WIRRAL swimmer Freya Anderson was part of Great Britain’s mixed 4x100m freestyle relay team which set a new European record as they clinched bronze at the World Aquatics Championships in Japan.

Anderson, Matt Richards, Duncan Scott and Anna Hopkin clocked 3:21.68 to take the final podium place in Fukuoka behind Australia, who set a new world record of 3:18.83, and the United States.

Their time bettered the previous European mark of 3:21.81, set by Dutch quartet Ben Schwietert, Kyle Stolk, Femke Heemskerk and Ranomi Kromowidjojo in 2017, while shaving 0.39 seconds off the British record.

Anderson, 22, swam the anchor leg and kept the GB team in third place to take her second World Championship bronze medal following a similar relay success in 2019.

Reflecting on the podium moment following a couple of near-misses in the women's freestyle relays, Anderson, said: “It's really nice. We've had two fourth places in the women's freestyle relays, and I was anchoring them both. That has been on my mind, what I could've done differently, so it's been about forgetting about that, refocusing for these guys and getting the job done, which we all did. So yeah, I'm pretty happy!”