Plymouth Leander dominant at Sheffield Open Meet

imagesPLYMOUTH Leander continued their dominance on the final day of the Sheffield Open Meet.

Ruta Meilutyte, Ben Proud, Eliza Duffy, Joe Hulme and Sam Dailly all added to their titles they had won the day before.

Olympic, World and European champion Meilutyte had clocked an impressive 1:05.99 on Saturday to win the 100m breaststroke event. She then eased to victory on Sunday in the 50m race in a comfortable time of 31.45 seconds, ahead of her team-mate Rafaelia Van Nee in 32.89.

However, the best race of the day came in the men’s 50m butterfly where Leander heavy weights Proud, Anthony James and Mindaugas Saduaskas went head-to-head.

Proud had won the 50m freestyle the day before, while Lithuanian Olympian Saduaskas had edge him out in the 100m.

Double Commonwealth Games champion Proud again won shorter distance clocking 23.68, with James second in 24.32 and Saduaskas third in 24.55. Leander actually had seven of the 10 finalists in that event.

2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist James showed his form in the 100m butterfly heats. He clocked 52.98, which puts him in the world’s top 20. He was nearly two seconds ahead of any of his rivals, but did not contest the final, where Leander’s Dan James took silver in 55.63.

Great Britain junior international Hulme claimed two more titles on Sunday. He added the 200m backstroke (2:04.50) and 200m IM (2:08.04) to the 100m backstroke crown he had won the day before.

Fellow backstroker Duffy also continued her good form by triumphing in the 100m event. She won in 1:02.48, with Mount Kelly’s Danielle Baker third in 1:04.96.

Dailly, competing in the 14 and under category, claimed the 200m freestyle race in 2:01.59, ahead of his team-mate Oscar Brain in second (2:02.65). Dailly also won the junior 100m butterfly race by nearly three seconds. He clocked 58.22 seconds, with Mount Kelly’s Jacob Gibbons second in 1:01.45.

Brain showed his form to win the junior 200m backstroke (2:14.04) and take silver in the 200m IM (2:20.22).

Internationals Shana Lee and Juliette Casini came second and third in the women’s 100m freestyle. Loughborough’s Sophie Smith won the race in 56.28, with Lee clocking 56.35 and Casini 57.18.

Charlotte Atkinson and Tamir Gonen Cohen took second and third in the women’s 200m butterfly final behind a dominant performance from Ellesmere’s Tasmin Pugh.

There were also a silver for Rosey-Aenne Metz in the 14 and under 200m breaststroke event and a bronze for Tom Rudd in the 50m backstroke.


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