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Freya Anderson lands European Junior gold in 100m Free

Freya Anderson secured 100m Freestyle gold on her European Junior Championship debut in Hungary.

The Ellesmere College Titans swimmer finished 0.25 seconds clear of the field, taking the title in 54.72.

Anderson paced her final swim to perfection, turning third at the 50m stage on 26.65, before powering home in 28.07 ahead of Czech Republic’s Barbora Seemanova (54.97) and Russia’s Mariia Kameneva (55.43).

The 15-year old’s time beat her PB and British Age Group record of 54.99 from the heats on the opening day.

Fast enough for British bronze

Her effort from tonight’s final would also have been competitive on this year’s senior stage; fast enough for fifth at May’s European Championships in London and bronze at April’s British Championships in Glasgow.

Victory also brought Anderson her second medal of the Championships, having led off the girls’ 4x100m Freestyle Relay quartet to bronze on day one.

Anderson’s result was part of a memorable night for the British team in Hungary that also brought gold medals for her training partner Taz Pugh, Newcastle’s Emily Large and Royal Wolverhampton School’s Tom Derbyshire.

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

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