Aquatics

Williams and Freeman help GB to relay silver, while Stephens takes confidence from world final

DARTMOOR Darts’ Cameron Williams and Plymouth Leander’s Sophie Freeman teamed up to help Great Britain win a mixed relay silver medal at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku.

The pair joined forces with Katie Shanahan and Jacob Whittle to finish second behind favourites Russia.

It capped an impressive day for Williams, who booked his place in Friday’s 100m breaststroke final by breaking the British age group record with a 1:03.12 semi-final swim. He will go into the final ranked second. He had earlier swam 1:04.11 in the heats.

His coach and uncle Matthew Henry said: “Super pleased with Cameron today. He has broke another age group British record and won his first international medal. He has taken a big step forward in his career.”

Freeman, who had won an individual bronze in the 200m butterfly on Tuesday and played her part in GB’s 4x100m women’s freestyle relay silver medal on Wednesday, came seventh in the individual 100m butterfly final on Thursday with a 1:01.17 swim.

Meanwhile, at the World Championships in Gwangju, Plymouth Leander’s Laura Stephens finished eighth in the women’s 200m butterfly final.

Competing in her first global final, Stephens, who found herself in a tough outside lane, clocked 2:09.35. Her GB team-mate Alys Thomas came fifth with 2:07.48. It was the first time in eight years two British women had reached a world butterfly final.

Stephens, who was the youngest in the final, said: “I was really happy to be back there in the final and it’s a big confidence boost for me just be there.

“I hoped I could have gone a bit quicker but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. I enjoyed it, went out there and gave it my best shot, so I guess I can’t complain.”

At the British Summer Swimming Championships in Glasgow, Devonport Royal picked up their first medal thanks to Aiden Symons-Brown. He took silver in the 15-year-old boys’ 100m freestyle with a personal best swim of 53.50 seconds.  He had reached the final of the 50m backstroke on the opening day.

There were two more medals for Mount Kelly on Thursday. Sam Dailley took silver in the 17/18-year-old boys’ 100m freestyle in 51.67 seconds, with Plymouth Leander’s Reid Jones just missing out on a medal in the same final with a fourth-placed finish.

Robbie Jones also picked up a medal for Mount Kelly. His came in the 17/18 years’ 400m IM. He clocked 4:28.51. Team-mates Emily Haimes, Macy Lawrence, Ben Harrison and Ben Grainger also made finals.

There was a bronze medal for Leander’s Ella Bardgett in the 15-year-old girls’ 50m freestyle. She clocked 26.70 seconds.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s