Laura Stephens and Joe Hulme make European Games progress

PLYMOUTH LEANDERPLYMOUTH Leander swimmers Joe Hulme and Laura Stephens have both reach European Games semi-finals today.

Hulme, who agonisingly missed out on a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke by just two hundredths of a second, qualified fourth fastest for the 200m event with a time of 2:01.11.

Meanwhile, Stephens (pictured) qualified fourth fastest in the women’s 100m butterfly event with 1:01.09.

Stephens had missed out on competing in the 200m butterfly semi-final, despite swimming the fifth fastest times in the heats, because two other Great Britain swimmers were faster than her.

On this occasion, though, she was able to progress and she will be aiming to reach tomorrow’s final.

Fellow Leander swimmer Tom Fannon, however, found life tough in the men’s 50m breaststroke event. The freestyle specialist missed out on qualifying with a time of 30.58.

Fannon’s main event is the 50m freestyle race, which he we swim in on Saturday.


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