National gold for Buxton swim star

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BUXTON swimmer Abbie Wood has made it a hat-trick of victories at the British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships.

Abbie, who receives her coaching from Buxton Swimming Club and Derbyshire’s Derventio eXcel, picked up a silver medal on the first day of the competition, held recently at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

In one of the most exciting races of the meeting, Abbie swam side by side to the finish with Nova Centurion swimmer Rosie Rudin in the 13 years 200m individual medley, but was pipped to the gold medal by 0.20 seconds.

The following day, Abbie went one better with gold in the 13 years 200m breaststroke, storming to victory by a margin of 4.35 seconds.

This win was her third national title at successive events, each won by an incredible margin of four or five seconds.