Monday, January 26, 2015

Flanders Speedo Cup secures 56 medals with 20 of them gold

Head Coach Bill Furniss, "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"

Head Coach Bill Furniss has described the early season form of a large squad of British swimmers as “very encouraging” after their combined efforts at the Flanders Speedo Cup secured 56 medals with 20 of them gold.

“We saw some nice early season times and some good racing with the vast majority of the team swimming well,” said Furniss following the two-day event in Antwerp

“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.”

Jazz Carlin, James Guy, Adam Peaty, Ben Proud, Lauren Quigley, Sophie Taylor and Aimee Willmott lead the medal haul with each of them securing a double by winning two of their events. 

“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,” continued Furniss.

“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.”

European and Commonwealth Champion Jazz Carlin got her season off to a strong start with victories in both the 800m and 400m Freestyle. She also secured bronze in the 200m Freestyle. Holly Hibbott was third in a new best time.

World Record holder Adam Peaty posted impressive times as he stormed to gold medals in both the 50m and 100m Breaststroke. He also split Olympic gold and silver medallists Daniel Gyurta and Michael Jamieson on the podium in the 200m Breaststroke. Craig Benson finished third in the 100m Breaststroke.

World short course championship silver medallist James Guy took the victories in the 200m and 400m Freestyle with Robbie Renwick finishing third in the 200m and Stephen Milne finishing third in the 400m. Guy also secured 400m Individual Medley silver in a race that was won by team mate Roberto Pavoni. Max Litchfield took third place in one of five podium clean sweeps for Britain throughout the weekend. 

Aimee Willmott, a double Commonwealth silver medallist, won both the 400m Individual Medley and the 200m Butterfly. In the 400m Individual Medley she finished ahead of triple European Champion Katinka Hosszu and Commonwealth Champion Hannah Miley. Willmott also took the silver in the 400m Freestyle behind Carlin and ahead of Miley. She also took third place in the 200m Individual Medley.

Lauren Quigley won the 200m and 100m Backstroke events and took silver in the 50m Backstroke which was won by team-mate Georgia Davies – a silver medallist in the 100m Backstroke event. Rosie Rudin finished in third in the 200m Backstroke while Kathleen Dawson finished third in the 50m Backstroke. 

Commonwealth Champion Sophie Taylor completed the double in the Breaststroke events with victories over 50m and 100m while Double Commonwealth Champion Ben Proud won the 50m Freestyle and the 50m Butterfly. Team-mate Adam Barrett finished third in the Butterfly event. 

European Champion Chris Walker-Hebborn took the victory in the 50m Backstroke ahead of Liam Tancock in second. Walker-Hebborn was second in the 100m Backstroke with Tancock finishing third. 

In other results, Jay Lelliott won the 1500m Freestyle with Stephen Milne finishing in second place. Molly Renshaw took first place in the 200m Breaststroke in another British one-two-three that saw Miley in second and Katie Matts in third. Matts continued her strong competition with second place in the 50m Breaststroke and third place in the 100m Breaststroke just behind Siobhan-Marie O’Connor. O’Connor also swam to second in the 100m Freestyle ahead of Shauna Lee and secured second places in the 200m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley. Barrett finished second in the 100m Butterfly ahead of Liam Selby. 

Pavoni secured third place in the 200m Individual Medley while Craig McNally finished in second place in the 200m Backstroke. And in the 200m Butterfly Cameron Brodie finished third. 

For a full list of results CLICK HERE

Article courtesy of British Swimming