Belonogoff claims 100m Breast gold on final day in Sheffield

Tatiana Belonogoff rounded off her 2016 British Summer Championships with a second gold in the 100m Breaststroke.

After qualifying fastest for the 15 Yrs final, the Guildford City swimmer clocked 1:09.78 to take gold.

It was the first time Belonogoff had broken 1:10 and a time that moved her to fifth in the British all-time rankings for her age group.

The Guildford City swimmer has caught the eye with her progress in Sheffield, also setting PBs for 50m Breaststroke gold and 200m Breaststroke bronze.

Ellesmere College Titans’ Freya Anderson – who beat Belonogoff to the touch in the 13/14 Yrs age group – was the nearest challenger, finishing second in 1:10.57 for her ninth medal of the Championships.

But there was no staying with Belonogoff in the final as the teenager raced home in a time which would have won bronze at this year’s European Junior Championships.

Matts secures third individual gold

Stockport Metro’s Katie Matts secured her third individual gold of the meet with victory in the 17/18 Yrs 100m Breast.

The 17-year old had already won golds in the 200m Individual Medley and 200m Breaststroke in Sheffield, setting PBs in both.

And while her winning time of 1:08.99 in the 100m Breast wasn’t as fast as her PB 1:07.96 from last year’s World Junior Championships, it did land her summer national gold in this event for the sixth consecutive year.

The top two in the senior 100m Breaststroke final also broke 69 seconds in a dramatic final.

Loughborough University’s Jocelyn Ulyett was in lane four for the final, having lowered her PB to 1:09.63 with her morning heat swim.

But City of Derby’s defending champion Sarah Vasey didn’t give up her crown without a fight, and stuck with Ulyett throughout from lane one.

The Loughborough swimmer ultimately took the touch in a PB 1:08.53 while 50m Breast champion Vasey was just 0.04 seconds back in 1:08.57.

City of Leeds claimed the remaining two gold medals in the women’s 100m Breaststroke.

Layla Black completed the 100m and 200m Breast double in the 16 Yrs age group, clocking 1:09.76 in the final. Rebecca Clynes also added 100m Breast gold to her title in the 200m Breast, taking her PB down to 1:12.88 in the 13/14 Yrs final.

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