Record-breaking swimmer Jacob Whittle at European Youth Summer Olympics

History-making swimmer Jacob Whittle, of Oakerthorpe, is this week relishing his latest big challenge at the European Youth Summer Olympics.

Monday, 22nd July 2019, 1:55 pm
Thumbs up from record-breaking swimmer Jacob Whittle. (PHOTO BY: Duncan McLean)

Whittle, who turns 15 in September, flew out to Baku, Azerbaijan to represent Great Britain at the tournament after causing a minor sensation at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Russia.

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He not only made the final of the 100m freestyle, even though he was two years younger than all his rivals, he also became the first 14-year-old ever to break the 50-second barrier. He clocked an incredible 49.97 seconds in his semi-final before finishing seventh in the final.

Whittle, who is sponsored by Australian swimwear brand, Funky Trunks, secured his debut place in the British team after record-breaking displays at the national championships.