Simmonds collects three medals in Tokyo
November 10, 2013 12:27 pm
Team GB swimmer Lizzie Simmonds picked up two silver medals and a bronze in the penultimate leg of the 2013 FINA World Cup series in Tokyo, Japan.
Simmonds, 22, bagged the same medal haul as she managed in Singapore three days earlier, reaching the podium in the 50m, 100m and 200m.
She kicked off the Tokyo leg with silver in the 50m backstroke, lowering her own English record to 26.62 and finishing just 0.01 seconds behind Brazilian Etiene Medeiros.
Her medal haul continued just 45 minutes later, clocking 2:02.34 minutes in the 200m backstroke for another silver – Ukraine’s Darya Zevina (2:01.70) picked up to gold.
And Simmonds completed her hat-trick on the second day with a 100m backstroke bronze in a time of 57.20, beaten by Emily Seebohm (57.09) and Zevina (56.87).
Elsewhere, London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson extended his run to seven consecutive legs of this year’s World Cup with a medal when he secured the 200m breaststroke bronze.
Jamieson, 25, clocked 2:04.32 in Tokyo but was beaten by London 2012 gold medallist Daniel Gyurta (2:01.30) and Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki (2:03.63).
Sophie Allen also claimed a bronze medal, in the 200m individual medley, for her fifth straight leg with a podium finish.
Allen, 21, recorded the second quickest time of her career (2:06.69), while teammate Siobhan-Marie O’Connor clocked 2:09.13 to finish seventh in the race.
She also produced a strong swim in the 200m breaststroke, lowering the English record to 2:22.65, but narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing fourth.
The swimmers now head to China for the Beijing leg, the final one of the series, which starts on November 13.
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