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Britain bags three medals on day one in Denmark

December 12, 2013 17:58 pm

Teenager Siobhan-Marie O’Connor picked up the 200m individual medley silver medal at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Henring, Denmark, on Thursday.

The 18-year-old produced a determined final leg to beat fellow Brit Sophie Allen into third, recording a time of 2:06.73, and was only denied gold by Katinka Hosszu (2:04.33) of Hungary.

Later in the afternoon Olympic finalist Jemma Lowe claimed bronze in the 200m butterfly final, finishing in 2:04.51 to hold off the challenge of Hosszu.

Aimee Willmott also reached the final, after winning her preliminary heat in the morning, but she could only manage a sixth-place finish with a time of (2:07.33).

And Fran Halsall produced an impressive swim in her 100m freestyle semi-final, winning in 52.32 to cruise into the final.

There were fewer successes for the men, but Michael Jamieson’s fourth-place finish in the first 100m breaststroke semi-final, with a time of 57.89, earned him a place in the final.

Andrew Willis raced in the other semi final but 58.52 was only enough for sixth and he misses out on a meeting with Jamieson.

The day was capped off with the women’s 4x50m freestyle relay and the GB team of O’Connor, Halsall, Willmott and Hannah Miley could only manage a ninth-place finish in 1:40.26.