Matt Richards (l) after adding silver to the gold and bronze medals he had already won in Kazan.

Teenage Swim Sensation Matt Adds Silver Lining To Complete Medal Hat-Trick

Matt Richards completed the medal hat-trick at the European Junior Championships as he struck 200m Freestyle silver on the final night in Kazan.

The 16-year-old sensation smashed his person al best again as he added to his 100m Freestyle gold and bronze in the 4x10o Freestyle Relay in Russia.

Richards clocked 1:47.23 just missing out on the gold as he underlined why he is regarded as one of Britain’s  brightest swimming prospects.

GB’s bronze-winning relay team (l to r) Jacob, Whittle, Matt Richards, Edward Mildred, and Archie Goodburn.

The Droitwich-based schoolboy was third going into the final 50m but touched home 0.03 ahead of Switzerland’s Antonio Djakovic, who took the bronze in 1:47.26.

Sweden’s Robin Hanson won the gold medal in 1:46.93.

Rising Welsh Star Matt Richards Strikes Gold In Russia

Two other Welsh swimmers reached the finals on the final day of competition.


Medi Harris was eighth in a time of 1:02.46 in the 100m Backstroke having finished seventh in the 50m Backstroke final.

Kyle Booth set PBs in the 100m and 200m breaststroke in Kazan

And Kyle Booth was again in personal best form as he followed upon his fifth in the 200m breaststroke with seventh in the 100m distance in 1:02.61.

Booth’s time of 2:12.48 for the 200m breaststroke was also a PB and a British age group record for a 17-year-0old.

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