Willmott and Lelliott win European bronze on opening night

Aimee Willmott’s fine summer continued as she won bronze at the European Championships with teammate Jay Lelliott contributing the same colour on the opening night in Berlin.

Willmott swam to double silver at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and took bronze in the 400m medley on day one of the Europeans in a time of 4:34.69 minutes.

And Lelliott, who made his senior debut at the Commonwealth Games, picked up the same colour as Willmott in the 400m freestyle after advancing to the final in seventh overall.

He was overshadowed by teammate and fastest qualifier Stephen Milne in the heats but claimed bronze in 3:47.50 while his fellow Brit had to make do with sixth in the final.

And the British team appear set for further success as the Europeans continue with Adam Peaty swimming a new championship record of 58.68 to qualify fastest for the 100m breaststroke final.

He won double gold and silver at the Commonwealth Games and will be pushed by teammate Ross Murdoch who qualified second quickest while a host of other British swimmers starred.

Chris Walker-Hebborn was fastest into the 100m backstroke final, Lizzie Simmonds second quickest into the 200m backstroke medal showdown and Fran Halsall third in the 50m butterfly semi-finals.

And rounding off the team’s performance Ben Proud and Adam Barrett advanced to the men’s 50m butterfly in sixth and seventh place respectively.

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