Lelliott and Milne book second shot at medal at Europeans

19 August 2014 / 12:09

No sooner had Jay Lelliott celebrated a first medal at the European Championships than was he swimming his way to another shot at the podium on the second morning in Berlin.

Lelliott contributed one of two bronze medals won by Britain on the opening night in Germany – finishing third in the 400m freestyle while Aimee Willmott followed suit in the 400m medley.

However there was little time for him to take in his achievement as he returned to the pool for the 1500m freestyle heats and joined Stephen Milne in comfortably reaching the final.

Although much like the 400m freestyle heats, it was Milne who qualified as the best Brit in the 1500m, posting a time of 15:04.86 minutes for third while Lelliott was fifth in 15:06.88.

Elsewhere Roberto Pavoni made it out of the 200m medley heats in third place overall himself while Britain’s mixed 4x100m medley relay quartet were the second fastest into the final.

The quartet of Georgia Davies, Ross Murdoch, Adam Barrett and Rebecca Turner clocked 3:48.82 to finish second behind Italy, who recorded a new championship record of 3:48.57.

There was no luck for Turner in the 100m freestyle heats though as she bowed out along with Shauna Lee as did Max Litchfield at the same stage in the men’s 200m freestyle.

And in the 100m breaststroke Commonwealth champion over the distance Sophie Taylor failed to make it out of the heats as did Glasgow 2014 bronze medallist over 200m Molly Renshaw.

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