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Five Medals At European Junior Championships!

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Five medals and two British records from the 2012 European Junior Championships now make their journey from Antwerp to Plymouth courtesy of three of Jon's athletes who won a magnificent one gold, three silver and one bronze between them.

Top of the tree is Joe Patching, European Junior Champion over 200m Backstroke, his breathtaking performance seeing him smash through the two-minute barrier for the first time taking gold in 1:59.45. “I’m absolutely speechless,” said Patching. “I’ve broken the two minute barrier which was my primary goal, but my second goal was to win the gold for the team and I managed to do both. The Italian was coming back hard on me in the last 50 but I just thought to myself ‘This is my day, I’m not going to let him pass’ and I swum through it. Now I get to stand on the podium and hear our national anthem - I’m so happy and so relieved.”

Antony James Makes It Four Olympians For Jon In 2012

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Jon raised his number of 2012 Olympians to four with Antony James forcing his way onto the Great Britain team for the home London Olympics in just over 30 days’ time. Antony’s inclusion in the 100m Butterfly and as an option for the British 400m Medley relay means that he joins Ruta Meilutyte, Jamila Lunkuse and Jade Howard at the Games, the three girls from Jon's coaching stable having been confirmed earlier in the year.

Having competed at the Commonwealth Games, European Championships and World Championships, the Olympic Games is Antony’s last (and most significant) unchartered major meet and he becomes Plymouth Leander’s first ever British Olympian and Plymouth’s first British swimming Olympian since Sharron Davis in 1992.

Three Medals At Monte Carlo Mare Nostrum

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The 30th Monte Carlo Mare Nostrum International Meet saw Jon's athletes return with three medals at what is one of the most prestigious and competitive swim meets on the annual international calendar.

Ruta Meilutyte, unrested and still in heavy training for the Olympic Games, was to win the 50m Breaststroke in a new Lithuanian senior record of 30.99. The 50m event is competed over five gruelling rounds across two days, resulting in a two-person head-to-head swim off for the title. The time is the fifth fastest in the world this year. One day earlier, she had won the 100m Breaststroke in 1:07.96 to underline her intentions when London comes around in less than 50 days times.

Antwerp Awaits - Three Up For European Juniors


Three of Jon's most promising young stars will represent Great Britain at the LEN European Junior Championships in Belgium during June - and all of them are in great shape and top challengers. Joe Patching will look to go one better than the fourth he took in the 200m Backstroke in 2011, bottom of the dual age band at the time. This time he's primed for a medal challenge. Ben Proud's sprint prowess will make him a handful in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Freestyle whilst the ever versatlie Grace Vertigans will feature strongly in sprint Butterfly and Freestyle events for her nation. Good luck guys - you're all a class act!

Lithuanian Records - Yet Again!

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Jon's Olympic protege Ruta Meilutyte once again smashed the Lithuanian record books - but quite bizarrely in events she would not normally swim. The Senior 200m Freestyle record and 17 years & under 100m Backstroke (LCM) were to fall at the ASA South West Youth & Senior Championsips in Plymouth this weekend. Ruta is straight back into full training, currently ranked Top 10 in the world for the 100m Breaststroke with only weeks to go before the 2012 Olympic Games are upon us...