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Emily Large wins 200m Butterfly gold at World Juniors

Emily Large won 200m Butterfly gold to claim British Swimming’s first medal of the 2017 World Junior Championships in Indianapolis, USA.

The Newcastle swimmer led from gun to wall and touched in a PB 2:07.74.

Japan’s Suzuka Hasegawa was second, over half a second back on 2:08.29, while Scottish swimmer Keanna MacInnes won bronze on 2:09.64.

But there was no keeping with the 16-year old English swimmer as she turned in splits of 28.63, 32.33, 33.00 and 33.78 to break 2:08 for the first time.

The time moves Large to fifth in the all-time senior British rankings. It was also just 0.05 seconds off Ellen Gandy’s British age group record from 2008.

Large’s result was reminiscent of her performance at last year’s European Junior Championships in Hungary where she also won GB’s first gold of the meet in the 200m Fly.

Nick Pyle and Jacob Peters set British age group records

While Large was the only English medallist on the night, there were two British age group records for English swimmers.

Large’s Newcastle teammate Nick Pyle tied the British 16 Yrs age group record as he finished seventh in the 100m Backstroke final.

Pyle took his PB down to 55.38 in Indiana, matching Luke Greenbank’s existing marker from the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

Poole swimmer Jacob Peters was also on record-breaking form in the 100m Butterfly.

The 17-year old ducked under Braxston Timm’s record of 53.49 from 2009 with a 53.32 effort in the heats. Peters then touched in 53.63 to place 12th from the semis.

The teenager’s PB coming into the meet had been a full second slower than his heat time – a 54.34 swim at last month’s British Summer Championships.

Clogg and Maine in finals action

City of Sheffield’s Elliot Clogg and Woking’s Anna Maine were both in finals action on day two.

Clogg set a PB 1:49.02 to finish seventh in the 200m Free while Maine was eighth in the 100m Back final in 1:01.44. Maine beat 61 seconds for the first time to reach the final, setting 1:00.71 in yesterday’s semis.

Meanwhile, Ellesemere College Titans swimmer Freya Anderson booked herself into tomorrow’s 100m Freestyle final. The 16-year old was second fastest from the semis in 54.31.

In the day’s team event, Pyle, Peters and Anderson combined with Annabel Guye-Johnson to finish fourth in the Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay.

The British quarter clocked 3:51.32 to finish exactly three seconds shy of the podium places.

  • Click here to view full results from the 2017 World Junior Swimming Championships.
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