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No rest for Aimee despite record; SWIMMING.

Byline: Philip Tallentire Chief sports writer

AIMEE Willmott's glorious year isn't over yet.

The talented Ormesby swimmer, who touched down in the Northeast last night the proud possessor of a European Short-Course Championship bronze medal, will be back in the water at the weekend when she competes in the Duel In The Pool.

On Sunday, she finished third in the 400m individual medley final in Herning, Denmark, behind winner Mireia Belmonte Garcia (Spain) and Katinka Hosszu (Hungary) in a new national record time of 4:25.37.

The achievement comes just a week after Willmott broke the national 400m individual medley long-course record while competing for Middlesbrough ASC in Amsterdam.

Earlier this year, the former Nunthorpe School pupil won 400m medley silver and 400m freestyle bronze at the British Championships but while she's pleased to win medals, her focus is on swimming faster times in the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

"My aim for 2014 is a Commonwealth Medal," she said. "My times are improving and it was great to set a new English record in Denmark.

It was a bit of a shock, to be honest, I was hoping to swim 4.27 so to hit 4.25 and sneak a medal was a bit unexpected."

Willmott has been selected for a European Allstars team that will take on Team USA in Glasgow over the weekend so she won't have time to dwell on her latest achievement. "I'm home for a couple of days then I'll be travelling up to Scotland on Wednesday. After that I get Christmas Day and Boxing Day off and then it's back in the pool."

The 20-year-old is a Teesside University student and was keen to thank the university's elite athlete scheme and Middlesbrough Swimming Club for their support.


Katinka Hosszu from Hungary, left, Mireia Belmonte Garcia from Spain, centre, and Aimee Willmott, right, on the podium after the woman's 400 metre Medley final

Aimee Willmott is now focusing on setting good times ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

the children and Aimee are, from left, teacher Flora Day, Cllr Nicky Walker, and Sue Campion chair of Middlesbrough amateur swimming club KATIE LUNN
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUDE
Date:Dec 17, 2013
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