Charlton stars for Cestrians

Adam Charlton.
Adam Charlton.
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CHESTER-LE-STREET swimmer Adam Charlton secured a hat-trick of medals in his specialist butterfly stroke at the Leeds Winter Gala.

Charlton (17) scooped gold in the 50m and 200m events, and silver in the 100m final.

In the 100m and 200m, Charlton faced tough competition from Doncaster’s Joe Litchfield, with both races being decided by very narrow margins.

In the 100m, Litchfield touched home first by 0.15 of a second to top the podium, but Charlton reversed the result in the 200m race to take the gold medal by 0.36 of a second with a time of 2.08.06.

Charlton added a second gold medal to his collection in the butterfly sprint with a superb finish in 26.73 – over half a second ahead of Bolton Metro’s Jack Dandy.

Gabby Burdess (16) qualified for seven finals and like Charlton, also took home two gold and a silver medal.

In the women’s 400m individual medley, she topped the podium with a time of 5.09.26, finishing ahead of Chester-le-Street team-mate Lauren Patterson (15), who took the silver medal ahead of Aisling Ruff of Peterborough.

Burdess took a further gold medal in the 200m breaststroke with a comfortable victory of over 11 seconds ahead of Flint’s Charlotte Walters, with a 2.46.34 finish.

She also went on to take the silver medal in the 100m breaststroke in 1.17.79 as well as competing in the finals of the 50m breaststroke (8th), 200m freestyle (9th) and 50m butterfly (10th).

Chester-le-Street were well represented in the final of the women’s 200m individual with the trio of Burdess, Patterson and Graham providing lively competition.

However, two Leeds swimmers – Amelia Clynes and Rebecca Mottershaw, took the honours ahead of the Chester-le-Street girls, with Lauren Patterson taking the bronze medal, Lauren Graham (4th) and Gabby Burdess (5th).

Graham went on to take the bronze medal in the women’s 50m butterfly, and also qualified for the finals of the 100m butterfly (4th), 200m backstroke (4th) and the 100m breaststroke (6th).

Patterson also qualified for the finals of the 200m backstroke (5th), 50m backstroke (7th) and the 200m freestyle (7th).

Alexander Mason (13) also chipped in with a further bronze medal in the 13/14-year-old 100m freestyle event with a time of 58.35.

He also qualified for the finals of the 100m backstroke (5th), 200m backstroke (8th) and the 100m butterfly (9th).

Georgina Lee (14) and Hannah Wright (11) also competed for Chester-le-Street with respective 11th place finishes in the 400m freestyle and 100m backstroke events.