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Five medals for Brits on opening day in Melbourne

13th January 2012

World Championship silver medallist Ellen Gandy struck gold on the opening day of the Victoria State Championships in Melbourne.

The 20-year old – who is based in Australia – qualified fastest for the 50m Butterfly final before taking gold in a personal best 26.54 – just 0.3 seconds short of Fran Halsall’s British record.

Gandy underlined her impressive form with a personal best in the 800m Freestyle, touching in 8:47.43 to scoop bronze.

Jack Burnell added a silver medal for the British Gas GBR Swimming team in the 400m Freestyle.

The 18-year old clocked the third fastest time of his career to secure his prize, ultimately touching in 3:57.90.

Roberto Pavoni became the third British medallist in Melbourne, touching for bronze in the 200m Butterfly.

The 20-year old qualified fourth fastest for the final before cutting two seconds off his heat time to touch in 2:00.53.

Teenager Siobhan-Marie O’Connor was the final British medallist on the opening day, winning bronze in the 400m Individual Medley.

The British Gas ITC Bath swimmer – who made her World Championships debut at the age of 15 last year – finished in 4:50.31 for her medal.

Other notable British performances in Melbourne were a personal best 29.39 for Andrew Willis in the 50m Breaststroke and a fourth place for Kate Haywood (1:08.81) in the 100m Breaststroke.

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