The final day of the British Gas Swimming Championships 2010 saw more medals decided as swimmers fought for the remaining places on the European Championships team.
British record holder Hannah Miley (Garioch) was looking to add a second gold to her name as she competed in the final of the Women’s 400m Individual Medley.
Miley already had a two second lead by the 200m mark which she continued to extend and as she entered the final leg she was four seconds in front.
Touching in a season’s best 4:37.05, the 19-year-old secured her second title of the Championships, the second best time recorded in the world this year.
Silver was secured by Middlesbrough’s Aimee Willmott in 4:41.90 and the battle for bronze was won by Open Water World Champion Keri-Anne Payne (British Gas ITC Stockport) in a time 4:43.17.
Speaking afterwards Miley said: “It’s a tough event to do on the last day.
“I’m just going to continue with my training and look towards Scottish trials.”
Simon Burnett denied Adam Brown (Hatfield) the opportunity to take the sprint double as he captured gold in the Men’s 50m Freestyle. The Windsor swimmer’s victory was secured in a season’s best 22.53 with Brown adding a
silver to his collection in 22.62. Bronze went to Grant Turner (British Gas ITC Loughborough) in a season’s best 22.95.
After missing out on a medal in the 100m Freestyle earlier in the week Burnett said: “I’m pleased with that.
“Unfortunately this meet hasn’t gone exactly as I hoped but Adam and Grant are great swimmers so it’s all good for our team.”
Ellen Gandy (Beckenham) was back in action in the Women’s 200m Butterfly final after taking two silver medals earlier in the week over 50m and 100m.
The 2009 champion was up against tough competition in the form of Jemma Lowe (British Gas ITC Swansea) who qualified fastest for the final and had already taken a bronze medal this week over 100m.
Lowe got off to a good start maintaining a lead for the first two turns of the race but it was Gandy who showed her endurance as she challenged for the pole position.
As the two entered the final 50m Gandy and Lowe were head-to-head with a two second lead over the rest of the field.
Eventually Gandy was able to take the gold that had eluded her all week in a time of 2:07.70 with Lowe a close second in 2:08.21. Bronze went to Alys Thomas of British Gas ITC Swansea in a personal best of 2:11.54.
“The 200m is the most tactical race that I do,” said Gandy. “I can’t go out too fast I’ve just got to swim my own race and that’s what I was able to do.”
Kristopher Gilchrist (Edinburgh University) was looking for the breaststroke double as he went in the final of the Men’s 200m Breaststroke. Richard Webb (British Gas ITC Bath) got off to a good start with Gilchrist turning in second,
but it was Michael Jamieson, runner-up over 100m, that began to fight back.
Heading into the final 50m Jamieson was in front and the fight was on for silver as Gilchrist was charging back against Webb.
Touching in 2:11.14 Jamieson took the title with Webb just out-swimming Gilchrist for silver. They touched in 2:11.52 and 2:11.60 respectively.
“I thought I would go a bit quicker than that to be honest,” said Jamieson after the race, but he is focussed on qualifying for the Scottish Commonwealth Team at the upcoming trials: “I’ve got a bit in reserve ready for the Scottish trials, so I hope to perform well there.”
The final of the Men’s 1,500m Freestyle saw experienced distance swimmer Daniel Fogg (British Gas ITC Loughborough) take the British title with ease as he touched in 15:18.73. Thomas Allen, of British Gas ITC Swansea, took silver in a time of 15:32.35 with home favourite Matthew Johnson claiming bronze in 15:36.11.
“It’s always my plan to finish a race strong,” said Fogg. “My main focus now is the open water and Commonwealth Games.”