British Gas Swimming Championships: Siobhan-Marie O'Connor breaks English record to win 200IM gold

By Sam Drury

Last Updated: 14/04/2014, 13:03 GMT

Siobhan-Marie O'Connor: Poses with her medal after winning the Women's 200m Freestyle at British Gas Swimming Championships
Siobhan-Marie O'Connor: Claimed her third medal of the Championships in the 200IM

Siobhan-Marie O'Connor won her third medal of the British Gas Swimming Championships in Glasgow, breaking the English record to win the 200m individual medley.

The Sky Academy Sports Scholar had already secured the 200m freestyle title and a silver in the 100m butterfly on Thursday and was one of the favourites to medal in her favoured 200IM.

O'Connor more than lived up to the pre-race expectations as she led from the start to win in an a new English record time of 2:09.71 - the second fastest time this year.

It meant she was comfortably under the Commonwealth Games consideration time and left a high quality field trailing in her wake. Aimee Willmott took the silver as she touched home almost a second behind with Sophie Allen, O'Connor's Bath team-mate, taking the bronze ahead of former champion Hannah Miley.

“I’m very happy with my win. The 200 medley is my favourite event and I’m thrilled to have set a new English record and got under the consideration time," said O'Connor.

“I felt good during the first 100m but it’s such a strong field that I knew they would come back if I didn’t push myself. I didn’t have a lot left in the last 25m but I dug really deep and am really happy with the time.”