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Amy Marren won 200m medley gold at the IPC European Championships in Holland (pic: Jo Marren) Amy Marren won 200m medley gold at the IPC European Championships in Holland (pic: Jo Marren)

Friday, August 15, 2014
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Youngster ‘chilling out’ after Euro haul

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Hornchurch youngster Amy Marren was back home enjoying a well deserved rest this week after another productive haul in the pool.

Marren, who turned 16 yesterday (Thursday), won seven medals in the S9 category at the European IPC Championships in Holland, but wasn’t entirely happy with that return.

After silvers in the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle, Marren landed gold in the 200m individual medley.

And after further silvers in the 100m backstroke and butterfly, the Romford Town member rounded off a fine week with gold in the 4x100m medley relay.

“I was impressed with some of my swims, like the 200 IM and 100 butterfly,” said Marren.

“But I was a bit disappointed with some of the silvers. I’d won silvers at the World Championships and wanted to go further but it’s just what happened on the day.”

Marren, a four-time world champion in Canada last summer, finished second to Spaniard Sarai Gascon in the 50m freestyle in 30.00secs and behind GB teammate Steph Millward over 400m (4.47.66) and 100m (1:04.22), adding: “I did expect Steph to beat me. She’s alot more experienced than I am.”

But a strong backstroke leg saw her overtake Gascon in the 200m medley to win in 2.35.10, adding to her world title, and Marren said: “The 200 IM was my best swim. I enjoy it the most as there’s a bit of variation between the strokes.

“The time I wasn’t so happy with, but I’m just happy to come away with the same title I won at worlds.”

Millward (1.10.98) pipped Marren (1.13.21) to the backstroke title, but the Havering teenager turned the tables in the 100m butterfly for her sixth individual medal, clocking 1.11.09 to Millward’s 1.12.17.

And the duo combined with Claire Cashmore and Steph Slater for relay success, with Marren bringing the team home on the final leg in 4.46.89.

“The relay was so much fun. We’re racing against each other most of the time but we’re all friends and we all get on,” she said.

“It’s a bit annoying how close we were to the world record, but it was a good finish. We know there is room for improvement which gives us hope for next year.”

Marren will now spend a couple of weeks ‘chilling’ at home as she enjoys her first real break from the sport since the London 2012 Paralympics.

The former Hall Mead pupil is set to receive her GCSE exam results next week and is waiting to find out where she will study next.

“I tried as hard as I could and hopefully I will be going to Campion in September,” she said.

“I will be back in the pool then too, preparing for next year’s Worlds in Glasgow.”

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