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James Guy and Freya Anderson each win hat-trick of golds at Flanders Cup

James Guy and Freya Anderson both won a hat-trick of gold medals and set a new meet record each as the British swimmers dominated the podium at the Flanders Cup in Belgium.

Guy was only 0.03 seconds shy of his personal best as he won the Men’s 100m Freestyle title, having earlier won gold in the 200m Freestyle.

The National Centre Bath swimmer set a new meet record in the Men’s 100m Butterfly, lowering Francois Heersbrandt’s 11-year-old mark to 52.25 seconds.

Anderson continued her dominance of the sprint events on the international stage, winning gold in the Women’s 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle.

The Ellesmere College Titans swimmer smashed her personal best over 200m to set a new meet record of 1:56.06.

That was the first time Anderson had ever swum below 1:57, making her the third fastest Brit of all-time in the event, just over half a second behind Joanne Jackson’s national best.

Anderson – who won her first senior individual titles at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in December – also broke her PB over 50m, cruising to victory in 25.06s.

Brits on song in Antwerp

Anderson’s Titans led the British charge, winning seven medals in total.

Charlie Hutchison won gold in the Men’s 200m Medley and silver in the 400m Medley, while Stephen Taylor claimed bronze in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke.

Anderson then teamed up with Amelia Rodd, Lauren Wetherall and Phoebe Griffiths to win bronze in the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle relay.

Stockport Metro also enjoyed plenty of success in Antwerp.

Katie Matts won a gold, silver and a bronze medal, with Holly Hibbott taking out the Women’s 400m Freestyle title and winning silver in the Women’s 200m Butterfly.

City of Sheffield’s Elliot Clogg and City of Manchester’s Thomas Paine were also among the medallists.

Jacob Whittle continued to step up at senior level, just shy of his personal best as he clocked 23.33s to finish fifth in the Men’s 50m Freestyle.

The 15-year-old also broke the British 100m Freestyle age group record twice in one day, finishing in a tie for fourth in 50.14 seconds.

Whittle set a new PB of 25.66 seconds in the Men’s 50m Butterfly.

British medallists at 2020 Flanders Cup

James Guy (National Centre Bath)

  • GOLD – Men’s 200m Freestyle – 1:47.50
  • GOLD – Men’s 100m Freestyle – 49.53
  • GOLD – Men’s 100m Butterfly – 52.25 (Meet record)

Freya Anderson (Ellesmere College Titans)

  • GOLD – Women’s 50m Freestyle – 25.06
  • GOLD – Women’s 100m Freestyle – 53.81
  • GOLD – Women’s 200m Freestyle – 1:56.06 (Meet record)

Holly Hibbott (Stockport Metro)

  • GOLD – Women’s 400m Freestyle – 4:13.74
  • SILVER – Women’s 200m Butterfly – 2:15.08

Stephen Taylor (Ellesmere College Titans)

  • BRONZE – Men’s 200m Breaststroke – 2:22.40

Charlie Hutchison (Ellesmere College Titans)

  • GOLD – Men’s 200m Medley – 2:03.34
  • SILVER – Men’s 400m Medley – 4:23.77

Thomas Paine (City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team)

  • BRONZE – Men’s 200m Medley – 2:06.89

Jessica Fullalove (National Centre Bath)

  • BRONZE – Women’s 100m Backstroke – 1:01.39

Katie Matts (Stockport Metro)

  • GOLD – Women’s 400m Medley – 4:50.11
  • SILVER – Women’s 200m Medley – 2:18.45
  • BRONZE – Women’s 200m Breaststroke – 2:28.98

Elliot Clogg (City of Sheffield Swim Squad)

  • GOLD – Men’s 200m Backstroke – 1:58.92

Ellesmere College Titans

  • BRONZE – Women’s 4x100m Freestyle (Amelia Rodd, Lauren Wetherell, Phoebe Griffiths, Freya Anderson) – 3:49.87
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