Aquatics

Freeman wins bronze in Baku, while Leander, Mount Kelly and Dinnaton among medals in Glasgow

PLYMOUTH Leander’s Sophie Freeman has won her first international medal for Great Britain.

The 15-year-old claimed bronze in the 200m butterfly event at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku.

Having safely eased through the heats and the semi-finals on Monday, Freeman battled hard to make the podium in a tight final on Tuesday.

The Plymouth College pupil clocked 2:12.95 to finish behind Italy’s Sofia Sartori, who won in 2:11.76, and Turkey’s Merve Tuncel, who took silver in 2:12.39. Russia’s Anastasia Markova was just behind Freeman in 2:12.98. There was then a big gap to the rest of the field.

Meanwhile, at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, Mount Kelly College’s Federico Burdisso has reached the final of the men’s 200m butterfly. The European medallist, who was the youngest in the field, clocked 1:55.92 in the semi-finals.

His final will take place on Wednesday, which is when Leander’s Laura Stephens opens her campaign in the women’s 200m butterfly.

Closer to home, there was medal success for Leander, Mount Kelly and Dinnaton on the opening day of the British Summer Swimming Championships in Glasgow.

Leander’s para-swimming international Reece Dunn stormed to victory in the multi-class 200m freestyle. The world record holder clocked 1:54.95 to finish more than five seconds ahead of British S14 rival Thomas Hamer.

There was also a gold medal at Tollcross for Mount Kelly’s Harry Noble.

The 18-year-old, former Devonport Royal swimmer who recently competed for Great Britain at the European Junior Championship, won the 17/18 year-olds’ 50m backstroke final in an impressive 25.99 seconds.

Mount Kelly team-mate Imogen Lambert took bronze in the 15-year-old girls’ 50m breaststroke in 33.21 seconds. She edged out colleague Amelia Riggott, who came fourth. Dartmoor Darts’ Emily Morgan-Hughes reached the same final, where she came ninth.

Dinnaton’s Jasmine D’Cunha well and truly made her mark on the national stage by winning a silver medal in the 13/14 year-old girls’ 50 breaststroke.

The 13-year-old swam a stunning 33.36 seconds in the heats to qualify fastest before swimming 33.85 seconds in the final, where she was only beaten by 0.1 of a second by 14-year-old Stockport swimmer Hermione Roe.

Leander’s Honey Osrin and Lana Broekhoven and Mount Kelly’s Oliver Taverner joined Riggott in just missing out on medals by finishing fourth.

Osrin, a backstroke specialist, came fourth in the 16-year-old girls’ 200m freestyle, while Broekhoven finished in the same position in the 16 years’ 400m IM, while Taverner’s placing came in the 18-year-old boys’ 100m breaststroke.

Leander’s Adam Chillingham reached the senior 100m breaststroke final, where he came sixth in 1:02.91. Team-mate Laura Copping was a senior finalist in the 400m IM, while Mount Kelly’s Niamh Robinson reached the senior women’s breaststroke final.

There were also finals on the opening night for Devonport Royal’s Aiden Symons-Brown, Leander’s James Hart, Sam Perks and Lucia Grant and Mount Kelly’s Sophie Main, Jamie O’Connor and Sam van der Stroom.

The British Summer Championships continue in Glasgow until Sunday.

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