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Harris and Jones earn gold at British Swimming Championships

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Medi Harris and Harriet Jones made it a golden night for Welsh swimmers on day two of the British Swimming Championships.

After Daniel Jervis set the tone with a stunning 400m Freestyle victory on Tuesday, it was the turn of the two Welsh women to take centre stage at Ponds Forge. Having finished fourth in the 200m Free the night before, Harris kicked on to claim a maiden British title, beating an Olympic relay & European champion en route to victory.

Harris, fastest in the morning heats, got to the turn first and built from there, pushing to the wall to go inside a minute - narrowly outside the World Championship consideration mark - and secure top spot. Loughborough University's Lauren Cox claimed silver, with Kathleen Dawson (University of Stirling) taking bronze.

Harris said: "It's my first senior British title. I was looking for a better time, but considering how good the girls are in that event, I'm really pleased with that. Competing in that field, it's amazing. Knowing what they've done, they've set an example for all girls in the world over 100m and 200m Back, it's so good. I couldn't ask for kinder women to race against either, they're so nice.

“Our coaches have worked us really hard and we've been putting in the hard work. We work well as a team as well; we pick each other up when we're down or motivate each other when we need it. We are a really good team.”

Jones continued the Welsh as she won the Women's 50m Butterfly. The Tokyo 2020 Olympian - who will contest the 100m Butterfly later in the meet - backed up a commanding display in the heats with another punchy 50m of butterfly sprinting, holding off Derventio duo Sophie Yendell and Georgina Pryor in second and third respectively.

“The 50m is always a bit of fun, and then technically I want to go out a similar time, maybe just a tiny bit slower than what I've done there (in the 100m)," said Jones. 

“The work there is about the front-end speed, so the 50m just builds into the 100m. We've had a good training block, everything seems to be going well, so we'll see what the 100m brings on Sunday!”

Elsewhere, open water Olympian Hector Pardoe continued his pool journey with a sixth place finish in the 200 Fly A final, while Joe Small finished eighth in a tight 200 Back A final. City of Cardiff Swimming Club enjoyed success with a Bradley Newman and Kyle Booth one-two in the 50 Breast B final to add to Rebecca De Torres’ silver in the 50 Fly Priority Paris final.

Charlotte Evans got a taste of victory with a fine swim to win the 100 Back B final, and Rhys Edwards claimed second in the 200 Fly B final.