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Jones and Simmonds to go head-to-head on day four

6 July 2011

Natalie Jones and Ellie Simmonds will go head-to-head for gold after qualifying in first and second for the SM6 200m Individual Medley final in the morning session of day four at the IPC Swimming European Championships.

Simmonds is world champion, defending European champion and world record holder over the 200m Individual Medley and won her heat in 3:15.80 to progress.

But 2004 Paralympic champion Jones edged out Simmonds at the British Gas Championships in March and will look to do so again after setting 3:15.16 in the heats.

Newly-crowned SB6 100m Breaststroke champion Liz Johnson will also be in action after progressing sixth fastest for the final in 3:30.01.

Defending champion Rob Welbourn cruised through his heat to book his place in the S10 400m Freestyle final.

The European record holder – who has won a silver and two bronze medals so far in Berlin – touched in 4:25.04 to progress third fastest overall.

Ben Procter broke his own British record as he qualified second fastest for the S9 100m Backstroke final.

The 21-year old – who has already tasted medal success this week with S9 200m Freestyle bronze – won his heat in 1:05.56 to progress with teammate Craig Rodgie (1:10.03) also through in sixth. Scot Quin set 1:20.05 but missed out on a final place.

Natalie Massey set a personal best as she booked place in the S9 100m Backstroke final.

The 22-year old won her heat, touching in 1:12.45 while 16-year old Nicole Lough (1:26.60) squeezed into her first international final in eighth.

All three British swimmers progressed through to the S9 50m Freestyle final with Commonwealth bronze medallist Stephanie Millward the fastest of the trio, qualifying second in 30.24.

World and defending European champion Louise Watkin cruised through her heat in 30.55 to progress third fastest while Kate Grey (31.11) qualified in fifth.

Hannah Russell progressed to her second final in as many days, qualifying third fastest for the S12 50m Freestyle final.

The 14-year old, who won S12 100m Butterfly bronze in her first international final on day three, won her heat to progress in 29.34.

Another international debutante, Gemma Almond, qualified third fastest for the S10 400m Freestyle final.

The 18-year old – who won S10 200m Individual Medley bronze on day two – finished second in her heat in 4:59.90 while Emma Cattle was seventh fastest for the final after touching in 5:04.09.

Finally, Sam Hynd progressed to the SB8 100m Breaststroke in fifth after clocking a season’s best 1:17.88 and Simon Miller (27.60) finished 11th overall in the S9 50m Freestyle heats.

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