European Junior Championships – Day 2

A great performance form the British Juniors on the second day of finals at the Linz pool, as the team recorded 4 medals. Already at the halfway stage of this year’s championships, they have more than doubled their haul from last year’s competition.

As expected Cardiff’s David Davies fulfilled his medal potential, setting a Welsh Senior record of 3.54.83 to win the silver medal in the 400m freestyle, improving his placing from the heats. He also then set another welsh senior record leading off the boys 4x200m freestyle team, who improved by some 5s from their morning swim to take the silver medal.

Having qualified 4th for the 200m backstroke final, team captain Ross Hughes was hoping for a medal. His swim of 2.03.42, a PB, was ultimately good enough for silver as he finished just over half a second behind Russian winner Arkady Vyatchanin.

KerriAnne Payne, was a surprise medal winner in the girls 800m free, taking 11s off her lifetime best to come in third. Team mate Laura Chase finished in 10th place. Elsewhere, Amy Konowalik finished 6th in the 200m breastroke final, to improve by one on her heat placing.

National Youth coach John Atkinson said: “It was a really good session to get four medals in one night. We’ve already doubled our medals tally from last year’s Europeans. And at the end of the day, it’s all about the medals.”