Peters secures first individual international medal

6 Dec 2023

Jacob Peters produced a lifetime best in the Men's 100m Butterfly European Short Course final - claiming his first ever individual international bronze, before helping the British Men's 4x50m Medley relay team to a stunning silver later in the session.

It was in the middle section of Wednesday night's action from Otopeni that the Bath Performance Centre man played his role in a historic Men's 100m Butterfly encounter. Peters - who lined up for the race in lane six, with British teammate James Guy over the lane rope in seven - set off at an electric pace from the starters gun and at the halfway mark was ahead of European record line as he turned in the lead.

It was from that point the central lanes then moved to the fore, with Noi Ponti (SUI) ultimately setting a new European record, however Peters showed endurance in his battle to hold onto bronze and was rewarded for his fearless racing.

“I’m happy, it’s a medal and a PB. We saw the opportunity, but we knew it was going to be hard. Obviously, didn’t expect to catch Noe (Ponti) or Maxime (Grousset) but hoped for the third place and I managed to get it." said Peters,

"It's my first time sub-50 - I still think there is more in me, but it's my first ever individual international medal ever so hopefully that's a sign of things to come. It gives me a lot of confidence going into a big year, the Olympic year.”

Guy finished strong to move on his time from the semi-finals and place sixth overall.

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Morgan, Goodburn, Peters and Richards take to the podium

The night was closed out with a second medal for Great Britain, a super Men's 4x50m Medley Relay silver secured by the quartet of Oliver Morgan, Archie Goodburn, Peters and Matt Richards - following on from the important efforts of Jonathon Adam, Ed Mildred and Alexander Cohoon in the preliminary rounds.

Morgan and Goodburn ensured the team got off to a solid start in the final, with Goodburn returning to the pool for a fourth swim of the day after securing progression from the Men's 100m Breaststroke semi-finals earlier in the session.

Peters dived in next with the Italian team a target to chase, before handing over to anchorman Richards to bring it home for silver.

Speaking to Nick Hope, reporting for LEN European Aquatics, Richards was proud of another great team medal:

“We knew coming into that Italy would be strong, but I think all four boys put up a real fight this evening, as did all the boys in the morning swims as well. It was a real team effort and we can’t be anything but pleased with that and again it’s more momentum to build on."

Morgan added: "It’s my first international medal so I’m super pleased. It was surreal to come away with it and it was a great job from all of the boys there, so that’s really exciting.

“It’s becoming more normal to be part of this GB team and it feels amazing. I think the culture we’ve got is really exciting moving into next year. So let’s see what we can do.”

Earlier finals witnessed Anna Hopkin marginally miss out on the Women's 50m Freestyle podium by just two hundredths in fourth, whilst Imogen Clark placed eighth overall in the Women's 100m Breaststroke.

Other results: 

*(missed out on competition progression due to the 2 per nation rule)

Men's 50m Freestyle

Ben Proud - first into final

Lewis Burras - fourth into final

Matt Richards - 12th in morning heats*

Alexander Cohoon - 27th

Women's 200m Butterfly

Emily Large - second into final

Keanna MacInnes - DSQ in semi-final

Laura Stephens - sixth in morning heats*

Men's 100m Breaststroke

Archie Goodburn - seventh into final

Greg Butler - 20th

Women's 200m Backstroke

Medi Harris - first into final

Katie Shanahan - third into final

Freya Colbert - 13th in morning heats*

Kathleen Dawson - fourth in morning heats*

Women's 100m Individual Medley

Katie Shanahan - 16th in morning heats (withdrew ahead of semi-final)

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