Jahrel Murphy wins sprint backstroke silver in TorontoDecember 16, 2017
Jahrel Murphy won sprint backstroke silver as English swimmers picked up three medals on the opening day of the Ontario Junior International Meet 2017.
Harrison Coulter and James McFadzen also reached the podium with bronze medals at the short course meet in Toronto, Canada.
Ealing swimmer Murphy was just 0.04 seconds shy of his personal best, touching in 25.06 in the final of the 50m Backstroke.
The 18-year old was a finalist over 50m Back at this year’s European Junior Championships while he set his short course PB of 25.02 to win the B final at last year’s National Winter Meet in Sheffield.
Coulter holds of English rivals in sprint to wall
Coulter was one of three English swimmers involved in a thrilling finish to the 200m Freestyle.
The Stockport Metro swimmer had teammates Jakob Goodman (Millfield) and Luke Turley (Hatfield) for company in the race for the wall.
Coulter eventually came home fastest of the Brits, touching behind Alex Pratt (1:44.95) and Ruslan Gaziev (1:47.26) for bronze.
The Stockport swimmer touched in a PB 1:47.48 ahead of Goodman in a PB 1:47.77 and Turley’s PB 1:47.96.
EJ medallist McFadzen takes bronze in 100m Breast
McFadzen’s bronze came later in the session as he touched third in the 100m Breaststroke.
The Loughborough University swimmer, who won 200m IM bronze at this year’s European Junior Championships, had cruised into the final on a 1:02.49 prelim.
And he had plenty in the tank to lower his time in the final, setting a PB 1:01.06 to finish third, with Wales’ Lewis Fraser taking gold on 1:00.52.
There were another three English swimmers who made finals on the opening day in Ontario.
Guildford’s Sophia Wilson was fourth in the 400m IM, finishing within half a second of her PB on 4:44.77 in the final.
West Suffolk’s 14-year old Angharad Evans took her PB down to 1:09.27 as she finished sixth in the 100m Breaststroke final.
Finally, Bradford-on-Avon swimmer Laura McNab was the first English and British finalist of the night, clocking a PB 2:01.17 for eighth in the 200m Freestyle.
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