Super swimmer Jacob Whittle has landed back in the UK after an incredible week swimming for Great Britain at the European Youth Olympics Festival (EYOF) in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The 14-year-old, who is due to enter Year 10 at Tupton Hall School in September, brought back a clutch of gold and silver medals and has broken even more records. He was the youngest boy swimming from any nation and he won 5 medals across 4 days of racing.
His mum Leanne said: "It was a truly phenomenal experience for Jacob getting to compete in a multi sport event, to stay in the athletes' village and manage the intensity of heats, semis and finals."
"Jacob is so proud to have represented his country and the whole team received a hero's welcome when they landed back in the UK at Heathrow."
The success follows an incredible year for Jacob which has seen him travel across the world to compete for his country and also gain sponsorship with prestigious Australian beachwear brand Funky Trunks.
Jacob swims with Derventio Excel - Derbyshire's elite training squad. In between training and studies he also spends time teaching young swimmers at his old swim club Ripley Rascals.
Here's how Jacob's week in Baku went:
Jacob swam as part of the mixed boys and girls 4 x 100m freestyle relay. The team came 2nd in the heats and went on to win gold in the final. They also achieved a European Youth Olympic record time - the quickest time posted by a team ever in that event!
He also swam in the heats and semi finals for 100m freestyle and in the heats achieved a EYOF record with a time of 49.97. That equals his personal best time and his own British record which Jacob achieved in Kazan, Russia two weeks previously at the European Junior Championships. In the final of this event he won silver with a 49.99 time, the winner just beat him with 49.82.
Jacob's second gold medal came in the 4 x 100m boys' freestyle relay. Jacob swam the anchor leg (the last leg). His team were in 6th position and with his swim he took the team from 6th place to 1st to win!
Then there was a silver medal win in the boys' 4 x 100m medley relay in which Jacob swam the freestyle leg. He won another silver medal in the mixed 4 x 100m mixed medley relay.
- Jacob got to the finals for boys' 50m freestyle and narrowly missed out on a medal, coming 4th. But in the semi final he managed to achieve a personal best time of 23.11, smashing his current British record for this event.
He also competed in the boys' 200m freestyle and came 2nd in the heats. The only person who swam quicker than him was a team mate from GBR and the rules are that each nation can only take one swimmer through to the semi finals. So Jacob didn't go on to swim it because his time wasn't the quickest.
Team GBR achieved an astounding 18 medals in the pool. Over all the GBR team at the European Youth Olympics achieved 25 medals in all events, so the swim team contributed the majority of the medals. GBR came 2nd overall in the medals table, second to Russia.
JACOB'S YEAR AT A GLANCE...
||Swim England National Winter Championships - Jacob achieved 2 x golds, 1 x silver & 1 x bronze in the junior category
||Agreed sponsorship contract with Funky Trunks
||Went to Dubai on a swim camp. Competed in the Middle East Open Championships where he achieved a British age group record in his 50m and 100m freestyle events.
Qualified for the British Championships in 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m freestyle - swimming in the open category.
Achieved personal best times in all events. Got to transition finals where he improved his 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle British age group record and also achieved the fastest time in the world for a 14-year-old in 100m freestyle swimming!
Selected for European Junior Championships.
Went to Kazan, Russia, to compete in the European Junior Championships (15-18 years). At 14 years old he was the youngest male there.
Achieved personal bests in all events and made the finals for 100m freestyle.
He also dipped below 50 seconds on 100m freestyle to achieve a time of 49.97 - smashing his previous British record.
Jacob also swam as part of the 4 x 100m freestyle relay and the team achieved a bronze medal.
Selected to represent GBR at the European Yourh Olympics in Baku, Azerbaijan.
||Represented Great Britain in Baku, winning two gold and three silver medals as the youngest boy swimming at the competition. Achieved even more PBs and smashed more records!