Swimming: Freestyle fourth for Maughan at Youth Olympic Games

FLYING THE FLAG: Amelia Maughan

FLYING THE FLAG: Amelia Maughan

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AMELIA Maughan might have just missed out on a second podium finish at the Youth Olympic Games but it did little to dampen the former Bournemouth Dolphins swimmer’s mood in Nanjing.

With a silver medal in the women’s 4x100m medley final already under her belt, Maughan was again going it alone as she hit the water yesterday for the 200m freestyle final.

But despite coming close, a second medal was just out of her reach as the 18-year-old touched home in 1:59.41 minutes to finish fourth.

However, in truth, a medal always seemed a long way off as Maughan was almost a second off bronze and more than three away from Chinese winner Duo Shen.

And the teenager was just happy to put in a solid performance from the difficult spot of lane one.

“The final went better than I expected,” she said. “Being on the outside lane, I was quite excited to swim and prove to everyone I could do it.

“And it went well as I was just point one off my PB and especially at end of the season that is really good.

“I knew if I went out with the Chinese I wouldn’t be able to bring it back and I am really happy with how I raced my own race.”

 

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