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Swimming: Eaglesham is too fast for Payne

Sarah Eaglesham completed a haul of four titles and Charlotte McKenzie made it a backstroke hat trick on the final day of the Scottish Gas National Open Short Course Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, writes Elspeth Burnside.

Eaglesham (Edinburgh University) won gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, plus the 50m butterfly.

The 200m ended the hat- trick hopes of world open water champion Keri-anne Payne. Winner of the 800m and 400m freestyle, the two-time Olympian could only finish fifth, more than three seconds behind Eaglesham's 1:58.69.

McKenzie is just 16, but she underlined her talent by claiming all three backstroke titles and setting two Scottish records. The second came last night with a 100m time of 1:00.20.

Dan Wallace won the 400m individual medley (4:10.35) and the 200m freestyle (1:47.42) with South Aberdeenshire's Kerry Buchan taking the 200m breaststroke in 2:25.89.

Suleman Butt (Aberdeen) set British junior records in the 60m and 100m freestyle and the 100m individual medley and collected a bundle of Scottish junior titles.

n In Istanbul, Swansea's Jemma Lowe claimed her second medal of the World Short-Course Championships when she was third in the 100 metres butterfly. Then Fran Halsall (Loughborough) went one better with silver in the 50m freestyle.

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