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Jervis victorious on day one of British Swimming Championships

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Daniel Jervis powered to the Men’s 400m freestyle British title on day one of the British Swimming Championships in Sheffield.

The Olympic finalist in the 1500m dominated over the shorter distance at Ponds Forge with 50m splits consistently under the 29 second mark. After pulling clear of the field at the 100m mark, Jervis never looked back as he finished 2.08 seconds ahead of runner-up Luke Turley (Bath National Centre) and countryman Kieran Bird, Bath National Centre, who picked up the bronze medal. Open Water specialist Hector Pardoe, who also has his sights on a Commonwealth Games place with Wales, was seventh.

Jervis said: “Sheffield is my favourite pool in the world. I’ve been fortunate to swim all over the world. I've seen some fantastic venues - but there's just something about Sheffield. I don't know if it's because I remember it from when I was younger and it's homely to me, but I love it here.

“Training has been going so well, but it's been very difficult, as every athlete in the world will say. Huge credit to my coach Adam Baker, because we've really trained hard into this competition and it's going to be a good week.”

There were more Welsh medals on day one in Sheffield. Liam White produced an impressive swim to finish third in the Men’s 50m backstroke as he edged out Swansea University teammate Joe Small by just 0.02 seconds.

Medi Harris claimed fourth place amongst a strong field in the Women’s 200 free behind the impressive trio of Abbie Wood, Freya Anderson and Freya Colbert, and will hoping to get amongst the medals when she competes in her favoured 100m backstroke event this evening.

There was another special swim from one of Wales’ next generation, Aneurin Davies, who claimed victory in the Junior Men’s 100 Breaststroke in dramatic fashion. The Swansea Aquatics swimmer pipped Poole’s Oliver Jones to the post, beating him by one hundredth of a second to post an impressive time of 1:04:31.

Elsewhere, Jade Quersha came third in the Women’s Junior 50m Backstroke, Georgia Hynter also claimed bronze in the Women’s Priority Paris 50 back, and Will Ryley took victory in the Men’s 400 free B final, with Tyler Melbourne-Smith third.