SWIMMING: Hannam in hat-trick haul at Olympic pool

Medal treble: Chloe Hannam shows off her trio of UK School Games medals at the Olympic pool. Photo supplied
Medal treble: Chloe Hannam shows off her trio of UK School Games medals at the Olympic pool. Photo supplied
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SPALDING swimming sensation Chloe Hannam came home with three medals after a putting in stunning performance at the UK School Games.

Held at the Olympic pool, where the South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club starlet competed in the British Championships back in March, Hannam’s highlight was a sensational gold in the 400m IM.

The 15-year-old – who had to cram in some GCSE revision between events – ace also picked up silver in both the 4 x 200m freestyle relay and 200m IM to complete a wonderful showing.

In her second-successive appearance at the Games, Hannam was again representing England Central. Last year she only swam one race, gaining a silver medal in the process.

This time around she was determined to go for gold – and it didn’t take long for her to achieve her goal.

Hannam’s first outing was the 400m IM and she out-swam her chief rival from England North swimmer, finishing four seconds clear of the rest to earn gold and register a big win for her team.

Later in the day it was Hannam’s turn to swim the second leg of the 4 x 200m freestyle relay. With England Central’s first swimmer leaving the team in sixth place, the Spalding teen knew she had her work cut out to make up some time.

What followed was an astonishing time of 2.04.00mins – the fastest leg clocked by anyone in the race – to bring the team into second spot and back in the hunt for medals.

The next two Central girls swam superbly well and managed to keep second place overall, meaning Hannam and her team collected a silver medal each.

If that wasn’t good enough, former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and her daughter Bluebell presented the girls with their medal.

To finish the day, Hannam competed in the 200m IM – a distance she doesn’t enjoy as much as the 400m...not that you’d have known.

After the first 50m fly she was trailing slightly from the same swimmer she’d beaten in the morning on the 400IM.

Hannam then managed to take the lead following her 50m of backstroke, but the England North swimmer was stronger on the breaststroke leg and was able to finish the race one second ahead of the South Lincs star.

A delighted Hannam said: “The whole experience was exciting and fun. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Games, especially as I walked away with two silver medals and one gold.”