ROBERTO Pavoni completed a hat-trick of gold medals on the final day of the British Gas Championships and confirmed he will be one of the English names to watch at this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
He viewed this meet as the perfect dress rehearsal for Glasgow 2014 and was delighted to add the 200m individual medley to golds in the 400m medley and 200m butterfly. “I’m ecstatic to win all three,” said the Stockport 23-year-old after his 1:59.08 swim. “My main goal was to make a Commonwealth Games time this week and the second was to win as many titles as possible.
“I only made the Games qualifying time in the 400m medley but I’m hoping I get to swim all three events this summer. I’ll come back in July knowing where everything is and I’ll be used to the environment.”
Richard Schafers, winner of the Scottish Championship last week, claimed a bronze medal in the 50m freestyle. Hatfield’s Adam Brown won in 22.27secs and the Edinburgh University man clocked 22.65secs. “There was a lot of pressure to win and get the Games time last week,” said the 23-year-old. “I did that so this week has been much more enjoyable.”
Hannah Miley has been one of Scotland’s medal mainstays at British Championships over the past decade, but she lost out on her final chance of a podium place yesterday when she finished fourth in the 400m freestyle in 4:11.85. Wales’ Jazz Carlin won in 4:04.68. But Miley had done the needful at last week’s Scottish Championships, winning six titles and qualifying for Glasgow 2014 in the 400m and 200m individual medleys and the 800m freestyle. She added another nomination time in the 200m breaststroke at the British Championships last Saturday.
The 24-year-old two-time Olympian will defend the 400m medley at the Commonwealth Games.
Lauren Quigley (Stockport Metro) set an English record of 27.90 in winning the 50m backstroke dash – she had already won the 200m backstroke. While there will be one more Games qualification chance for the Scots at the end of next month, the first round of selections will be named at Tollcross today.
Duncan Scott claimed his third junior title of the meet with a 2:04.54 swim in the 200m individual medley. He had already won two freestyle golds.