Anna Hopkin takes 50m Freestyle title on day threeApril 20, 2017 Swimming News
Anna Hopkin of Ealing won gold in the Women’s 50m Freestyle at the British Swimming Championships 2017.
She defeated Rio 2016 silver medallist in the 200m Individual Medley, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, by two tenths of a second.
Hopkin touched in a PB 25.07 to take her place at the top of the podium. O’Connor of Bath University was second to the wall in 25.28, leaving Lucy Hope and Freya Anderson to battle it out for the final medal. It was Hope of Edinburgh Uni who took bronze in a time of 25.42.
Hopkin commented: “It feels amazing, to better last year is a really great feeling. It was good for the first 30 metres and I was tiring a bit towards the end, but I just put my head down and pushed for the wall.
“My finish wasn’t great this morning, so I just made sure I hit the wall hard.”
Large claims bronze in 200m Fly
Emily Large of Newcastle Swim Team secured the final spot on the podium in the Women’s 200m Butterfly.
The 16-year-old dug deep to try and keep pace with her Manx and Welsh counterparts, putting on a terrific performance for her supporters in the crowd. She touched in 2:09.89 to take home the bronze.
Isle of Man swimmer, Charlotte Atkinson powered home over the final 50m of the race. She was chased all the way by Alys Thomas of Swansea Aquatics.
Loughborough Univerity’s Atkinson held out to touch the wall in 2:07.06 to get her second gold medal in as many days. Thomas touched in 2:07.87 for bronze.
Scottish one-two-three in the Men’s 100m Freestyle
It was a Scottish podium in the Men’s 100m Freestyle event, with Duncan Scott, Jack Thorpe and Kieran McGuckin the first three swimmers to the wall.
Scott of Stirling had the lead from the start, and never really looked to be challenged. He took gold in a time of 47.90. Both Thorpe and McGuckin train at Edinburgh Uni, and they were in a battle to the very end of the final 50m. Thorpe took silver with 49.65, and McGuckin took bronze with 49.68.
The first English swimmer home was City of Sheffield’s Nick Grainger, finishing fifth in 49.87.
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