Antwerp medal haul fills Furniss with optimism

27 January 2015 / 17:28

Head coach Bill Furniss believes Great Britain’s swimmers have started the season in encouraging fashion after they claimed 56 medals at the Flanders Speedo Cup – 20 of which were gold.

The two-day event in Antwerp saw double European champion Jazz Carlin win gold in both the 800m and 400m freestyle races while world record holder Adam Peaty took top spot in the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

There were also double golds for James Guy, Ben Proud, Lauren Quigley, Sophie Taylor and Aimee Wilmott.

And with such positive results coming at the early stage of the season, Furniss is hoping for a successful 2015 in the pool.

“We saw some nice early season times and some good racing with the vast majority of the team swimming well,” he told British Swimming.

“The racing was of a high standard and we witnessed some very encouraging early season performances. All in all this weekend proved an excellent start to the season.

“A lot of the athletes raced multiple events every session and, considering none were rested and are all at different stages of preparation ahead of the major events, I was pleased with the performances.

“The event forms part of our on-going race strategy where we promote our team behaviours, work on our skills and challenge the coaching group.

“I know athletes and coaches alike took a lot from the event and will apply these to what will be an important year for us in the four-year cycle.”

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