Breakthrough sensation Freya Anderson wows again to claim second gold at European Short Course Swimming Championships

Freya Anderson celebrates her second gold of the championships (PA Images)
Freya Anderson celebrates her second gold of the championships (PA Images)
12:00pm, Sun 08 Dec 2019
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Britain's Freya Anderson has won her second gold medal of the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow.

The 18-year-old who bagged her maiden senior title on Friday in the 100m freestyle completed the double and broke her own national record to finish first in the 200m freestyle. The record had previously been held for ten years by Fran Halsall until Anderson broke it at the ISL in London two weeks ago.

Birkinhead-born Anderson clocked a new British record of 1:52.77, 0.11 ahead of Italy's Federica Pellegrini in second. Holland's Femke Heemskerk managed to get her touch in and claimed the bronze.

In a similar style to Friday's comeback, Anderson turned in sixth place at 150m but put in an impressive burst came through the field with a final 50m of 27.31.

After the race she said: “I knew how a few of the others would swim it and thought if I could be with them at around the 150m mark I could make my move. 

"It's a tactical race the 200m Free so I had to keep looking around whilst also focusing on my own race. I've never been good at short course and I've been working on my turns and skills for years, so to finally see it paying off is really rewarding."

No time for celebrations, Anderson was back in the pool an hour later to anchor the mixed 4x50m freestyle relay team to a silver medal. 

Siobhan Marie O'Connor had kicked the crowd into action just 20 minutes before by claiming bronze in the 200m Individual Medley. 

The Olympic silver medallist battled with Maria Ugolkova but managed to touch just ahead of the Swiss swimmer to claim the podium spot.

Britain currently sit on a tally of nine medals with one more day of action to come from Glasgow today.

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