Double gold thrill for Wylie

Matthew Wylie.

Matthew Wylie.

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MATTHEW Wylie is celebrating after becoming a double European champion.

The City of Sunderland ASC youngster was one of just six para-swimmers selected to represent Great Britain at the European Junior Championships in Holland.

Swimming in the prestigious event for the first time, the 17-year-old rose to the occasion in Dordrecht to secure gold medals in the 50m and 100m multi classification (MC) freestyle events.

Wylie began the competition with a personal best (PB) as he finished sixth in the MC 100m backstroke heat in 1min 13.67sec, before finishing sixth in the final.

The second day saw Wylie dominate in his best event, the 100m freestyle, winning both the heat (59.53sec) and the final (59.92), ending ahead of Ryan Nicholls and Craig Harris to make it a clean medal sweep for Britain.

Wylie went on to compete in the 100m breaststroke and 100m butterfly events on the next two days of competition, finishing ninth in both, with a new PB of 1min 31.53 in the former.

British team-mate Harris took gold in both races.

The Sunderland swimmer finished the championships in style, winning his 50m freestyle heat in 27.76 and then bettering that with a glorious swim of 27.40 to triumph in the final.

In all, Britain’s para-swimmers achieved 16 medals, including eight golds.