Britain's youngsters wrap-up successful week of racing at European JuniorsJuly 12, 2021
Britain’s youngsters have taken home 12 medals after what was an impressive display at the European Junior Championships in Rome.
The team of 24 athletes started the meet strong after Northampton’s Ed Mildred stormed to a silver medal in the Men’s 100m freestyle with a time of 48.77.
He was second only to David Popovici of Romania who was in a league of his own with a new World Junior record of 47.30.
Not long after his podium-worthy performance in the 100m freestyle, Mildred was back behind the blocks for the final of the Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay.
He, alongside Katie Shanahan, Harvey Freeman and Evelyn Davis secured another silver medal for Team GB with a time of 3:51.48.
Davis continued her success and went on to win an individual bronze medal in the Women’s 100m Freestyle the following day.
She clocked a time of 55.25 which was just 0.13 behind second-place finisher Daria Tatarinova of Russia (55.12).
Relay success delivers silverware for Britain
The Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay quartet of Leah Schlosshan, Lucy Grieve, Katie Shanahan and Tamryn Van Selm touched in third place in the event on the final day of competition to add yet another bronze to the team’s haul.
Their time of 4:07.49 was just enough to hold off fourth-place finishers Hungary who touched in 4:07.94.
More relay success came in the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay for the team of Eva Okaro, Harriet Rogers, Evelyn Davis and Tamryn Van Selm.
Van Selm had the fastest split of the team and the second fastest of the entire field with a time of 54.64. She anchored the team straight to the podium with the final time on the clock showing 3:42.27.
Okaro, who led out the team, also won a memorable bronze medal in the Women’s 50m Freestyle with a time of 25.45.
The Sevenoaks Swimming Club athlete is just 14-years-old and was competing at her first international competition.
City of Glasgow Swim Team’s Katie Shanahan also put on a stellar display while racing in Rome to gather six medals in total across her individual and relay events.
She won Britain’s first medal of the competition in the Women’s 400m Individual Medley with a time of 4:42.59.
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