Kane Haggett storms to sprint double at the Midland champs
KANE Haggett passed a personal landmark as Derbyshire swimmers starred at the Midland Short Course Championships.
The Derventio eXcel men's captain dipped beneath the 50-second barrier for the first time in taking the 100m open freestyle title at Corby International pool.
He claimed gold in 49.93 seconds – a performance that would appear to vindicate his decision to step up his training regime.
The Chellaston swimmer will represent his country for the second time next month when he competes in the Flanders Cup in Antwerp and has been able to increase his pool time after coming to an agreement with his employers, G F Tomlinson of Little Eaton.
Haggett, who made it a double by collecting the 50m freestyle crown, will target the longer distance in the coming months.
Derventio's women breaststroke swimmers were in dominant form.
It was no surprise that Molly Renshaw, having returned from the European Short Course Championships in France, won the open 200m event with club-mate Abbie Wood second.
The Ripley star also won the 100m individual medley, was second in the 200m and third in 400m.
In the 100m breaststroke, Jodie Hawksworth was the victor with Renshaw in the runner-up slot.
There was a clean sweep for Derventio in the 50m open breaststroke, won by Sarah Vasey, in county senior and junior record time, with Hawksworth second and Imogen Clark third.
City of Derby's Adam Peaty, after swimming for Great Britain in the World Cup events in Japan and Singapore, struck gold in the 100m and 50m breaststroke.
The 17-year-old was denied a hat-trick by Laurent Carnol, six years his senior, in the 200m breaststroke.
But he gained some compensation by winning the 200m individual medley and landing silver over 100m in the same discipline.
He was also a member of the Derby quartet who claimed a notable success in the 400m medley relay, in which he was joined by James Lovatt, Connor Smith and Ian Porteus.
The same squad finished third in the 400m freestyle relay.
The Derventio quartet of Matt Smithurst, Danny Anderson, Kev Wallbank and Haggett took the bronze medal in the 400m medley event.
Derventio's 400m medley relay girls – Farnsworth, Hawksworth, Tyler-Anne Black and Hannah Jones – took silver, while Farnsworth and Black were joined by Renshaw and Alana Simpson in claiming bronze in the 400m freestyle relay.