Aquatics

Williams ends European Youth Olympic Festival on a high, as Chillingworth wins in Glasgow

DARTMOOR Darts’ Cameron Williams enjoyed a dream final day at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku.

The 15-year-old Devonport High School pupil claimed an individual silver medal and another relay silver.

His individual gong came in the 100m breaststroke where he swam 1:03.15 minutes, which was just 0.03 of a second off his new British age group record that he had set in the semis the day before.  He was only beaten in the final by Ukraine’s Rostyslav Kryzhanivskyi. France’s Brendan Fitzpatrick was third.

Just 90 minutes later, Williams was back in the pool to help Great Britain’s men’s team to a 4×100 medley silver medal. He swam a 1:02.98 split as GB finished behind a strong Russia team. Williams had won a silver medal on Thursday in the mixed medley relay with Plymouth Leander’s Sophie Freeman.

Freeman was also on the podium again on Friday. She claimed a third relay silver medal in the women’s 4x100m medley. The 15-year-old swam the third butterfly leg and clocked a split of 1:00.35. Earlier in the week, the Plymouth College pupil had won an individual bronze in a strong women’s 200m butterfly final. She also reached the 100m butterfly final.

At the World Championships in Gwangju, Ben Proud safely made it through to Saturday’s 50m freestyle final with a 21.56 second semi swim.

He was the third fastest qualifier, but apart from in-form American Caeleb Dressel, who was well ahead of the rest, there was only 0.22 seconds separating the other seven finalists on times.

Afterwards Proud said: “It was very close to my season’s best – only a couple of fractions out – so if I can step it on again tomorrow night, which is probably what it’s going to take to get onto the podium, then I’ll be very happy.”

There was more success for Proud’s UK club, Plymouth Leander, at the British Summer Swimming Championships in Glasgow. They picked up three gold medals on Friday evening at Tollcross.

Leading the way was Adam Chillingworth, who won the men’s 200m breaststroke final in 2:13.21 minutes.

Honey Osrin and James Hart claimed their second gold medals of the championships.

Great Britain international Osrin, in training for the World Junior Championships, won the 16-year-old girls’ 200m backstroke in 2:11.55. She claimed victory by an impressive three seconds.

Hart won the 15-year-old boys’ 100m butterfly in 55.69 seconds.

There was a silver medal for Mount Kelly College’s Macy Lawrence in the 17/18-year-old girls’ 100m freestyle. She clocked 56.82 seconds in a final that also included her team-mates Emily Haimes and Athena Clayson.

There were also finals on Friday for fellow Mount Kelly swimmers Sam van der Stroom, Sam Dailley, Bella Hodges and Ben Grainger and Leander’s Ella Bardgett.

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