Bright future for swimming after European Youth Olympic Festival success

Great Britain finished second in the medal table at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku.

Despite both Britain and Russia finishing with the same amount of medals in total, it was the latter who claimed more golds, meaning Russia finished top of the pile.

The Brits were a close second, literally in most cases, as they claimed the highest number of silver medals out of all 20 competing nations.

With a total of 18 medals – six gold, 11 silver and just one bronze – it proved to be a successful event for the 15 athletes that came together to form Team GB.

Their Chef de Mission, Elaine Skilton, said before the competition that she hoped Baku 2019 could act as a great springboard for the athletes to progress, with planning already underway for Paris 2024.

15-year-old Katie Shanahan won half of Britain’s gold medals single handed as she claimed a hat-trick of titles, winning the Girl’s 200m Backstroke along with both the 200m and 400m Individual Medley races.

Shanahan was the most decorated Team GB athlete, as she also brought home three silvers to match her golds.

Girl's relay silver at European Youth Summer Olympic Festival 2019

But this time they were team successes with all three having been won in the relays, the Girl’s 4x100m Freestyle, 4x100m Medley and the Mixed 4x100m Medley.

After their strong performances at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Kazan prior to this event, it was no surprise that both Edward Mildred and Jacob Whittle were not far behind, both winning five medals.

Derventio’s Whittle and Northampton’s Mildred were both part of the British team which won bronze in the Boy’s 4x100m freestyle relay in Kazan.

This time around Mildred won gold in the Boy’s 200m Freestyle, 4x100m Freestyle Relay and the Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay and two silvers in the Boy’s 200m Butterfly and 4x100m Medley relay.

Whittle earned gold alongside Mildred in the Boy’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay and the Mixed 4x100m Freestyle relay while his silvers came in the Boy’s 100m Freestyle, 4x100m Medley Relay and the 4x100m Medley Race.

Overall results

  • Gold – Boy’s 200m Freestyle – Edward Mildred
  • Gold – Boy’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay – Edward Mildred, Nicholas Skelton, Mark Ford, Jacob Whittle
  • Gold – Girl’s 200m Backstroke – Katie Shanahan
  • Gold – Girl’s 200m Individual Medley – Katie Shanahan
  • Gold – Girl’s 400m Individual Medley – Katie Shanahan
  • Gold – Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay – Jacob Whittle, Edward Mildred, Tamryn Van Selm, Evelyn Davis
  • Silver – Boy’s 100m Freestyle – Jacob Whittle
  • Silver – Boy’s 100m Breaststroke – Cameron Williams
  • Silver – Boy’s 200m Butterfly – Edward Mildred
  • Silver – Boy’s 4x100m Medley Relay – Mark Ford, Cameron Williams, Edward Mildred, Jacob Whittle
  • Silver – Girl’s 100m Freestyle – Tamryn Van Selm
  • Silver – Girl’s 200m Freestyle – Freya Colbert
  • Silver – Girl’s 400m Freestyle – Freya Colbert
  • Silver – Girl’s 800m Freestyle – Freya Colbert
  • Silver – Girl’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay – Evelyn Davis, Katie Shanahan, Freya Colbert, Tamryn Van Selm
  • Silver – Girl’s 4x100m Medley Relay – Katie Shanahan, Jemimah Berkeley, Sophie Freeman, Tamryn Van Selm
  • Silver – Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay – Katie Shanahan, Cameron Williams, Sophie Freeman, Jacob Whittle
  • Bronze – Girl’s 200m Butterfly – Sophie Freeman