Sophie Allen learnt to swim as a way of keeping active as a child and lists cake decorating as her favourite hobby. Torn cartilage in her left hip, which required arthroscopy, seriously affected Allen’s 2010 season. She won 200m individual medley silver at the European Junior Championships in 2008 and qualified for London 2012 by finishing second in the same event at the Olympic trials in March. Allen won European 200m medley silver in May.
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