CITY OF LEEDS star Georgia Coates could barely hide her delight on poolside after securing her highest-ever finish in a senior final at the British Swimming Championships.
Coates produced a stunning final 100m from the outside lane in Thursday evening’s 200m individual medley showpiece to place fourth in a time of 2:14.68 minutes, equalling her personal best.
The gold medal went to Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, who blitzed home in sub 2:10, while Team GB star Hannah Miley took the silver.
Those names show the quality of field 16-year-old Coates was competing with – and she admitted the result alongside her elder competitors filled her with pride.
“I am so happy with that – to come fourth in a senior final, and to match my PB, I really can’t believe it,” she said.
“I just went into the race hoping to go for it and trying to race, because that’s what I want to do against all these amazing names, so I am very happy with how well it went.
“On the breaststroke I started to overtake the lane next to me, so that felt good, and then on the freestyle I could see them next to me so I knew I was in a strong position.
“Normally you cannot hear the support that much when you are concentrating on your swim, but in that final 100m I could definitely hear a lot of cheering and it helped me so much.”
Coates, who has enjoyed a stellar week at the iconic London Aquatics Centre, picking up second place in the women’s junior 200m breaststroke on Wednesday, said: “Qualifying for a senior final was one of my goals coming into the meet.”
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