Litchfield seals final berth with English Age Group record

Joe Litchfield set an English Age Group record to book his spot in the 2016 European Junior Championship 200m Individual Medley final.

Having qualified fifth fastest with a PB 2:03.23 in the heats, the Doncaster Dartes swimmer clocked 2:01.88 in the semis to progress second fastest overall.

With tomorrow’s final landing on his 18th birthday, Litchfield will be hoping to celebrate with his maiden European Junior medal, having won 200m and 400m IM silvers at last year’s European Games.

And the teenager ensured he left his mark on the record books on his last day as a 17-year old swimmer, becoming the first English swimmer to break 2:02 for 200m IM.

Litchfield’s previous best had been a 2:03.92 effort at last year’s British Summer Championships in Sheffield.

Millfield’s Brodie Williams was also in action in the 200m IM semis, finishing 15th overall.

The 17-year old improved on his PB 2:05.33 from the heats to touch home in 2:05.12.

Cain and Black reach breaststroke final

Williams’ Millfield teammate Emma Cain was also in semi-final action on day two, qualifying second fastest in the 200m Breaststroke.

The 16-year old improved on her heat swim to touch in 2:29.62 in her semi.

City of Leeds’ Layla Black also reached the final, progressing third fastest in 2:30.47.

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