Titan Swimmers Win 3 Medals at World Junior Open Water Championships
Titan trio of Hector Pardoe, Phoebe Griffiths and Gordon Mason represented Great Britain at this year’s World Junior Open Water Championships which were held in Hoorn in the Netherlands 16th-18th July.
Set against the backdrop of a truly beautiful 17the Century harbour full of Dutch Barges and Klippers, over 20 Nations from all over the world came to do battle.
Making up 30% of the GB team – the Titan Swimmers positive mental attitudes, scale of thinking, ambition, vision and sheer enthusiasm for the task in hand helped British Swimming achieve unprecedented success – finishing 6th in the overall medals table.
Hector Pardoe won the 5km bronze to become the first British swimmer ever to win a medal at a World Junior Open Water Championships. Competing in the 2001/2002 age category, the 15-year old completed the course in 59:55.0 and was less than half a second behind Spain’s Eric Vilaregut, who just pipped Hector for Silver. The Gold medal was won by Russia’s Daniil Orlov.
In the Girls 1999/2000 7.5km Phoebe Griffiths came 20th in a time of 1:35.00.6, whilst Gordon Mason came 21st in 1:34.54.7.
Competing in the 14-16 Years 5km relay event, Hector Pardoe teamed up with teammate Phoebe Griffiths, as well as Hatfield’s Nathan Hughes and City of Leeds’ Leah Crisp to secure the bronze medal for Team GB in a time of 0:58.12.6, only marginally missing out on even shinier medals. In fact, for much of the race Team GB were leading but were eventually beaten by Italy and Hungary who finished in 0:58.06.4 and 0:58.09.1 respectively. The English quartet were however safely clear of fourth-placed Russia, who finished more than a minute back.
The U19 Years relay was also swum four legs of 1.25km with Great Britain’s quartet finishing 10th. The team of Gordon Mason, Rosie Foden, Tom Millburn and Alice Dearing came home in 58:35.3.
By Jon Pardoe