Carlin wins European gold as GBR add three medals
Jazz Carlin won Britain’s first gold medal of the European Short Course Championships in Israel as the British team added three medals on day two to take their tally to five.
Carlin (National Centre, Bath) took the touch and with it the gold medal in a close finish from Boglarka Kapas of Hungary in silver while bronze went to Sharon Rouwendaal of the Netherlands.
Roberto Pavoni (National Centre, Loughborough) swam a new best time in the 400m Individual Medley to secure the silver medal. Pavoni finished a fraction behind Italy’s David Verraszto with gold while bronze went to Israel’s Gal Nevo.
Andrew Willis (National Centre, Bath) also set a new best time, and with it an English Record 2:02.76, in the 200m Breaststroke to finish with bronze behind Germany’s Marco Koch with gold, in a new Championship Record, and Daniel Gyurta of Hungary with silver.
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (National Centre, Bath) was in record-breaking form in the 100m Individual Medley semi-finals setting a new British standard of 57.59 to qualify second fastest for tomorrow’s final. And Chris Walker-Hebborn (National Centre, Bath) will also fight for a medal after finishing third fastest in the semi-finals of the 100m Backstroke.
The championships sit in the middle of a hard block of work for the British team of 10 as they lay the foundations on which to build their performances for the 2016 Olympic year. The Europeans enable them to combine this with race preparation and process practice.
Athletes set to compete at the LEN European Short Course Championships in Netanya, Israel (2-6 Dec) are:
Luke Greenbank - Cockermouth
Roberto Pavoni – National Centre, Loughborough
Adam Peaty – City of Derby
Liam Tancock – National Centre, Loughborough
Chris Walker-Hebborn - National Centre, Bath
Andrew Willis - National Centre, Bath
Jazz Carlin - National Centre, Bath
Georgia Coates – City of Leeds
Hannah Miley - Garioch
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor - National Centre, Bath