Emily Large lands third Summer Champs gold in favourite 200m FlyJuly 29, 2016
Emily Large landed her third gold of the 2016 British Summer Championships with gold in her favourite 200m Butterfly.
Having won 400m IM and 50m Fly on the opening two days, the Newcastle swimmer completed her hat-trick with a 2:10.48 effort in the 200m Fly.
While her efforts to win the 400m IM and 50m Fly were both PBs, Large fell shy of her British 15 yrs age group record of 2:08.87 in the 200m Fly. She set that time to clinch Great Britain’s first gold at the European Junior Championships earlier this year.
But despite not being on lifetime best form, Large was still the quickest swimmer across any of the age groups on the day.
Stockport Metro’s Holly Hibbott was next fastest overall, stopping the clock on 2:11.02 for victory in an exciting 17/18 Yrs final.
Plymouth Leander’s fastest qualifier Laura Stephens took the race to Hibbott, turning first at both the 100m and 150m points.
But Hibbott had enough in the tank to overhaul a 0.64 second deficit in the final length, coming home in a PB with Stephens second on 2:11.38.
Tia Ward lands fourth gold of maiden British Summer Champs
City of Leeds’ Tia Ward continued her remarkable British Summer Champs debut with a fourth gold in the 13/14 Yrs 200m Fly.
While she qualified fourth fastest from the heats, the 13-year old saved her best for the final, stopping the clock on a PB 2:17.18 to deny Welsh swimmer Megan Allison (2:17.69).
Ward’s other three golds in Sheffield came via an opening day double in the 200m Free and 400m IM, then victory in day two’s 100m Back.
Tazmin Pugh also returned to the top of the podium in Sheffield with her second title of the meet.
Competing in the 16 Yrs age group, the Ellesmere College Titans swimmer repeated her result from 12 months ago to win in 2:14.71.
Charlotte Atkinson claimed the senior 200m Fly title to complete an English clean sweep of the golds. The Loughborough University swimmer touched in a PB 2:11.59.
- Click here to view results from the 2016 British Summer Championships in Sheffield.