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Swimming: Stephen Milne clocks new Scots record

Perths Stephen Milne finished fourth in the 1500m freestyle final at the European long course swimming championship. Picture: Getty

Perths Stephen Milne finished fourth in the 1500m freestyle final at the European long course swimming championship. Picture: Getty

  • by JO ATKINSON
 

STEPHEN Milne set a new Scottish record in the men’s 1500m freestyle final at the European long course swimming championship in Berlin yesterday but just missed out on a medal.

The 20-year-old from Perth posted a time of 14min 53.83sec to finish fourth, just three-tenths of a second behind Gabriele Detti of Italy who won bronze.

The gold also went to Italy, with Gregorio Paltrinieri winning in a time of 14:39.93. Pal Joensen of the Faroe Islands won silver in 14:50.59.

Scotland’s Commonwealth Games hero Ross Murdoch will compete tonight in the 200m breaststroke, his favourite discipline. Murdoch won silver in Berlin on Tuesday in the 100m but was fastest qualifier in the 200m semi-finals yesterday.

His time of 2:08.65 gives him hope of repeating his 200m gold medal-winning performance in the pool in Glasgow. He will be joined in the final in Berlin by fellow Briton Andrew Willis.

Roberto Pavoni took a bronze medal for the British team in the 200 metres individual medley, touching in one minute 58.22 seconds.

Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh took the gold medal and Philip Heintz finished in silver.

Britons to go through to their finals were fellow Commonwealth medallists Jazz Carlin (800m freestyle), Aimee Willmott (200m individual medley), Georgia Davies (100m backstroke) and Chris Walker-Hebborn (50m backstroke).

London Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte is now on her way to Berlin after starring in the pool at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in China, yesterday.

The Lithuanian finished more than two seconds ahead of her nearest rival in the women’s 100 metres breaststroke final.

It was the 17-year-old’s second gold medal of the Youth Olympics and she will be aiming to add another top podium place at the European Championships, where she will compete in the 50m breaststroke.

In the diving events in Berlin, Tom Daley and James Denny – the thrown-together partnership who took Commonwealth silver in the 10m synchro – missed out on another title.

The pair ended up fourth, with errors on their four-and-a-half somersaults costing them a medal.

 

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