Jocelyn Ulyett clocks British record for 200m Breaststroke gold
Jocelyn Ulyett pulled off a huge shock to land 200m Breaststroke gold with a British record at the British Championships 2017.
The 21-year old Loughborough University swimmer came into the Championships with a PB of 2:27.25, and had finished sixth in the British final 12 months ago.
But Ulyett left Rio 2016 Olympic finalists Chloe Tutton and Molly Renshaw in her wake in Sheffield as she took control of the race at the half-way stage before forging clear to touch in 2:22.08.
“It feels so surreal – it’s unbelievable,” said Ulyett, who came through the junior ranks at City of Milton Keynes.
“I’ve been struggling with confidence so this morning [swimming a PB] really boosted that. Tonight I had nothing to lose so I just thought I’d swim my own race and focus on myself.”
While Renshaw saw her British record 2:22.33 broken, she passed Tutton in the final 50m to ensure an English 1-2 for Loughborough as she touched in 2:23.04.
The time is Renshaw’s fastest on the domestic stage and the third fastest of her career, behind only her efforts from the semi-finals and final in Brazil last summer.
Walker-Hebborn wins second gold in as many days
Chris Walker-Hebborn won his second gold in as many days with victory in the 100m Backstroke.
The Bath University swimmer dominated the final from gun to wall, touching in 54.24 to win his fifth consecutive British title in the event.
Having landed the 50m Back title on the opening night, victory ensured Walker-Hebborn became the third English swimmer to win a second gold across the opening two days, joining Adam Peaty and James Guy in achieving the feat.
Loughborough University’s Luke Greenbank broke 55 seconds for the first time since 2015 as he claimed silver behind Walker-Hebborn.
The 19-year old, who will defend his British 200m Back title later in the week, clocked 54.75 in Sheffield. His time was just 0.11 seconds shy of his PB from the 2015 European Games in Baku.
Jessica Fullalove lands 100m Backstroke bronze
Jessica Fullalove repeated her result from 12 months ago to claim bronze in the 100m Backstroke.
The 20-year old has switched to train at Bath University this season, and lowered her PB to 1:00.29 at last month’s Arena Pro Swim Series leg in Indianapolis.
And while Fullalove couldn’t take her lifetime best down again in Sheffield, she came through from lane five to reach the podium in 1:00.52 behind Wales’ defending champion Georgia Davies (59.34) and Scotland’s European bronze medallist Kathleen Dawson (1:00.22).
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