Leeds swimmer Taylor in record-breaking form

Swimmer Sophie Taylor, pictured at the John Charles Aquatic Centre, Leeds. (Picture: Simon Hulme)
Swimmer Sophie Taylor, pictured at the John Charles Aquatic Centre, Leeds. (Picture: Simon Hulme)
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Leeds teenager Sophie Taylor continued making a name for herself with another record-breaking performance at the British Gas Swimming Championships in Glasgow.

The 18-year-old from the City of Leeds club, who broke the British 100m breaststroke record at the world junior championships in Dubai last year, added the 200m title in an English record time to her growing list of accolades on Saturday.

Taylor dominated the 200m breaststroke final, stopping the clock at 2:24.46. The time was four seconds inside her personal best and puts her within the England nomination time for the Commonwealth Games at the same pool in the summer.

Taylor said: “It hasn’t sunk in yet. I thought I had gone out too fast but I’ve been trying to push myself all season.

To have taken four seconds off my personal best is amazing and I’m really chuffed to have broken the record.”

Middlesbrough Olympian Aimee Willmott added a silver in the 200m individual medley to the gold she won over 400 metres on Thursday.

The England men and women’s water polo teams have been crowned Commonwealth champions for the first time after respective victories at the 2014 Commonwealth Water Polo Championships in Aberdeen.

Yorkshire’s Ed Scott and Adam Scholefield both featured as the men triumphed.