Tom Dean and Luke Greenbank got the British medal tally up and running on the opening night of the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow, with a pair of truly brilliant swims.
Having only secured the last spot into the Men’s 400m Freestyle final, young Tom Dean was drawn in lane eight but wasn’t fazed, going about his business like a consummate professional. Swimming a measured race as he did to win his heat this morning, the National Centre Bath man attacked the final 150m with everything he had to move from fifth to second and win his first senior individual medal.
Setting another personal best, a delighted Dean said afterwards:
“I’m really, really happy with that. I didn’t come here with expectations of a medal in any event and the 400m Free is so new to me; it’s only really been this season I’ve picked it up. Training with Jimmy (Guy) has pushed me harder on the longer sets, so I’m really happy.
“I didn’t think I could win a medal – I just thought I’d float the first 200 and see if I could stick with these bigger boys and I knew I had more to give down the back end. That’s my first senior individual medal, which is pretty cool!”
In the Men’s 200m Backstroke Luke Greenbank broke the 10 year old British record for the second time today to take a splendid silver medal, ensuring Great Britain were on the podium in the opening medal race of the championships.
After his heat this morning the National Centre Loughborough swimmer said he wanted to execute his pacing strategy and that he did, turning on the after burners to move from fourth to second in the final two lengths of the pool. Touching in 1.50.09, the World Championship bronze medallist was naturally pleased with his efforts:
“That felt amazing – I felt a lot smoother than in the heat. I was a little unlucky to not go sub 1.50 but I’ve got that in me, just maybe not today! But the main thing is I’m over the moon to come away with a medal. I’ve got the 100m tomorrow and that has given me a lot of confidence.”