Emily Large wins first British gold of 2016 European Juniors

Emily Large powered her way to Great Britain’s first gold on day two of the 2016 European Junior Championships in Hungary.

The Newcastle Swim Team swimmer demolished the field in the 200m Butterfly, leading from gun to wall before touching 1.29 seconds clear.

Large is competing at her first European Junior Championships, having won 200m Fly silver at last year’s European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi, Georgia.

After posting the fastest time in both heats and semis on the opening day, all eyes were on the 15-year old for the final.

And Large made no mistake from lane four, doing the damage with a two-second lead on 1:00.61 at 100m before coming home in 2:08.87.

The teenager’s time beat her own PB and British Age Group record of 2:09.47, set for bronze at the 2016 British Championships in March.

Stephens joins Large on podium

Plymouth Leander’s Laura Stephens won bronze to join Large on the podium in Hungary.

The 17-year old clocked a PB 2:10.18 in the final, missing silver by just 0.02 seconds behind Germany’s Julia Mrozinski.

The result brought Stephens her second medal in as many years, having won 100m Fly bronze at last year’s European Games in Baku.

  • Click here to view results from the 2016 European Junior Swimming Championships in Hungary.

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