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European silver for Allen

May 24, 2012 17:39 pm

Sophie Allen claimed Great Britain's second silver medal in 24 hours at the European Championships when she replicated Stockport ITC team-mate James Goddard's second place in the 200 metres individual medley in Debrecen.

Allen, who qualified for the final fifth fastest, was in fifth at the halfway point, but a storming breaststroke leg - the quickest in the field - propelled her to second with 50m to go.

Allen then produced a strong final freestyle leg to touch second in two minutes 11.49 seconds, 0.65secs behind winner Katinka Hosszu, who claimed her second medley title of the week after victory over 400m.

For the 20-year-old it continues a fine year which saw her book a spot on the GB Olympic team, alongside Hannah Miley, at the trials at the Aquatics Centre in March.

As well as Commonwealth champion Goddard, Allen trains with world open water champion Keri-anne Payne under Sean Kelly and has benefited from swimming with such experienced athletes.

Goddard tweeted: "2 silvers for @StockportMetro !! Well done Sophie."

Earlier, Craig Gibbons was 30th in the heats of the men's 100m freestyle, although the small British team of five have been competing here while in heavy training.

Notable performances in Hungary saw world champion Daniel Gyurta set a new championship record of 2:08.60 in the 200m breaststroke. That effort propelled Gyurta, who won silver aged 15 at the Athens Olympics, to third in this year's world rankings with second-placed Marco Koch of Germany up to fourth with 2:09.26.

Fellow Hungarian Laszlo Cseh beat Goddard to the medley crown on Wednesday and he won his second title in 24 hours with victory in the 200m butterfly, his time of 1:54.95 putting him third in the world this year.

Boglarka Kapas is up to fifth in the women's 800m freestyle rankings with a time of 8:26.49.

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