Swimmer Molly wins bronze medal at Games

Molly Renshaw with Cllr Paul Bayliss, Derby City Council.
Molly Renshaw with Cllr Paul Bayliss, Derby City Council.

Selston swimmer Molly Renshaw has earned a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games after a superb swim in the final of the Women’s 200 metres breaststroke.

The 18-year-old, the youngest competitor in the field of eight in the final, produced a storming last 50 metres to power her way through the field in lane five earlier tonight (Saturday), finishing in a time of exactly 2mins 25secs, just behind the Australian one-two of Taylor McKeown and Sally Hunter.

Molly narrowly missed out on gaining a place at the London 2012 Olympics but the hard work she put in has paid off in style after securing her place on the medals podium, held at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.

Earlier in the day, she had finished second in her heat to qualify for the final in style.

In the final, Molly finished one place ahead of Scotland’s Hannah Miley, who won gold in the 400metres individual medley on Friday.

Molly, who now trains at Loughborough University, and who has competed for Ripley RASCALS, described it as ‘a great race’ and added that ‘to get a bronze at the Commonwealth Games, I can’t really ask for much more than that.’

On Thursday, she also competed in the 50 metres breaststroke, making it through to the semi-finals.