex Dunk and Ellena Jones (Swim Swansea) had qualified fastest but ultimately found Russia (7:51.81) too strong in the final as they finished in 7:59.20.
Thomas-Howells was also in action in the 100m Freestyle final, finishing sixth in 57.80.
Shauntelle Austin became the fourth British individual medallist in Turkey, capturing bronze in the 200m Backstroke.
Just six days away from her 14th birthday, the Preston swimmer sailed under her personal best to win her medal in 2:17.83 behind Russia’s Daria Ustinova (2:17.19) and Sonnele Aylin Oeztuerk (2:17.42).
Other finalists on day two in Turkey were Emma Day (Guildford City) who set a time of 2:23.41 to finish fifth in the 200m Individual Medley, Nova Centurion’s Matthew Watkinson who touched sixth in the 100m Freestyle in 52.73.