Masterful Medi Harris Is European Champion And Going For More

COMPLEX OLIMPIC DE NATAIE OTOPENI, OTOPENI, ROMANIA - 2023/12/07: Katie Shanahan of Great Britain, silver, Medi Harris of Great Britain, gold, Pauline Mahieu of France, bronze attend the medal ceremony of the 200m Backstroke Women Final during the European Short Course Swimming Championships at Complex Olimpic de Nataie Otopeni in Otopeni (Romania), December 7th, 2023. (Photo by Andrea Staccioli/Insidefoto/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Masterful Medi Harris Is European Champion And Going For More

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By Hannah Blackwell

Wales has a new European swimming champion in the shape of Medi Harris.

The Commonwealth Games bronze medalist struck gold at the European Short Course Championships in Romania on Thursday night and there could be more silverware for Great Britain, and Welsh swimmers, this weekend.

Harris won the 200m backstroke to earn her first senior individual title.

The 21-year-old from Porthmadog said: “I was really nervous as I haven’t done this event in a long time.

“It’s exciting to think what could be to come in the 200m backstroke for GB.

“I’ve recently moved to Loughborough with Dave Hemmings so I’m really thankful for him and that’s the main goal for this year is to build my confidence and he definitely has, so I’m very thankful.”

Wales’ 200m freestyle world champion Matt Richards races in his individual event over the weekend, having already struck relay gold in the 4x50m relay, where he helped set a new British record.

Harris returned to the Otopeni pool after winning the 200 backstroke for the 100 m backstroke.

She led the field in 57.15 ahead of French pair Beryl Gastaldello (57.20) and Mary-Ambre Moluh (57.71) with defending champion Kira Toussaint through in 57.83.

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