2023 SWEDISH GRAND PRIX
- Friday, March 10th – Sunday, March 12th
- Kungsbacka, Sweden
- LCM (50m)
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13-year-old Amelie Blocksidge has done it again, lowering her own British Age Record in the girls’ 1500m freestyle event.
Competing on day one of the 2023 Swedish Grand Prix in Kungsbacka, Blockidge registered a new lifetime best of 16:31.16 to grab the gold. She got to the wall over 24 seconds ahead of the next-closest competitor to take the victory decisively.
Entering this meet, Blocksidge’s career-quickest and British Age Record rested at the 16:35.65 she put up just a few weeks ago at the Lancashire County Age Group Championships. That was enough to rip her previous PB of 17:12.41 from last year to shreds.
Tonight, the City of Salford Swimming Club sliced another 4 seconds off to check in with the fastest time ever for British 13-year-olds, 14-year-olds and 15-year-olds.
Blocksidge’s 16:31.16 would have placed 4th at the 2022 World Junior Championships and garnered the bronze medal at the 2022 European Junior Championships. For additional perspective, the British teen’s time would rank her as the 10th fastest American performer of all time in the 13-14 age group.
Additional Day One Winners
- Britain also got on the board on the men’s side of the 1500m free, courtesy of Reece Grady. The 17-year-old produced a time of 15:50.99 to grab the gold.
- The women’s 400m IM saw England’s Leah Schlosshan get to the wall first in a result of 4:47.47, a new lifetime best by over one second. Schlosshan is the reigning European Junior champion in the 200m IM race.
- The men’s 400 IM saw Edward Whittles also give England gold, registering a result of 4:27.26 this evening.
Look forward to seeing this event at British Champs.
Be interesting to see how She deals with not pbing in the years to come as it is inevitable at some point as she is only 13years old??
There could be a lot of .time when she doesn’t improve her times
No drugs in sport are you implying that Amelie is taking drugs? I can say that Amelie doesn’t always PB and she deals with it very well for someone so young she just goes and works harder and smarter in training. She is a very talented and sensible swimmer. Your negative comments are Not welcome let her enjoy the moment and the success. FYI Amelie got smashed in the face in the warmup this morning smashed her goggles and got a bad cut on her eye so she had to swim the first event 200 freestyle with training goggles and no warm and still made the B final. Enough said
My daughter swam with her for years at city of Salford. She is just a very talented swimmer. She has not always PB’d and has worked very hard to achieve these amazing swims and times. She does not take drugs! Keep going Amelie x love Emma and Emily 😘
Wow hope she’s ok, are you Amelie’s coach?
I am Amelie’s grandad, she is ok thank you her eye and mouth are a bit sore but she still managed to win the 800 freestyle and smash the British 13and14 year female records. She is a tough cookie.
Sorry to hear that, but that does make her 8:39 800 Free just now all the more incredible, wow! 9 second PB, Amelie is something special, amazing work
Thank you she is absolutely amazing tough cookie and so focused
I bet you’re fun at parties!
So impressive – Well done, Amelie.
The 7s PB for Phoebe Cooper (b.2008) in the 400im was a real eye-catcher too – 4.47 is not too shabby at her age. She has four good strokes and has previously excelled over shorter distances so keep an eye out.
Well done Phoebe brilliant swimming
Now a 2:15.1 British 14 year old age group record in the 200IM beating a 2:15.2 set by Shanahan in 2019. She also went a 2:01 in the 200 Free just before this, exciting prospect.
Her pacing consistency is insane, her 800 PB is 8:48 and she went through 800 in an 8:49, even splitting it. She possibly has a chance to make the world championships this year, and she just signed with Arena as well
Fina A cut for World Champs this year in the 1500 is 16:29.57, less than 2 seconds quicker than what she just did. I’m fairly confident she’ll be under that at trials but british swimming being british swimming means she’ll have to be sub 16! to race at World champs. She’ll likely be at european juniors this year though where she’ll definitely be a medal threat.
This warms a former 1500m-swimmers heart. Keep it up, Amelie!
Thank you great comment 👍