Jazz Carlin was the toast of Netanya for the British team at the European Short Course Championships as her two golds led home a total medal haul of 11.
Carlin, swimming out of Bath NTC, cemented a double-double of European titles, adding the 400m and 800m in the 25m pool to the long course double she secured in 2014. Both events were won in personal best times and the 400m saw her hold off Katinka Hosszu in the closing metres, the only time in 7 events that the Hungarian did not mount the top step of the podium.
Getting the better of the Iron Lady proved beyond teammate Siobhan Marie O’Connor though. She followed Hosszu home in both the 100m and 200m Individual Medleys to take a brace of silvers, both in British Record times.
There was also a pair of runner up spots for Adam Peaty who was narrowly beaten in both the 50m and 100m breaststrokes. In the longer event it looked like he would take the top prize when he turned first at 75m but he lacked his customary finishing burst, no doubt as a consequence of the British decision to race this meet unrested, and was overhauled at the death by Germany’s Marco Koch.
Further silvers were added in the 400IM with both Hannah Miley and Roberto Pavoni, the only unfunded swimmer in the squad of 10, both mounting the second step of the podium.
A seventh and final silver was added in the last event of the championships as Chris Walker-Hebborn took second in the 50m backstroke, adding that medal to his bronze in the 100m from earlier in the week. Britain’s final medal was another bronze from Andrew Willis in the 200m Breaststroke, where his PB swim also set an English record.
For most of the team this meet marks the end of their competitive 2015 but four of the squad now immediately move on to compete for the European team in the Duel in the Pool in Indianapolis later this week.
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