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First World Cup gold for Jamieson

17 October 2013

Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson won his first gold of the 2013 World Cup series with 200m Breaststroke victory in Dubai.

Jamieson, Halsall and Allen will be competing for the European Allstars at the Duel in the Pool in December - click here for full teams.The British Gas ITC Bath swimmer dominated the field in the UAE, leading qualifiers from the morning heats before claiming gold by more than 1.5 seconds in 2:06.68.

Jamieson added a second medal in the 100m Breaststroke, setting 58.70 to finish behind Australia's Kenneth To (58.29) to repeat his result from the previous World Cup leg in Moscow last week.

Jamieson's training partner Sophie Allen also returned to the podium with 200m Breaststroke silver in Dubai.

The 21-year old sliced nearly two seconds off her personal best, touching in 2:24.85 to finish behind Russia's Iuliia Efimova (2:19.73).

Allen took on another busy schedule in Dubai, also finishing fourth in the 200m Butterfly (2:07.82 PB), sixth in the 100m Breaststroke (1:07.13) and seventh in the 50m Breaststroke (30.84 PB).

World Championship medallist Francesca Halsall was agonisingly close to becoming the third Brit with a podium finish as she walked away from Dubai with two fourths and a fifth.

Having finished fourth and just 0.02 seconds shy of the podium in the 50m Freestyle (24.49) on the opening day, Halsall set 53.03 to repeat the feat in the 100m Freestyle, then touched fifth in 26.06 in the 50m Butterfly final.

Georgia Davies was also narrowly denied a podium place as she finished fifth in the 50m and 100m Backstroke finals.

The Welsh swimmer was just 0.05 seconds off the medals with her 27.18 effort in the 50m Back final on the opening night then while she clocked 58.38 in the final of the 100m Back.

Liam Tancock was the other Brit to make finals in Dubai, finishing sixth and eighth in the 50m (24.33) and 100m Backstroke (53.44) respectively.

  • To see a complete list of British swimmers competing at the Autumn legs of the 2013 FINA World Cup, click here.
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