Aquatics

Proud and Burdisso win further gold medals at Luxembourg Euro Meet

BEN PROUD and Mount Kelly’s Frederico Burdisso claimed further gold medals on the second day of the Luxembourg Euro Meet.

The duo had won the 50m butterfly and 200m butterfly events, respectively, on the opening day of competition and they topped the podium again on Saturday evening.

European and Commonwealth champion Proud broke his own meet record to claim victory in the 50m freestyle. He clocked a good early season time of 21.71 seconds to finish well ahead of Sersil Shetsov, who finished second in 22.40 seconds. Plymouth Leander’s Stefano Mitchell made the B final where he clocked 24.03 seconds.

Burdisso, just 17, won the men’s 100m butterfly final in 52.78 seconds. Like in the 200m event, he edged out Mathys Goosen for victory. Plymouth Leander’s Tom Beeley made the B final, where he touched in 55.83.

Leander’s Laura Stephens had won gold in the 200m butterfly on Friday evening and she reached a high-class 100m butterfly final on Saturday where she finished fifth in 59.63 seconds, beating world record holder Sarah Sjoestrum.

The race was won by Italian Ilaria Bianchi, with team-mate Elena Di Liddo second and Hungarian legend Katinka Hosszu third. Sjoestrum was seventh, with Leander teenager Sophie Freeman, the youngest in the field by four years, ninth in 1:01.19.

There were B final wins for Leander’s Lana Broekhoven, Honey Osrin and Sam Perks.

Broekhoven won the women’s B 50m breaststroke in 32.98 seconds. She also reach the A final of the 200m breaststroke where she finished 10th in 2:40.02.

Osrin touched first in the B 200m freestyle final with a time of 2:03.83, while Perks was first in the 50m backstroke B final in 27.27.

Leander’s Adam Chillingworth reached the A 200m breaststroke final where he finished sixth in 2:16.19, while team-mate Roman Scherer reached the B 50m breaststroke final where he clocked 30.01.

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