Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Jazz Carlin claimed their second golds of the 2015 British Championships with dominant performances in their main events in London.
Bath University’s O’Connor set the second fastest time of her career to take victory in the 200m Individual Medley while Carlin finished more than 10 seconds clear of the field in the 800m Freestyle.
"Ideally it would have been nice to go under my PB, but you are not always at your very best and getting the time was the main thing," - Siobhan-Marie O'Connor
O’Connor, who won an unexpected 100m Freestyle gold on the opening night in London, was imperious in the 200m IM, the event in which she won her sole Commonwealth gold at Glasgow 2014 last year.
The 19-year old was more than a second clear after the opening butterfly leg before pulling further away to take gold in 2:09.51 with Hannah Miley (2:11.65) and Aimee Willmott (2:13.30) trailing in her wake for silver and bronze respectively.
“That last 50m was really tough, I didn’t feel great but I am happy with that time, I was just aiming to go under 2:10," said O'Connor. "Ideally it would have been nice to go under my PB, but you are not always at your very best and getting the time was the main thing.”
O’Connor’s teammate Carlin had no problems completing the defence of her 800m Freestyle to add to her victory in the 400m Freestyle from the previous day.
The Welsh swimmer – who is European and Commonwealth champion in the 800m Free – admitted she was feeling the effects of her 400m swims but touched home in 8:21.58 for victory ahead of Jessica Thielmann in 8:32.19 and Camilla Hattersley (8:37.99).
“I felt quite heavy and I didn’t really feel like I got into my stroke tonight but obviously that’s the time I have come away with," said Carlin. “I was really happy with yesterday and back-to-back is quote tough."
There were also golds for Lizzie Simmonds, who clocked 1:00.03 to win the British 100m Backstroke title for the first time since 2010, and Craig McNally, who clocked 1:57.58 to reclaim the British 200m Backstroke crown he won two years ago.
Stephen Milne claimed the only other gold of the night, lifting his first British title with a 14:58.25 effort in the 1500m Freestyle.
There were also two British and English junior records on the night as Cockermouth’s Luke Greenbank clocked 1:58.71 to win 200m Backstroke bronze and lower his British 17 Yrs Age Group record from the heats and Royal Wolverhampton’s Tom Derbyshire set a new British 16 Yrs Age Group record to finish fourth in the 1500m Freestyle in 15:22.58.
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