#EYOF2013 Team GB in action on Day 5
July 19, 2013 09:19 am
Team GB go into the final day of competition at the 2013 EYOF in Utrecht with plenty of chances to add more medals to what has already been a successful week.
The swimmers still have many medals left to fight for after Laura Stephens (Wix; pictured above) qualified in third place for the 100m butterfly final and also goes in the 50m freestyle heats on a busy day in her diary.
Charlie Attwood (Bridgwater) and Holly Hibbott (Southport) will both be hoping to add to their medal tallies as they go in the 200m breaststroke and backstroke respectively. And Hibbott also swims in the 200m freestyle heats while Duncan Scott (Alloa) races the 200m individual medley.
“I swam a personal best in the mixed relay to win silver so if I can do something like that again then hopefully we’ll be in with a shot of a medal again,” said Stephens.
“It’s the last day of the meet and my last race of the week so I’m just going to give it everything I’ve got and I know the rest of the team will do too so fingers crossed we’ll be standing on the podium again.”
In the Galgenwaard Sports Centre, Team GB will hope to continue their run of medals in the artistic gymnastics. After taking three medals in the individual all-around finals the gymnasts return for a final day of apparatus finals.
Brinn Bevan (Benfleet) has already won two gold medals this week and competes in five finals, only failing to qualify on the vault. With one gold and one silver already in his kit bag, Leeds’ Nile Wilson will look to add to his collection on the parallel bars, rings and pommel horse. And Jay Thompson (Paignton) will hope for further success on the floor after winning team gold on Tuesday.
Ty Mattis (Tottenham) and Ellie Downie (Nottingham) will each compete on the vault and bars and Amy Tinkler (Bishop Auckland) will round off the action for Team GB with her floor routine.
Mattis and Downie finished third and fourth respectively in the individual all-around competition and the Londoner is hoping to be standing on the top step of the podium tomorrow.
“I’ve got a silver and a bronze so far. I just need a gold to complete the set now,” said the 14-year-old.
“I think the team has won at least one medal in every event we’ve entered so far this week and someone said my bronze in the all-around was Team GB’s first all-around medal at an EYOF, so the hard work we do in training is definitely paying off.”
In Jaarbeurs Utrecht Team GB’s judokas have one last shot at glory, and on the final day it will be Michelle Boyle (Carluke), John Jayne (London) and Valentino Volante (Edinburgh) taking to the mat.
Boyle competes in the +70kg category while Jayne and Volante will fight in the -90kg and +90kg classifications respectively – and Boyle is raring to go.
“We’re the last athletes here to compete. It feels like it’s been a long wait but just being around the Athletes’ Village and watching the best in Europe fight is really inspiring,” said Team GB’s oldest member.
“It could have been a distraction with so much going on before our first bouts but it’s just hyped us up even more to go out and do the team proud.”