Brown to swim against Europe's best

PUBLISHED: 18:21 15 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:14 26 October 2009

Hatfield swimmer Adam Brown

Hatfield swimmer Adam Brown

A BEIJING hopeful from the Hatfield Swimming Club faces his toughest international test so far of the 2008 Olympic year in Holland next week. Teenager Adam Brown has been named in the British squad that will compete at the LEN European Championships in Ei

A BEIJING hopeful from the Hatfield Swimming Club faces his toughest international test so far of the 2008 Olympic year in Holland next week.

Teenager Adam Brown has been named in the British squad that will compete at the LEN European Championships in Eindhoven.

The 19-year-old Hatfield swimmer won a silver medal at the European Junior Championships last year in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Brown also anchored the GB team to silver in the 4x100 medley relay in Antwerp.

GB swimming stars David Davies, Kirsty Balfour and Liam Tancock will go in the 1,500m freestyle, 200m breaststroke and 100m backstroke respectively in Eindhoven and will be joined in Holland by Britain's six relay teams, including Brown.

The three individual swimmers have already qualified for the Beijing Olympics and will use the Europeans as an indicator of their preparations towards the Games.

The relay squads will look to forge a familiarity that will stand up well to scrutiny in China and Eindhoven offers the chance for this to be developed further.

Next week's European Championship will provide British Swimming coach Ben Titley useful feedback ahead of the Olympics in August.

"For the relays it's a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in the international arena," said Titley.

"It will help to promote that team understanding and to have a hit out just before the British event in Sheffield is a real benefit.

"Some countries are using the event as their Olympic selection process, so it's bound to be a fast meet, while there will be other nations such as ourselves that in the main will be training throughout the championships in readiness for the Olympics."

The LEN European Swimming Championships take place in Eindhoven, Holland, from March 18-24.


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