Aquatics

Stephens sets a new lifetime best on her way to victory in Edinburgh

PLYMOUTH Leander’s Laura Stephens showed she is in the form of her life ahead of next month’s Olympic trials by smashing her personal best on the way to victory at the Edinburgh International Meet on Friday.

Stephens produced a sensational swim to clock 2:07.62 to win the women’s 200m butterfly event in the Scottish capital by nearly two seconds.

Her time was 0.34 of a second faster than her previous lifetime best set last year at the British Championships. It also ranks her third in the 2020 world rankings.

Second place went to fellow British international Emily Large (2:09.52), with Scotland’s Hannah Miley third (2:13.92).

Stephens’ team-mate Honey Osrin just missed out on a medal in the women’s 100m backstroke but she did break the junior meet record.

Osrin finished fourth in a highly-competitive final with a 1:02.35 swim. She was only beaten by the older Kathleen Dawson and Cassie Wild of the University of Stirling and Bath’s Jessica Fullalove.

There was also a fourth place on the opening night of the Edinburgh International Meet for Leander’s Adam Chillingworth. He clocked 2:15.40 in the final of the 200m breaststroke, which was won by James Wilby ahead of GB team-mate Ross Murdoch.

Leander showed their butterfly strength by having three swimmers finishing in the top 11 of the men’s 50m event. Tom Beeley finished eighth, with Reid Jones ninth and James Hart 11th.

The prestigious meet in Scotland continues until Sunday.

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