Bronze for Chloe at British Championships

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Spalding’s Chloe Hannam won a 200m backstroke bronze medal in a new East Region record time at the British Championships in Glasgow.

The City of Peterborough Club member was drawn in heat five of six and she is not the best at starting a race.

As a result of her start Hannam was placed third after the first 50m but at the 100m mark she had moved into second place, although she remained a full second behind the leader.

Over the next 50m she closed the gap by seven-tenths of a second and she took the lead in the final 50m to finish in a new personal best time of 2:11.74.

Hannam’s qualification time placed her in lane five next to the favourite Lizzie Simmonds who previously represented Great Britain at Olympic and World events.

Hannam’s start left her trailing the leader by over half a body length and at 50m she was in fifth place.

In the next 50m Hannam pulled her position back to third place and, despite a storming finish, she had to settle for the bronze medal in a new personal best time of 2:11.47, which is also a new East Region record.

However, it was a case of ‘the morning after the night before’ as Hannam returned to the Tollcross Pool.

On day five Hannam swam in the 200m individual medley and was in lane three in heat three.

At 50m she was in fifth place but on the backstroke leg she showed her form from the previous day by moving up to lead the race at the 100m mark.

By the end of the butterfly leg Hannam had dropped to third place and, despite a spirited final 50m of freestyle, she was unable to pull back from third place and finished in a time of 2:19.15, which was outside the qualifying places for the final.

Meanwhile, former Deepings School pupil Adam Mallett (26) won the men’s 200m butterfly, producing a storming finish to pip Edinburgh’s Mark Szaranek and Jay Lelliott of Bath University.

Mallett moved to Australia to take up a two-year scholarship at Southport School near Brisbane. He now works on the Gold Coast and his parents still live in Deeping.