SWIMMING: Acton Swimming Club's Malcolm Munro is now officially the best 100m breaststroker in his age group in Britain.
He obtained his title at the ASA Masters' Short Course National Championships at Sheffield last week.
The competition this year attracted more than 1,000 swimmers from all over the country, including 61-year-old Munro, who has been a member of Acton Swimming Club since the age of 11.
He competed in six events and brought home five medals.
Four silvers in the 50m, 100m, and 200m backstroke and in the 200m breaststroke were a good start, but Munro hit the jackpot when he achieved his best time in more than 20 years to win gold in the 100m breaststroke.
This is Munro's first national title and is a remarkable achievement as the majority of gold medallists were former Olympic swimmers.
Acton had 13 younger swimmers in action in the Middlesex Autumn Development meet at Barnet Copthall and they returned home with 15 golds, nine silvers and 12 bronze medals as well as eight speeding tickets and another 12 top-eight places.
Speeding tickets are given to swimmers who swim faster than the qualifying entry times, making them eligible to compete at a higher level.
Swimmers who came away with the prized yellow cards were: Takuro Matsui (200m medley and freestyle and 50m butterfly), Adam Plavsic (400m medley and 200m freestyle), Matthew Plavsic (50m and 200m backstroke) and Maggie Innes (200m backstroke).
Matsui also won gold in the 50m breaststroke and Matthew Plavsic, in his first open gala, took gold in the 200m freestyle, silver in the 200m breaststroke and bronze in the 50m breaststroke.
It was also a great debut for Innes, who won three gold medals (50m backstroke and breaststroke and 200m freestyle).
Sofia Tedeschi Atkins' face became very well known at the medals' table as she demonstrated her all-round prowess by collecting three gold medals (200m backstroke and 200m and 400m freestyle) and four silvers (200m medley and 100m breaststroke, freestyle and backstroke).
Two bronze medals for the 100m butterfly and 200m breaststroke completed a more than satisfactory weekend.
Consistent training also paid dividends for Louise Innes, who achieved personal bests to win gold in the 200m backstroke and freestyle and 100m breaststroke, silver in the 200m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m freestyle.
Maisie Preston, 12, dominated the breaststroke events in her age group, winning gold in the 100m and 200m events.
She also took silver in the 100m backstroke and bronze in the 100m freestyle and butterfly.
Isabel Barnes, nine, who is Acton's swimmer of the month, achieved an outstanding personal best time to win the 200m breaststroke and also won silver in the 50m event and bronze in the 50m backstroke while Helena Phillips was unlucky to miss a medal finishing fifth in the 50m breaststroke.
In his first attempt at the 800m freestyle, Kanro Matsui won gold and also took bronze in the 100m freestyle and 200m butterfly and Max Honigsbaum, in his first open meet for Acton, won silver in the 100m freestyle.
Merlin Harrowes took three bronze medals in the 100m freestyle, backstroke and 200m medley while Noah Harrowes achieved a personal best in the 200m freestyle.