Brits secure position on top of the medal table in Berlin

24th August 2014

The British Gas GBR Swimming team signed off from their most successful European Championships with a total of 9 golds and 24 medals in total.  
 
The week saw the Brits break two world records and finish on top of the medal table with the final session seeing medals for Jazz Carlin, Francesca Halsall, the men’s 4x100m Medley Relay, Roberto Pavoni and the women’s 4x100m Medley relay.
 
Carlin completed her golden double by storming to the victory in the 400m Freestyle to add to her 800m Freestyle title. 
 
The Commonwealth Champion sat in a good position for the first stages of the race and moved into the lead at 250m. 
 
Carlin continued to show her power as she was pushed through the rest of the race by Mireira Belmonte Garcia (Spain). 
 
She touched in new personal best and welsh record time of 4:03.24. The silver went to Sharon Rouwendaal (Netherlands) in 4:03.76 and bronze was won by Belmonte Garcia in 4:04.01.
 
Halsall won her second individual gold medal after winning the title in the 50m Freestyle.
 
The Commonwealth Champion completed her successful season with a powerful swim in this evening’s first final as she finished ahead of Swesen’s Sarah Sjostrom.
 
Halsall touched in 24.32 to win her third European title. Sjostrom finished in second in a time of 24.37 with Jeanette Ottesen (Denmark) taking the bronze in 24.53. 
 
Chris Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty, Adam Barrett and Ben Proud put in an impressive team display to take the gold medal in the men’s 4x100m Medley Relay. 
 
The quartet went into the lead in the Breaststroke leg with another strong swim from Peaty who handed over to Barrett with almost a second and a half lead. 
 
Barrett swam an excellent leg to put Proud in a good position for the final 100m and he brought the team home to the gold medal in 3:31.73.
 
France finished in silver medal position in 3:32.47 and bronze went to Hungary in 3:33.11.
 
Roberto Pavoni won his second medal of the competition after taking silver in the 400m Individual Medley. 
 
Pavoni went out hard from the start of the race and led through the Butterfly leg to put himself in contention for a medal. 
 
The Loughborough-based swimmer swam to a time of 4:13.75. Max Litchfield finished in fourth place in a two second personal best time of 4:14.97.
 
The women’s 4x100m Medley relay which consisted of Georgia Davies, Sophie Taylor, Jemma Lowe and Halsall won bronze with a strong performance. 
 
Davies put the quartet in a good position in the opening stages of the race and the anchor by Halsall brought the team back to bronze in 3:57.97.
 
Ben Proud just missed out on the medals in the 50m Freestyle after touching in a time of 21.94.