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Bronze for Brits in Berlin

ESPN staff
August 19, 2014
Aimee Willmott added European bronze to her Commonwealth Games silver © Getty Images

Aimee Willmott and Jay Lelliott both secured bronze medals for Great Britain on the opening day of the European Swimming Championships in Berlin.

Lelliott picked up bronze in the 400m freestyle while Willmott won her medal in the 400m individual medley.

"It was unbelievable. I was not expecting that as the competition was so strong," Lelliott told BBC Sport.

Willmott, who won silver at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, said: "I knew I could do a bit better than this morning."

After qualifying in the heats, Willmott produced a better performance to win a medal after following advice from her coach.

"My coach said I was going too fast on the legs earlier on the first 200 metres, so I just tried to work the arms more and focused on the legs on the last 200, and it paid off," she said.

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