Freya Anderson did it again.
Great Britain’s teenage sensation sent a loud Tollcross crowd wild for a second night running, soaring to 200m freestyle success and thumping her own national record.
Then back to anchor her nation to silver in the mixed 4x50m freestyle, taking the medal tally to nine, Anderson is emerging as the fresh face of the LEN European Short Course Championships.
“I’m overwhelmed and really happy as I did absolutely not expect this medal,” said the Liverpudlian.
Anderson was actually out slow, taking the first two lengths in 27.02 which put her fifth and she turned at 150m in sixth place.
Just as in last night’s 100m, her ability to hang tough and finish well came through with a final 50m of 27.31.
The next fastest finisher in the field was Italy’s Federica Pellegrini, the reigning long-course world champion covering the final two lengths in 28.41.
Pellegrini won silver, 0.11 behind the Brit, and Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk bronze.
Two weeks on from breaking Fran Halsall’s ten-year British record at the ISL in London, Anderson lowered it again, to 1:52.77, confirming her prodigious talent.
An hour later it was relay time for Anderson, who swum a 23.44 split in the 4x50m freestyle which was quicker than all but eventual gold medallists Russia.
The night began with an Italian one-two, Martina Carraro and Arianna Castiglioni taking gold and silver in the 100m breaststroke.
“I’m pretty happy, this is very important to me, my first gold! It is not my best time but it was important to win and I just did it,” she said
And Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu climbed onto top step once again, extending her incredible unbeaten run in the 200m individual medley to 66 races, spanning Olympics and World Championships, a streak stretching back to 2013.
“I cannot even recall how many turns I did wrong but a lot,” said Hosszu.
“It wasn’t a really composed swim but I put in the hard work in order to reach this level where I can get the desired place in the race with a weaker or bad swim, like this.
“So even if I don’t look really happy, inside I’m delighted with this gold as well.”
In the same race there was a deserved bronze medal for Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, her sixth at EuroSwim.
It was yet another vintage night for the Dutch, with multiple medallists Arno Kamminga and Kira Toussaint adding to their hauls with 100m breaststroke and 50m backstroke gold respectively.
Russia look a good bet to repeat the trick and end top of the medal table, just as they did in Copenhagen. Heading into the final night, they have seven golds and 13 medals to their name.
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