Tom Derbyshire claims European Junior 1500m Freestyle Crown

Tom Derbyshire claims European Junior 1500m Freestyle Crown

Tom Derbyshire claims European Junior 1500m Freestyle crown

Tom Derbyshire won 1500m Freestyle gold to cap a memorable second day for Great Britain at the 2016 European Junior Championships in Hungary.

The Royal Wolverhampton School swimmer took an axe to his PB to claim gold in 15:08.31.

The young Brit’s time was more than 14 seconds faster than his previous lifetime best – a 15:22.58 effort from the 2015 British Championships in London.











Derbyshire’s win was the fourth English gold of the night, adding to victories from Emily Large, Freya Anderson and Taz Pugh.

Derbyshire adds to Commonwealth Youth crown

Unlike his three compatriots, Derbyshire was part of the British team at last year’s European Games in Baku, finishing eighth in the 1500m Free.

He went on to land gold in the same event for England at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.

And the 18-year old used all his experience to take the race out in Hungary, establishing a two-second lead on 5:01.69 after 500m.

Spain’s Albert Escrits Manosa took chase of the Brit, but couldn’t close the gap in the middle 500m with Derbyshire coming through the 1000m mark at 10:05.55 to the Spaniard’s 10:07.97.

And the English swimmer pulled clear in the final third of the race, eventually touching 3.29 seconds ahead of Escrits Manosa to claim his first European Junior title.

Tom Derybshire won 800m Freestyle silver to claim his second medal of the 2016 European Junior Swimming Championships.

Having won 1500m Freestyle gold on day two in Hungary, Derbyshire clocked 7:59.78 to return to the podium over 800m Free.

The 18-year old led the race out, turning first at 200m (1:58.09), 400m (3:58.96) and 600m (5:59.94) before Sweden’s Victor Johansson surged ahead in the last quarter to take gold on 7:56.64.

The Royal Wolverhampton School swimmer’s performance made him just the second British 18-year old to beat the eight minute mark for an 800m Free, behind David Davies’ 7:54.75 effort at the 2003 British Championships.

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