Golden Needs leads Swiss county age group medal blitz

Harry Needs won five gold medals and one silver in the final weekend of the Middlesex Age Group Championships as Camden Swiss Cottage achieved the most successful results in their history. Over three weekends of competition, Needs has collected an unprecedented

Harry Needs won five gold medals and one silver in the final weekend of the Middlesex Age Group Championships as Camden Swiss Cottage achieved the most successful results in their history.

Over three weekends of competition, Needs has collected an unprecedented total of 16 golds, two silvers and one bronze, winning 14 of his 17 individual events. Needs, 14, had to swim lifetime bests in every race to be sure of success.

He won the 100m and the 200m butterfly in times of (59.72sces and 2mins 16.42secs), the 100m and the 400m medley (1min 02.84secs and 4mins 47.48secs) and the 100m free (56.84secs).

He added silver in the 200m free in a personal best of 2mins 04.20secs.


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All Needs' times, except the 100m and 200m free, are new club (14/15) records and in the 400m medley he beat the record set last week by Alex Mackay.

Team-mate Felix Samuels, 13, won double gold in the freestyle, equalling the club record for the boys' 12-13 100m free (57.69secs) and slicing seven seconds off his previous 200m time with 2mins 08.18secs.

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He also won double silver in 100m medley (1min 08.53secs) and 100m fly (1min 05.27secs).

Samir Ahmed, 16, won silvers in the 100m and the 200m medley (1mins 05.42secs and 2mins 22.56secs) and was fourth in 100m free in 57.02secs.

Robin Neumann, nine, took silver in the 200m fly (3mins 41.03secs) and double bronze in the 100m medley and the 200m free.

Reut Benaim, 12, swam 1min 11.84secs in the 100m fly final for silver and 2mins 43.26secs in 200m fly for bronze.

Devon Robins, 13, broke her own (12/13) club record in the 100m meldey, winning silver in 1min 11.25secs.

She was fourth in the 400m medley and the 100m fly in best times of 5mins 25.79secs and 1min 10.96secs.

Alex Mackay took silver in the 400m free in 4mins 23.69secs.

Metin Ayhan, 15, won double bronze with excellent swims in the 100m medley and the 100m free, and finished fourth in the 400m free - beating his best by 11 seconds (4mins 26.93secs).

His younger brother, Bogac, 13, landed bronze in the 200m fly and was fourth in the 100m fly and the 200m free.

Also winning medley bronzes were Edward Graham, 13, in the 400m and Kelly Hookway, 10, in the 100m.

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