Swimming: Doncaster’s Jarvis Parkinson wins silver at European Games

Jarvis Parkinson
Jarvis Parkinson

Hatfield Woodhouse teenager Jarvis Parkinson swam superbly to win silver in the 200m Individual Medley at the European Games in Baku on Thursday.

The 16-year-old shaved almost two seconds off his qualifying time to come within a whisker of winning gold.

Reigning British champion Parkinson led during the early stages of the race and showed tremendous stamina to finish in a time of 2:01:94.

He qualified for the final in 2:03:53 but saved his best performance for when it mattered, finishing half a second behind Austria’s Sebastian Steffan.

Parkinson, who trains with Doncaster Dartes, has spent this year competing in the 17-18 year age group despite still being 16.

He qualified to represent Great Britain in Azerbaijan after winning gold in the 200m Individual Medley at the British Championships earlier this year in a personal best time.

The former Trinity Academy pupil also won silver in the 400m Individual Medley with another personal best.

Parkinson and Dartes teammate Joe Litchfield are part of 160-strong Great Britain team in Baku - their biggest overseas team since the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Litchfield set a new personal best of 56:92 in the 100m backstroke earlier this week.

Fifty European countries and around 6,000 athletes are competing at the Games.