Sunday, May 22, 2016

Dawson, Scott secure Gold as GBR dominate Medley Relays

“It was close but when the boys give you a lead like that there was no way I was going to give it up." Duncan Scott

Great Britain signed off from the European Aquatics Championships in London to the sound of their national anthem as the team crowned an impressive week in the pool by winning both the women's and men's medley relays.

The final day's action saw a Britain add five medals to finish with 22 in total, the highest number of any nation despite being in heavy training as they continue to prepare for the Rio Olympics.

The penultimate swim of the night saw the British quartet of Kathleen Dawson, Chloe Tutton, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Francesca Halsall win gold in the 4x100m Medley Relay in a time of 3:58.57.

After securing the European title Dawson (Warrington Warriors) said: “I’ve been under the minute mark for the 100m back three times this week and this final result is the stuff of dreams. I’ve really no words apart from how happy I am to have been part of this great time. I’ve loved my time here.”

The men’s team, made up of Chris Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Duncan Scott, dominated to take the win and capture GBR’s second gold of the night in a time of 3:32.15

Scott (University of Stirling) said, “It was close but when the boys give you a lead like that there was no way I was going to give it up. I knew I was in with a great group and this has rounded off a great week for the whole of the team.

Peaty added, “It’s a great arena to demonstrate our form. The chemistry is building within this team and that’s only going to grow stronger in the build up to Rio.”

Also picking up a gold medal in this event were Robbie Renwick and Ross Murdoch (both University of Stirling), who along with Chris Walker-Hebborn and Duncan Scott got the GBR team through to the final.

Earlier in the afternoon Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow Swim Team) contested her first ever senior final in the 400m freestyle where she finished in =7th with a time of 4:09.51, a personal best.

For full results from the LEN Aquatics Championships 2016: