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Fannon closes 2016 European Juniors with 50m Freestyle bronze

Tom Fannon brought the 2016 European Junior Championships to a close with 50m Freestyle bronze in Hungary.

The Plymouth Leander swimmer clocked his fastest time of the meet to touch third in 22.30 in the final.

The 18-year old progressed well throughout the rounds on the final day in Hungary. He touched fourth in the heats in 22.71 before a 22.54 to place third in the semis.

It was Fannon’s first experience of a junior international final, having fallen at the semi final stage at both the European Games and World Junior Championships in 2015.

And the Plymouth swimmer raised his game when it mattered, clocking the second fastest swim of his career to touch behind Italy’s Giovanni Izzo (22.09) and Croatia’s Bruno Blaskovic (22.25). Izzo won bronze in the World Junior final last year in 22.55.

Fannon’s only faster performance was his British 17 Yrs age group record 22.24 for silver at the 2016 British Championships.

All-English relay win 4x200m Free silver

The all-English girls’ 4x200m Freestyle Relay quartet won Great Britain’s final medal of the Championships with silver.

Freya Anderson (Ellesmere College Titans) sliced more than a second off her PB with her 2:00.90 lead-off split.

Sedgefield’s Hannah Featherstone (2:01.04) and Ellesmere’s Taz Pugh (2:01.86) kept the British quartet in the hunt, placed second at 600m.

Stockport Metro’s Holly Hibbott took over for the anchor leg, having won 400m Free silver and finished fourth in the individual 200m Free in Hungary.

And the 16-year old delivered another top performance, coming home in 1:59.65 to see the Brits touch in 8:03.45.

Hungary took gold on 8:02.67 but the Brits managed to overtake bronze medallists Russia (8:03.65).

The result rewarded Anderson with her fifth visit to the podium on her European Junior debut. The 15-year old won 100m Freestyle gold as well as four relay medals in Hungary.

  • Click here to view results from the 2016 European Junior Swimming Championships in Hungary.