Charlie Hutchison continues to impress with fourth goldJuly 31, 2016
Charlie Hutchison continued to impress with a fourth gold on day five of the 2016 British Summer Championships.
The Ellesmere College Titans swimmer stormed to the 13/14 Yrs 200m IM title in a PB 2:09.10.
Hutchison had already won golds in 200m Fly, 400m IM and 100m Fly in Sheffield, as well as 400m Free silver and 100m Back bronze.
Having landed silver in the 200m IM as a 13-year old last year, he was expected to return to the podium again, coming into the meet on a PB 2:11.62 from April’s City of Cardiff Open Meet.
And he stormed past that time in the final, setting a pace that the rest of the field just couldn’t compete with.
An opening 27.34 fly split was followed by 33.09 for his backstroke, with the 14-year old turning more than three seconds clear at the half-way stage.
Hutchison maintained that advantage over the next 100m, touching 3.30 seconds ahead of City of Leicester’s William Bell in silver on a PB 2:12.40.
The youngster’s time moves him up to fifth in the all-time British 14 Yrs rankings with Jarvis Parkinson top of the pile on 2:08.02.
European Junior champ Litchfield lands 17/18 Yrs crown
European Junior champion Joe Litchfield took the 200m IM title in the 17/18 Yrs age group.
The Doncaster Dartes swimmer trailed throughout the opening 150m, but powered clear in the final 50m freestyle.
Wycombe District’s James McFadzen led through the first three lengths, turning at 1:32.90 to Litchfield’s 1:33.76 at 150m.
But the Doncaster swimmer showed his class to overhaul the deficit, coming home in 2:02.24 ahead of McFadzen’s PB 2:03.84.
While he didn’t beat his PB 2:01.07, Litchfield’s time was the third fastest of his career, behind his semi final and final efforts from the European Juniors earlier this month.
Nathan Hughes claims fourth individual gold
Hatfield’s Nathan Hughes claimed his fourth individual title with victory in the 16 Yrs 200m IM.
The teenager clocked a PB 2:05.74 in the final, adding to his wins in the 1500m Free, 400m IM and 200m Breast.
Hughes has also been a key part of the Hatfield 14-16 Yrs relays, winning 4x200m Free gold on day four. And he secured his sixth gold with the 4x100m Free team, splitting 52.51 for the anchor leg as Hatfield took gold on 3:32.51 from Millfield on 3:32.86.
Millfield’s Tristan Slater was the fourth English gold medallist in the men’s 200m IM, winning the senior crown in 2:01.19.
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