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Tom Derbyshire wins 800m Free silver at European Juniors

Tom Derybshire won 800m Freestyle silver to claim his second medal of the 2016 European Junior Swimming Championships.

Having won 1500m Freestyle gold on day two in Hungary, Derbyshire clocked 7:59.78 to return to the podium over 800m Free.

The 18-year old led the race out, turning first at 200m (1:58.09), 400m (3:58.96) and 600m (5:59.94) before Sweden’s Victor Johansson surged ahead in the last quarter to take gold on 7:56.64.

The Royal Wolverhampton School swimmer’s performance made him just the second British 18-year old to beat the eight minute mark for an 800m Free, behind David Davies’ 7:54.75 effort at the 2003 British Championships.

Hatfield’s Nathan Hughes was also in action in the 800m Free, finishing eighth overall in a PB 8:08.28.

Mixed Medley Relay claim bronze

The all-English Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay quartet closed the night with a bronze medal.

Elliot Clogg (City of Sheffield), David Murphy (City of Oxford), Emily Large (Newcastle Swim Team) and Freya Anderson (Ellesmere College Titans) touched third in the final, clocking 3:52.89.

The result brought 15-year old Anderson’s fourth medal of the Championships and third in a relay.

Murphy was also in individual action, booking his place in tomorrow’s 100m Breaststroke final with a PB 1:01.78. The 17-year old, who set a British Age Group record in the 50m Breaststroke, was second fastest through to the final.

The other semi finals on day four saw Taz Pugh (Ellesmere College Titans) and Anna Maine (Woking) qualify for the 100m Back final, while Ciara Schlosshan (City of Leeds) and Abbie Wood (Loughborough University) booked spots in the 200m IM final.

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