Another relay medal and another British record as Bath-based trio continue fantastic start to 2021 LEN European Swimming Champs
University of Bath-based Freya Anderson, Tom Dean and James Guy made it two medals in as many days as they helped GB to mixed 4x200m freestyle relay gold at the 2021 LEN European Swimming Championships in Budapest.
Fresh from having booked his place in Wednesday’s 100m freestyle final, Bill Whiteley Sporting Scholar Dean led off the British quartet in the event, a relatively new addition to the international schedule, and handed over in first place.
Training partner Guy and Abbie Wood maintained that lead before Anderson – who, like Dean and Guy, is coached by David McNulty at the British Swimming National Centre Bath – brought the team home in a Championship and British record time of 7:26.67.
It was a second gold in 24 hours, and sixth European medal of her career, for Anderson following Monday’s success in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay. Dean and Guy had won silver in the equivalent men’s event.
“This is a nice confidence boost and a really nice way to get into the meet, to go out there with your team – to have two golds is just a bonus,” said Anderson. “I’m really excited to get going on the individuals now.”
Calum Jarvis, a University of Bath Sports Performance graduate who is coached by Jol Finck at the National Centre Bath, had earlier played a vital role in helping GB qualify for the final.
Tuesday’s racing also saw Sport & Exercise Science graduate Anna Hopkin set another Olympic consideration time as she finished sixth in the women’s 50m freestyle final in 24.51.
Anderson, Dean, Guy, Jarvis and Hopkin have all been selected by Team GB for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Click here to find out more.
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