Charlie Attwood completes breaststroke hat-trick on day fourJuly 30, 2016
Charlie Attwood completed his breaststroke hat-trick on day four of the 2016 British Summer Championships in Sheffield.
The University of Bath swimmer had already picked up the 100m Breast and 50m Breast crowns on the opening two nights in Ponds Forge.
And he added 200m Breast gold in dramatic style, touching just 0.19 seconds ahead of City of Birmingham’s Luke Davies.
There was little to choose between the two throughout the first 150m, with Davies holding a 0.48 second lead on the final turn.
But Attwood, who finished fourth to Davies’ third in this event at last year’s European Games, hauled in his rival to take the touch, breaking 2:13 for the first time in a PB 2:12.22. Davies also emerged with a lifetime best on 2:12.30.
Attwood will now look towards next year’s British Championships and qualification for the 2017 World Championships in Budapest.
The 18-year old was sixth in the 100m Breast at this year’s Olympic trials, while he didn’t make the 200m final, finishing 12th from the heats.
While Attwood was completing his hat-trick, Cockermouth’s Edward Baxter reached the top step of the podium after silvers in the 50m and 100m Breast.
Competing in the 17/18 Yrs age group, Baxter won his final in 2:14.47 with City of Oxford’s David Murphy – gold medallist in the 50m and 100m – second in a PB 2:15.13.
Nathan Hughes scoops third and fourth golds in Sheffield
Hatfield’s Nathan Hughes landed gold in the 16 Yrs age group, having won his first two titles of the meet on day three.
The 16-year old backed up lung-busting wins in the 1500m Free and 400m IM with a PB 2:19.54 in the 200m Breast final.
York City’s Harry Devlin and City of Oxford’s Callum Smart both set PBs to finish within 0.25 seconds of Hughes in 2:19.67 and 2:19.72 respectively.
Hughes was back on the podium at the end of the night, leading off the Hatfield 14-16 Yrs 4x200m Freestyle Relay quartet.
A lead off leg of 1:54.73 put Hatfield two seconds in the lead after the opening leg which Harry Constantine, Reese Housden and Luke Hurley only extended through their legs.
The Hatfield quartet ultimately finished in 7:43.25 ahead of City of Leicester (7:51.96) and Millfield School (7:53.56).
City of Leicester’s William Bell was the only other English gold medallist in the 200m Breaststroke, winning the 13/14 Yrs age group.
The 14-year old shaved more than four seconds off his PB to win his third gold of the meet in 2:26.19.
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