Plymouth Leander duo impress in backstroke final in London

HulmePLYMOUTH Leander’s Joe Patching and Joe Hulme finished second and fourth in the men’s 200m backstroke final at the British Swimming Championships in London.

Patching, now at university in America, had qualified fastest from the heats, but he was edged out to the title by Craig McNally.

McNally clocked 1:57.58, with Patching touching in 1:58.17.  Teenager Luke Greenback was third in 1:58.71 with fellow junior Hulme (pictured left) taking fourth in 2:00.65 to continue his successful championships.

In the junior men’s (EG) 200m back final, Leander’s Ollie Goodhew and Ethan Harrington finished fifth and sixth in 2:05.69 and 2:06.73 respectively.

Fellow Plymouth swimmer Eliza Duffy made the senior open women’s 100m backstroke final, where she finished eighth with a new PB of 1:02.02.

The fourth day of the Championships will see Ben Proud and Levi Lucas look for glory in the 50m freestyle event, Charlotte Atkinson compete in the 100m butterfly competition and Ruta Meilutyte return to the pool where she won Olympic gold in 2012 when she swims in the heats of the 100m breaststroke.


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