A hat-trick of swimming bronze medals, including a Sophie Hobbah double, rounded off another successful day for Team GB at Tbilisi 2015.
Hobbah’s 200m backstroke and 200m individual medley triumphs came either side of Annalea Davison’s bronze medal swim in the 400m freestyle as Team GB’s medal count reached eight at the halfway point of the Festival.
It was Hobbah’s only day of competing at Tbilisi 2015 and the 13-year-old Leeds swimmer was delighted to be bringing home two medals after her first ever international meet.
“I feel absolutely amazing. In the 200m back I turned on the first 50m and felt strong but on the last 50m I couldn’t feel my legs. But I just kept going and when I saw that bronze medal on the screen I was so happy,” said Hobbah.
“The whole experience has been amazing. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that not many people get to do so being selected was brilliant and I’ve really enjoyed it.
“All my training has gone to plan and my coach has done everything he can to help me so I appreciate that and I’m so happy to won two medals.
“This is the biggest competition that I’ve done and my first international one so it’s been a really good experience. I would love to do something like this again. I need to keep on training hard to try to make it happen.”
Davison will race again in the 200m breaststroke on Friday and came through strongly today in the last 50m to win bronze in 4:19.33.
“That was amazing, I’m so happy. I went out hard and just tried to hold it and finish strong. I was trying to keep up with the swimmers next to me then overtake in the last 100m,” said the 14-year-old.
“I was hoping for a medal this week but it’s unexpected to get it in the 400m as I was ranked way down but it’s amazing to get the medal. This is definitely the best thing I’ve achieved in swimming.”
Elsewhere, Scott McLay was 0.04 seconds off a medal in the boys’ 50m freestyle while Katie Robertson qualified fastest for tomorrow’s 100m breaststroke final.
Over in the gymnasts arena, Team GB’s girls trio of Georgia-Mae Fenton, Maisie Methuen and Lucy Stanhope finished seventh in the team event with the latter two qualifying for tomorrow’s all-around final.
There were mixed emotions in the tennis as Emile Hudd and Jacob Fearnley comfortably despatched the Liechtenstein pair 6-1, 6-0 to reach the boys’ doubles quarter-finals but Victoria Allen and Nell Miller couldn’t join them as they lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Latvia in girls’ draw.
After three impressive early wins, Kiera Bateman fell just short of a fourth medal of the day over at the judo, losing her bronze medal fight to the Georgian local favourite in a boisterous Tbilisi atmosphere.
Day Four Schedule: Thursday 30th July
Boys’ All-Around Final 11:00-15:00 local time / 08:00-12:00 BST
Girls’ All-Around Final 16:00-20:00 local time / 13:00-17:00 BST
Girls’ Road Race 11:00-14:00 local time / 08:00-11:00 BST: Lauren Dolan, Pfeiffer Georgi, Jess Roberts
Boys’ Road Race 16:00-19:30 local time / 13:00-16:30 BST: Harry Hardcastle, Tom Pidcock, Fred Wright
Eliminations and Repechage: 11:00-14:30 local time / 08:00-11:30 BST: Girls’ -52kg (Aimee Grant), -57kg (Lucy Day)
Finals: 16:00-18:00 local time / 13:00-15:00 BST
Heats: 09:30-12:00 local time / 06:30-09:00 BST
Boys’ 100m Freestyle Heats: Scott McLay, Elliot Clogg
Boys’ 400m Individual Medley Heats: Jacob Greenow, Nathan Hughes
Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Heats: TBC
Girls’ 100m Butterfly Heats: Caitlin Hubbard, Emily Large
Girls’ 50m Freestyle Heats: Athena Clayson, Emily large
Semi-Finals/Finals: 17:00-20:00 local time / 14:00-17:00 BST
Boys’ 100m Freestyle Semi-finals
Girls’ 100m Breaststroke Final
Girls’ 50m Freestyle Semi-finals
Girls’ 100m Butterfly Semi-finals
Boys’ 400m Individual Medley Final
Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Final
Doubles: Boys’ Quarter-Finals 09:00-22:00 local time / 06:00-19:00 BST: Emile Hudd, Jacob Fearnley