Swimming: Oliver wins a hat-trick of gold medals

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First published in Sport

OLIVER Fairman struck gold three times to lead an avalanche of medals for Swim Bournemouth at the Portsmouth End of Season Open Meet.

The 11-year-old contributed seven medals – three gold, two silver and two bronze to a Bournemouth tally of 29.

His golden hat-trick came in the 11yrs 100m breaststroke in 1:32.65, 200m backstroke in 2:45.46 and 200m individual medley (IM) in 2:53.17.

He took silver in the 50m breaststroke and 100m backstroke and bronze in the 200m and 400m freestyle.

Amy Brown and Abby Manns each contributed a medal of each colour to the Swim Bournemouth haul.

Brown came first in the 10 and under 200m breaststroke, second in 50m breaststroke and third in 200m IM.

Manns won gold in the 100m breaststroke, silver in the 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 200m butterfly.

National qualifier Jess Richens made it six golds for Swim Bournemouth when she won the 14yrs 100m freestyle in 1:01.88.

Issy Hepburn won six medals, her tally including silver in the 11yrs 100m breaststroke, 100m butterfly and 200m and 400m IM. She also won bronze in the 50 and 200m breaststroke.

Silver medals also went to Hermione Cull in the 11yrs 50m butterfly and 200m freestyle and national backstroke qualifiers Harriet Perfect in the 14yrs 100m freestyle and Jamie Gray in the boys’ 15 and over 100m freestyle.

Ella-Rose Bowman, 11, and 12-year-old Fran Gallimore each won two bronze medals, while Ben Wickens took bronze in the 15 and over 50m breaststroke.

n Jordan Young improved his qualification time by two minutes when he made his ASA National Youth Championships debut in the open water competition at Rother Valley near Sheffield.

Young, 16, who also swims for East Dorset Open Water SC, recorded a time of 27 minutes and 01 seconds to come 14th in the 15-16yrs 2km race.

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