Simmonds continues fine World Cup form with Beijing gold

13 November 2013 / 15:35

Lizzie Simmonds continues to prove her international worth after scooping gold and bronze on the opening day of the final short course World Cup of the season in Beijing.

Simmonds, along with Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medallist and former two-time world champion Keri-Anne Payne, discovered she will lose personal funding in 2014 the day before swimming.

However she responded by claiming gold in the 50m backstroke and bronze in the 200m equivalent as four Brits combined to win six medals in total on day one of the World Cup finale.

Simmonds also medalled at the Tokyo and Singapore legs prior to Beijing while her club-mate Sophie Allen continued to impress on the World Cup circuit herself.

Allen won silver in the 100m breaststroke in a British record of 1:05.74minutes in Beijing and bronze in the 200m medley while Fran Halsall was second in the 50m freestyle.

Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson’s own fine form rolled on with 200m breaststroke silver while of the other Brits Roberto Pavoni was fourth in the 400m medley.

He was also seventh in the 200m butterfly with Siobhan-Marie O’Connor fourth herself in the 200m freestyle and Hannah Miley  sixth as well as finishing fifth in the 200m medley.

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