SWIMMING: Silver lining for Chloe’s super show

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SPALDING swimming sensation Chloe Hannam delivered a stunning performance at the Sainsbury’s UK School Games as she shattered her personal best en route to a silver medal.

The 15-year-old South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club starlet clocked 5.02.52mins in her favoured 400m IM, only missing out on gold by 0.6 seconds.

Hannam was competing at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Pool for the England Central team.

The four-day event featured 1,600 competitors aged between 13 and 17, who were all taking part in 12 sports across seven venues in the south Yorkshire city.

The games were designed back in 2006 as a precursor for the young athletes to experience the flavour of a multi-sports event.

It boasts opening and closing ceremonies, an athletes’ village, simulation doping control and elite senior athlete mentoring – making the competition something of a mini-Olympics.

The swimming took place over two mornings with eight teams taking part – four English, two Scottish, an Irish and Welsh outfit.

Hannam was up against three girls who had recently beaten her at the National Youth Championships in July – so wasn’t expecting a medal.

After the 100m fly and 100m back legs, she was leading by a small margin and managed to keep hold of her lead as the raced entered the closing stages. But she was pipped at the post by a Scottish competitor who enjoyed a lightning final 25m.

However, Hannam did finish up on the winning team, with Central winning the event for the fourth year on the spin.