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Freya Anderson underlines talent with 50m Free gold

Freya Anderson underlined her talent with another standout performance on day three of the 2016 British Summer Championships.

Having already won 200m Freestyle and 200m Breaststroke golds, the 15-year old clinched her third title in the 50m Freestyle.

The Ellesmere College Titans swimmer clocked a PB 25.64 to take the crown, winning with nearly a second in hand on the field.

It was the first time Anderson had broken 26 seconds for 50m Free, her previous best a 26.17 effort in the semis at this year’s European Junior Championships.

Her performance also put her just 0.1 second behind Fran Halsall’s British age group record 25.54 effort from the 2006 British Championships.

Anderson has already taken one of Halsall’s long-standing age group records this season, swimming 54.72 for 100m Freestyle gold at the European Juniors.

Philpot and Maspers tie for 13/14 Yrs gold

Aquae Sulis swimmer Laura McNab also swam a PB for silver behind Anderson. The 14-year old stopped the clock on 26.53 – a time that would have won gold in the 13/14 Yrs age group.

As it was, there were two swimmers to top the podium in that age group, with Team Ipswich teammates Amie Philpot and Mia Maspers finishing in tandem.

Both swimmers clocked a PB 26.63 with Maspers’ effort the fourth fastest by a British 13-year old in the all-time rankings.

Having landed her first title of the week in yesterday’s 100m Back, Woking’s Anna Maine added a second gold in the 50m Free.

The 16-year old came into the Championships with a PB 26.62 but cast that aside with a 26.55 effort to qualify fastest from the heats, then a thundering 26.21 in the final.

City of Manchester’s Rebecca Guy was the other English winner in this event, claiming the senior crown.

Guy was the only swimmer to beat Anderson’s time on the day, clocking 25.57 to take the title from 50m Fly champ Anna Hopkin (25.66).

  • Click here to view results from the 2016 British Summer Championships in Sheffield.
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