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Four Brits claim five medals as Singapore World Cup begins

November 5, 2013 16:11 pm

Coach Dave McNulty admitted he could have hardly asked for a better start after four out of seven British swimmers won medals on the opening day of the Singapore World Cup.

Lizzie Simmonds led the British pack as she broke her own English short course 50m backstroke record from 2008 for silver at the sixth leg of the World Cup series in the Far East.

Simmonds touched home 0.03seconds quicker in 26.85 as Australian Emily Seebohm took gold in 26.70 while she claimed a second silver on the opening day of two in the 200m backstroke.

Training partners Sophie Allen and Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson continued their fine World Cup form by claiming bronze in the 100m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke respectively.

Hannah Miley was sixth in that 100m breaststroke final with Allen with the former also fourth in the 800m freestyle final and the latter the exact same position in the 200m medley showpiece.

Fran Halsall completed the four British medallists with bronze in the 50m freestyle with James Guy agonisingly close to making it five in the 400m freestyle although he had to settle for fourth too.

Britain will have a strong team of swimmers at the Tokyo and Beijing World Cup legs after Singapore also and coach McNulty was made up with the start made to the closing of the series in Asia.

“We had four medallists out of a team of seven which is a great overall performance,” said McNulty.  “The point of doing three meets back to back like this is to look at how you can make technical and tactical changes between them so we’ll look at what we can do from here but everyone is really happy.”

© Sportsbeat 2013