FREYA Anderson celebrated a bronze medal as Great Britain maintained its strong showing at the European Short Course Championships in Romania today.

The former Ellesmere College student joined Anna Hopkins in representing Britain in the women's 100m freestyle final with both fast out of the blocks with Loughborough Performance Centre swimmer Hopkin sprinting into an early lead and looking to defend from the front with her windmill stroke.

Further outside those centre lanes, Anderson - who trains at the Bath Performance Centre - built into the race, sitting at the back of the pack at 50m, when Hopkin led the way.


Ultimately, Hopkin missed out on gold in the final touch after a thrilling finish with France's Beryl Gastaldello while Anderson burst down the final 25m, overtaking rivals to claim a brilliant bronze.

Anderson said: "I couldn't see what time I had got or where I came - I had to ask Michelle Coleman who said I was third, so that was a nice surprise.

"I was angry yesterday as I didn't swim my best race and I was quite in my own head, so to get on the podium with Anna, I couldn't ask for more."