Jonathan Carlisle worth backing for a brilliant double gold haul

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SUNDERLAND backstroke specialist Jonathan Carlisle was in scintillating form to take two gold medals in the Northern Area Zonal Meet at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Pool.

Nineteen-year-old Carlisle went head-to-head with Sheffield’s David Gregory to take the 100m backstroke gold with a time of 56.05.

And he repeated the feat in the 200m backstroke to again beat Gregory with a 2.02.01 finish.

Team-mate Adam Taylor (15) continued the backstroke success for Sunderland in the 16 years and under 100m event.

In an exciting duel with Preston’s Anthony Lucas for gold, Taylor stopped the clock in 1.00.31, but had to be content with silver, Lucas finishing ahead by a mere 0.2 of a second.

Fifteen-year-old Matthew Wylie won further medals for Sunderland in the multi-disability events, with silver medal success in the 400m freestyle and bronze in the 200m individual medley.

Just missing out on the medals were Alexandra Robinson (17) and Lucy Ellis (15), who finished fourth and fifth in the 800m freestyle, while Robinson also reached the 400m individual medley finals, finishing sixth.

Joe Middleton (16) also secured sixth in the 200m freestyle, while Jessica Thompson reached four finals to take sixth in the 200m individual medley, eighth in the 200m butterfly and 400m individual medley and 10th in the 100m butterfly.

Emma Sinclair (15) finished seventh in the 200m butterfly, while Jodi Bunker (12) took eighth spot in the 200m breaststroke final.

Also competing for Sunderland were thirteen-year-olds Laura Taylor, Freya Rayner and Gabrielle Burdess, Andrew Markham (14), Lida Abrie (15) and Daniel Heeley (21).