Double gold for Jones and Clegg on day two in SheffieldAugust 6, 2014
Ellena Jones (Swansea Aquatics) and James Clegg (East Lothian Swim Team) both bagged golden doubles on the second day of action at the 2014 British Gas ASA National Youth, Open and MC Championships in Sheffield.
Jones, who won the Youth 3km Open Water title on Sunday and made her Commonwealth debut for Wales at Glasgow 2014 this summer, impressed to clinch 17/18 Yrs 800m Freestyle gold in the afternoon heats.
She returned a few hours later and won a thrilling 200m Freestyle final, holding off Plymouth’s Shauna Lee by just 0.15 seconds.
Clegg claims 50m Free and 100m Fly double with British records
Paralympic bronze medallist Clegg celebrated a dramatic return to form as he took the MC 50m Freestyle and MC 100m Butterfly titles, breaking his own British records in both events.
The East Lothian swimmer posted back to back performances, just 30 minutes apart, and credits his increased work in the gym and experimenting with new training techniques for his success.
“This season I’ve been focusing on gym a lot more, doing less distant training and concentrating on sprints. I lost events in the IPC and I’ve really been trying to work on my strength.
“I’m following the coach I’m with at the moment and moving up to Edinburgh. They’ve got some world-class facilities up there so there’s plenty of opportunity for more gym. My coach likes to try new things out; we’ve been doing a lot of rock climbing which I’m hoping to continue in Edinburgh.”
Clegg clocked 25.05 and 59.68 in the pool, ahead of Stefan Hoggan (28.23 & 1:06.23), who also did the double, taking silver in both events.
Proud and Boyle reach top of podium
Plymouth Leander’s Ben Proud made his first final appearance since winning double gold on his Commonwealth debut at Glasgow 2014, winning the 50m Butterfly title from teammate Antony James.
There were also impressive gold-medal winning performances from Georgie Boyle in the 15/16 Years 200m Freestyle and Rachel Lefley in the 19 Yrs / Over 100m Butterfly.
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