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Team GB swimmer Abbie Wood wins 1000th Medal of EYOF

16 July 2013

Team GB swimmers made a strong start to the 2013 European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Utrecht, winning five of the six medals available in the first swimming finals session with Abbie Wood claiming the 1000th EYOF medal of all time with 400m Individual Medley gold.

The 14-year old Derventio Excel swimmer qualified fastest for the final, before taking gold in a personal best 4:51.53 - nearly five seconds clear of Russia's silver medallist Diana Sheludchenko (4:56.23).

That is very lucky!” said Wood. “It could have been any number. I worked really hard to have this medal, and got a personal best by four seconds.

Click play to watch highlights of Abbie's gold-medal winning 400m IM performance.

"I knew my rivals would step up in the final which really spurred me on.”

Silver medals came from Duncan Scott (Bo'ness ASC) in the 400m IM and Laura Stephens (Colchester SC) in the 200m Butterfly, whilst the girls and boys 4x100m freestyle relay teams finished off the session with a bronze medal each.

Scott also smashed his personal best on the day, setting a PB 4:30.20 to qualify second for the final before slicing another four seconds off that time to touch for silver in 4:26.28.

“I'm delighted with how it has gone so far," said Scott. "It was a great swim. I took almost four seconds off my personal best which is massive and tells me I'm swimming well.

“The crowd out there were amazing and to follow up the individual silver with the relay bronze straight after makes me very happy.”

Stephens also clocked a lifetime best for her medal, edging out Italy's Marina Luperi by just 0.03 seconds as she touched for silver in 2:17.24.

The boys 4x100m Freestyle Relay quartet (Martyn Walton, Lewis Clough, Duncan Scott, Suleman Butt) clocked 3:27.98 for their medal while the girls (Darcy Deakin, Georgia Coates, Rebecca Dalling, Bethany Newton) touched in 3:53.74.

Suleman Butt (Aberdeen) competed in the 200m Freestyle finishing just 0.1 seconds outside of the medals as he clocked 1:53.06 for fourth place.

“It was very disappointing to finish fourth in the 200m but at the same time I swam close to my personal best,” said Butt.

“If I swim close to my personal best then I cannot be too disappointed with the end result. But third is a lot better than fourth so I'm pleased that in the relay we got a medal, although on the anchor I was not that delighted with my swim.

“That gives me a nice confidence boost to take into the rest of the week because I have a lot more events to come and I want to build on this.”

You can follow live results and streaming on the official EYOF 2013 website - click here to view it.There were also a number of promising performanes from the Brits in semi-final action in Utrecht.

Taunton Dean's Bethany Newton set a personal best 58.90 to qualify seventh fastest for tomorrow's 100m Freestyle final while Beckenham's Luke Gunning was sixth fastest into the 100m Butterfly final in a PB 56.40.

Taunton Dean's Charlie Attwood was the other successful British semi-finalist as he lowered his PB to 1:03.51 to progress third fastest into tomorrow's 100m Breaststroke final.

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