Simmonds sets sights on third consecutive backstroke gold

13 April 2014 / 13:17

Lizzie Simmonds is on target for a third successive 200m backstroke gold at the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow after cruising into Sunday evening’s final.

The 23-year-old, who finished fourth in the event at London 2012, set a strong time of 2:12.06 to come out on top as fastest qualifier in the morning session’s final heat.

Her performance took her more than a second clear of second-fastest qualifier Lauren Quigley (2:13.37), who took 100m backstroke silver on Saturday.

Hannah Miley is another one to watch as the Scot started on course to reclaim her 200m IM title from defending champion Sophie Allen.

Miley, who totted up six golds in a row between 2007 and 2012 before settling for a bronze last year, is on form in Glasgow after clocking 2:12.62 in the heats.

Last year’s silver medallist, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, came in behind Miley as second fastest (2:13.76) while Allen qualified in fifth (2:16.19).

Defending champion Jazz Carlin (8.29.77) made plain sailing of her 800m freestyle heat, as 2013 silver medallist Ellie Faulkner (8:39.15) edged Danielle Huskisson (8:39.33) to qualify in second.

The trio will have to wait until Monday to battle it out in the final, while Sophie Taylor is intent on ruling the roost in the breaststroke.

The British record holder has already scooped up the 50m and 200m gold medals and now has her sights on the 100m after topping the heats with a time of 1:09.59.

In the SB9 100m breastroke, former world champion Harriett Lee clocked 1:21.74 while Paralympic SB8 silver medallist  Claire Cashmore progressed on 1:22.32.

Ross Murdoch returned to Tollcross on Sunday morning after his 100m breaststroke triumph to prove he is also the man to beat over 50m, clocking 27.62 in the heats ahead of Adam Peaty (27.66).

And Adam Barrett led the way in the 100m butterfly, securing his semi-final spot in 53.71 ahead of Braxston Timm (53.79).

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