Carlin Concludes Leeds International with Third Gold
Commonwealth medallist Jazz Carlin completed her golden hat-trick on the final day of the British Gas International Meet in Leeds as she claimed the 400m Freestyle title.
The Swansea University swimmer overcame a tough 2012 to produce Welsh records for her 800m and 1500m Freestyle golds earlier in the week.
And while her winning time of 4:07.14 in the 400m was shy of her personal best 4:05.51, Carlin was adamant her performances in Leeds had restored her confidence ahead of the World Trials in June.
“I’m really happy with that. It was always going to be tough after the 1500m yesterday but I just said to my coach that I wanted to give it a go; to come out with gold is fantastic.
“The 400m is my favourite event, but my coach thinks I may be better suited to the 800m and 1500m so we’ll need to have a sit down before June to discuss which to prioritise for the trials.”
Garioch swimmer Hannah Miley produced a personal best swim of 4:09.30 to secure silver, with Middlesborough’s Aimee Willmott 4:10.54 fighting hard to take the final podium position.
Bath University swimmer Joseph Roebuck added the second medal of the night to British Gas Bath ITC’s tally, winning his third gold of the meet in the Men’s Open 200m Individual Medley final.
Roebuck, who also won the 100m and 200m Butterfly double in Leeds, took the race out from the start in a commanding performance which saw him secure the gold in a time of 2:00.04.
“It was really tough race tonight but I enjoyed being up against such a high calibre field. I’m concentrating on the 200IM, 200Fly and 100Fly at the moment rather than the 400IM, so I’m glad to have won gold in each of those events here.
“I enjoy the 200m more so I will be focusing on that for the rest of the season and will continue to work hard on my sprint speed in training.”
The battle for silver was hard fought between Loughborough University teammates Roberto Pavoni and Adam Harrington down the final 50m, with Pavoni getting the better of his training partner touching behind the winner in 2:00.98 and Harrington (2:02.51) taking bronze.
In a tantalisingly close Men’s 800m Freestyle race, Millfield’s James Guy came out on top to win his second senior medal of the meet, taking gold in 8:04.38.
Guy, who set a personal best for 200m Freestyle gold 24 hours earlier, said: “I’m really happy with the way this meet has gone. I swam that last race for my friend Chloe who sadly passed away recently; that was for her.
“I am going to try and focus on my 200m Freestyle mainly at the trials this June in the hope of making the World Championship team and beyond that I hope to compete at the World Youths in Dubai.”
Loughborough University’s Daniel Fogg swam to silver in 8:05.38 and City of Sheffield swimmer Tom Sunter followed in his wake touching in 8:08.51 to secure bronze.
Elizabeth Simmonds (Bath University) was on top spot in the 200m Backstroke final, the final event of the meet.
Simmonds dominated from the gun to win in a time of 2.10.25 ahead of Lauren Quigley (Hazel Grove) who swam a strong last 50m to clinch silver in 21.11.20 ahead of Dutch swimmer Sharon Van Rouwendaal.
“It’s been an average week for me; I’ve been a bit up and down which I think is a fair representation of how my training has been since the Olympics.
“It’s been a bit of a transition and adaptation for me so I think that’s been reflected in my swimming this week so it was good to get back on top tonight. It’s good to see where we are this time in the year.”
Loughborough University’s Liam Tancock collected his second medal of the meet in the 50m Backstroke tonight, taking silver in a time of 25.50.
“It’s been a busy week of racing with Marseille and then here,” said Tancock. “It’s all part of the plan, looking ahead to the summer.
“I’m pretty pleased with that, it’s all going well. It’s interesting as everyone is at different stages and in different shape. There’s been some great junior swims and it’s great to just get in and race.”
Netherlands swimmer Sebastiaan Lijesen clinched the victory ahead of Tancock, touching in a time of 25.32 and Guildford City’s Marco Loughran (25.87) secured the bronze medal.
Olympic Champion Ruta Meilutyte took to the water for her second breaststroke event of the meet in the 50m Breaststroke.
Meilutyte, who trains with fellow Olympian Antony James at Plymouth Leander, posted a time of 30.57 to take the win over Netherlands swimmer Moniek Nijhuis (31.33).
Edinburgh University’s Kathryn Johnstone touched in third place to seal the remaining podium place in 31.94.
In the Men’s 100m Freestyle, Anthony Ervin (Cal Aquatics) proved too quick for the rest of the field, taking the final in a time of 49.21.
The showdown for silver took place between Sebastiaan Verschuren (Netherlands) and Loughborough University’s Grant Turner (50.33), with Verschuren eventually getting the better of Turner to claim silver in a time of 49.47.
Jeanette Ottesen Gray (Netherlands) improved on her heat performance to take the win in the 100m Butterfly in a season’s best time of 58.99.
The silver and bronze medals went to Alys Thomas (Swansea University) and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (Bath University) who touched within a fingernail’s length of each other in 59.62 and