First medals for Brits in Berlin

18th August 2014

The British Gas GBR Swimming team opened their European Championship campaign with two bronze medals. 
 
Jay Lelliott put in an excellent swim in the 400m Freestyle to win the first medal for the Brits with a promising third place finish. 
 
Serbia’s Velimir Stjepanovic took the race out hard and carved out a huge three second lead at the half way point but the Brit kept up with the pace to remain in medal contention throughout. 
 
Lelliott finished in a new personal best time of 3:47.50 to win his first European medal. 
 
Stjepanovic won the gold followed by Italy’s Andrew Mitchell D’Arrigo. Stephen Milne finished in sixth place in 3:48.55.
 
Commonwealth silver medallist Aimee Willmott continued her good form with bronze in the 400m Individual Medley in a race led out by Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu.
 
Willmott timed her race perfectly to come back onto Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia’s shoulder in the Breaststroke leg. She continued with good pace and secured her first medal of the competition. 
 
She touched in 4:34.69 to take the bronze. 
 
Adam Peaty continued to impress with a new British record time of 58.68 to qualify fastest for the 100m Breaststroke final. He will be joined by Ross Murdoch for tomorrow’s final. 
 
Also progressing to tomorrow’s finals are Fran Halsall (50m Butterfly), Chris Walker-Hebborn (100m Backstroke), Lizzie Simmonds (200m Backstroke), Ben Proud and Adam Barrett (50m Butterfly).