Matthew wins bronze after swim duo reach finals

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Matthew Johnson and Kate Hutchinson turned in fine displays to reach finals at the National Swimming Championships at the Olympic Aquatic Centre in London.

Matthew, 16, of Thornhill, won bronze as he clocked a personal best of four minutes 16.53 seconds in the 400 metres Individual Medley final. The championships double as the trials for this year’s Olympics, with two places available in each event, and Matthew’s time was just seven one hundredths of a second outside the qualifying time.

Matthew, a former Spen Valley Sports College student, was also sixth in the 200m Butterfly final in 1.59.12 while on Wednesday he missed out on the 200m Individual Medley final as he finished 11th of the semi-finalists in 2.04.17.

Kate, 21, from Thornhill, was seventh in Wednesday’s final of the 200m Butterfly in 2.13.48. She qualified after winning a swim-off with Swansea’s Libby Mitchell as they finished with the same time in the semi-finals.

Half an hour after the Butterfly final Kate was in the 200m Breaststroke semi-finals. She produced a great effort but finished 12th of the 16 semi-finalists.

Kate, a former Heckmondwike Grammar School student, also reached the 200m Individual Medley semi-finals and clocked 2.17.11.