Ned Sharp closes Summer Champs with British Age Group recordJuly 31, 2017
Ned Sharp ensured the final session of the British Summer Champs 2017 came to a thrilling end as he smashed a British Age Group record for 50m Butterfly gold.
The 13-year old swimmer was lining up against one of the stars of the meet in his 50m Fly final as Northampton’s Ed Mildred, who had qualified fastest, was attempting to land a remarkable eighth gold.
Sharp had already won silvers behind Mildred in both the 50m and 100m Free in Sheffield.
But the Skipton swimmer went one better in the final individual event of the week, smashing the previous British Age Group record of 26.80 with a PB 26.22 effort. Mildred was also on PB form, coming home for silver in a PB 26.58.
Savage and Peters put on show in 17/18 Yrs age group
Danny Savage and Jacob Peters put on another exciting head-to-head in the 17/18 Yrs age group, with Northampton swimmer Savage ultimately taking the touch.
Both swimmers put in lifetime best performances, with 100m Free and 100m Fly champion Savage winning his third title of the meet in a PB 24.42, ahead of Peters’ PB 24.51.
City of Sunderland’s Adam Taylor took the touch in 24.12 to win the senior final while Shiverers’ Joel Thompson landed his seventh gold of the meet with a PB 25.79 in the 16 Yrs event.
Meanwhile, the 15 Yrs final saw Tynemouth’s Will Morris home as the first English athlete, taking silver in a PB 25.99.
Loughborough claim senior medley relay crowns
Loughborough University won the senior medley relays in the final action of the competition.
The women’s quartet of Harriet West, Imogen Clark, Rachael Kelly and Beth Aitchison had more than five seconds in hand as they won in 4:07.10.
The men’s team finished just under three seconds ahead of Millfield in 3:41.89. The Loughborough quartet in the final were Daniel Cross, Robert Lancaster, Kevin Wallbank and Alex Wray.
City of Leeds were the first English team home in the women’s 14/16 Yrs 4x100m Medley Relay as Sophie Hobbah, Ella Potts, Ciara Schlosshan and Leah Crisp set a time of 4:16.81 for silver behind Heart of Midlothian.
Meanwhile, Guildford City’s Luke Pullen, Charlie Trotman, Alexander Armstrong and Noa Doest were tied for gold in the boys’ event, clocking 4:00.41 to join City of Cardiff on a crowded top step of the podium.
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