Brits show strength at Flanders Speedo Cup
28 January 2014
The British Gas GBR Swimming Squad made a strong start to the new season at the Flanders Speedo Cup in Antwerp last weekend.
British athletes competed in all 32 individual events over the two days of competition and collectively won 25 gold, 21 silver and 25 bronze medals.
"To achieve such a result at Flanders was brilliant" - Georgia Davies who broke the British 50m Backstroke Record They also took the top six places in the Flanders Speedo Cup men’s performance rankings led by Stirling’s Ross Murdoch, and the top four women’s places led by Middlesbrough swimmer Aimee Willmott.
National Sprint Programme swimmer Georgia Davies swam a personal best and broke the British 50m Backstroke record with a time of 27.80 in a final dominated by GBR swimmers.
Davies said: “When I looked up at the scoreboard and saw my time, I was shocked. I haven’t done a personal best in the 50m since 2011 and although I have come close to breaking the British Record a few times, it wasn’t something I was thinking of during the race.
“At this point in the season I didn’t have high expectations or time based goals so to achieve such a result at Flanders was brilliant.”
Aimee Willmott won the 200m Individual Medley (2:10.87) and narrowly beat fellow GBR swimmers Hannah Miley and Danielle Lowe to set a new English record in the 400m Individual Medley (4:33.64).
Willmott said: “I’m really chuffed with my swims this weekend. It was quite a surprise to swim so quickly after coming down from an altitude training camp. It’s another step in the right direction for me and I’m really excited to see what the rest of this season holds.”
Teenager Molly Renshaw was also in record-breaking form in Belgium, setting a personal best 1:09.44 for silver in the 100m Breaststroke before winning the 200m Breaststroke in an English record 2:26.38.
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British Swimming Head Coach Bill Furniss, said: “The Flanders Speedo Cup was a great opportunity for our athletes to compete head to head. The performances, especially from some of the younger swimmers, was very positive at this stage of their preparations.
“In a year when we have the Commonwealth Games and European Championships it is important for our athletes to be competing at the highest levels. While it was a shame there wasn’t a wider field of athletes, the weekend provided a great stage for our swimmers to set competitive times and new records.”