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WOMEN SECURE GOLD SUCCESS ON FIRST DAY OF EUROPEAN MASTERS

15 Sep 2009

Britain’s female swimmers have secured a quartet of gold medals on the first day of the XII European Master Championships in Cadiz, Spain.

Spencer Swim team mates Amanda Heath and Jean Howard-Jones took gold in their respective age groups in the Women’s 200m IM, while Jane Asher (Kings Cormorant) and Karen Jennings (Spondon Masters)  clinched top honours in the Women’s 800m.

Heath set her pace early on in the medley and finished nearly eight seconds ahead of her nearest rival in the 50-54 yrs category with 2:48.69.

Howard-Jones had a closer finish and was chased in the last 50m by Poland’s Renata Bastek, touching just ahead in 3:28.22 to take the 65-69 yrs title. Jennifer Dean (Sussex Marletts) also took the bronze medal in the same age group.

World-renowned Masters’ swimmer Asher dominated in the Women’s 800m 75-79yrs age group, although her 13:29.08 was off her own world record best set three years ago. Jennings touched in 10:50.88 to take the 50-54yrs age group in the same distance.

There was silver success for Frances Penwarden (Kings Cormorants) in the Women’s 200m IM 55-59 age group and Derek Parr (Otter SC) in the Men’s 200m IM 65-69 age category. While in the 800m Anne Bourne took second place in the Women’s 55-59yrs age group, as did Geoff Stokes in the Men’s 70-74 age group to round off a successful day for the Spencer Swim Team.

There were also bronze medals for:
Keith Oddy (Romford Town) Men’s 200m IM Age 45-49yrs
David Warren (Sussex Marletts) Men’s 200m IM 35-39yrs
Rose Dudeney (Sussex Marletts) Women’s 800m 60-64yrs
Alexander Galletly (Warrender Baths) Men’s 800m 65-69yrs
Calum McKinlay (Camden Swiss) Men’s 800m 45-49yrs
Daniel Bullock (Otter SC) Men’s 800m 35-39yrs

There was victory in the diving pool too where Rene Puddifoot (St Albans Diving Club) took the gold medal unchallenged as the only participant in the Women’s 1m Springboard 80+yrs category. Her three dives left her with her score of 97.05.

James McNally (Highgate and Beaumont) took silver in the Men’s 3m Springboard 55-59yrs. A good score on his sixth and final dive almost gave him gold but he had to settle with second place, just 0.40points behind Petr Jirku (CZE) with his score of 222.40.

In the same event second places were secured by Antony Hunter (Southampton DA) in the 45-49yrs category with a score of 277.80; Ben Toner (Southampton DA) in the 30-34yrs age group with 242.95 and the unfortunate Samuel Jefferys-Allen (CO Sheffield) who was out-scored in his final dive in the 25-29yrs group, finishing with 351.25.

Bronze medal went to Jennifer Cluskey (Amershan SC) in the Women’s 1m Springboard 55-59yrs.

CLICK HERE for all of the swimming results from the first day.

CLICK HERE for the diving results from day one.

-ENDS-

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